Defining Ninpo and All the Concepts within is problematical.
Even the Fundamentals.
The Essence is Survival.
This is taught in a fluid Combat manner…
to suit any and all situations.
Defining that above… problematical.
Herein i, Shiro’s attempt at classifying that which the Japanese Masters and Our World Legends state and say on the Historical Practices of the Arts of Self-Defence… Shinobi Style;
♦TAIJUTSU : Unarmed Combat Systems.
♦TAIHEN-JUTSU : Evasive Movements; Jumps, Leaps, Rolls, Tumbling…
♦DAKEN-TAIJUTSU : Body Defence Systems; Blocks, Punches, Kicks…
♦JUTAI-JUTSU : Close Quarters Combat Systems; Grappling, Holds, Locks…
♦BOJUTSU : Stick/Staff Methods… variety size and type…
♦KENJUTSU : Sword + co., variety size and type…
♦YARIJUTSU : Spear + co., variety length and type…
♦SHURIKENJUTSU : Throwing Weaponry Methods; many size, type, shape…
♥SEISHIN-TEKI-KYOYO : Mind, Meditation, Spiritual Concepts.
♦SHINOBI-IRI : Silent Movements; Stealth and Camouflage Systems/Methods.
♦MONOMI no JUTSU : Finding the Weakest Link Concepts.
♦NYUDAKI no JUTSU : Finding Sources and Personnel Concepts.
♦YOGI-GAKURE : Distractive Methods, Usages and Approaches.
♦HENSOJUTSU : The Arts of Disguise.
♦KAYAKUJUTSU : Fire and Explosives Methods/Weaponry.
♦NAGINATAJUTSU : Long Staff/Pole/Bladed End Weaponry Methods.
♦KUSARIGAMAJUTSU : Chain and Sickle… variety size and type…
♥NYUKYO no JUTSU : Flowing with Correct Timing Concepts.
♦BAJUTSU : Horsemanship Skills and Methods.
♦SUI-REN : Swimming Skills and Methods.
♦INPOJUTSU : The Arts of Hiding.
♦INTONJUTSU : The Arts of Escape.
♦CHOHO : Espionage Skills and Methods.
♦TENMON : Natural Meteorology Signs and Usages.
♦CHIMON : Natural Geography Signs and Usages.
♦SEIZONJUTSU : Survival Skills and Methods.
♥BO-RYAKU : The Arts of Strategy and Intelligence Gathering.
The Systems above are taught and tempered with a creed/motto type approach to both Dojo and Life thereafter. These Rules and/or Guidelines can vary somewhat from RYU/School and Sensei/Soke involved.
A recent-ish Ninpo Soke version is here.
Though details may differ the overall Concept and Approach involves realistically knowing oneself and capabilities. This is then also applied to such as Universal, World, Natural or Local Knowledge.
Balance, Harmony and Flow are oft emphasised.
Basic Rights, Empathy and Respect is highlighted to Others and Society as a whole. Love for Self, Kin and Human-Kind.
Survival and Self-Defence linked naturally.
Our World Legends.
Ninja and Kunoichi.
Ninpo Ikkan All.
As there are several Versions/Editions of these Concepts,..
will endeavor to cover the Majority.
Shiro’s take on the;..
… to the MIND… of Shiro… on the Concepts of NINPO.
Within the ARTS OF WAR and the combat oriented MARTIAL WAYS and TRADITIONS of Japan; there are Concepts, Philosophies and Discourses, Scrolls, Denshō and so on. These in many ways… give meaning to and help to define that ART and/or Way.
An Idea or Concept, a Guide,.. oft too… an overview.
Usually Two kinds,.. sometimes three. Physical-Mental-Divine.
These in turn,.. each represent an APPROACH or METHOD of doing… to apply to situations of interest.
These also tend to be carried through and beyond a singular generation of practitioners and indeed are oft generated by important figures of that particular Tradition and bestowed akin to a LEGACY,.. in that, they were obviously considered somewhat integral and necessary in formulation of understanding of said Tradition… at that time and place and then on.
These i term… THE FUNDAMENTALs (click).
Within The Arts of Bujinkan Ninpo.
This NINPO Training Device… is rather unique (click).
The SOKE who enabled and devised this Scroll Set were the Lineage Holders of a large variety of MARTIAL WAYS and TRADITIONS.
This in itself became problematical as Teaching a Combat oriented ART and Form oft leads… all over the place. Sometimes it seems… to places the Sensei addressed elsewhere, else-time and place and so on.
Thus… consolidation,.. became the choice option.
And thus… these herein Scrolls.
TEN CHI JIN…HEAVEN, EARTH, MAN.
The Scrolls utilise the Fundamental Movements and Techniques of EACH SCHOOL or RYU of the 9 Traditions (click) as Concepts.
These Technique Concepts are open ended… infinite variety, multi-level IDEAS.
Expressions not Endings.
Oft revisited by those who understand and appreciate… the Basics… so-called.
Presented in an NINPO ELEMENT Type Naming Process/Grouping.
Practicing the Scroll Tech.,..
…illustrate to the Student aware and looking;
…the ways to move, to evade into safety zones, how moves and turns also generate power, leverage, positional and physical advantages and so on.
Other Tech.,.. highlight such as Strategic and/or useful Body Weaponry movements/counters.
There are even Tech.,.. using tech/basic Chemistry as Defense or Strategy. A wide range of wide-ranging Techniques.
Useful indeed. Lots of contrast.
Free Sparring in Japan during the early 1990’s also meant dealing with… a lot of contrasts.
A Training Tip from Shiro here,.. is to get around… the Class where you be.
Adapt to the contrasts.
Mix up your Class opponents/partners whenever you can.
Training with opponents who are MUCH TALLER/HEAVIER is a MUST.
In the REAL… you have no say in the choice.
At that time… Shiro’s choices…
were such as ANTHONY NETZLER, ED LOMAX, ROBERT BAUMGARTEN and DARREN HORVARTH.
Tough choice indeed.
I had nick-names for them all.
They know this not…btw.
DARREN H. was the GREEK GOD,.. a STATUE… (click) Btw,.. he is not Greek but… Physique and approach… ARE… CLASSICAL.
ROBERT B. was the DOLPHIN… (click) Btw,.. he is not a Dolphin but… sleek, quick… and Smashed… like a TIDAL WAVE.
ED LOMAX,.. (click)my first intro to an INSTRUCTOR of the BUJINKAN… we trained and travelled together for a time… housed together too… (Japan and Australia…), we were the first south aussies to live and train with SOKE + CO in 1990 etc..: …and… to me;
… he was the SPIDER/SERPENT SENSEI… he’s not icky at all… but ties me in knots… … as wise as a Serpent… web weaving away my counters… like the Constellation OPHIUCUS…does for… Sagittarius.?.!. my Zodiac… (click);.. anyway… and:
The MACHINE = ANTHONY N.
… Cos… he is.
(… Next time YOU Train with him… ask him of his first encounter with the 1990 Entertainment Media of Japan… AND what he had to do… to his Classmates… Shiro included… to please them… the Media that is.
This Tale involved a quite lengthy involved Combat Scenario… which WE ALL HAD TO REPEAT…OFTEN… TILL THE CAMERA PEEPS FINALLY SAID OK, CUT… MANY TIMES.!.
…basically he beat us all good… MANY times that day… IN THE SAME WAY.
Was glad THEY SUPPLIED THE FOOD + DRINK FOR FUEL THANKFULLY (click)… slept well that night too.
A Machine… in action therein;)
(…For those with an interest… the HERO ANTHONY’s KICKER NINJA OPPO at 3:21-7… be i, Shiro… Great day and memories. thanks A.N. + co.,.. too…)
Twas great… to have such great Classmates.
Though… oft sore at times… too.
Another TRAINING TIP methinks here;
So help… and be helped by Class-mates.
Through times… good and… sore… too.
Memories. These be sweet.
Twas there they ALL taught me the increasing value of …
…HEAVEN, EARTH AND,.. MAN-kind.
NINPO IKKAN… TO Them all… and you… as well.
Coming next in this Series… soonish;..(click)
To begin: I am not a current Instructor;..
(… though graded/licensed to be…1996-Asst. Instr. Shidoshi-ho… currently Shidoshi…):
…I am a long-time Student of the Martial Arts (…incl. NINPO…1984-), a Researcher and Writer.
Any and All Concepts discussed herein are from that Viewpoint.
My simple understanding and so forth.
These Concepts (… AND how they relate to YOU…) are best explained by YOUR Sensei… or Soke preferably. These are the ones who can JUDGE the presentation and advice etc based on your current needs. The overview herein is taken from my Journals, experience and current mood AND is presented as such.
Just an Overview.
Am aware that there are several Versions/Editions of these Concepts and will endeavor to cover the Majority.
Herein an Introduction to the Terms and Concepts.
EACH will then (…soonish…) be further examined in a separate dedicated post.
Shiro’s take on the;..
… to the MIND… of Shiro… on the Terms and Concepts of NINPO.
Within Traditional ARTS OF WAR and combat oriented MARTIAL WAYS and such as the TRADITIONS of Japan; there are Concepts, Philosophies and Terms, Scrolls, Denshō and so on. These give meaning to,… helping to define and clarify that ART and/or Way.
An Idea, Concept, Guide,.. oft… an overview.
Usually of Two kinds,.. though sometimes three. Physical-Mental-Divine.
These each represent an APPROACH/METHOD of Ways of doing…
thus to apply to where needed and so forth.
These also carry through and beyond a single generation of practitioners and are oft generated by somewhat important figures of that Tradition and ultimately bestowed akin to a LEGACY.
These Basic Practices and Approaches were oft considered integral and very necessary in the formulation of understanding of the Tradition.
These i term… THE FUNDAMENTALs.
…PHYSICAL = KATA, THE BASICS.
…MENTAL = PHILOSOPHY.
…DIVINE = APPLICATION OF.
(…OK… BUT…NOW…REAL IZE:
As One spends more Time and Experience gaining… …MARTIAL-NESS… the MEANING itself of these Concepts + co.,.. Changes and Adapts too… oft involving a Deeper or Revelatory type understanding of Inner meaning and Intent/Purpose.
…Shiro’s TRAINING TIP HEREIN THEN: REVISIT THESE… OFT.
E.g. WHEN YOU ARE STUCK… on any level…
…time to revisit… the Fundamentals, the BASICS…)
Perhaps summed well by a LEGENDARY Practitioner:
“… In the beginning, as one knows nothing, one does not doubt anything. After having entered the study of combat, various things occupy the spirit; one is obstructed by it and all becomes difficult. Then, as soon as one does not wonder anymore about what one learns, the idea of rules does not have any more impact.
Thus, one does not stick to them anymore to exert the techniques in the various ways.
They emanate from oneself and are then naturally in true harmony with the rules. It is necessary to follow the way of combat, but one must understand this well. To involve oneself by learning the beginning weapon techniques, and all the rules, postures of the body, manners of perceiving, is to deploy the intellect.
When one has gained control, these many rules disappear from the intellectual consciousness. Without conscious reflection, one finally reaches the heart of things. After having assimilated many rules, the merits of this approach accumulate. They reside within the legs, the arms, and the body.
They no longer linger in the spirit. One moves away from the rules, but one conforms to them.
In all circumstances, the techniques become spontaneous. Alone, thought does not stick to anything at this point and, thus, not even demons can disturb one’s being. It is to reach this stage that one practices. When the rules have been assimilated, they disappear…“.
On with the Intel Shiro…
Combat oriented ARTS such as NINPO use representations of how to best survive.
From our viewpoint herein these refer to our SCROLLS, DENSHŌ and KATA (click).
These each delineate… APPROACHES, METHODS and WAYS which remind the Student of the HOPEFULLY, best workable ideas to safeguard Oneself from… non-Survival.
These may involve Movements, Weapons or Mind-sets. Intended to minimise harm and very likely generate strategic advantages for the user. Usually based on MIND, physiology, body movements and physics, leverage and body positions and so forth.
A Foundational System or Base perhaps the best definition.
Coming next in this Series… soonish;..(click)