Bujinkan Ranking Syllabus

The following are the minimum requirements to achieve a specific rank in the Nicosia Bujinkan Dojo.

 

9th Kyu (Ku-Kyu )

Rei Shiki – Etiquette and History

  • History of martial arts
  • Martial arts benefits & advantages
  • Philosophy and way of life
  • Ninjutsu & Bujinkan Dojo’s history

Junan Taisho – Basic body conditioning and flexibility.

Kamae -  Natural Postures

  • Shizen No Kamae
  • Seiza No Kamae
  • Kango Gassho No Kamae
  • Fudoza No Kamae
  • Hira No Kamae
  • Ichimonji No Kamae

Ukemi – Breakfall Skills

  • Zenpo Zagata Ukemi
  • Koho Ukemi

Taihenjutsu – Body movement skills

  • Zenpo Kaiten
  • Koho Kaiten
  • Naname Zenpo Kaiten

Dakentaijutsu – Striking techniques/method/skills

  • Natural movement
  • Fudoken
  • Sanshitaken
  • Zenpo Geri

San Shin No Kata – Form of the three spirits / Hearts

  • Chi No Kata – “Form of the Earth

Taisabaki – Ability to move out from attacks

  • Distance and Timing importance
  • Ichimonji No Kamae (angling)

KUDEN:

  • “Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo” {“In every encounter experience, there is the potential for gaining our enlightment, the possibility of finding that one missing piece of the puzzle that brings about illumination. It is our own mind that determines the experience to be positive or negative – Soke Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi}
  • “Onegaishimasu” {“Please instruct/assist me”}
  • “Domo Arigato Gozaimasu” – {“Thank you for instructing/assisting me}

 

8th Kyu (Hachi-Kyu )

Kamae -  Natural Postures

  • Hokko No Kamae
  • Dokko No Kamae
  • Jumonji No Kamae

Taihenjutsu Body movement skills

  • Yoko Nagare
  • Zenpo Kaiten Katate
  • Oten

Dakentaijutsu – Striking techniques/method/skills

  • Kitanken / Omote Shuto
  • Uke no Kata – Basic blocking
    • Gedan Uke – Lower Block
    • Jodan Uke – Upper block
    • Chudan Uke – Middle block

Taisabaki – Ability to move out from attacks

  • 10 basic movements (directions)

Nagare – Methods of falling and flowing motion.
Shi Ho Ten Tobi – Ways of leaping (Heaven and Earth).
Shoten no Jutsu – Ways of climbing.

San Shin No Kata – Form of the three spirits / Hearts

  • Sui No Kata – “Form of the Water”

Kihon Happo Torite Goho Gata (Five methods of grappling)

  • Omote Gyaku
  • Ura Kote Gyaku

Hajutsu Kuho

  • Tehodoki (escapes from wrist and arm grabs)

HANBOJUTSU:

  • KAMAE:
    • Hira No Kamae
    • Hira-Ichimonji No Kamae
    • Munen Muso No Kamae
  • STRIKING:
    • Tsuki Uchi – “Striking methods”
    • Blocking Strikes
    • Striking and defending against attacks:
      • grabs
      • punches
      • kicks
      • knife attacks
      • sword attacks

DOJO PHRASES:

  • “Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo” – Let every encounter bring me to my highest good
  • “Onegaishimasu” – Please assist me
  • “Domo Arigato Gozaimashta” – Thank you
  • “Shihan” – Master Instructor
  • “Shidoshi” – Fully licensed instructor
  • “Shidoshi-ho” – Junior licensed instructor
  • “Sensei” – Instructor/Teacher
  • “Gomen Nasai” – Excuse me
  • “Do itashimashite” – You are welcome
  • “Ohio Gozaimasu” – Goodmorning
  • “Konnichiwa” – Hello
  • “Kumbanoua” – Good evening
  • “Genki desuka” – How are you?
  • “Sayonara” – Goodbye
  • “Oyasumi Nasai” – Goodnight / sleep well
  • “Retsu oskote” – Line up
  • “Sensei ni rei” – Bow to the instructor
  • “Dai jivu” – Are you ok/hurt?
  • “Hai” – Yes
  • “Ee eh” – No
  • “Yukuri” – Slowly
  • “Chotomate kurosai” – Just a moment please
  • “Moichito kurosai” – One more time please
  • “Ninpo ikan” – The spirit of the ninja is the primary inspiration for us
  • “Hajime” – Begin/Start
  • “Yame” – Stop
  • “Migi” – Right
  • “Hidari” – Left
  • “Katate” – one hand
  • “Ryote” – both hands
  • “Mute” – no hands

7th Kyu (Nana-Kyu )

Kamae -  Natural Postures

  • Kosei No Kamae
  • Ihen No Kamae
  • Hicho No Kamae

Kamae No Gata – Swithcing kamae

Taihenjutsu Body movement skills

  • Koho Ukemi
  • Sokuho Kaiten

Taihenjutsu Ukemi Kata - Effective use of rolling and body movement skills

Hoko Jutsu/Taisabaki – Methods of moving and walking.

Dakentaijutsu – Striking techniques/method/skills

  • Ura Shuto
  • Shitoken / Boshiken
  • Sokuho Geri
  • Koho Geri

* Application of dakentaijutsu and and effective use of its skills

Sanshin no Kata – Form of the three spirits / Hearts

  • Ka no Kata – “Form of the Fire”
  • Fu no Kata – “Form of the Wind”

Kihon Happo Torite Goho Gata - (Five methods of grappling)

  • Omote Onikudaki
  • Omote Gyaku Ken Sabaki
  • Hon Gyaku

* Efficient and Effective body motion and movement when performing techniques and striking

TANTOJUTSU:

  • KAMAE:
    • Kosei No Kamae
    • Ichimonji No Kamae
    • Jumonji No Kamae
  • CUTTING & STRIKING:
    • Basics Cuts and Blocks
    • Basic uses of the blade and handle
    • Use of two knives
  • DISARMING TECHNIQUES (Omote Gyaku / Ura Gyaku)

6th Kyu (Roku-Kyu)

Taihenjutsu Body movement skills

  • Zenpo Kaiten Mute
  • Koho Kaiten Mute
  • Oten Katate
  • Shiho Tenchi Tobi (Four way leaping)
    • Sokuho Tobi
    • Fudoza Tobi
    • Zenpo Tobi
    • Koho Tobi

Dakentaijutsu – Striking techniques/method/skills

  • Shiho Geri (Four way kicking)
    • Zenpo Geri
    • Koho Geri
    • Sokuho Geri
  • Sokuyaku Geri (utilizing soles and heels)
  • Keri Kaeshi – Counter kicking

Sanshin no Kata – Form of the three spirits / Hearts

  • Ku no Kata – “Form of the Void”

Kihon Happo Torite Goho Gata - (Five methods of grappling)

  • Musha Dori

Kihon Koshi Sanpo - (Three basic ways of kosshijutsu striking)

  • Jumonji No Kata

MEDITATION:

  • Relax body, mind and spirit
  • Breathing techniques
  • Seiza or Fudoza No Kamae (straight spine cord)

KUSARI FUNDO:

  • Concealing Fist (throwing/punching)
  • Swinging and Striking
  • Striking methods and techniques against attackers
  • Choking techniques
  • Various applications (chain, rope, belts, jump rope, telephone cord, wire, etc)

 

5th Kyu (Go-Kyu)

Taihenjutsu Body movement skills

  • Kaiten and Ukemi using striking
  • Kaiten and Ukemi outdoors (hard ground)
  • Yokonagashi (ear to the ground)

Taihenjutsu Mutodori on Kata (Shinken Taihenjutsu – “Evading sword cuts”)

  • Hira no Kamae
  • Ichimonji no Kamae
  • Jumonji no Kamae

Dakentaijutsu – Striking techniques/method/skills

  • Kakushi Geri (crescent kicks using body motion)
  • Boshi Ken
  • Shako Ken
  • Sampo Geri (hidden kicks)

Kihon Happo Torite Goho Gata - (Five methods of grappling)

  • Ganseki Nage

Kihon Koshi Sanpo - (Three basic ways of kosshijutsu striking)

  • Hicho No Kata

Gyaku Waza

  • Muso Dori
  • Ura Onikudaki

Hajutsu Kuho (body escapes)

  • Taihodoki (against single attacker)
  • Taihodoki (against multiple attackers)

SHURIKENJUTSU (art of throwing blades):

  • History of shurikenjutsu and uses of the various shurikens
  • Ways of striking and cutting using shurikens
  • Utilizing shurikens
  • Throwing blades from different positions
PHILOSOPHIES:
  • Setting and attaining goals
    1. Set goal
    2. Look at what it takes to achieve that goal
    3. Have the discipline to attain that goal
  • Discipline in our lives
  • Respect for everyone and treating everybody as important people, because they are!
  • Accomplishing goals and getting what you want
  • Learn to make better relationships with people
  • Spirit of cooperation (based on own path to follow and not on competition)

 

4th Kyu (Yon-Kyu)

Taihenjutsu Body movement skills

  • Hicho Kaiten – diving & flying rolls
  • Suwari Kaiten – rolling from seated Kamae
  • Taking opponent off balance
  • Manipulating opponents body
  • Efficient movement

Shoten No Jutsu (running up surfaces)

  • skills, leg strenght and confidence
  • running on trees and walls
  • speed and momentum creates ‘artificial gravity

Dakentaijutsu – Striking techniques/method/skills

  • Koppo Ken
  • Te/Ashi Tsuki (combinations)
  • Tobi Geri (flying kicks)
Gyaku Waza

  • Ura & Omote Takeori
  • Oogyaku (great reversal)
Jutaijutsu
  • Ashibarai (leg sweeps)
  • Geri Kaeshi (countering kicks using direction & angles)
BOJUTSU:
Rei Shiki - Etiquette
Kamae no Kata
  • Shizen
  • Jodan
  • Chudan
  • Gedan
  • Ichimonji
  • Hira
  • Seigan
  • Ten Chi
  • Heto

Kihon Uchi no Kata – Basic striking forms

Furi Gata
Defencive Techniques:
  1. Avoid/Blocking
  2. Disarming
  3. Striking
  4. Takedown
  5. Finish

 

3rd Kyu (San-Kyu)

* absolute proficient in techniques taught

* ability to teach ‘Kihon Happo’ techniques

* understanding of Ninjutsu’s essoteric techniques

Taihenjutsu

  • Taisabaki
    • Against Weapons (sword, hanbo, bo)
    • Muto Dori (move in a way to be able to get ‘ken’)
    • Returning blades/sword
    • Evasion
  • Shinobi Aruki
    • Grass
    • Hard Ground
    • Water (sea, lakes, river)
  • Kentai Ichi (Fist, Body, Harmony)

* Distance, Timing and Angling

Dakentaijutsu

  • Kikakuken
Hajutsu Kuho
  • Oyagoroshi (killing the thumb)
  • Kogoroshi (killing the fingers)
  • Ken kudaki (crushing punches)
  • Toki kudaki (crushing feet)
  • Koshi kudaki (crushing hips)

Nage Gata

  • Ganseki Oshi
  • Ganseki Ori
  • Ganseki Otoshi
  • Ganseki Nage (inside)

Gotonpo

  • The use of the five natural elements {wood, fire, water, earth, metal} for concealment and to escape (climbing trees, climbing bridges, rock climbing, diving, etc)

KATANA:

* Katana’s History & Myamoto Musashi

* Book of Five Rings

* Aspects of holding the katana

* Principles of moving with the body

Kamae

  • Dai Jodan
  • Seigan
  • Chudan
  • Gedan
  • Tosui
  • Ura Gedan (Hasso)
  • Hicho
  • Hasso
  • Ten Chi
  • Kasumi
  • Ichimonji
  • Koku

2nd Kyu (Ni-Kyu)

Suwari Gata

  • Techniques and striking against attackers

Taihenjutsu

  • Kuten (handspring)

Dakentaijutsu

  • Sokki Ken (knee strikes)
  • Shuki Ken (elbow strikes)
  • Happa Ken (palm strikes)
  • Shishin Ken (small finger strikes)
  • Happo Geri Henka – Kicking combinations and variations

Koppojutsu

  • concept of attacking bones when defending
  • Tai Ken (whole body strike)
Torite Kihon Dori no kata – variations of Omote and Ura Gyaku
Shime Waza Go Kata – 5 Forms of strangulation
  • Hon Jime
  • Gyaku Jime
  • Sankaku Jime
  • Do Jime
  • Itami Jime
Nobori Kata – Climbing Skills
Outdoor Survival Skills (confidence and overcoming obstacles)
SHUKO - hand claws:
  • concepts: climbing, sword defence, ripping opponents skin
  • strikes (arms, face, neck)
  • sword attack defence
KENJUTSU – Basic Swordmanship
  • Placing sword
  • Skills of drawing the sword (iaijutsu skills)
  • Basic cuts and blocks

1st Kyu (Ichi-Kyu)

* Kihon Happo Henkas

* Different variations (henka) on techniques taught

* Effective movements and exploring ways for variations

* Stealth and hiding skills & techniques

* Outdoor skills

Dakentaijutsu

  • Shizen Ken
  • Jumping kicks (both legs)

Kosshijutsu Skills (attacking organs, muscles and nerves)

Kihon Happo Torite Gata
  • omote gyaku henka
  • ura gyaku henka
  • oni kudaki henka
  • musha dori henka
  • ganseki nage henka

*flowing in Kihon Happo

Takagi Yoshin Ryu JutaijutsuEri Shimegata.

  • Strangulation techniques of the Takagi school of grappling (the student must also demonstrate resuscitation methods)

Nage Gata – Throwing forms

  • Ganseki Nage – Forward hip throw.
  • Kuki Nage – Capturing arm or part of the body.
  • Seio Nage – Throw of the arm.
  • Itami Nage – Throws by grabing parts of the body.
  • Haraigoshi – Body throw.
  • Gyaku Nage – Arm bar throw.
  • Taki Otoshi – Free falling throw.
  • Osoto Gake – Rear hip throw.
  • Uchimata/Uchigake – Leg lifting throw.
  • Hanegoshi – Kicking throw.
  • Itami Nage – Pain throw.
  • Ryusuiiki – A series of suitemi or sacrifice throws.
IAIJUTSU:
  • Drawing and handling the sword to demonstrate drawing and resheathing
  • Basic draws and katas

METSUBUSHI:

  • History and uses of metsubushi
  • Creating blinding power to use as a weapon
  • Skills of using metsubushi

KYOKETSU SHOGE:

  • Spinning and distraction
  • Manipulating rope distance and weapon handling
  • Striking with both ends of the weapon
  • Techniques to disarm and tie an opponent

 

Shodan (1st degree Black Belt – 1st DAN)

* Mastering techniques taught and ability to teach them with proficiency

* Handling multiple unarmed attackers

* Handling multiple armed attackers

* Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

* Knowledge of the Japanese language

Kihon Happo

  • Reversal Techniques
  • Countering Techniques
  • Randori

Disarming opponents holding weapons (katana, wakizachi, hanbo, bo, naginata, etc)

Advanced Groundfighting Skills

Dislocation Techniques:

  • Arm
  • Elbow
  • Neck
  • Wrist
  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Fingers

First Aid & CPR Certification

Unconventional Warfare Skills

FIREARMS:

* Be familiar with: types, styles of shooting, using your body in a natural way, usage of pistols and riffles

  • Disarming (pistols and riffles)
  • Shooting Guns
  • Knowledge regarding explosives
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