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Nature of the School & the martial art style practiced:


Brief Overview of Ninjutsu:

Ninjutsu originated as a Japanese fighting art - unparalleled in the history of
the World!

During the 13th - 17th centuries in Japan, ninjutsu developed out of the Iga &
Koga territories near Kyoto.

Largely hidden from the Western world until the 1980's, the art of ninjutsu
continues to be an extremely effective & efficient martial art in the world
today.


Ninjutsu is a warrior tradition having its roots deeply connected to the martial
and cultural histories of Japan.

Conceived of during the times of feudal war, when day-to-day survival depended
on personal strength of will, resourcefulness and creativity - the art of ninjutsu
characterised by the universal principles of mind and body remain as relevant
in our society today as they were eight centuries ago for the ninja of Japan.

Ninja Kanji Ninja

Ninjutsu meaning ‘art of stealth’, was developed by mountain-dwelling families;
these families were great observers of nature and were seen to have a close
connection to the Earth.  The Ninja were also very spiritual people, and their
beliefs became an integral part of Ninjutsu.


It is also generally accepted that a number of the methods found in Ninjutsu
originated in China, as after the fall of the T’ang dynasty many outcast
warriors, philosophers, and military strategists escaped to Japan to avoid
punishment by the new Chinese rulers.

It is believed that Ninja families were exposed to many of these exiled
people's sophisticated warrior strategies and philosophies over the centuries,
helping to influence and shape what became Ninjutsu as it is known today.


Overview of the 18 Skills of Ninjutsu & Budo Taijutsu:

1.
Seishin teki kyoyo (spiritual refinement)
2.
Taijutsu (unarmed combat)
3.
Ninja ken (ninja sword)
4.
Bojutsu (stick and staff fighting)
5.
Shurikenjutsu (throwing blades)
6.
Yarijutsu (spear fighting)
7.
Naginatajutsu (halberd fighting)
8.
Kusarigama (chain and sickle weapon)
9.
Kayakujutsu (fire and explosives)
10.
Hensojutsu (disguise and impersonation)
11.
Shinobi iri (stealth and entering methods)
12.
Bajutsu (horsemanship)
13.
Sui ren (water training)
14.
Bo-ryaku (strategy)
15.
Cho ho (espionage)
16.
Intonjutsu (escape and concealment)
17.
Ten-mon (meteorology)
18. Chi-mon (geography)


Today, a Grandmaster in the martial arts, Dr Masaaki Hatsumi, practices
and teaches the warrior ways of ninjutsu - teaching the school system known
globally as the 'Bujinkan' (comprising Bujinkan Ninjutsu / Budo Taijutsu).

Bujinkan Symbol Soke Hatsumi - Head of the Bujinkan School Hatsumi Image

Soke Hatsumi With Naginata & Sword Soke Hatsumi Sword Training Soke Hatsumi

The Bujinkan is based upon nine different ‘Ryu-ha’ (School styles),
namely:

- Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu
- Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu
- Kuki Shinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu
- Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu
- Gyokushin Ryu Ninjutsu
- Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
- Gikan Ryu Koppo Taijutsu
- Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
- Kumogakure Ryu Ninjutsu


Practitioners & fitness levels:
Practitioners are taught from a basic level
requiring only reasonable health and fitness. Classes are taught in an open
and enjoyable way ensuring practitioners progress their own learning journey.


Associated terminology:
"Bujinkan" can be seen as "Bu" meaning Martial,
"Jin" meaning Spirit, and "Kan" meaning Warrior Training Hall.  Likewise
"Budo" can be seen as "Bu" meaning Martial and "Do" meaning Way or Path.
Ninjutsu can be seen as "Nin" meaning to Persevere/ Endure or Stealth
and "Jutsu" meaning Skill or Technique.  "Ninpo" can be seen as "Nin"
meaning to Persevere/ Endure or Stealth and "Po" meaning Philosophy or
Direction.  "Taijutsu" can be seen as "Tai" meaning Body and "Jutsu"
meaning Skill or Technique.

Key Offering:

By studying the devastating secrets of ninjutsu, practitioners will reap the
benefits of increased fitness and self-confidence.


Practitioners will be taught a complete training curriculum involving both
unarmed and armed self-defence.

Practitioners will be equipped with skills such as punching, kicking, joint
locks, throws, constrictions, pressure points, nerve strikes, grappling,
ground fighting, grab escapes, knife defence, evasions, psychological
controls, defending against multiple attackers, rolling and break falling.


There is also a comprehensive weapons training program that is
second-to-none, using core safety training weapons such as: Tanto (Knife),
Bokken (Sword), Kusari Fundo (Weighted Chain) and Hanbo (Half-staff).


Formal ‘belt’ gradings are held approx. every 3 months and are subject to
regular training, personal attitude towards training and skill level of the
practitioner.

Other examples of specialty safety weapons in our training include:

- Tanbo (2 foot stick)
- Shuriken (throwing stars & shafts)
- Teppan (small flat metal plate)
- Shoto or Wakazashi (short sword)
- Naginata (halberd - curved blade spear)
- Hojo (rope)
- Tessen ('iron' fan - 1 foot)
- Yawara (short stick 6" to 12")
- Rokushaku Bo (6 foot staff)
- Kama (sickle)
- Kusari Gama (chain & sickle)
- Kyoketsu Shoge (straight & hooked blade with flexible weapon)
- Yari (spear)
- Metsubishi (blinding powders)
- Shuko (hand claws)
- Aruki (foot spikes)
- Jutte (forked truncheon)
- Kunai (ninja specialty tool)
- Pistol (hand gun)
- Shotgun (12 Gauge Magnum)

So what makes this School different from other Schools?

The training provides practitioners with confidence, skill & a ‘street ready’
capability
to effectively defend themselves in our society.

Practitioners learn a complete training curriculum at our Ninjutsu Training
Centre - for Children/Young People (non-Bujinkan Melbourne), and Adults 18
years of age and over - who like to learn at their own pace and interact with
others in an enjoyable and safe manner.


In short practitioners:
- will study devastating & secret skills (as taught to Ninja of Japan)
- are presented with a complete training program
- that will help them build skill, character & confidence
- will apply principles of body, mind & spirit
- learn truly effective skills in self-protection
- are taught by a
highly qualified & Japan accredited instructor


Shihan Hodson with Soke Hatsumi in Japan

Key 'Take-Away' Message:

Hands On Defence is a Bujinkan Melbourne School providing
effective skills of self defence.  Training is conducted in an open, safe and
enjoyable manner.  Based on the power of natural movement, ninjutsu
training is a complete martial arts experience. Safe training instruction
is provided by an internationally accredited 'Shihan' (Master) and
'Shidoshi' (Teacher of the Warrior Ways of Enlightenment). Shihan
Dr Hodson continues to use the principles and spirit of ninjutsu as it
was taught to him by a current Grandmaster (Soke) living in Japan
- Dr Masaaki Hatsumi (34th Grandmaster of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu) and
his direct disciple Japanese Masters of the art.


Should you have any enquiries regarding the art of ninjutsu, please
contact us:
ninjutsu@handsondefence-spiritofninjutsu.com
Email: jon.hodson@bujinkanmelbourne.com

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