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Contact us Kenjutsu Techniques Overview Unlike modern budo that specialize in one specific field, such as kendo, judo, or iaido, our traditional kenjutsu, sword techniques, involves a comprehensive study of a broad range of martial arts. The content of this study can rightly be called bugei juhappan eighteen categories of martial arts, a complete study of the martial arts. While today arts such as suiren swimming , hojutsu gunnery , and kyusutsu archery are no longer extant within the tradition, the syllabus of Katori Shinto Ryu is comprehensive, and even includes an understanding of ninjutsu espionage and noroshi use of fires for signalling , transmitted through oral instruction.

For more information about the curriculum please visit the official website of the ryu. Katori Shinto Ryu has always permitted farmers and common townspeople to study the tradition. Kusanagi no ken and other fundamental forms provide those unaccustomed to sword-handling with a basis for familiarizing themselves with the weapon. In addition to these techniques our tradition also still practices the Gokui no iaijutsu. These techniques are secret. Training is conducted in this way since slightly adjusting distancing and targeting makes training safer, and also ensures the forms cannot be stolen by outsiders.

Several years after commencing study of the tradition, the practitioner is introduced to the actual combative meanings and applications of the movements of the forms. These combative applications are known as kuzushi. It is sometimes mistakenly thought of as having been practiced only by warriors of low status, such as the ashigaru; however in truth, the art was a crucial study even for military commanders. Spears were used frequently on the battlefield, and rather than being used only for thrusting, they were also used to deflect attacks sideways, or to strike from above.

In some cases, spears could snap mid-shaft from the strain of such actions; the remaining shaft would then be put into application as a staff. Bojutsu, as with the tachijutsu, has kuzushi concealed within its teachings. In addition to these techniques our tradition also still practices the Gokui no bo.

Naginatajutsu — Techniques for the halberd Naginatajutsu is part of kenjutsu training Omote no naginata: the basic techniques 4 kata Naginata were used widely by foot soldiers during the Kamakura era until the rise of the spear in the Nanbokucho era. Katori Shinto ryu uses an o-naginata long glaive of the same length used by warrior-monks such as Benkei. The naginata must be held mid-shaft in order to effectively deliver cuts with its blade and strikes with its butt. In addition to these techniques our tradition also still practices the Gokui hichijo no naginata.

Gogyo Kenjutsu and Gokui Shichijo no tachi — Secret sword teachings These are unarmored forms of swordsmanship that characteristically involve shorter positioning and distancing. The forms and those that follow are our traditions most secret teachings. Ryoto — Techniques with two swords While novels note that the art of using Ryoto two swords was developed by Miyamoto Musashi, it was part of the Katori Shinto Ryu curriculum some to years prior to his birth.

Training in this portion of the curriculum teachers the practitioner methods of dealing with an opponent armed with Ryoto. Kodachijutsu — The secrets of the short sword When the kodachi short sword is short, correct usage ensures the weapon can be used to achieve the same distancing as the tachi.

Sojutsu — Techniques for the spear While the spear is effective in wide spaces such as plains, it is inferior to the sword in confined spaces such as forests. As a result, the sword is used to close the distance with a polearm, such as staff, glaive, or spear. This allows the swordsman to defeat the spear. Jujutsu — Unarmed combat On the battlefields of old, Jujutsu was especially useful when a warrior lost his weapon or closed to grappling range with an opponent.

Shurikenjutsu — Techniques for the throwing-blade Bo-shuriken were an integral part of the samurai arsenal. The art of striking an opponent with these throwing spikes is taught within Katori Shinto Ryu to this day. The shuriken taught within Katori Shinto Ryu is effective within a range of around 6 meters


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The basis of bojutsu techniques is te, or hand, techniques derived from Quanfa and other martial arts that reached Okinawa via trade and Chinese monks. Consequently, bojutsu is often incorporated into other styles of empty hand fighting, or karate. The bouts techniques typically grip in thirds, and when held horizontally in front, the right palm is facing away from the body and the left hand is facing the body, enabling the bo to rotate. The power is generated by the back hand pulling the bo, while the front hand is used for guidance. When striking, the wrist is twisted, as if turning the hand over when punching. Bojutsu techniques include a wide variety of blocks, strikes, sweeps, and entrapments.



You will also receive get instructor support and connect with more students from around the world. Bo Staff Techniques So after a few years of twizzing and twirling, you can stick all your bo staff techniques together in an almight kata, play some thumpy bang-bang music and look damn impressive. A simple up-down, side-to-side motion. Yes, we have a proven video testing model, where you film yourself demonstrating all requirements. Or, if you train in a dojo, ask your instructor to teach you a form. Hi Jack, Sorry for the late reply, our wordpress comment notifications were not working. October 12, at 8: Are you training to actually practice combat?


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A better long front stance means a more powerful thrust. December 5, at 5: Yes, we have a proven video testing model, where you film yourself demonstrating all requirements. By setting an actual day each week, or time to practice your bo and make progress, you are destined for success. If escape is not possible, I wish to temporarily disable my attacker so I may escape. More bo staff techniques than you can shake a stick at! Black Belt at Home Blog The traditional Japanese bo, the rokushakubowhich literally translates to six-foot-staff, is a good fit for most.

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