Why train in Ninjutsu? |
What really is Ninjutsu? | How
does it compare to other arts?
What is the
lineages of these arts?
do you train to be a Ninja?
Firstly . . . what we DO NOT do!
We DO NOT get other
STUDENTS (no matter how high their rank
to grade students!
We DO NOT put students up a belt
level just for paying a fee and showing up to grade . . . all students
MUST earn their ranks!
We DO NOT charge parents, family or friends an entry fee to watch
their kids, family or friends grade!
We DO NOT hand out second hand belts or put electrical tape on
your belt as a step up in level!
We DO NOT charge for a second attempt at your belt if you fail
We DO NOT
give you a mass printed certificate
that doesn't even have your name on it like some other arts do!
We DO NOT punish students with push ups . . . fitness should be
enjoyable not be used as a penalty!
We DO NOT fill in class time with punching bags, fitness or lots
of sparring . . . we do lots of technique drills and practice!
We DO NOT add bits and pieces of other martial arts in an attempt
to improve the look of our core art . . . our art is complete!
We DO NOT make you buy a different colour uniform as you progress
or extra embroidery etc . . . our uniform is long wearing and complete!
If you study a martial art that does any of this . . . they are showing no
respect to their original art or your efforts and obviously just want your money!
Just because they are big, have many students and clubs doesn't mean
they offer a quality or a realistically priced service!
We still value EARNING your belt level the original
martial arts way by developing RESPECT,
PERSEVERANCE through REPETITION, COMMITMENT, FOCUS and DISCIPLINE!
NOTE: ALL OUR STUDENTS ARE GRADED BY
FULL SENSEI INSTRUCTOR AND WE HAVE A PASS OR FAIL GRADING PROCESS!
WE DO NOT DO CASUAL CLASSES OR QUICK SELF DEFENCE COURSES . . .
THIS IS STRUCTURED BUDO!
If you have studied another art you will still start at White Belt . . .
we are not the same as other arts!
If you have studied and ranked in Ninjutsu with another group you will
have to be assessed to see where you fit in to our curriculum, this
means you can wear your current Bujinkan, Genbukan or Jinenkan belt but
will not progress until you can demonstrate all of our curriculum up to
that belt level equivalent.
Our art is gymnastic in nature, you WILL have to do rolls, break falls,
tumbling, falling, leaping and grappling both standing and on the ground
. . . if you physically can not do these to our standards then our art
is not for you!
We are not a sport martial art
. . . we do not compete in 'all styles' or MMA style tournaments and do not
encourage competition using our art!
Please do not approach us for some 'ninja' stuff to use in competition
or to add to other arts.
Individuals found to be using this art to compete against others, cause harm
or boost the popularity of another art are dishonourable and will be
barred from membership. Please respect our art!
Be aware of Karate, Freestyle Martial Arts,
MMA, Kung fu or Tae kwon do
clubs offering the NAPMA 'Little Ninjas' (4-7 year old program),
Ninja, Ninjutsu, Samurai jujutsu or 'Bushido' training, this is an American
based marketing system cashing in on the 'NINJA' popularity . . .
IT IS NOT AUTHENTIC NINJUTSU (these classes will teach the
art of the style running the classes not Ninjutsu).
Be aware of Karate, Freestyle Martial Arts,
MMA, Kung fu or Tae kwon do
clubs offering Ninjutsu, Samurai, 'Budo' or 'Bushido' style of training . . .
THEY MAY NOT TEACH
AUTHENTIC NINJUTSU OR SAMURAI ARTS WITH A DIRECT LINEAGE.
That's like a soccer coach teaching rugby!
'FALSEHOOD vs TRUTH' (KYO vs
Ask your instructor where their art comes from, who started it, what's the
direct lineage to a samurai or
authentic ninja clan and is it authentic Japanese Budo or a modern changed
There is a big difference between adding a few bits of
another's art to your own (freestyle) and truly specialising in an
the phrase "Jack of all trades and master of none!"
The true martial way is to master a whole art before
moving on to another!
If you are looking for a quick & easy black belt, please look
elsewhere . . .
with us, you will EARN your belts!
REPARTITION - do not complain about having to do lots of repartition -
this IS martial arts!
PRACTICE - never stop practicing, even at home between classes.
PATIENCE - understand and accept that you have to master the technique
before getting more!
TRUST - there is always a reason why things are done a certain way,
don't alter anything to suit yourself!
RESPECT for other students, instructors and the art itself.
OUR BELT STRUCTURE
All students from 7 year old start
with a white belt, this level is known as 'mukyu' or 'no level' as you
don't do anything to earn this belt, it's like a learner plate (drivers
license) that lets the other students know you are new and to treat you
with due care and respect.
Minimum time on white belt is 10 weeks (75% pass required to get Yellow
3 belt levels to Black:
Yellow (Shoden Basic/lower level), 12 month min training (80% pass
required to get Green belt),
Green (Chuden Intermediate/middle level), 12 month min training (85%
pass required to get Brown belt belt),
Brown (Okuden - Advanced/higher level), 12 month min training (90% pass
required to get Lower Black belt),
Shodan Ho - Lower Black belt (probationary), 12 month min training
(95% pass required to get Black belt),
Shodan - (first step) full
Note: all belt levels undergo
a 5 week assessment requiring a pass to attend a pass or fail grading.
Yes, we have a structured system of
learning, progressing students in a responsible and 'fundamental
techniques first' method.
Assessment and a grading process is the only way to ensure students
OVERVIEW OF OUR TRAINING STRUCTURE
46 weeks training available per year (92 lessons)
4 x 11.5 week training terms per year made up of,
5 week Phase rotations of
2 lessons per week for each of the 5 phases.
92 lessons per belt level (students must attend 80%
minimum = 74 lessons to be eligible to assess/grade).
Total to Shodan: White belt period (2-6 months) plus 4 years minimum training to full Black Belt . . . then the
real fun begins!
We have far more technique above black belt than below . . . unlike
most other arts!
is 2 lesson per week of;
Week 1) Kihon
Happo (8 fundamental ways), including variations, counters and
weapons disarm also kamae (postures),
Week 2) Sanshin (‘Three hearts’ method) also kamae
(postures) includes buki o toriageru jutsu disarms (weapons disarms
Ninpo Taijutsu Santo Ton Ko Gata
Week 3) Taihenjutsu
(break falls/rolls) also furoa keiko (mat work/floor training) -
nage gata (throws).
Hajutsu Kuho (escape methods) also gyaku waza
(reversals), shime waza (strangles),
Week 5) Dakentaijutsu (striking
methods) also taiso, atemi no tanren (body & strike
also jutaijutsu (supple body methods) - suwari gata
Ninpo Taijutsu Santo Ton ko Gata
Buki jutsu (weapons) is studied in the last 1/2
hour of each class for 13 year old and over.
1st 'rotation' (5 week phase) of each term will be
learning of new technique for belt level (VERY important not to miss
this 1st 5 weeks)
'rotation' (5 week phases) of each term will be for
practice of new (and existing) technique for belt level
Last term of the belt level will be
an assessment for grading readiness.
We break for 6 weeks - 1 week
before Christmas, Christmas/new year’s week and 4 weeks after new years
plus Easter Friday and Monday public holidays.
Buyu Kai (Warrior Friends Society) training in school holidays - all
members can attend weekend sessions out in the field, at other training
facilities (e.g. climbing wall, ice arena, horse riding, beach, weapons, forest etc.) or at one
designated dojo. (extra cost may apply – equipment, entry fees, hire
‘Tai Kai’ (gathering - camp) once a year in school
holidays held over 4 days, 3 nights.
‘Gasshuku’ - seasonal training events (1 day or 2 days/1 night)
usually held in school holidays.
Note: ALL adults (18+) attending overnight activities with minors
present must get working with children police check at own expense.
INSTRUCTOR STATUS: There is
no requirement to become a sensei (instructor) just because you achieve
Black Belt or above, you can train through our belt levels without the
pressure of that expectation.
Instructor status requires a separate training course involving time
commitment, loyalty and further study in instructing Ninjutsu plus Sport
(coaching) Specialising in Martial arts nationally recognised
qualifications. You can apply for instructor training from Green Belt
on, starting as a Deshi (apprentice), conditions and extra fees apply.
Note: There is no guarantee of acceptance upon applying or 'work' upon
We only accept suitable candidates (keen to work with kids) for Instructor training and
Click here to see instructor courses
Togakure Ryu Ninpo - completed to attain Black Belt
The Hidden Door School
Togakure Ryu Ninpo includes various punching, throwing and levering techniques.
It is known by low and wide stances and also by very strong punches, which are
mostly directed towards opponent's eyes, ears and diaphragms. Along with
Taijutsu, this school includes the art of Onshin jutsu (invisibility).
The following is studied up to
It is the basics or fundamentals of
our 9 styles and the actual technique of 'Togakure
each 'Black Belt Dan' is mastery of one of the other styles.
1) RESPECT - SELF AND
OTHERS Everything begins and ends here.
Bowing - Sitting
and standing "Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo"
explained in class.
Your breath is spirit. You will learn several types of deep breathing
techniques to quiet, still and reflect the mind.
(meditation or quiet thought, inner prayer).
SHINOBI JUNAN TAISO (Ninja flexibility & conditioning skills) Muscle stretching and
body conditioning will be done before technique
section of class commences.
TAIHENJUTSU (ground hitting skills, breakfalls, rolling and leaping)
(standing)-Ryote (two hands) Katate (one hand)
(punching/kicking from breakfalls)
b) Koho Ukemi
Ukemi (sideways breakfall)
d) Zenpo Kaiten
ii) Katate (one
ii) Katate (one
iii) Mute (no hands)
e) Koho Kaiten
(backwards rolling breakfall without raised leg)
ii) Katate (one
Mute (no hands)
(side roll keeping eye contact)
Nagare Kaiten (side roll starting like a breakfall)
(both height and distance rolling breakfalls)
i) Yokonagashi Zenpo Ukemi (ground drop)
j) Sanpo (walking)
(handsprings) - optional for gradings
l) Kuten (front and
back flips - no hands) - optional for gradings
Tobi (directional Heaven-Earth leaping techniques)
Tobi (sideways leap)
(leap up with legs tucked)
Tobi (backwards leap)
Shoten No Jutsu
(running up surfaces)
Tai Sabaki (body
(climbing buildings, trees, poles)
s) Stealth (ground
TAIHENJUTSU - Muto Dori Gata (Sword evasion Forms)
KAMAE - Basic
Taijutsu Postures (there are many more)
a) Seiza No Kamae
Shizen No Kamae
c) Kongo Gassho No
e) Hira No Kamae
Kosei No Kamae
Hicho No Kamae
i) Hoko No
j) Doko No Kamae
k) Ihen No Kamae
l) Fudoza No Kamae
a) Chi No Kata
No Kata (WATER)
c) Ka No Kata
Fu No Kata
e) Ku No Kata
GATA - Eight Fundamental Forms
ii) Hicho No Kamae
Jumonji No Kamae
ii) Oni-kudaki or
Omote Gyaku Ken Sabaki Gata (against a punch)
Ura Kote Gyaku
Musha Dori - Ude
Jime Ashi Ori Gata
- Techniques of Striking
Hokenn Juroppo -
Sixteen Secret Fists
-- Demon Horns Fist (striking with the head)
ii) Shuki-Ken --
Hand Start Fist (striking with the elbow)
iii) Fudo-Ken --
Unmoving Fist (clenched fist/immovable fist)
iv) Kiten-Ken also
called Shuto -- Turn-Causing Fist (half open sword hand, chop)
v) Shishin-Ken --
Finger Needle Fist (use the little finger)
vi) Shitan-Ken --
Finger End Fist (Sanshitan - uses three fingers primarily)
Mantis Crab Fist (thrust with fingers/palm)
Finger Sword Fist (striking with the thumb)
Finger Ring Fist (hit using extended knuckles)
Bone Method Fist (use of extended thumb knuckle
Eight Leaf Fist (palms of both hands)
Foot Dance Fist (heel/sole kick)
Foot Start Fist (striking with the knee)
Sokugyaku -- Ken
Foot Reverse Fist (striking with extended toes)
Tai-ken -- Body
Fist (striking/crushing with the body)
Ki-ken -- Spirit
Fist (striking from afar with mind/spirit/intention)
(Breaking Out Art Nine Methods)
GYAKU WAZA -
a) Takeori -
e) Omote Oni-kudaki
(outside demon crusher)
(inside demon crusher)
(warrior pair take)
GO-KATA - Five Strangulation Techniques
a) Hon-jime (base
c) Itami-jime (pain
e) Do-jime (torso
NAGE WAZA -
Ganseki-otoshi (rock drop)
Ryusui-Nage (flowing water movement)
Ninpo Taijutsu Gata (Ninja partnered kata)
Shoden no Gata (basic)
Migi kata ude
Hidari kata ude
no Gata (intermediate)
Ichi no Kamae
Shinobi Gaeshi Gata
xiv) Itto Giri
xv) Shige Dori
xvi) Yoko Nagare
no Gata (advanced)
iv) Itto nage
v) Teppan nage
Basic usage & disarm (over 13's)
we actually have an authentic technique
curriculum including actual kata, postures, strikes etc for each weapon,
unlike other 'freestyle' arts we don't 'make it up', 'steal it from
another art' or get you to 'invent' your own weapons methods!
Both Kotsu (essence/feeling) and Kihon Jutsu (fundamental methods) are
taught for all weapons up to Black Belt.
Note: Kamae = Postures, Daken = strikes/targets, Sanshin = 5 elements
kata, Uke = receiving/blocks,
Gata or Waza = kata with a partner (Renshu), Nage = throws, Kiri = cuts,
Kotsu = essence/feeling.
Shoshinsha (Beginners belt - White)
Hanbo - 3 ft
wooden staff (9 Kamae, 5 Daken, 5 Sanshin, 1 Uke, 1 Gata)
Shoden (Basic belt - Yellow)
2. Tanbo -
1 - 1.5 ft
(approx) baton (2 Kamae, 5 Daken, 3 Gata)
3. Rokushakubo - 6
ft wooden staff (10 Kamae, 2 Uke, 5 Sanshin, Bofuri gata, 1 Gata)
4. Kusari Fundo
- rope/weighted chain (2 Kamae, 5 Daken, 1 Uke, 1 Gata, 1 Nage)
5. Shuriken -
throwing blades (Mihon, Atsukau)
a. Senban -flat blades (5 Kiri, Nageru, Kurinuku)
b. Bo - long pointed spikes
(5 Kiri, Nageru, Kurinuku)
Chuden (Intermediate belt - Green)
6. Tanto - dagger/knife
O18's & Kunai - 'flat blade' tool or just Kunai -
'flat blade' tool U18's
7. Kyoketsu Shoge -
ring, chord, dagger
8. Shuko - hand
claws (9 Kamae, 4 Uke, 5 Sanshin, Nage)
Okuden (Advanced Belts - 3 Browns)
Tessen - Fan (3 Gata - Kocho, Shuko Kudaki, Kasumi Jime)
Jutte - (like a Sai but 1 prong), (5 Kamae,
4 gata - Kiri no Hitoha, Rakka, Gorin Kudaki, Mizu Tori)
Kusari Gama -
Sickle and chain (5 Kamae, 3 Gata)
13. Kodachi - Short
sword (2 Kamae, 3 Gata), Kenjutsu - Sword fencing (padded, wood or poly)
Hiden (secret teachings -
Shodan Ho lower Black)
Shinobi Ken Iaijutsu / Tameshigiri - Ninja sword draws (blunt metal) and
cutting (live blade)
Then after Black Belt the following are
mastered throughout the Dan belt levels . . .
15. Hanbo - 3 ft
wooden staff (8 Kihon, 4 Reiho, 16 Gata)
16. Rokushakubo - 6
ft wooden staff (6 Kihon, 9 Shoden Gata, 9 Chuden Gata, 9 Okuden Gata, 25
Keiko Sabaki Gata, 2 Nuke)
17. Jojutsu - 4.5 -
5" staff (6 Kamae, 8 Gata)
18. Yari - spear or
Rei, 6 Kihon Kamae, 2 Keiko Kata, 9 Kaisetsu Gata, 9 Kasumi Gata, 10
19. Naginata - halberd
(7 Kamae, 4 Kihon Kamae, 9 Kihon Waza, 3 Kihon Kiri)
20. Bisento - Broad
blade (3 Kamae, 9 Gata)
Kusari Gama -
Sickle and chain (5 Kamae, 10 Gata)
Kyujutsu - Archery (samurai style)
Han Yumijutsu - Archery 'half bow' (ninja style)
Teppo Yumi - crossbow (Makiwara)
Firearms - (disarm and use)
Sorry Nunchaku and Sai are not ninja
weapons in spite of what you see in the cartoons or movies!
Gyokushin ryu Ninpo - is incorporated in the Black Belt level
The Jewelled (or pearl) Heart School
Ryu Ninpo was founded in the mid 1500 by Sasaki Goeman Teruyoshi. This school is
partially directed towards Cho Ho (spying). The head characteristics of this
school are said to be Sutemi Nage (sacrificing throwing). This school preferred
spying rather then combat, but it is known that many forms of Nage Waza (throws)
Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo - is incorporated in the Black Belt level
The Hiding in the Clouds School
Ryu Ninpo was founded in the 16th century by Heinaisaemon Ienaga Iga, who was
said to have learned his arts from Sarutobi Sasuke.
The taijutsu of this school
is very similar to the taijutsu of Togakure ryu. The main differences are, that
in Kumogakure ryu jumps as well as multiple blocks are used. The speciality of
this school was Kamayari (sickle spear), which was also used on ships. The
special weapon, used by warriors of this school was also Ippon Sugi Noburi,
which was made of a 25cm long metal tube with three spikes, and through which a
long chain with hooks at its ends was laid. This weapon was considered for
combat as well as for climbing.