Kageshin Dojo Newsletter: January 2009

36 Levels

To study our style of Martial Arts you must study many forms of self defense and weaponry. This is known as "Ninpo Sanjurokkei". It is the 36 categories that make Ninpo or Budo so special. The first section is known as the "Bugei Juhappan". This is mainly Samurai arts, but to be a complete student you must eventually begin training in secret techniques called "Ninja Juhakkei". This will create the 36 essentials. The number 36 is special because it can be separated into 3 and 6. Adding 3 and 6 you get 9. Multiplying 3 and 6 you get 18. Then adding 1 and 8 you get 9. All these combinations produce the number 9 or numbers divisible by 9. In Martial Arts, the number 9 has special significance, with two important meanings. Firstly that if one uses all it's techniques (Ninja Juhakkei / 36 Essentials) one will never fail. Secondly the number Nine means the school or system is very old and Complete.

Here is the first section we all must master. The Bugei Juhappan;

  • Ju-Jutsu
  • Ken-jutsu
  • Iai/Batto jutsu
  • Kusarifundo-jutsu
  • Kusarigama-jutsu
  • Bo-jutsu
  • So-jutsu
  • Naginata-jutsu
  • Suiren-jutsu
  • Ba-jutsu
  • Kisha-justu
  • Jo-jutsu
  • Kyu-jutsu
  • Yoroi Kumiuchi
  • Hojo-jutsu
  • Jutte-jutsu
  • Ho-jutsu
  • Shuriken-jutsu
  • Unarmed Defense
  • Sword Techniques
  • Drawing and Cutting skills
  • Weighted chain techniques
  • Sickle and chain techniques
  • 6' Wooden staff techniques
  • Spear techniques
  • Halberd techniques
  • Water survival
  • Horsemanship
  • Archery from horseback
  • 4' Wooden staff
  • Archery
  • Fighting in Armor
  • Rope tying arts
  • Iron rod techniques
  • Illusions / Deception
  • Blade throwing techniques

Here is the second list the "Ninja Juhakkei"

  • Seishinteki Kyoyo
  • Taijutsu
  • Biken Jutsu
  • So-jutsu
  • Naginata-jutsu
  • Bisento-jutsu
  • Kusarigama/Kyoketsu Shoge
  • Rokushaku Bojutsu
  • San jaku and Jo-jutsu
  • Shuriken/Sanban Nage-jutsu
  • Kisha-jutsu
  • Inton-jutsu
  • Hoko-jutsu
  • Henso-jutsu
  • Kakushi Buki-jutsu
  • Ninyaku-jutsu (Kampo Jutsu)
  • Gunryaku Heiho
  • Tenmon and Chimon
  • Spiritual Refinement
  • Unarmed Combat
  • Sword Techniques (All blades)
  • Spear techniques
  • Halberd techniques
  • Battlefield Halberd techniques
  • Sickle and chain techniques
  • 6' Wooden staff
  • 3' and 4' Wooden Staff techniques
  • Blade Throwing
  • Archery from horseback
  • Special disappearing techniques
  • Walking techniques
  • Art of disguise
  • Secret Weapons
  • Special medicine and drugs
  • Battlefield strategies
  • Strategies of Heaven and Earth


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