Bujinkan Ryūha 武神館 流派

Notes on some of the Bujinkan schools.

戸隠流忍法體術          Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu
玉虎流骨指術             Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu
虎倒流骨法術             Kotō Ryū Koppōjutsu
九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術 Kukishinden Ryū Happō Bikenjutsu
神傳不動流打拳体術    Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutu
高木揚心流柔体術       Takagi Yōshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu
義鑑流骨法術             Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu
玉心流忍法                Gyokushin Ryū Ninpō
雲隠流忍法                Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō

I am listing here the waza from several of the Bujinkan schools, those that we commonly study, for my own and others reference. I am not going to write explanations of the actual techniques, this is up to you the budoka to do for yourself in your own training.

Listed are the kanji, the transliteration and a translation. Due to the nature of martial arts, not all kanji are easily found in electronic form, often are not recognised by native speakers and may have a specific meaning in a budo context. The translations are based on my understanding of Japanese, various texts and dictionaries, training in Japan and ‘feeling’. As kanji are ideographic characters it is difficult to translate directly into English, along with spoken Japanese, where you will see different translators produce different translations – maybe a better word is ‘interpretation’.

A good source for the kanji in printed form is Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai, as long as you are aware of some of the typesetting errors. Also be aware that hand written forms are different from printed kanji.

As and when I feel the urge or discover something new I will update these pages or change them completely.


3 Responses to “Bujinkan Ryūha 武神館 流派”

  1. I am searching for the Kanji for Shinden Fudō Ryū jutaijutsu and Takagi yoshin ryu. Will you be adding these in the future as well?

    • Takagi Yōshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu – possibly, when I get round to it as there is quite a bit of detail to get into.
      Shinden Fudō Ryū Jūtaijutsu – not yet. As is not one of Hatsumi Soke’s nine Bujinkan Ryūha.
      Will put up buki kanji – Kukishin Ryū – around the time we do some weapon focused training sessions.

      Hope that helps – Watch this space – though it may be a little while…

  2. OK,
    thank you so much.

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