Here is a list I've compiled of basic techniques and forms of the bujinkan. It is a derivation of the tenchijin ryaku no maki, as well as other training curricula and technical outlines. I've tried my best to be as complete and correct as possible, but alas there are still mistakes. If anyone has questions, comments, concerns, corrections, or complaints - please share! Enjoy! --------------------------------- bujin shoku to seikatsu – warrior diet and lifestyle seishinteki kyoyo – spiritual refinement mokuso – close eyes and meditate Bujinkan opening & closing ceremony: “chi haya furu, kami-no oshie-wa tokoshie-ni tadashii ki, kokoro o miomamoru ran / shikin haramitsu daikomyo” = “With many quick shakes, I invoke the divine teaching that everlasting pure spirit will protect one’s heart in troubling times / by these sounds and words find peace and become enlightened.” Two claps and a bow call the spirits and show humble respect. A final single clap and a bow signal that the spirits are present and shows gratitude. Onegaishimasu – please assist me domo arigato gozaimashita – very much thank you for that “In tune with the providence of heaven and the impartial justice of nature, and following a clear and pure heart full of trust in the inevitable, the ninja captures the insight that will guide him successfully into battle when he must conquer, and conceal himself protectively from hostility when he must acquiesce.” ~ Takamatsu Toshitsugu taiso – body conditioning kokyuho – breathing methods meiso – meditation ryutai undo – flowing body movement juunantaiso – flexible body conditioning (stretching) godai kokyuho – five element breathing method zazen – seated meditation shinkokyu sanaun – spirit breath meditation (three “ohm’s”) taihenjutsu – body movement (lit. ‘art of body changing’) taisabki – body control tai no kurai dori – positional body management ashi no kamae gata to ashi sabaki – footwork forms and control oki age – fall recovery naname kouhou aruki – diagonally retreating jodan / gedan uke nagashi – upper / lower receiving flow shihou aruki – four direction stepping happou aruki – eight direction stepping sanpo – natural walking kamae no kata – posture transitions yoko aruki – cross-stepping moguri gata – crouching / kneeling forms shizen gyo un ryusui – naturally moving like clouds and flowing water ukemi – break-falls (lit. ‘receiving with the body’) kaiten – rolling tobi – leaping karuwaza – acrobatics ukemi gata to ryusui – receiving body forms and flowing water zagata zenpou ukemi – seated forward break-fall zagata kouhou ukemi – seated backward break-fall yoko nagare – sideways flow shizen tatte zenpou ukemi – natural standing forward break-fall kouhou ukemi – backward break-fall tare nagare – hanging flow yokonagashi zenpou ukemi – sideways flowing forward fall zenpou kaiten, ryoute – forward roll, two-handed kouhou kaiten, ryoute – backward roll, two-handed naname zenpou kaiten – diagonal forward roll zenpou kaiten, katate – forward roll, one-handed outen, ryoute – “cartwheel” (barrel roll), two-handed kouhou kaiten, katate – backward roll, one-handed sokuhou kaiten – sideways roll yoko nagare kaiten – sideways flowing roll zenpou kaiten, mute – forward roll, no-hands kouhou kaiten, mute – backward roll, no-hands outen, katate – “cartwheel” (barrel roll), one-handed naname, happou kaiten – diagonal, eight-direction roll hicho tobi kaiten – flying / diving roll zenpou / kouhou kiten – forward / backward “spirit flip” handsprings zenpou / kouhou kuten – forward / backward “air flip” somersaults shinkengata taihenjutsu – realistic fighting forms taijutsu no kamae to sono kata – Taijutsu’s postures and their uses (lit. ‘viewing the form’) shizentai – natural body hira – flat seiza – proper seat rei – courtesy bow gassho – hands together in greeting hibi / shoshin – normal (“everyday”) / first intention fudoza – firm seat hira-ichimonji – flat straight line zagamae – kneeling ichimonji – straight line (lit. ‘numeral one’) doko – angry tiger jumonji – cross (lit. ‘numeral ten’) katate hicho – one hand flying bird hoko – circling the tiger ichimonji seigan – straight at the eyes kosei – offensive hicho – flying bird ihen – emergency shiho tenchi tobi – leaping in all directions shotobi – short leap up zenpou tobi – forward leap kouhou tobi – backward leap sokuhou tobi, sayu – sideways leap, left and right tenchi tobi, fudoza – vertical leap, legs tucked under kuhi tobi – sacrificial “flying” leap shinobijutsu – stealth and evasion (lit. ‘art of perserverence’) shoten no jutsu to nobori gata – vertical running and climbing methods shoten – “going to the sky” (running up vertical / near-vertical surfaces) shizen nobori – natural climbing shuko to ashiko – using hand and foot spikes kagi nawa – using hook and rope hoko no jutsu to ankoku toshijutsu – walking and seeing through darkness ankoku toshijutsu – seeing in the dark shinobi aruki – stealth movement soshin sosoku ho – quick sideways walking hyojo hoko – slippery surface walking mu on no ho – silent methods ashinami jukajo – ten ways of silent stepping nukiashi – stealthy feet suri ashi – shuffling / sliding feet shime ashi – squeezing feet tobi ashi – leaping feet kata ashi – single foot ou ashi – big feet / long stride ko ashi – small feet / short stride kizami ashi – mincing feet / very short stride wari ashi – split bamboo feet / using special shoes tsune no ashi – pinching feet onshinjutsu / intonjutsu – “disappearing arts” (concealment and disguise) gotonpo – five ways of natural concealment doton – using earth and stone mokuton – using plants and wood suiton – using water katon – using fire kinton – using metal kuton – using all or combination of some elements hensojutsu shichiho – seven disguises sukke – begger akindo – merchant komuso – priest ronin – leaderless soldier sarugakushi – performer (actor / singer) hokashi – street peddler tsunebito – peasant shinobi iri – stealth entering methods dakkentaijutsu – striking methods (lit. ‘art of striking with the fists and body’) houken juroppo – sixteen treasured striking methods fudoken – firm (clenched) fist sanshitanken – three fingertip fist sokuyakuken – dancing foot fist (heel / sole of foot) kitenken – upward turning fist (sword hand) ****ouken – finger sword fist (thumb) sokugyakuken – reversed foot fist (toes / ball of foot) shikanken – finger ring fist (extended knuckles) shakoken – claw fist koppoken – bone method fist (thumb knuckle) kikakuken – demon horns fist (forehead) shukiken – hand raise fist (elbow) sokkiken – foot raise fist (knee) happaken – eight leaves fist (palms of hands) shishinken – finger needle fist (little finger) taiken / shizenken – body fist / natural weapons kiken – spirit fist atemi – strikes tsuki – thrust zenpou geri – forward kick omote shuto – outer sword hand ura shuto – inner sword hand jodan / gedan uke utte – upper / lower receiving strike sokuhou geri – sideways kick kouhou geri – backwards kick shihou geri – four direction kick juji geri – cross kick kakushi geri – hidden kick sampo geri – walking kick shuken uchi – palm strike (shakoken; happaken) tobi geri – leaping kick zu tsuki – head thrust hichou geri – flying bird kick shuki uchi – elbow strike sokki geri – knee kick hito tobi – flying man attack koppojutsu – bone method (attacking the skeleton) tsuki ken kudaki – breaking the punching hand jujigeri takeori – “bamboo breaking” cross kick koshi kudaki – breaking the hips kosshijutsu – bone-finger method (attacking the muscles) boshiken – stick finger fist tsuno yubi – fingernails ki-ken-tai ichijou – spirit-weapon-body unification kyusho to kiai – targeting and focus (spirit) kinketsu teisoku kasho mesho – “a treasure of established poetic names” ~ Takamatsu, re: Koto ryuha kyusho: urakimon – inner spirit gate (ribs under chest) ryufu – willow wind (larynx; adam’s apple) kasumi – fog; mist (temple) hiryuran – flying dragon confused (eyes) shishiran – lion confused (stomach) kosei – tiger’s power “life-to-come” (groin) yugasumi – evening mist (below the ear; behind the jaw) tsuyugasumi – drop of mist (under the jaw) ryumon – dragon’s gate (under collarbone) jujiro – intersection (between chest and shoulder) jakkin – weak muscle (inner upper arm) daimon – big gate (shoulder joint) asagiri – morning mist; also asagasumi (bottom of chin) sei – star, sphere of influence; also hoshi (armpit) kinketsu – treasure trove (sternum) koshitsubo – hip pot (inner ridge of hipbone); also koe (voice) hichibatsu – touch hit (side of hip) tenmon – sky gate (ridge of eye socket) amado – rain shutters; also uko (side of neck) jinchu – man’s center (under the nose) happa – eight leaves; explosive blast (palms to both ears) menbu – face (bridge of nose) tokotsu – single bone; skull (hyoid bone – above adam’s apple) gorin – five rings (muscles around navel) sai – leg (inside and outside of upper thigh) matsukaze – pine tree wind (above collarbones) murasame – village rain (notch between collarbones) hoshisawa – valley of stars (elbow joint) in – shadow (under cheekbone); also kage tento – top of head (soft spot between skull bones) shinchu – heart’s center (middle of chest) wakitsubo – side pot (ribs under armpit) yubitsubo – finger pot (base of thumb) butsumetsu – unlucky day (lower ribs) kyokei – strong tendons (top of foot, above toes) kiaijutsu – spirit focus (lit. ‘art of harmonizing energy’) (the four shouts): seme no kiai - attacking shout hannou no kiai – reacting shout kachidoki / kachi no kiai – victorious shout kage no kiai – shadow shout kimejutsu – focusing zanshin – remaining mind ishiki – energy of intention mushin – no mind atemi no tanren - hitting discipline (weapon) ten (the sky) – striking air, to improve accuracy chi (the earth) – striking objects, to condition the weapons jin (the man) – striking bodies, to affect the target inashi gata – polishing the form (body) kengata to seido – fist form and accuracy maai to ashi sabaki – distance and footwork kensabaki – fist control taijutsu kenpou – unified body fist method juutaijutsu – grappling methods (lit. ‘supple body art’) torite – grappling (lit. ‘taking hands’) katate tori – one hand take ryoute tori – two hand take katamune dori – one lapel take ryoumune dori – two lapel take kata dori – shoulder take sode dori – sleave take katamune katasode dori – one lapel and one sleeve take, a.k.a. kumiuchi (joining together) kuzushi – breaking balance oshi – press hiki – pull nejiri – torque age – lift taoshi – bring down hajutsu kuho – nine releasing methods tehodoki – untying the hands taihodoki – untying the body happou geri – eight ways of kicking ashi barai – leg sweep oya goroshi – “killing the parent” (thumb crush) ko goroshi – “killing the child” (little finger crush) koshi kudaki – breaking the hips ken kudaki – fist crush toki kudaki – toe crush gyakugi – reversal techniques omote kote gyaku dori – outer wrist twist hold ura kote gyaku dori – inner wrist twist hold hon gyaku – base (centerline) reverse omote oni kudaki – outer demon crusher ura oni kudaki – inner demon crusher uchi maki dori – inner wrapping take, a.k.a. musha dori (warrior take) muso dori – unbeatable take ura / omote take ori – inner / outer bamboo break ougyaku – large reversal shime waza – squeezing techniques kihon shime gohou – basic squeezing five ways hon jime – base squeeze gyaku jime – reverse squeeze itami jime – pain squeeze sankaku jime – triangle squeeze do jime – torso squeeze mimi jime – ear squeeze kata- / ryou- ude jime – single- / double- arm squeeze omote / ura kubi jime – front / rear neck squeeze katatedori kubi jime – single-hand neck squeeze seion jime – sound of life squeeze (squeezing the windpipe) ougyaku jime – great reverse squeeze koroshi jime – killer squeeze nage waza – throwing techniques ganseki nage – boulder throw ganseki otoshi – boulder drop ganseki oshi – boulder press ganseki ori – boulder break gyaku nage – reverse throw harai goshi – sweeping hips taki otoshi – waterfall drop seoi nage – on the back throw koshi nage – on the hip throw ousoto nage – large outside throw uchi mata uchi gake nage – inner thigh reaping throw hane goshi – snapping up hips itami nage – pain throw ryusui iki – flowing like water tomoe nage – whirl throw tachi nagare – standing flow yoko nagare – sideways flow temakura – hand pillow kuruma nage – wheel throw kuki nage – air spirit throw newaza; osae komi – ground fighting; pinning and immobilization keri kaeshi; ashi ori – kick countering and leg breaking ashi dori – leg catch (“in a manner of walking”), also possibly ashi dome (leg touch) keri kudaki – kick destroyer sukui dori – scooping catch tsure yuki – carry along kakushi geri henka – hidden kick variations anataoshi – trapping (lit. ‘throwing down in a hole’) jigoku otoshi – hell drop gokuraku otoshi – paradise drop yume no makura – pillow of dreams nage kaeshi – throw countering waza bunkai; kata to henka – technical analysis; forms and variations sanshin go kyo no kata – three hearts (uniting body, mind, and spirit) five principle forms chi no kata – earth form sui no kata – water form ka no kata – fire form fuu no kata – wind form kuu no kata – void form kihon happo – fundamental eight ways kihon kosshi sanpo – three basic striking forms ichimonji no kata – straight line form jumonji no kata – cross form hichou no kata – flying bird form kihon torite goho – five basic grappling forms ura gyaku – inner reverse omote gyaku ken sabaki – outer reverse with fist control oni kudaki – demon crusher musha dori – warrior capture, also possibly ude jime ashi ori (arm squeeze and leg break) ganseki nage – boulder throw taihenjutsu mutodori gata – sword evasion forms hira no kamae kata – flat posture form ichimonji no kamae kata – straight line posture form jumonji no kamae kata – cross posture form suwari gata sanpo – three kneeling forms ichi geki – one shot (single rage) osaekomi – immobilization ude ori (shindenfudo ryu) – arm break suwari gata shichiho – kneeling forms seven methods kasumi dori (takagi) vs grab, ura gyaku – grabbing fog ate komi (kasumi dori ura gata) vs grab, omote gyaku – strike and hold down do gaeshi vs punch or knife thrust – body turnover karame dori vs kick – entwining? arrest? taking the rear entrance? keri kaiten? – kick then back roll away koho kaiten nage (tomoe nage) – kick then roll over throw backwards musha dori – warrior take tenchijin ryaku no maki, jin no maki kata: katate dori (5 kata) – single hand grabs ate nage (takagi) – hit throw settou (koto? kukishin? most likely koto) – break drop? hiki otoshi – pull down fudo (shindenfudo) – immovable hoteki (koto) – release and throw? ryoute dori (7 kata) – double hand grabs kanashibari – tightly bound tengu dori – goblin take ryote gake – two hand trap koki (koto) – strike the demon shizen (shindenfudo) – naturally soto – hold and fall ransetsu (koto) – blizzard haibu yori (5 kata) – grabbed from behind yubi kudaki / shi sai (gyokko) – finger break sakketsu (gyokko) – killer squeeze kin kudaki (gyokko?) – gold crush ketsu miyaku (gyokko) – squeeze pulse tei ken (gyokko) – squeeze fist tsuki uchi (9 kata) – punch counters koyoku (koto) – rival scoop hisaku (koto) – fly and squeeze setsu yaku (shindenfudo) – dancing snow? musan (shindenfudo) – disperse (vanishing like mist) gekkan (shindenfudo) – moon liver? katamaki (koto) – shoulder wrap hibari (shindenfudo) – skylark (=ujaku? unjaku? – cloud sparrow?) shihou dori – four direction take moguri dori – diving capture? keri ni taisuru uke (5 kata) – kick counters jigoku otoshi – hell plunge keri ni taishite koto – body against kick huko – felling the tiger keta oshi – soul press yume no makura – pillow of dreams tsuki to keri ni taisuku (4 kata) – punch and kick counters kokuu (gyokko) – empty space renyo (gyokko) – emperor’s palanquin saka nagare (gyokko) – reverse flow kasasagi (shindenfudo)– magpie nage kaeshi (8 kata) – throw counters okyo – false push atami dori – head take (a.k.a. zudori) fukan (shindenfudo) – wind turn? no turn? seion (kukishin) – life sound gokuraku otoshi – paradise drop ugari – quail reap? hito – flying topple tai jime – body squeeze tanto dori (1 kata) – knife takeaway ken kobushi – weapon flow zanto tonko no kata (togakure ryu) – escaping forms (fleeing / seeking refuge) kata ude tonso – single arm escape sayu tonso – left and right escape kubi sugi tonso – rear collar grab escape atekomi tonso – push hit escape kote uchi tonso – forearm strike escape sayu kumogakure – left and right cloud hiding kosei kirigakure – attacking mist hiding happou kirigakure – scattering mist hiding buki – warrior tools taiken – body weapon shizenken – natural weapons kikai no shigen – resources of opportunity hanbo – half stick tanto – knife kusari fundo – weighted chain shuriken – small blades rokushakubo – six foot staff katana – sword (bokken / bokuto = wooden sword, shinken = ‘live’ sword’) shuko – hand claws kyoketsu shoge – ring, cord, and dagger metsubishi – sight removers kayaku – fire and explosives yari – spear kodachi – short sword naginata – halberd bisento – battle axe tessen – iron fan cho ho – information gathering goshinjutsu – practical personal self-protection methods kikai no shigen taihodoki – escaping body grab with improvised weapon kikai no shigen hanbo – improvised hanbo (umbrella, cane, etc.) etc. . . . kumite / randori – sparring / free play sokki hentenken – impromptu transitions? ------------------------------------------- That's all I have for now. 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