The purpose of the information in the training resources is to provide you, the student with material that can be used to further develop the basic training skills needed within the Ninjutsu curriculum. With our busy modern lifestyles it is sometimes hard to attend the number of classes needed to provide optimum learning levels. We suggest two classes a week for best results, as this allows you to keep the material you have learnt fresh in your mind and allows your muscle memory to start retaining the physical movements you practice at a faster rate. It also allows enough time for your body to recover from the training which can be quite physical at times.
The training resource pages are a basic guide that will give you access to written articles on history and techniques that help you understand what you are doing. Photos that will allow you to see and replicate common postures used in your training and video footage of some of the basic techniques needed to establish the core skills found within the Basic framework of Ninjutsu. This will include the ‘San Shin No Kata’ and the ‘Kihon Happo No Kata’ techniques. These skills are critical to your understanding and advancement within the system. As Manaka Sensei instructs “fifty percent of your training should be in Kihon Happo, learn to understand the many layers to them”. The training resource pages will not, and are not, meant to replace the hard work done in the training hall. They are designed to keep the knowledge you have learnt fresh in your mind until your next class, remember there are 168 hours in a week it is not easy to learn and retain skills in only two hours training once a week.
Within the Maai Hyoshi Dojo’s training structure there are many types of training methods. These training methods are designed to expose the students to an array of emotions and challenge them to perform under pressure, similar to what may be encountered in real life situations.
An explanation of the four fundamental training methods is as follows:
HARD (CONTACT) TRAINING: brings to the surface emotions that generally aren’t recognised in a person during day to day living. These could be for example, ego, aggression, insecurity, fear of pain and even fear of failure. Whatever the traits may be, as they surface in a controlled environment of HARD training the teacher can guide the student to acknowledge and overcome them. As this process takes place the student experiences a change of character as well as real confidence in their defence capabilities.
SOFT TRAINING: promotes an atmosphere of learning. The threat of actually being struck is removed, so students can emotionally relax and get a “feel” of how the arts’ principles of movement actually work.
FAST (SPEED) TRAINING: awakens the student to the flaws of their personal ability. Under the pressure of a light but full speed delivery of attacks, students initially find themselves in an emotional panic. The rapid onslaught causes a decline in proper movement and correct targeting – especially with beginners. However, once the students become familiar with this style of training, a greater degree of self control and an improved effectiveness with techniques comes quickly.
SLOW TRAINING: provides a safe environment to experience and polish proper technique. That is to say that there is no threat of a fast or damaging strike, so the students (especially beginners) can grasp a real understanding of the tactics and principles of Ninjutsu’s combat methods.
Skills used with the training are:
DAKENTAIJUTSU – The skills of kicking, punching and blocking.
JUTAIJUTSU – The skill of locking the limbs of the body, escaping and throwing.
TAIHENJUTSU – The skill of moving the body with various leaps, rolls and evasion.
The three main methods used are:
KOPPOJUTSU – The method of using the bone structure of the body as a damaging and manipulating tool.
KOSHIJUTSU - The method of using the muscle and tissue system of the body as a damaging and manipulating tool.
YUBIJUTSU – The method of using the extensive nervous system of the body as a damaging or manipulating tool.
Disclaimer: we suggest you seek medical advice from a trained physician before undertaking any strenuous physical activity such as material seen within these pages.