Ninjutsu Training

What is (and isn't) Bujinkan

There was an interesting topic in a Bujinkan Facebook Group that someone posted: "What exactly constitutes what is part of Bujinkan?" What is the Bujinkan really? The Bujinkan is usually defined as

Shikin Haramitsu Daikoumiyo

If you've ever taken a Martial Arts class at a Bujinkan Dojo, you've heard those three somewhat difficult Japanese words shouted at the beginning and end of class: Shiken Haramitsu Daikoumyo. These words have profound significance - but only if you understand what they mean (much less say them). Here we're going to translate this Buddhist mantra, and the meaning behind one of the most often used phrases in Bujinkan training.

Shu-Ha-Ri: Phases of Training

Shuhari – “Preserve, Break, Leave” There are considered 3 phases of training in Bujinkan Ninjutsu (and most Japanese Martial Arts) - “Shu, Ha & Ri”. These phases focus on what the intention and the approach of the student should be towards their training at a particular level.