Ninjutsu Training

The Shape of Happo

I’m always obsessed with understanding the name of a gata. I believe the name can often provide insight into the intention of the form, or describe the proper movement.

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.