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Traditional Japanese Martial Arts

My son has now been learning martial arts here for nearly 2 years and is still thoroughly enjoying it. The teachers are fantastic with both children and adults, encouraging them throughout every class. I would recommend the Kinkan Dojo to every parent for themselves or their children, its truly first class.

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Ninpo Taijutsu

Ninpo, the higher order training of Ninjutsu

Ninpo is a traditional Japanese martial art, and is more commonly known by the term Ninjutsu. Long ago the people who trained in Ninpo were known as Ninja, the famous shadow warriors of Japan.


Ninpo is the higher order training of Ninjutsu which encompasses spiritual training as well as the physical. There are 36 areas of study that Ninpo focusses on, and collectively these are known as the Ninpo Sanjurokkei. The Ninpo Sanjurokkei consist of two further areas of study:


  • Bugei Juhappan: a collection of 18 traditional martial arts.
  • Ninja Juhakkei: a collection of 18 martial arts containing Ninpo specific skills.


There are two areas of study within the Ninpo Sanjurokkei that remain the most important to learn and understand:


  • Seishinteki Kyoho is training to refine one's heart and spirit. An enduring spirit (Ninniku Seishin) is developed by training hard and with proper intention. By being sincere students who train with patience, humility and endurance we can polish our hearts like a mirror.
  • Taijutsu are the physical defensive techniques of Ninpo. The collective techniques are known as Ninpo Taijutsu. The physical techniques within Ninpo Taijutsu are drawn from many Ryu-Ha (traditional schools), each with a slightly different emphasis.


Daken-taijutsu includes striking and kicking methods that utilise the movement of the whole body to generate the maximum amount of power.


Taihenjutsu includes evasion techniques, breakfalls and tumbling skills.


Kosshi-jutsu (pressure point methods) and Koppo-jutsu (breaking methods) involve attacking the weak points of the body in order to defend against a stronger attacker.


Jutaijutsu includes grappling techniques, but these are different to what a student may encounter in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Ninpo Jutaijutsu includes ground fighting but is more in line with staying on your feet wherever possible. Jutaijutsu includes locking & pinning techniques, as well as throws, chokes and escape methods.


Certification in Ninpo Taijutsu at the Kinkan Dojo follows a kyu/dan system, and registered students also have the opportunity to test and gain certification in the Ryu-Ha.

The techniques demonstrated or described within this web site are to be used for legitimate purposes only, in appropriate self-defence situations. Do not depend on any video, audio or manual for your safety. Your safety depends upon you and your judgement. If you are a beginner seek the guidance of a qualified, experienced and competent instructor. This material is presented for educational purposes only. When you train in any martial art or self defence system you are consenting to participate and therefore there is an assumption of risk. Use this information at your own risk. If you misinterpret or misuse any of the techniques or concepts expressed in this web site somebody could be seriously injured or killed as a result. Therefore the information contained within the web site should only be used as a supplement to competent personal instruction, safe and diligent practice, personal evaluation and balanced with the moral and legal application of any technique or tactic.


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