Best Martial Arts Courses

Find the best online Martial Arts Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Martial Arts Courses.

Martial Arts for Beginners

You will learn basic kicks and punches in this introductory Martial Arts course.

Created by Martynas Karys - Martial Arts instructor, Entrepreneur

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Students: 26450, Price: Free

Students: 26450, Price:  Free

This course will teach you main things that you need to know when starting to learn Martial Arts. I provided an abundance of entertaining and informative videos that will go in detail on each topic that you will need to know. Virtually every lecture is accompanied by an instructional video. I will provide supplemental materials such as Power Point presentation with most of the videos for an easy review when you need it.

Completion of the course does not mean that you mastered it, I would strongly suggest going through the course multiple times and practicing every technique hundreds of times. As Bruce Lee said, "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."

The structure of the course is fairly simple. I will start by explaining the points of a good stance. I will then show you some basic footwork that you should be practicing. Once you have a stance and the footwork down, we will then move on to basic punches. Once you have that down I will then introduce you to basic kicks. Lastly, I will show you two, in my opinion, most useful self defense techniques that you will be able to use in a street today! I will show you the major different ways of doing each technique so that your practice do not get dull. I will also show you common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. So grab a pair of comfortable pants and let's get started!

Self Defense Training Military Grade Jiu Jitsu – Best Course

Every Self Defense Technique You NEED to Know in One Course!

Created by David Wong - Martial artist, Qi Gong Meditator, Entrepreneur, Influencer

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Students: 18731, Price: Free

Students: 18731, Price:  Free

Are you prepared? For The Top 10 Unarmed and Weapon Attacks You Will Encounter On The street...

Discover techniques that work where there are no rules and your attackers never play fair – on the real streets…

Too many variables occur on the street that don’t exist in the ring. Eg. Weapons, ambushes, your surroundings, the time of day etc. Learn how to act quickly and effectively in every situation.

This Military grade jiu jitsu system is created to work in real life situations, unlike MMA, UFC, Mixed Martial Arts, which is entertaining to watch but will get you killed in a street fight.

“While the general public was taught basic self defense and sport style Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, certainelite police and military personel were taught a “military grade” version of the system. Little known outside of the few academies that specialized in it, “Military Grade” BJJ is truly the most complete and effective system of self defense known to man.

This lethal street version of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is hybridized with Combat Sambo (the once closely guarded Russian military hand to hand system of the old Soviet union) This system is used by Robert LeRuyet personally in real life self-defense encounters and is used to train his students who include soldiers of the Afghan war and the Canadian version of the Navy Seals.”

Learn Inkscape : Design Logos and Game Arts

Learn To Design Logos And Game Art Using Inkscape Become A Designer. FREE Inkscape

Created by Swapnil Rane - Game Developer , Game Art Designer

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Students: 16406, Price: Free

Students: 16406, Price:  Free

Learn the basic concepts, tools, and functions that you will need to build fully functional Logos and Game Art with the popular Inkscape vector art tool.

Anyone who would like to learn the Inkscape vector graphic editor,  whether for profit or fun, would be a perfect candidate for this course.

Build a strong foundation in Designing Art with this tutorial for beginners.

Here, you will learn the fundamentals of Inkscape by following along  and completing tasks throughout this course.  We will create amazing logos and game art.

Inkscape is free, easy to learn, has excellent documentation, and is the base for creating professional Logos and Game Art without much effort.

Content and Overview 

We will first learn the basic tools , and understand how inkscape works.

Starting with downloading and installing Inkscape, this course will take you through various Inkscape features and how to use them. By creating Logos and Game Art, you’ll establish a strong understanding of Logo Design and Game Art creation process

Students completing the course will have the knowledge to design beautiful logos and Game Art in minutes.

At the end of the course you will receive 150+ Game art including Game Background , Isometric Characters , Game GUI and much more.

Wing Chun Martial Arts – Self Defense Techniques

Learn self defense techniques fast at home

Created by David Wong - Martial artist, Qi Gong Meditator, Entrepreneur, Influencer

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Students: 13095, Price: Free

Students: 13095, Price:  Free

These EASY TO UNDERSTAND training videos are GUARANTEED to teach you everything you need to know to further develop your StrengthPower and sharper Technique. This modern realistic approach to training provided in HD brings you the secrets of the ancient art of war applied to 21st Century Training.This is your interactive step-by-step course,  making it easy for anyone.

Chi Gong Meditation for Beginners – Chinese Martial Arts

A Step By Step Guide to Improve Fitness and Health with Qi Gong For Physical Health and Mental Wellness

Created by David Wong - Martial artist, Qi Gong Meditator, Entrepreneur, Influencer

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Students: 9811, Price: Free

Students: 9811, Price:  Free

This course is perfect for you, when you want to take care of your body, improving overall fitness and health without exhausting yourself.

The exercises of  the course are very simple to do. And you will already feel the relaxation in important regions of the body, like neck, lower back and shoulders. These regions are often stressed out through long periods of sitting in our daily lives, reducing fitness and affecting our health.

Through practicing the exercises in the course you will feel that your movements become more efficient and smooth, which has a protective effect on the health of your joints and tissues on a long term of view.

The intensive, relaxed contact to one's own body through Qi Gong also makes it possible to make one's own work more tension-free, more relaxed and more creative. The deep, inner letting go leads you to the foundation of health and fitness.

Self Defense For Beginners – Top 10 Martial Arts Techniques

Top 10 Self Defense Techniques You MUST Know

Created by David Wong - Martial artist, Qi Gong Meditator, Entrepreneur, Influencer

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Students: 9620, Price: Free

Students: 9620, Price:  Free

Are you prepared? For The Top 10 Unarmed and Weapon Attacks You Will Encounter On The street...

Discover techniques that work where there are no rules and your attackers never play fair – on the real streets…

Too many variables occur on the street that don’t exist in the ring. Eg. Weapons, ambushes, your surroundings, the time of day etc. Learn how to act quickly and effectively in every situation.

This Military grade jiu jitsu system is created to work in real life situations, unlike MMA, UFC, Mixed Martial Arts, which is entertaining to watch but will get you killed in a street fight.

“While the general public was taught basic self defense and sport style Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, certainelite police and military personel were taught a “military grade” version of the system. Little known outside of the few academies that specialized in it, “Military Grade” BJJ is truly the most complete and effective system of self defense known to man.

This lethal street version of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is hybridized with Combat Sambo (the once closely guarded Russian military hand to hand system of the old Soviet union) This system is used by Robert LeRuyet personally in real life self-defense encounters and is used to train his students who include soldiers of the Afghan war and the Canadian version of the Navy Seals.”

20 Step Introduction to the Filipino Martial Arts (Escrima)

DFA Kali Level 1 (Kali/Escrima) - Introduction to Filipino Martial Arts of Kali & Escrima

Created by David Seiwert - Instructor, Producer, Writer

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Students: 9174, Price: Free

Students: 9174, Price:  Free

The Filipino martial arts are known by the names Kali, Escrima and Arnis.  Most people think of it as "That Stick Fighting Art" , but it is much more.  The Filipino martial arts are a complete system encompassing Hands, Feet, Weapons and Joint Locking.  Many police and military around the world are now learning these arts are due to the effectiveness of the techniques.

The course teaches the following:

Basics

  • FMA History

  • The Salute or Bow

  • Warm-ups and Stretching

Footwork

  • Forward Angle STepping

  • Reverse Angle Stepping

  • Six point Stepping

Punching

  • The Jab

  • The Cross

  • The Hook

  • The Uppercut

  • Hand Speed Drills

Kicks

  • Front Kick

  • Side Kick

  • Thai or Shin Kick

Street Defensive Tactics

  • Front Choke

  • Rear Choke - part 1

  • Rear Choke - part 2

Ground Fighting

  • Ground Fighting #1 - Guard, Mount, Side Mount

  • Ground Fighting #2 - The Reality of the Street

  • Ground Fighting #3 - Maneuvering in the Guard

Single Stick

  • Warm-ups for the Stick

  • Nine Angles of Attack

  • Long Range Blocking

PDF's

  • Curriculum

  • Certificate of Completion

"If you want to learn to fight go somewhere else.....If you want to learn to survive, join us."

Wing Chun for Beginners 2 – Learn Martial Arts Kung Fu

Wing Chun Chum Kiu for Self Defense Kung Fu Street Fighting Wing Chung Master

Created by David Wong - Martial artist, Qi Gong Meditator, Entrepreneur, Influencer

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Students: 8386, Price: Free

Students: 8386, Price:  Free

Learn wing chun from home in a fun and easy-to-follow way!

Wing Chun Kid is Born and trained in Hong Kong, the birth center of Yip Man's Wing Chun.
He is also trained in Jeet Kune Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
He has taken the best techniques and concepts from different wing chun streams and refined them into a single, concise and brutally effective form that has been proven and tested to work in real life.

The Chum Kiu Form - "Seeking the Bridge" (Wing Chun's 2nd form)
Step-by-step video instructions on how to do the movements and techniques, so you can learn from home!

Easy-to-follow, detailed explanations on finer points of the form, so you can do them properly!

Learn exactly how to use each technique in a real fight, including:
•Double Gum Sau
•Dai Bong Sau
•Double Tan Sau
•Bong Sau / Wu Sau
•Wang Tek
•Double Lan Sau
•Jing Jeung, Palm Strikes
•Kop Sau
•lap Sau

And many more!

Wing Chun Techniques and Applications – Martial Art Moves

After completing this course you will be ready to learn how Wing Chun can really be used.

Created by David Wong - Martial artist, Qi Gong Meditator, Entrepreneur, Influencer

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Students: 7264, Price: Free

Students: 7264, Price:  Free

This is provided for all those who are interested in learning Wing Chun and would like to try our product be for purchasing a full course this training section includes a variety of Wing Chun lessons for a small price and will be regularly updated as we develop new material so it is the perfect way to start experiencing the benefits of learning the Master Wong system. 
This course includes a lot of the basics of Wing Chun including punching, kicking, stances, defending, attacking, movements for self- defense and answers to frequently asked questions. This training will give you a taste of what is available and allow you to start to become part of the Master Wong system.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Ground Fighting -Street Self Defense

Ground Fighting for "No-Rules" Street Situations

Created by David Wong - Martial artist, Qi Gong Meditator, Entrepreneur, Influencer

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Students: 5787, Price: Free

Students: 5787, Price:  Free

Learn the fastest and most brutal ground fighting techniques for the street, including: 

-The Knee Ride 
-The Knee Ride Variations 
-The Knee Low Ride 
-Strikes from Knee Ride 
-Elbow Lock from Knee Ride 
-Shaving Elbow Lock from Knee Ride 
-Cross Arm Lock from Knee Ride 
-Cross Arm Lock Variations 
-Kimura Shoulder Lock from Knee Ride 
-Kimura Details 
-Scissor Choke from Knee Ride 
-Scissor Choke Details 
-Scissor Choke to Arm Lock 
-Scissor Choke to Arm Lock 2 
-Knee Ride Transition Drill 
-The S-Mount / Russian Mount 
-Arm Lock from S-Mount 
-Head Control in Arm Lock 
-Arm Lock from S-Mount Transition 
-The Mongolian Mount 
-Mount Transition Drill 
-Deep High Mount 
-Arm Wrap Deep High Mount 
-Arm Lock from Deep High Mount 
-Arm Lock Variation from Deep High Mount 
-Triangle Choke from Deep High Mount 
-Shin Choke from Russian Mount 
-Arm Lock & Choke Transitions 
-Choke & Nelson from Back Control 

Over 30 years in the making, he has taken the best techniques and concepts from countless martial arts forms and refined them into a single, concise and brutally effective form that has been proven and tested to work in real life on the streets.

Qi Gong: Healing and Balancing of Body and Mind

Leading you into healing intuitive flow of sacred martial arts movements

Created by David Wong - Martial artist, Qi Gong Meditator, Entrepreneur, Influencer

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Students: 4447, Price: Free

Students: 4447, Price:  Free

The word Qigong (also spelled Chi Kung / Chi Gong) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi (Chi) is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.

The second word, Gong (Kung), pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is developed through regular practice. In basic terms Qigong (Chi Kung) means developing the vital energy of the body, the mind and the heart with regular practice. It is a system developed and used for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. The main methodology used to accomplish this is with deliberate breathing coordinated with specific body movements.

Qigong can be classified as health, martial, medical, or spiritual. All Qigong styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus.

These benefits include: stress hormone reduction, improved sleep quality, increased range of motion and reduced muscle stiffness, better circulation and much more! These statements are not simply backed by centuries of tradition, in this course we support the practice of Qigong with published scientific evidence.

The course is structured with instructional video for each exercise. There are safety and training guidelines included to help you get the most out of the course that explains the best and most efficient ways to practice.

Basic Self Defense.

Learn the easiest ways to protect yourself.

Created by Defender inc - Team of Indian Art Experts

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Students: 3462, Price: Free

Students: 3462, Price:  Free

This video course is for people who would like to learn self-defense for self-protection.

This course is based on South Indian Dragon Kung Fu style. Through this course, students will learn various Self Defense techniques, to defend common catching, grabbing, and slapping attacks.

This is not an advanced course, but students will learn some sudden survival techniques, which is very applicable to the modern lifestyle.

52 Blocks Dirty Boxing – How to Land Your Blocks

Learn how to use your hands to their full potential!

Created by Martynas Karys - Martial Arts instructor, Entrepreneur

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Students: 3329, Price: Free

Students: 3329, Price:  Free

ARE YOU READY TO LEARN ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING NEW ARTS?

Here is what you will get from taking this course:

  • This is a FREE, yes, FREE mini course on the NEW martial art of defense - 52 Blocks.

  • You will learn the flagship block of this art - Skull and Bones, and will see some applications of some other blocks.

  • One of the most common questions that people raise when they see this art in action is, "but how do I manage to land those blocks?". This is the question that will be answered in this mini course.

  • NOTE: THIS IS A FREE TRIAL COURSE, THE FULL COURSE CONTAINS 500 LESSONS.

  • Lessons are taught by Lyte Burly - prominent NYC 52 Blocks Master. All rights acquired.

About Instructor:

Master Lyte Burly has been practicing various Martial Arts styles with a heavy focus on Boxing for over 30 years. He applies his knowledge daily by sparring with practitioners from different styles and backgrounds, one of a few Masters that are always willing to put on the gloves to spar with strangers. He has put in thousands of hours of training and continues to do so. His students has won MMA competitions as well as The Golden Gloves. Some of the styles he has practiced: Tai Chi Xing Yi Pa Kua Chang Wing Chun Kickboxing Boxing Wrestling

Pressure Points 101

Self-Defense techniques using pressure points.

Created by Master Muhammad Ali - Master Ali - Advanced Kyusho Practitioner

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Students: 3259, Price: Free

Students: 3259, Price:  Free

Welcome to Kyusho Jutsu, the study of pressure points in self-defense.

Have you heard about incorporating pressure points into your existing Marital Art?  But don't know where and how to get started?  Then this course is perfect for you.  Pressure Points 101 will introduce you and get your feet wet in the study of pressure points. 

When you add pressure points with your techniques everything becomes MORE PAINFUL to the opponent and it will take your understanding of your art to a whole new level.

If you enjoy this course and want to go further, then please continue with my FULL BLACK BELT program which takes you from beginner to advanced levels of Kyusho Jutso.

The Dark Arts of Media Manipulation

Learn about the sophisticated psychological techniques, that are used to covertly control our thoughts and opinions.

Created by Sandra Peddle - Retired teacher

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Students: 2222, Price: Free

Students: 2222, Price:  Free

What will I learn?

How to defend myself against increasingly personally-targeted propaganda techniques, which work by tapping into our deepest thoughts, fears and desires. 

Requirements

While no prior knowledge is needed you must:

·     approach the course with an open mind.

·     be prepared to leave your comfort zone.

·     practice self-honesty.

·     apply what you learn, because this course is really about everyday defence.

Description of the Course

The main focus of the course, however, is on self-development, so the short video lectures are supplemented by a great deal of additional material including links to videos, articles and self tests.  These give you the opportunity for active involvement, as well as for further personal study, allowing you to adjust your learning path according to your own interests and needs. 

By the time you have completed the final self-examination, you should not only have acquired a great deal of in-depth knowledge of the modern ‘propaganda machine,’ but also the ability to accurately assess your own vulnerabilities to all of its workings.   

Kyusho Home Security and Defense

Simple and easy to apply self-defense techniques to evade attackers or intruders trying to enter your home or car.

Created by Master Muhammad Ali - Master Ali - Advanced Kyusho Practitioner

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Students: 1200, Price: Free

Students: 1200, Price:  Free

This is an introduction course to Kyusho Jutsu, the study of pressure points on the human body.  Kyusho Jutsu is not a martial art but a system that can be incorporated into ANY martial art.  When you apply pressure point targets to your strikes or kicks, it amplifies the pain delivery to the attacker.  These are not magical points on the body but part of a series of meridians built into every human being on the planet.  Every one has a nervous system and that is what we use.  The numbering system is based on Acupuncture or Acupressure points.

Pressure points can be used to heal or inflict pain.   In the case of this introductory course, you will learn to use the points to inflict pain.

Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Master Ali

Street Self-Defense for Beginners

Learn the basics of punches, kicks, movement, and joint locks.

Created by Tony Dygal - Martial Master

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Students: 1188, Price: Free

Students: 1188, Price:  Free

Ascendancy provides a street based combative self-defense fight system developed for real world life-and-death situations. Chock full of content and fast-paced, with time-marked supplemental information, it is focused solely on the most effective means of self-defense as well as the protection of others. There are no belts (we’re not interested in selling belts like traditional systems), and there are no mats (you’ll quickly realize falling in the real world is not the same as falling in your soft dojo), just pure content, entirely voiced-over, and meticulously laid out to provide the best video learning experience.

Learn the basics that will propel you into a new mindset of self-confidence and combative development.

How To Aerial | Learn Gymnastics and Martial Arts Acrobatics

Master the Aerial and Learn Martial Arts Acrobatics for Beginners & Gymnastics Fundamentals for Tricking,Parkour,Fitness

Created by Inauen Thomas - Martialarts & Acrobatics Teacher at Tomtricks

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Students: 1167, Price: Free

Students: 1167, Price:  Free

You would like to learn the Aerial?

  • You`ve seen this cool move in movies and you would love to do it yourself?

  • You are interested in martial arts, acrobatics and gymnastics?

  • You want to build more confidence, get super fit and widen your abilities?

  • But you don`t really know where to start and you are afraid that you could get injured?

This short little course will teach you the Aerial or also known as a "Cartwheel Without Hands". It`s relatively easy to learn and a really stylish skill to have. I`d like to show you how I learned the Aerial and how you can do the same!

Wether you are a professional athlete who wants to widen his skillset or a beginner starting out - you will be able to progress at your own pace at home following clear and efficient step by step progressions.

Master this beginner course and set foot into the world of gymnastics, martial arts and acrobatics!

While there are plenty of tricking tutorials out there that show how to learn martial arts acrobatics and gymnastics skills, it is difficult to find comprehensive guides. Particularly for those with little time and experience it is hard because there are so many different methods but no consistent progression line.

This course offers slow but clear and efficient progressions to learn step by step without the fear of injury and hurting yourself. In addition to the main technical aspects of learning the Cartwheel and the Aerial, it covers also information about warming-up and conditioning your body for practice.

Course Bonuses

  • All the tutorials, chapters and lessons are built upon each other and everything comes from one source

  • Direct feedback and help from me your instructor...you can ask me and we will solve any problem together

  • Many other courses are available as a direct continuation from this course

  • Filmed in HD quality and a cool design makes course a nice source to work with

  • High quality slow motion clips to study in detail

  • Training Guide (16 page downloadable PDF Document)

The key things you will learn

  • How to get started and set your foot into the world of martial arts acrobatics

  • 9 essential warm-up exercises for martial arts and acrobatics

  • 3 conditioning exercises to strengthen your body for learning the Aerial

  • Mastering the Cartwheel which is an essential move in gymnastics

  • Mastering the Aerial and achieving your first move ever

  • Knowing how to train safely and without the fear of falling and hurting yourself

Contents and Overview

This course starts with a welcoming section. First you will get an overview about the course and a little introduction. Then I will shortly introduce myself to you so that you know who I am. After that you will get introduced to your personal training plan so that you know exactly how to follow and work with the course content.

Before diving into the Aerial training you learn how to correctly prepare your body. Warming up is an essential element to learning martial arts acrobatics and improving your fitness. You find 9 warm up exercises and 3 conditioning exercises.

Once you know how to warm-up you can start with learning the Cartwheel and the Aerial. Step by step and with slow but efficient progressions you will work through the progression. As a natural side effect you will significantly increase your body control, balance and agility. You will get into better shape than ever and widen your range of abilities.

To analyse the Aerial in detail you can take a look at special slow-motion clips which show the move from all four directions. This can be very helpful since many key points are hidden in detail.

By the end of the course performing an Aerial will be incredibly easy and fun for you! You will feel better than ever, have regained your confidence and full control over your body and your abilities!

If you want to challenge yourself in acrobatics and gymnastics and learn the Aerial...then this course is exactly right for you!

This is a free course and you are welcome to enrol at any time. Just as a general info I would like to mention that all my fee-based courses have a 30-day money-back guarantee through Udemy. That means you are able to check it out, make sure it`s the right course for you, and get a refund if it`s not.

Are you ready to start learning?

Do not hesitate and start your training now! With this free online course you can take it at your own pace. Even though you might be too busy right now you can enrol today and take the course at your own pace.

Try it out and and have fun. Thank you so much for your interest in my course "How To Aerial | Learn Gymnastics and Martial Arts Acrobatics".

See you inside and .... train smart!

Tom Inauen / TOMTRICKS

(Disclaimer Notice: In order to perform the exercises effectively and safely you should be in good physical condition prior to beginning the course. By registering for the course or performing these exercises you understand that exercising can lead to physical injury. If you engage in any exercise suggested by Thomas Inauen, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge Thomas Inauen from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown arising out of Thomas Inauen`s negligence.)

Hack The Worlds Best Martial Arts And Pressure Points

Learn The Worlds Deadliest Fighting Styles For Inflicting Pain, Ending Fights Fast, And Defending Against The Unexpected

Created by Lee Mainprize - World Authority And Mens Health Magazine Martial Arts Expert

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Students: 693, Price: $39.99

Students: 693, Price:  Paid

#1 Martial arts course on Udemy is what reviewers are saying about this new unique one of a kind course.

This course is not for those who are looking for a magic bullet it requires practice to learn these powerful skills!

FAST TRACK YOUR SKILLS TO MARTIAL ARTS FIGHT MASTERY 

Learn the best fighting techniques from the best fighting styles from a lifetime of martial arts study, giving you every strategy you will need to help you sky rocket your skills and destroy your opponent in a real life street fight.

Get a front row seat to learning an array of skills very few martial artists in the world will ever be lucky enough to know.. until now!

Secrets are only secrets if you don’t know them, unlocking them and gaining access can open up a completely new world of possibilities.

You’re here because you want THE BEST OF THE BEST martial arts training in the world!

You don’t just want to settle for average skills and abilities like regular martial artists you want to go way beyond this, and not spend 20 years doing it either.

If you’re genuinely interested in dramatically shortening the learning curve and learn the secrets to true mastery then continue reading.

If you want to learn the very best, hands down most effective skills that the martial arts has to offer and be that guy that owns them, and others looks up to for your skills and knowledge.

Then the information contained on this page is going to be very important to you.

It’s a long and hard journey to attain these skills the traditional way, very few accomplish it.

You’re talking 20 at least years of your life, constantly travelling to seminars learning from many different Masters.

But that’s the old way AND now there’s a NEW WAY to get there much faster….

How To Attain Total Fight Mastery And Hack The Worlds Best Martial Arts 

Imagine if you where a millionaire and you could travel the world training with the best martial artists and learn the best fighting systems.

It would be awesome wouldn’t it!

Imagine how good you would be?

You’d achieve master level for sure, I mean to become the best you have to have trained with the best, I’m sure you’ll agree that makes perfect sense!

Sure it’s going to take allot of trial and error finding out who’s the real deal and who’s not but..

If you want to become the best, dramatically shorten the learning curve to Martial Fight Mastery and learn the kind of skills most martial artists will never know.

Then stick with me.

Most of us are not millionaires, we don’t have the funds, the time and probably the commitment to actually spend 10-20 years of our lives to achieve this kind of skill.

There’s only one guy I know who has been in the privileged position equivalent to that of a millionaire who has trained with such an array of masters and his name is Bob Sykes.

Bob Sykes is the godfather of British martial arts, he founded the UKs most successful Martial Arts Magazine “Martial Arts Illustrated” over 20 years ago and is the real deal Master.

Being the editor put Bob into the cat seat of martial arts because it gave him unprecedented access to the best training and fighting systems the world has to offer for over 20 years unlike anyone else in the world I know!.

Everyone and anyone wanted to be in Bobs magazine, this gave Bob the perfect opportunity to learn the best of what everyone had to offer from almost every style out there, Bob threw much away but kept the best of it for himself.

I don’t know anyone in the world who has had access to the training that Bob has, he’s amassed the skill and knowledge only a handful have attained.

Bob has Hacked The Worlds Best Martial Arts And the great news is you don’t have to be a millionaire or run your own martial arts magazine for 20 years like Bob, because I finally convinced Bob to cram the best of the best martial arts onto a ground breaking new program.

Its called “The Blueprint Decoded”

and it combines the best fighting techniques from the best fighting styles from a lifetime of martial arts study, giving you every strategy you will need to help you sky rocket your skills and destroy your opponent in a real life street fight.

The Blueprint Decoded gives you a front row seat to learning an array of skills very few martial artists in the world will ever be lucky enough to know.. until now!

Here are just some of the incredible skills shared on this ground breaking new program:-

REVEALED! The ultimate “close quarter” fighting system in its ancient form that finishes any fight in a blink – Bob’s personal favourite system for the street.

Pressure Point Skills – use these two simple TAPS onto the head to send your opponent –  no matter how big he is – reeling in pain 10 feet away INSTANTLY

How to develop brutal power in your elbow strikes so you can end fights fast

The ultimate in martial strength and conditioning “Iron Shirt” Kung Fu Exercises

An extremely rare form exposed under the risk of a Death Oath!

Bob shares his most devastating technique that made him victorious in the legendary “Clash of the Titans”

The most lethal stickfighting methods known to man!

And much more!!!

The Ultimate Martial
Arts Guide

So let me give you a little more background on Bob Sykes… firstly Bob is an outstanding fighter with an impressive fight career he’s not only trained with the best he’s fought most of them too!

Alfie “The Animal” Lewis, Kash “The Flash” Gill, Arthur O’Loughlin Jackson White and too many other names to mention…

He is a real fighter and someone who has the reputation for being “fearless” never backing down from a challenge.

Like the time he challenged Bill “Superfoot” Wallace the undefeated Full Contact Kickboxing champion, a man with a left leg recorded at kicking speeds of over 60 miles per hour, to a match at his own seminar, it’s a fight that went down in folklore.

Bob had already performed a demonstration bout with Mr Wallace 2 months prior on cable TV.

The seminar took place in Manchester and after some hard training it was time for free sparring.

Bob wanted to make a big impression and headed straight for Mr Wallace.

So the stage was set for Bob to go to work on Mr Wallace who incidentally had the same intentions as Bob.

The bruising encounter lasted 15 minutes and everyone in attendance stopped to watch the insuing war.
**a few well timed photo’s of Bob V Bill

At the end a well done from “Bill” and a wave of acceptance from onlookers was enough to let Bob know he had faired well.

It’s an event that is still talked about to this day!.

“The Challenge”
Wing Chun Wars

Let me tell you about the time he issued a challenge to 4 of the best Wing Chun Masters in the UK to a match – Master Derek Jones was the only one who took up the challenge, the saga was labeled the “Wing Chun Wars”

It was in the eighties and a time when the media where fixated on martial arts teachers being openly challenged and in some cases, attacked and beaten by representatives of opposing groups.

The bare knuckle fight took place in Huddersfield on top of a remote hill.

It was a fight between North and South and both had brought some heavy trusted back up in case things got ugly.

Derek came out of know where and began attacking Bob with straight punches… it was on!

It went from clinch to the ground and back to feet.

Bob let two successful thai style shin kicks go, both found their target, he followed it up with a well timed back kick which thundered into Dereks mid section.

Dereks fingers gouged Bobs eye and his straight blast of punches fractured his cheek bone.

Bob could now see 3 of Derek as he did he threw a right hand which connected and Derek fell to the ground, looking like he had no fight left. **a few photos of the infamous wing chun wars fight

Bob remembers 2 Londoners reaching inside their jackets at this point –  “get the guns out the car” someone shouted with a northern accent.

There where no guns but the bluff paid off and the south backed off.

Bob pulled Derek to his feet and proclaimed the fight a draw!

Sadly Derek is longer with us but Bob who became good friends with Derek after the fight has no hesitation in telling me Derek was a “true warrior”

I could listen to Master Sykes recounting stories like these all day, he’s a very interesting and charismatic character guy who has lived a colourful life, he’s the real deal for sure.

That’s why when Bob speaks people listen because he has been there and done it… he is someone who has walked the walk many times when many guys simple talk the talk.

Infact he’s just completed a sell out tour of Martial Arts Seminars throughout the UK.

And because he is a fighter he knows the difference instantly between the guys that merely pretend they can fight because Bob doesn’t hesitate to get the gloves on and test them out to see if there are as good as they say they are!

That’s what I like about Bob he’s a straight shooter and always gets to the crux of things fast!

So let me take you through whats covered on…

“The Blueprint Decoded” Hack The Worlds Best Martial Arts And Pressure Points 

Volume 1
Devastating Elbows

The big grey area in most martial arts is when things get close in fighting – the range that real fights actually take place, this system is the most effective Bob has encountered in 30 years of seeing pretty much everything there is to see when fighting at this range.

Problem is most martial arts styles Karate, Kickboxing and Taekwondo are great at fighting from a distance.

A real fight is brutal it’s in your face and you don’t have time to fight from the outside…

It all ends in a blink… before you’ve got a chance to get into your fighting stance.

It’s the forgotten range of martial arts that’s without doubt the most important when it comes to surviving on the streets.

Having seen this in action I can see why Bob believes this is the best for fighting at this range,  I’ve personally trained Keysi Fighting Method for 4-5 years, I’ve studied Krav Maga, MMA and seen all the reality based and World War 2 hand to hand stuff but for me this beats them all, infact many of these systems have taken from this fighting system it’s that good!

For a start its only 3 moves so it’s not complicated to learn.  It works defending against any type of attack.

The MMA fighter trying to grapple, boxer trying to knockout you out, street fighter trying to headbutt.

And it’s not going to take years to master like many other systems.

When your life’s on the line you don’t have time to think, you only react.

That’s why you need only a few deadly effective techniques that hit your opponent like a canon!

And that’s what’s so good about this.

Here’s some highlights from this volume.

 Devastating Elbows strikes from a little known system, these are nasty!

 This 3 point attack system is the most lethal fight finisher, it’s the hammer, the canon of the martial arts.

 How to develop the physical attributes and conditioning exercises specifically designed to generate massive power in your elbow strikes

 Learn the strongest defensive shape known to man – train this to develop an almost impenetrable defence

Volume 2
Close Quarter Fight Mastery

Volume 2 is building on what’s covered in Volume 1 and going deeper.

 How to put your whole body into your elbow strikes with twisting the body drill to generate massive power

 How to develop 360 degrees fighting vision to deal with attacks from any angle

 How to strike while moving and turning for taking out multiple attackers

 A howitzer of a punch perfect for close quarter fighting that is so effect when it connects, its game over!

 A reaction feel drill that helps you defend and counter any punch even with your head!

 Internal Mastery – How to tap into your chi and become a more powerful martial artist.

 Bob shares his most devastating technique that made him victorious in the legendary “Clash of the Titans” an early mixed martial arts event pre UFC.

Volume 3
Weapon Mastery

 Learn weaponry skills taught directly from a Philipino Masters.

 How to distort your opponents distance so he can’t see your attacks coming

 How to use your non weapon hand to triple the power of your strikes

 How to wield a heavy weapon such as pick axe handle, baseball or cricket bat effectively

 The 5 point attack system to drop any fighter

 Turn every edge of your weapon into a deadly attack

 How to fire lightening fast stick combinations with explosive power

 A simple distraction to knock out your opponent with your empty hand

 Close quarter choking techniques using your weapon

 Snowball your skills and learn to merge the elbows with a weapon as taught in volume 1-2

 Stick sparring master class

Stick fighting myths exposed what really works and what doesn’t

 How to truly connect your body to your weapon to be one

 Internal Mastery – How to draw your energy into your sacred chakra

Volume 4 
Mind Games

Learn an extremely rare Indonesian form taught to Bob by someone who had to fast for 40 days and 40 nights and undertake a death oath to learn it, sounds far fetched but its true!

Bob brings in expert Dr Rory McSweeney – to cover the mental side of fighting which is rarely taught and understood but a vital piece of the mastery jigsaw.

In a game of poker if we took 10 players and played over 10 hours, mathematically they are all going to get good and bad cards, yet in a game of poker the best players always come out on top.  In the world series its always the same faces winning.  So if it’s just about the cards how come these guys come out on top every time!

Are they the luckiest players or do they have something else?

This Volume reveals exactly what these top players/fighters have and how to attain it.

Bruce Lee said when two fighters of equal speed, ability and power meet it is the master of the faint who will be victorious, and he was right.

In today’s world of high level competition of mixed martial arts its becoming less about how fast, how powerful  or how much ability you have, BUT it’s about  how you can read each other’s game just like in poker everyone has the same cards it’s the person with the most information and who uses this information against their opponent that wins!

Here are just some of the mind training you’ll be able to tap into…

 Learn to understand what your opponent is thinking

 Get inside the mind of your opponent and learn to use this against him

 How to get the mental edge on your opponent

 How to eliminate luck and fight well all the time!

Plus, just to make this a complete “no-brainer” decision for you, I’m also going to throw in THESE great bonuses:

Bonus #1: Pressure Point Fighting Video

  • Use these two simple TAPS onto the head to send your opponent – no matter how big he is – reeling in pain 10 feet away INSTANTLY (you’ll create a shield around you no one can penetrate)

  • 7 consecutive pressure point attack system that leaves your opponent completely STUNNED (he’ll be left in a daze not knowing what to do next)

Bob shares the TRUTH on how to knock people out with pressure points, these pressure point attacks Bob shows are really effective – it won’t take you 10 years to pull them off like most pressure points skills which is why these are Bob’s personal favourites.

Bonus: Iron Shirt Kung Fu Training

Conditioning is the oil that makes the engine perform at its best and this training will really help you maximise the elbows learnt in Volume 1. Kept hidden by Chinese and Indonesian Masters for years these exercises will help you increase your skill ten fold.

You’ll learn how to work your tendons to develop an “Iron Shirt” and be able to take hard blows and deliver much more power strikes to your opponents.

Conditioning is the key to martial arts mastery and these exercises are the key to unlocking this.

You’re about to get your hands on video instruction given by one of the world’s most accomplished and respected Martial Arts Masters.

It would cost an awful allot of money and time to go out and find the best fighting methods, years and years infact.

And the cost of the program is about the same as it costs to train at an average martial arts school for a month – never mind the worlds best training!.

Plus – when you get your hands on “The Blueprint Decoded” you’ll notice it’s filmed in high quality video, you can even see the beads of sweat gathering on Bob’s forehead as he works to show you his fighting techniques.

Believe me, if I had been able to “Hack The Worlds Best Martial Arts ” many years ago, I would’ve saved myself years of frustration trying to figure out fighting tactics that ACTUALLY WORKED.

I would have short-cut my learning curve in the Dojo and, on the streets, and propelled myself to new heights of skills and ability as a martial artist.

And that feeling is priceless.

I’m ready to take action and gain unprecedented access to the best of the best fighting methods
the world has to offer for a incredibly low fee.

Lee Mainprize

P.S. “The Blueprint Decoded” will allow you to  – own the best fighting skills on the planet and Unlock your unlimited potential as a martial artist.

Remember you will not find all the skills taught on this program anywhere else.

This is your chance to take a giant leap forwards and I don’t want you to miss out on that!

The great thing Bob does is teach in a way that makes it easy to follow – you’ll be learning the best of the best – Bob spent 20 years cutting away the fat and now he’s giving you only the juicy tender stuff!

Take action today and order your copy of the incredible “Blueprint Decoded” and Hack The Worlds Best Martial Arts Now!

Martial Arts Iron Shirt and Iron Palm

How to make your body as strong as steel and your fists like hammers

Created by Paul Brecher - Martial And Healing Arts

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Iron Shirt training will make your martial arts body stronger and more resistant to the impact of your opponent's strikes. Iron Palm training will make your hands as strong as hammers. Whether you use a palm strike, backfist or punch, the impact will be greater. In addition, the chi kung internal training that is part of the system not only helps to make the body like steel and the hands like hammers but also massively increases the body's internal energy (called 'chi' in Chinese), resulting in improved general health and strengthening of all the body's major internal organs.  

* Iron Shirt creates a body strong like steel *        * Iron Palm creates fists like hammers *

                                       Whatever your martial arts style - you need this !

On this course, you will learn the complete system:

Internal Iron Shirt Chi Kung Method 

External Iron Shirt Impact Method

External Iron Palm Impact Method 

Internal Iron Palm Chi Kung Method

Standing Chi Kung Training 

The Small Heavenly Orbit of Chi

Martial arts – Primitive weapons

How to use and construct weapons using the rock, stick, and rope.

Created by Michael Stelzer Ph.D. - Engineer and Performer

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The weapons demonstrated in this course  directly use or are constructed of only rock, stick, and rope. Included in this instruction is a demonstration of the techniques for the Okinawan suruchin.

The original suruchin was a rope (commonly of hemp) of 150 or 200cm) in length with a rock tied to each end. This devastating weapon could be quickly constructed and hidden on your person before use.

Grandmaster Michael A. Stelzer holds several advanced ranks (10th Dan and above) in various styles of martial arts. Additionally, he holds three doctoral of science degrees and is a certified professional wrestler.

India’s Wonderful Contributions To The World

Learn about India's wonderful contribution to the world

Created by Paul Tavares - Wellbeing Expert & Scientist

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You will learn about a subject I am very passionate about, India. India has made such a wonderful contribution to the world, and still does. From entrepreneurs of the modern world to ancient healing systems and modalities from thousands of years ago. Yoga & spices are a wonderful export that people everywhere use routinely. This video series is my way of honouring such a wonderful nation. I hope you will learn more about India from this series & be inspired to visit some day!

Namaste 

Martial Arts Dim Mak

* The 26 Most Effective Dim Mak points *

Created by Paul Brecher - Martial And Healing Arts

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Beyond the mystery and the myths the TRUTH about DIM MAK. Finally clear and simple explanations that will be of interest to ALL martial artists. The 26 Most Effective Dim Mak points (The most vulnerable and weak anatomical locations on the human body). Strikes to these acupuncture points cause maximum effect with minimum effort. The knowledge of these points will transform and elevate your martial from a good system to a great martial art.

*** Whatever your martial arts style - you need this ! ***

Better Your Martial Arts Training Through Jishu Geiko

Build your own solo training routines through traditional training methods of Junan Taiso, Hojo Undo, Meiso and more.

Created by Adam Mitchell - Professional Martial Artist

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Designed for martial artists from all backgrounds committed to perfecting the state of fitness, mindfulness and spiritual health through consistent solo practice. The goal of this course is to provide a holistic curriculum of foundational strength and fitness training techniques for the traditional martial arts student. By following this course, students will be able to develop their own training solo circuits to fit their unique goals as a martial artist.

  • +100 videos fitness lessons for martial artists to get started.
  • Drills to add to your own training routines and classes
  • Fitness, stamina, weapons, meditation ... much more
  • Professional guest trainers
  • Community of fellow martial artists who are there to push you.

Ultimate Self Defense & Fitness Martial Arts Course

Experience weight loss and learn self defense through the arts of boxing, muay thai, Taekwondo, and MMA. 5/10/19 UPDATED

Created by Taylor Kelley - Martial Arts Instructor / Online Fitness Health Coach

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LATEST UPDATE: NEW VIDEOS ADDED - MAY 2019!

Get the Ultimate Self Defense and Fitness Martial Arts Course!

This step by step system is backed up by over 15 years martial arts experience studying boxing, kickboxing, and taekwondo. You will learn how to get in incredible shape while learning the best techniques derived from the styles I mentioned all by yourself and without the need for a partner!

You get:

- 3+ Hours Of detailed Martial Arts striking videos

- Follow along workout mp3s and pdfs

- an accountability facebook group to share your progress with fellow martial artists

AND...

UPDATED EVERY MONTH WITH FRESH NEW CONTENT!

Learning self defense online can be difficult, especially finding a legitimate martial arts instructor that will show you proper techniques derived from boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, kung fu, mixed martial arts, bjj ect.

However, now is the time to enroll into a striking martial arts course that will show you the ins and outs of each technique step by step. Suitable for beginners to advanced.

Whether you're a beginner martial artist seeking a course that will show you how to use self defense properly, or an enthusiast looking to clean up your striking technique for fitness reasons, this course will definitely help you achieve your goals.

These martial arts techniques can be used for close combat situations, long distance fighting, and can be used both for competitive martial arts competition and self defense.

Learning how to fight shouldn't be a difficult task, with the resources we have these days, you should be able to find a course that will show you powerful methods for kicking and punching utilizing boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, close combat, self-defense, krav maga, and other martial arts from a good instructor. Rest assured, you've come to the right place!

I will walk you step-by-step with the same methods I have used to teach my own students in martial arts classes. Achieving peak fitness, self defense, and learning how to use martial arts effectively is at utmost priority.

There's a good reason why those involved in the military utilize martial arts effective for hand to hand combat, and the mixed martial arts techniques I will show you can be used for competitive mma fighters but also self defense.

I'm so convinced you'll get some amazing benefits from this martial arts fitness and self defense course which is why I offer:

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Martial Arts Mastery – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Killer Crucifix

How To Break Arms, Rip Shoulders, and Choke Necks Every Which Way...

Created by Chris Pizzo - World's Leading Self Defense Instructor

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The human body is a resilient miracle…

It’s delicate soft tissues, organs, vessels, and arteries have all been designed to be protected by think layers of muscle, cable-like tendons, and strategically placed bone structures.

The absolute Hollywood nonsense and martial arts fantasy that someone’s neck can be broken by a simple “twist”, knocked out by a “lucky” punch, or bones snapped by simple “manipulation” has been proven false time and time again in the ring, on the mats, and in the cage…

So what’s the answer?

How do you dispatch someone who just won’t stay down?

Enter the Crucifix.

Effectively and efficiently targeting THREE of the bodies most vulnerable areas simultaneously, the knowledgable fighter who employs this tactic can literally “choose” the amount of damage done to their adversary.

Should I break their arm?

Should I dislocate their shoulder?

OR...

Should I just put them to sleep?

Even meaner, this dominant technique can also be used to snap directly into the legendary inescapable judo technique that breaks and dislocates in one fluid motion!

Every aspect of the Killer Crucifix is covered here by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu AND Judo 2nd Degree Black Belt Chris Pizzo…

How to enter the position…

How to maintain the position…

How to shut down ANY possible escape…

How to re-counter EVERY possible counter…

And of course…

How to break arms, rip shoulders, and choke necks every which way.

Sharing for the first time (and ONLY on Udemy), Professor Chris Pizzo teaches us the same fierce chain of techniques that is the “Killer Crucifix” usually reserved for his close Judoka friends and Team Moreira Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teammates.

DO NOT MISS THIS!

LvL-Up your martial arts from home – stick fight edition

Learn stick fighting with this beginner course

Created by Joost Raaijmaakers - Martial arts trainer on Udemy

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This course is for people who are interested in expanding their martial arts skills. You will learn all the basics to help you get started. You can use these skills to enhance your own martial arts lessons, or just to expand your knowledge in martial arts. All the strikes learned in this course are from FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) also known as Eskrima, Kali or Arnis. These techniques are great to work on your coordination, mobility and understanding of armed combat.

This course is for all entry levels, So it doesn't matter if you are an expert athlete or have 0 experience in sports. All techniques are explained in separate video's so you can easily find the techniques. You will also get two example workouts so you can have a complete workout using the techniques learned in the course!

The only thing you will need for this course is a stick (of around 70 cm) this can be an official kali stick or a sawn broom. Because we practice al the techniques by our selves we won't make contact so you can even train with a plastic pvc pipe!

So if you are interested in learning or expanding your martial arts skills this course is for you!

Martial Arts – Ninjutsu – Beginner Foundation

Foundational skills of the ninja for solo practice (Shinhenjutsu - Mind Changing Methods)

Created by Richard Roth - Martial Arts Instructor

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Bujinkan Ikari Dōjō Online (武神館奭道場) presents a beginner foundation for ninjutsu, the martial arts of the ninja. Ikari Dōjō (Majestic Hall 奭道場) is affiliated with the Bujinkan organisation (Divine Warrior Temple 武神館). The Bujinkan teaches Budō Taijutsu (Classical Martial Arts of the Way of War 武道體術) and is based in Noda, Japan, and headed by grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. The Bujinkan teaches nine traditional Japanese martial arts schools including:

  • Togakure-ryū Ninpō Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術) [Hidden Door School]

  • Gyokko-ryū Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術) [Jade Tiger School]

  • Kuki Shinden Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術) [Nine Fierce Gods School]

  • Koto Ryū Koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術) [Tiger Felling School]

  • Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentaijutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術) [Immovable Heart School]

  • Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu (高木揚心流柔体術) [Willow Heart School]

  • Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu (義鑑流骨法術) [Virtues Paragon School]

  • Gyokushin-ryū Ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法) [Jade Heart School]

  • Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法) [Hidden Clouds School]

Beginner foundation for ninjutsu (shinhenjutsu shoden 心変術初伝) is part of the the Bujinkan Unified Fundamental Curriculum (Touitsuteki Kihon Katei 武神館統一的基本課程 [TKK]) and is a general curriculum made up of multiple modules to prepare students for the practice of the nine schools of the Bujinkan. The TKK contains foundational basics for the three general aspects of the Bujinkan; taijutsu, jujutsu and ninjutsu. It also prepares students with specialist modules for further training in preparation for the denshou (transmission 伝承) of the nine schools.   

This course is part of a sub-section of the TKK called 'body, mind, spirit' (Taishinki 体心気) designed to prepare a student physically, mentally and spiritually for the practice of the nine schools of the Bujinkan. Taishinki includes nine modules focusing on developing physically and mentally for martial arts training. The Taishinki is split into three general areas, 'body changing methods' (Taihenjutsu 体変術), 'mind changing methods' (Shinhenjutsu 心変術), and 'spirit changing methods' (Kihenjutsu 気変術). Taihenjutsu are body development methods that focus on muscles, skeletal structure and nerves. Shinhenjutsu are mind development methods focused on willpower, flexibility and agility. Kihenjutsu are spirit development methods that focus on breathing, circulation and mindfulness. Together these three areas promote the development of the martial artist for the successful practice of the physical and mentally challenging activities in martial arts. 

Taishinki modules are split into three levels; beginner level (shoden 初伝), intermediate level (chuuden 中伝) and advanced level (jouden 上伝). Shoden modules are designed for solo practice. Chuuden modules involve paired exercises and techniques. Jouden modules are practiced by a group of three or more people. The idea of these modules is to develop personally, but also to practice leadership skills to empower others and understand the dynamics of groups and teams.

The module levels of the Taishinki correspond to module levels of the other courses in the TKK. Shoden courses in the Kihon Katei assume prerequisite knowledge and practice of shoden courses in the Taishinki. This also applies to chuuden and jouden modules in the Kihon Katei.

Taishinki is only a training guide and baseline; students should continue to explore training systems to improve their physical and mental health. 

Taishinki Katei (Body, Mind, Spirit Curriculum) 

Taihenjutsu 

  • Taihenjutsu Shoden (体変術初伝)

  • Taihenjutsu Chuuden (体変術中伝)

  • Taihenjutsu Jouden (体変術上伝)

Shinhenjutsu

  • Shinhenjutsu Shoden (心変術初伝)

  • Shinhenjutsu Chuuden (心変術中伝)

  • Shinhenjutsu Jouden (心変術上伝)

Kihenjutsu

  • Kihenjutsu Shoden (気変術初伝)

  • Kihenjutsu Chuuden (気変術中伝)

  • Kihenjutsu Jouden (気変術上伝)

Course Description

Shinhenjutsu shoden contains three general areas for the development of willpower, flexibility and agility, necessary for the more advanced practice of ninjutsu; stress positions (kuroshigamae 黒構),  stretching exercises (juunan taisou 柔軟体操) and acrobatics (taigi 体技). Kuroshigamae are isometric exercises that reinforce posture and develop the willpower to push through pain and physical stress. Juunan Taisou are fundamental stretching exercises to improve the pliability of the body. Taigi are basic acrobatic techniques to develop agility and become comfortable with rolling, tumbling and falling. 

Stress Positions [Kuroshigamae] (黒構)

[一] Sun Clasp Posture [Tentou Gasshou no Kamae] (天等合掌の構): Place both hands together then bring the feet together. Raise the heels off the ground and stretch both hands up above the head. 

[二] Broad Straight Line Posture [Hira Ichimonji no Kamae] (平一文字の構): Drop into a low squat so that the knees are sitting above the ankles and the lower legs are perpendicular to the ground. Bring the arms out and wide so they are parallel with the ground.

[三] Transition Posture [Ihen no Kamae] (詒変の構): Drop into a low squat and turn to the side. Keep the knee over the ankle and the lower leg perpendicular to the ground. Straighten the back and move into ichi no kamae, placing weight onto the lead leg. 

[四] Bird Posture [Hichou no Kamae] (飛鳥の構): Drop into a low squat, then raise one leg placing the foot below the knee, while shifting weight onto the other leg. Bring the arms into ichi no kamae. 

[五] Prone Posture [Utsumu no Kamae] (俯向の構): From a low squat, bring the arms into a triangle position, then drop forward into a prone position supported by the arms. 

[六] Downward Facing Dog Posture [Kudari Inu no Kamae] (猫の構): From a standing posture, lower the hands to the ground and shift the legs back slightly bearing weight on the arms. Push the shoulders up to the ears. 

Stretching Exercises [Juunan Taisou] (柔軟体操)

[一] Foot Stretching [Ashi Nobi] (足伸び): From a seated position, stretch out the legs and bring the foot across. Massage the pressure points on the soles of the feet then pull the toes back and forward. Finish by rotating the ankle. Do the same for both sides.

[二] Forward and Back Bend [Koukutsu Zenkutsu] (後屈前屈): With the heels together, bend forward touching the toes. Hold, then lie back and bring the feet over the touching the ground behind, then hold. 

[三] Pelvis and Leg Bend [Awaze Ashi Zenkutsu] (合わぜ足前屈): Bring the soles of the feet together and push down on the knees, then stretch forward and hold. Then open the legs and stretch forward, hold. 

[四] Forward and Back Spine Stretch [Sesuji Nobi] (背筋伸び): From a kneeling position, drop back and bring the arms forward, hold. Pull forward and push up, hold. Reset back to kneeling position. Hold legs and push pelvis forward, hold. 

[五] Arm Stretching [Ude Nobi] (腕伸び): From a kneeling position, stretch the arms forward and rotate the wrists separately clockwise and counter clockwise. Grab the wrist and rotate in while pulling up to stretch the elbow, do this for both sides. Bring the opposite arm under and around, pulling the arm back to stretch the elbow. Pull the arm across the body and catch with the other arm, stretching the shoulder, do this for both sides.

[六] Neck Stretching [Kubi Nobi] (首伸び): From a kneeling position, hold one leg and pull the neck the other direction, rolling gently. Do this for both sides.

Acrobatics [Taigi] (体技)

[一] Forward Tumble [Zenpou Korogari] (前方転がり): From a squatting position, roll forward in a straight line over the back, tucking the knees to the chest, then returning to a low squat.

[二] Backward Tumble [Kouhou Korogari] (後方転がり): From a squatting position, roll back using the arms to push up, tucking the knees to the chest and then returning to a low squat.

[三] Handstand [Sakadachi] (逆立ち): From a standing position, step forward and place hands on the ground, lifting up the body in a straight posture. Hold. 

[四] Cartwheel [Sokuten] (側転): From a standing position, step forward and place one hand on the ground, lifting the body and transitioning into a side handstand, then landing on the lead foot.

[五] Bridge [Hashi] (橋): From a prone position on the back, bring the arms back and the legs in, then raise up.

[六] Back Bend [Nokezori] (仰反): From a standing posture, squat down and roll back, then push up and come into the bridge posture. 

Historical Background

Shinhenjutsu shoden is based on concepts and ideas of the Togakure Ryu school of the Bujinkan. The Togakure Ryu school is an ancient tradition that dates back to feudal Japan. Each grandmaster in the lineage is called soke. The current head of the Togakure Ryu school is grandmaster Hatsumi Masaaki. The lineage of the school is as follows:

  1. Daisuke Togakure (1162)

  2. Shima Kosanta Minamoto no Kanesada (1180)

  3. Goro Togakure (1200)

  4. Kosanta Togakure

  5. Kisanta Koga

  6. Tomoharu Kaneko

  7. Ryuho Togakure

  8. Gakuun Togakure

  9. Koseki Kido

  10. Tenryu Iga

  11. Rihei Ueno

  12. Senri Ueno

  13. Majiro Ueno

  14. Saburo Iisuka

  15. Goro Sawada

  16. Ippei Ozaru

  17. Hachiro Kimata

  18. Heizaemon Kataoka

  19. Ugenta Mori

  20. Gobei Toda

  21. Seiun Kobe

  22. Kobei Momochi

  23. Tenzen Tobari

  24. Seiryu Nobutsuna Toda (1624–1658)

  25. Fudo Nobuchika Toda (1658–1681)

  26. Kangoro Nobuyasu Toda (1681–1704)

  27. Eisaburo Nobumasa Toda (1704–1711)

  28. Shinbei Masachika Toda (1711–1736)

  29. Shingoro Masayoshi Toda (1736–1764)

  30. Daigoro Chikahide Toda (1764–1804)

  31. Daisaburo Chikashige Toda (1804)

  32. Shinryuken Masamitsu Toda (born 1824 – died 1909)

  33. Toshitsugu Takamatsu (born 1887 – died 1972)

  34. Masaaki Hatsumi (born 1931)

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In 1182, during the Japanese Gempi war, Minamoto Yoshinaka, a general from the mountainous Nagano region of Japan, captured the capital city of Kyoto. After this victory, he found himself under attack by his cousin Yoshitsune. When Yoshitsune's troops successfully crossed the Uji river, a key strategic defense for the capital, Yoshinaka withdrew, only to be killed as his horse fell through the ice of a frozen rice paddy.

After Yoshinaka's defeat, one of his samurai retainers, Daisuke Nishina of Togakure Village escaped to the mountains of Iga in south central Japan. The mountains provided an easy place to hide from the enemy troops, who still searched for Yoshinaka's forces, and provided a familiar environment for Daisuke and his followers to continue their Yamabushi (mountain warrior) training. Daisuke Nishina, who subsequently changed his name to Daisuke Togakure, became known as the first Soke (family head) of the Togakure ryu of ninjutsu.

Ironically, Yoshitsune was later overthrown by his brother Yoritomo. After escaping capture by Yoritomo's forces, he founded the Yoshitsune ryu of ninjutsu. The Yoshitsune ryu later died out, along with many other famous ninjutsu ryu.

The ninja families of Iga grew to become a great part of Japan's military history. Lending their support to Tokugawa Ieyasa, they were able to aid in the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate and were recruited to many government posts, including police, bodyguards, and intelligence agents.

The methods of the Togakure ryu are still practiced under the direction of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, the 34th in a continuous chain of Soke. No longer being hunted by government troops, modern students of ninjutsu practice their art in training halls all over the world. Ninjutsu is practiced by many police, security personnel, government agents and anyone with a need for an extremely effective and versatile form of self-protection.

Ninjutsu training emphasizes practical protection methods including both unarmed and weapons training. Easy to use concepts and strategies are taught in a series of scenario type exercises where the students practice responses to many types of attacks. The variety of techniques makes it easy for students to adapt the system to fit their individual needs, regardless of strength, age or ability.

March 1995:

What is Togakure Ryu Ninpo?

by Jean-Pierre Seibel

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  • Togakure-ryū Ninpō Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術) [Hidden Door School]

  • Gyokko-ryū Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術) [Jade Tiger School]

  • Kuki Shinden Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術) [Nine Fierce Gods School]

  • Koto Ryū Koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術) [Tiger Felling School]

  • Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentaijutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術) [Immovable Heart School]

  • Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu (高木揚心流柔体術) [Willow Heart School]

  • Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu (義鑑流骨法術) [Virtues Paragon School]

  • Gyokushin-ryū Ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法) [Jade Heart School]

  • Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法) [Hidden Clouds School]

Long-sword foundation for kenjutsu (daitoujutsu shoden 大刀術初伝) is part of the the Bujinkan Unified Fundamental Curriculum (Touitsuteki Kihon Katei 武神館統一的基本課程 [TKK]), which is a general curriculum made up of multiple modules to prepare students for the practice of the nine schools of the Bujinkan. The TKK contains foundational basics for the three general aspects of the Bujinkan; taijutsu, jujutsu and ninjutsu. It also prepares students with specialist modules for further training in preparation for the denshou (transmission 伝承) of the nine schools.   

This course is part of a sub-section of the TKK called the Jade Tiger Branch (Gyokkoha 玉虎派) designed to prepare a student for the practice of the Jade Tiger lineage (Gyokko Ryū 玉虎流) of the Bujinkan. Gyokkoha includes 18 modules focusing on developing the techniques, skills and knowledge required for the practice of Gyokko Ryū. The Gyokkoha is split into six general areas, 'vital point striking methods' (kosshijutsu 骨指術), 'long-sword methods' (daitoujutsu 大刀術), 'short-sword methods' (shoutoujutsu 小刀術), 'dagger methods' (tantoujutsu 短刀術), 'blade drawing methods' (battoujutsu 抜刀術), and 'two sword method' (ryoutoujutsu 両刀術). Kosshijutsu are striking and capturing methods focusing on attacking weak and vital points. Daitoujutsu are long-sword methods designed for a double handed blade. Shoutoujutsu are short-sword methods designed for a single handed blade. Tantoujutsu are dagger methods for striking from a concealed position and defending against surprise attacks from a dagger. Battoujutsu are techniques for drawing a blade into a cut or attack, or intercepting a draw to neutralise a drawn attack. Ryoutoujutsu are methods for using two swords at once.

Gyokkoha modules are split into three levels; beginner level (shoden 初伝), intermediate level (chuuden 中伝) and advanced level (jouden 上伝). Shoden modules are designed for solo practice. Chuuden modules involve paired drills and techniques. Jouden modules are practiced by a group of three or more people. The idea of these modules is to develop personally, but also to practice leadership skills to empower others and understand the dynamics of groups and teams.

Gyokkaha Katei (Jade Tiger Curriculum) 

Kosshijutsu (骨指術)

  • Kosshijutsu Shoden (骨指術初伝)

  • Kosshijutsu Chuuden (骨指術中伝)

  • Kosshijutsu Jouden (骨指術上伝)

Daitoujutsu (大刀術)

  • Daitoujutsu Shoden (大刀術初伝)

  • Daitoujutsu Chuuden (大刀術中伝)

  • Daitoujutsu Jouden (大刀術上伝)

Shoutoujutsu (小刀術)

  • Shoutoujutsu Shoden (小刀術初伝)

  • Shoutoujutsu Chuuden (小刀術中伝)

  • Shoutoujutsu Jouden (小刀術上伝)

Tantoujutsu (短刀術)

  • Tantoujutsu Shoden (短刀術初伝)

  • Tantoujutsu Chuuden (短刀術中伝)

  • Tantoujutsu Jouden (短刀術上伝)

Battoujutsu (抜刀術)

  • Battoujutsu Shoden (抜刀術初伝)

  • Battoujutsu Chuuden (抜刀術中伝)

  • Battoujutsu Jouden (抜刀術上伝)

Ryoutoujutsu (両刀術)

  • Ryoutoujutsu Shoden (両刀術初伝)

  • Ryoutoujutsu Chuuden (両刀術中伝)

  • Ryoutoujutsu Jouden (両刀術上伝)

Course Description

Daitoujutsu shoden contains three general areas for the study of the Japanese long-sword and necessary for the more advanced practice of kenjutsu; postures (kamae 構),  cutting (kiri 切) and receiving (uke 受). Kamae are structures for the body to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the long-sword. Kiri are cutting methods in 6 cardinal directions. Uke are receiving techniques for absorbing or redirecting attacks.

Daitoujutsu Shoden Kamae - 大刀術初伝構

Kamae (構) are postures or biomechanical structures of the body for specific use in both unarmed and armed combat. The kamae practiced in Daitoujutsu are derived from the Gyokko Ryu or Jade Tiger School.

[一] Gedan no Kamae - 下段の構 (Low Level Posture): The lead leg is facing forward toward the opponent and the rear leg facing away toward the path of escape or evasion. The sword is held in both hands in front, lead hand on top. The blade is facing down in a low position.

[に] Chuudan no Kamae - 中段の構 (Middle Level Posture): The lead leg is facing forward toward the opponent and the rear leg facing away toward the path of escape or evasion. The sword is held in both hands in front, lead hand on top. The blade is straight forward parallel with the ground. 

[三] Seigan no Kamae - 青眼の構 (True Eye Posture): The lead leg is facing forward toward the opponent and the rear leg facing away toward the path of escape or evasion. The sword is held in both hands in front, lead hand on top. The blade is pointing toward the opponent's eyes.

[四] Joudan no Kamae - 上段の構 (High Level Posture): The lead leg is back facing the direction of attack and the rear foot is forward facing the opponent. The sword is held in both hands in front, lead hand on top. The blade is pointing up in a straight line.

[五] Hassou no Kamae - 八相の構 (Eight Aspects Posture): The lead leg is back facing the direction of attack and the rear foot is forward facing the opponent. The sword is held in both hands to the side, lead hand on top. The blade is close to the body pointing up in a straight line.

[六] Kuji no Kamae - 九字の構 (Nine Character Posture): The lead leg is facing forward toward the opponent and the rear leg facing away toward the path of escape or evasion. The sword is held in both hands behind, lead hand on top. The blade is low and swept back.

Daitoujutsu Shoden Kiri - 大刀術初伝切

Kiri (切) refers six basic techniques (waza) [技] that are designed to align the body and teach proper biomechanics. These waza are represented as cutting directions.

[一] Kiri Age - 切上 (Cutting from Above): From joudan no kamae, step forward and cut down ending in chuudan no kamae.  

[に] Kiri Kesa -  切袈裟 (Cutting the Stole): For the right side, from joudan no kamae, step forward with the lead leg and cut down diagonally to the right side ending in chuudan no kamae. For the left side, from joudan no kamae, shift forward with the rear foot and cut to the left side, ending in chuudan no kamae. 

[三] Kiri Ichimonji -  切一文字 (Cutting One Character): For the right, from hassou no kamae, drop the blade back in ura chuudan no kamae, then step forward with the lead leg bringing the blade to cut at mid level, ending in chuudan no kamae. For the left side, from hassou no kamae, shift forward with the rear foot and drop the blade into hidari chuudan at the same time, stretch forward to complete the cut.

[四] Kiri Jouhou - 切上方 (Cutting Upward): For the right side, from migi kuji no kamae, step forward with the lead leg and at the same time bring the blade up diagonally ending in chuudan no kamae. For the left, from hidari kuji no kamae, step forward with the rear leg and cut diagonally upward ending in chuudan no kamae.

[五] Kiri Sage - 切下 (Cutting from Below): From kuji no kamae, shift the blade forward so it is facing down, then cut and step at the same time bringing the blade to chuudan no kamae.

[六] Tsuki - 突 (Thrust): For the right side, from chuudan no kamae, bring the weapon back and at the same time bring the rear foot to the lead foot, then lunge forward on the lead foot and thrust forward ending in chuudan no kamae. For the left side, from chuudan no kamae, draw the lead foot to the rear foot while at the same time bringing the weapon back, then lunge forward on the rear foot and thrust ending in chuudan no kamae.

Daitoujutsu Shoden Uke - 大刀術初伝

Uke (受) are basic deflections used to redirect or intercept incoming attacks. 

[一] Tsuki Uke - 突受 (Thrust Receiving): From gedan no kamae. Opponent cuts in from joudan no kamae, lunge forward with the lead foot and thrust into the lead jakkin (area between shoulder and torso).

[二] Age Uke - 起転受 (Above Receiving): From joudan no kamae. The opponent cuts in from kuji no kamae, shift to the side and cut down to the nagare (forearm).  

[三] Jōdan Uke - 上段受 (High Receiving): From gedan no kamae. The opponent cuts in diagonally from joudan no kamae, shift to the side and bring the blade up, receiving the cut. 

[四] Gedan Uke - 下段受 (Low Receiving): From joudan no kamae. The opponent thrusts in from chuudan no kamae, shift to the side and deflect the blade from above.

[五] Seigan Uke - 青眼受 (True Eye Receiving): From gedan no kamae. Shift back and move into seigan no kamae. 

[六] Kerisage Uke - 蹴下受 (Rising Kick Receiving): From gedan no kamae. The opponent cuts in and the tsuba (hand guard) of the blades lock in; the opponent follows up with a kick from the lead foot. Shift the lead leg around and kick up with the rear leg to the back of the opponent's knee or leg.

Historical Background

Daitoujutsu shoden is based on concepts and ideas of the Gyokko Ryu school of the Bujinkan. The Gyokko Ryu school is an ancient tradition that dates back to feudal Japan. Each grandmaster in the lineage is called soke. The current head of the Gyokko Ryu school is grandmaster Hatsumi Masaaki. The lineage of the school is as follows:

  • Tozawa Hakuunsai (1156-1159)

  • Tozawa Shosuke (1161-1162)

  • Suzuki Saburo (1171-1180)

  • Suzuki Gobei

  • Suzuki Kojiro Mitsu

  • Tozawa Soun (1288)

  • Tozawa Nyudo Geneai

  • Yamon Hyoun

  • Kato Ryu Hakuun (1394)

  • Sakagami Goro Katsushige(1532)

  • Sakagami Taro Kunishige (1532-1555)

  • Sakagami Kotaro Masahide (1532)

  • Sogyokkan Ritsushi

  • Toda Sakyo Isshinsai (1532)

  • Momochi Sandayu (1542-1555)

  • Momochi Sandayu II (1573-1591)

  • Momochi Tanba Yasumitsu (1595-1615)

  • Momochi Taro Saemon (1615-1624)

  • Toda Seiryu Nobutsuna (1624-1644)

  • Toda Fudo Nobuchika (1658-1681)

  • Toda Kangoro Nobuyasu (1681-1704)

  • Toda Eisaburo Nobumasa (1704-1711)

  • Toda Shinbei Masachika (1711-1736)

  • Toda Shingoro Masayoshi (1736-1764)

  • Toda Daigoro Chikahide (1764-1804)

  • Toda Daisaburo Chikashige (1804)

  • Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu (1824-1909)

  • Takamatsu Toshitsugu (1887-1972)

  • Masaaki Hatsumi (1931-Current)

School History

According to Kuden, the verbal tradition in Gyokko ryu, the system was developed in China during Tang-dynasty. There are two possible origins. Either there was a guard at the palace who developed the system after his small body, or it was developed by a princess. This is in accordance to the system of movement, which implies that it was developed by a physically smaller person.

According to another source, a famous musician and authority on the history of music by the name of Mr. An of Xian in China, there was a woman by the court in Xian (which was the main residence of Tang-dynasty), who was very famous for her skills in dancing and martial arts. By the fall of Tang-dynasty, year 907, many people of high stations in society escaped from China to Japan. The name that is connected to the origin of Gyokko ryu in Japan is Yo (or Cho) Gyokko. It could have been introduced by a single person, but it also might have been a whole group.

The first formal grandmaster in Japan was Hakuunsai Tozawa, who appeared some time during the period of Hogen (1156-1159). How he got the title, and how he got knowledge of the system is unknown. But Gyokko ryu, which means "Jewel Tiger", is according to Dai Nippon Bugei Ryu Ha one of the oldest documented martial arts in Japan.

The system was brought on and kept alive during Kamakura, Nambuko and Muromachi period, by the Suzuki family. In the 16th century it came to the Sakagami family, and between 1532 and 1555, the methods were organized by Sakagami Taro Kuniushige, who called the system Gyokko ryu Shitojutsu. The next supposed grandmaster, Sakagami Kotaro Masahide, was killed in battle 1542. Because of this, the title was passed on to Sougyoku Kan Ritsushi (also known as Gyokkan Ritsushi). Sakagami Kotaro Masahide was also known as Bando Kotaro Minamoto Masahide, and he was supposed to be the grandmaster of Koto ryu koppojutsu as well. He was never registered in Koto ryu, and his name is only mentioned in some of the lists of Gyokko ryu grandmasters.

Sougyoku Kan Ritsushi, who either came from the Kishu area or belonged to Kishu ryu, renamed Gyokko ryu Shitojutsu to Gyokko ryu Koshijutsu. He had some students who, in the 18th century, founded different schools based on Gyokko ryu and knowledge from Sougyoku.

In spite of the fact that two of the schools founded by Sougyoku Kan Ritsushis students went on to Takamatsu Toshitsugu and Hatsumi Masaaki, Gyokko ryu went it's own way along with Koto ryu. The schools went to Toda Sakyo Ishinsai and Momochi Sandayu I. After that, the schools remained in the Toda and Momochi families until Takamatsu, who was the last of the Todas to learn the arts, passed the schools to Hatsumi Masaaki.

It is thanks to the Toda and Momochi families' activities in the Iga province that the schools has come to belong to the local ninjutsu tradition, despite that the schools themselves were not really ninjutsu. Another connection in history is that Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu, Takamatsu's teacher and uncle, is said to be a descendant of Hakuunsai Tozawa's.

Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu taught Takamatsu that the most important thing is to study the techniques of Kihon Kata, also known as Kihon Happo, since they are the basis of all martial arts. This means that Kihon Happo covers all methods that are effective in real combat such as blocks, punches, kicks, breaking of wrists and elbows, and throws. The methods of Gyokko ryu are based on Koshijutsu (attacks against soft parts of the body). The strategy differs therefore very much from for example Koppojutsu, which concentrates on the bone structure.
While Koppojutsu motions goes in and out to come at right angles to the joints, Koshijutsu moves sideways, or around the attack, to get close to Kyoshi (the weak parts of the body). These targets can be nerve points, but also inner organs, or muscles and where the muscles are attached. One of the reasons for this system is probably because it was developed by a small person. The power in the counterattacks is therefore not generated by muscles, but by the hips and the spine. This is shown for example by the way of blocking, which concentrates on a powerful block to break the opponents balance, and thereby reaching the weak points of the body. An important detail in order to move close to the opponent, is that the back hand is always held in front of the face as a guard against counterattacks.

A frequently used body weapon in Gyokko ryu are the fingers and the fingertips. This is the reason for the earlier name Shitojutsu, which means techniques with the fingertips. Shitoken, also known as Boshiken, is the most common finger strike. This is a strike with the tip of the thumb, most often against where the muscles are attached or nerve points. The bone by the wrist is also a weapon, which is used for blocking, hits against Kasumi (the temple), etc. Another way of hitting is to push the knuckle of the middle finger in front of the other knuckles in a modified Shikanken. It is not only Boshiken that has another name in Gyokko ryu. Shutoken is called Kitenken, for example.
The thumbs are important in Gyokko ryu. It is mostly shown in the three official stances: Ichimonji no kamae, Hicho no kamae, and Jumonji no kamae, where the thumbs always are directed upwards. The reason is that the energy always should flow freely, and there should be no lockups in the movement. In Gyokko ryu it is important to protect the heart. Therefore a starting position with the right leg forward is preferred, so that the left side is turned away from the opponent. Shoshin no kamae, Doko no kamae — "Angry tiger", and Hanin no kamae are also said to belong to Gyokko ryu.

Gyokko ryu consists of several parts. First there is Kamae no kata (stances) and Taihen Kihon (falls). The next step is Ki kata, also known as Sanshin no kata. Ki kata teaches basic movements based on the five elements. These movements reoccur in all techniques in Gyokko ryu. After that comes Kihon kata and Toride Kihon kata, which are basic exercises for punches, kicks, blocks, grabs and throws. There are different statements on how many the exercises are, and which exercises that belongs. Usually there are three exercises for punches, kicks and blocks, and five or six for grabs and throws. The last are trained from both sides.

After all these basic exercises, you come to Koshijutsu. Koshijutsu is split in three main parts:

  • Joryaku no maki - Unarmed vs Unarmed

  • Churyaku no maki - Unarmed vs Tanto or Kodachi

  • Geryaku no maki - Unarmed vs Ken or Yari

Mutodori from Geryaku no maki are techniques against sword or spear and is considered to be the highest, and most difficult level of Gyokko ryu.

Gyokko ryu was, beside the Kosshijutsu, also known for it's methods with Katana, Tanto and Bo. Except for some techniques with Bo, very much of this is unknown. More of this will probably be known, however, since Hatsumi Masaaki is releasing more information on the subject.

Even though Gyokko ryu can not claim to be a ninjutsu school, due to the lack of philosophy among other things, there is one saying that has followed the school: "Bushigokoro wo motte totoshi no nasu", which means "The heart of a warrior is precious and essential".

October 1995:

History of Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu

by Peter Carlsson; Contributed by Mats Hjelm