Weapons Training of the Bujinkan

During our training we explore many aspects of weapons training along with the traditional techniques associated with each weapon. The fundamental principle of this training for Kyu (lower ranks) is to utilize weapons training to enhance the study of Taijutsu (unarmed fighting). As one progresses through middle and upper ranks, the focus of weapons training changes and becomes more in-depth and specialized. Weapons training can be grouped into five major categories of study:
Bojutsu (Noguchi Sensei) 1. Stick (Staff) Weapons
Various lengths and constructions of stick weapons are studied. This area is very important to understand well before one can handle correctly other types of pole arms. Some examples are:

  • Yubibo – Finger Stick
  • Tanbo – Clubs, Nightsticks
  • Sanshaku Bo (Hanbo) – Three Foot Stick
  • Yonshaku Bo (Jo) – Four Foot Staff
  • Rokushaku Bo – Six Foot Staff
  • Nyoi Bo – Very Large Heavy Staff
 Yoshinryu Daisho Sabaki

2. Bladed Weapons
This area of training includes many types of knifes, swords, and pole arms which include attached blades. Some examples of the weapons in this category of training are:

  • Tanto – Knifes
  • Shoto (Kodachi, Wakizashi) – Short Swords
  • Katana (Tachi, Daito) – Long Swords
  • Yari – Spears
  • Naginata, Nagamaki, Bisento – Halberd Weapons
 Hatsumi Kusari Gama

3. Flexible Weapons
This category of weaponry includes various lengths of rope and chains with and without attached weapons. Some examples of flexible weapons are:

  • Hojo (Torinawa) – Arresting Rope
  • Kagi Nawa – Hook & Rope
  • Kusari Fundo – Chain & Weights
  • Kusari Gama – Chain & Sickle
  • Chigiriki – Staff & Weighted Chain

4. Projectile Weapons
Any weapon may be utilized as a projectile weapon once thrown. Various types of blades, knifes as well as archery and modern firearms are studied. Examples of projectile weapons are:

  • Shuriken – Throwing Blades & Spikes
  • Metsubushi – Sight Removing Substances
  • Kyu – Archery
  • Teppo – Firearms

5. Specialized Weapons
This category of weaponry includes a wide range of tools from small concealable weapons, to larger specialized weapons that are unique to a specific school. This includes weapons and tools that are purely Ninjutsu (unconventional).

  • Jutte, Tessen, Kunai – Truncheon, Iron Fan, Digging Tool
  • Toami – Fishing Net
  • Makibishi, Tetsubishi – Floor Spikes
  • Kyoketsu Shoge – Small Sickle & Rope
  • Shuko, Ashiko – Hand & Foot Claws
  • Shikomizue, Mezashi – Loaded Staffs & Canes
  • Ogama, Ono, Monpa – Battlefield Size Sickle, Axe & Hammer
  • Kakushi Buki – Hidden Weapons
  • Ningu – Ninjutsu Tools & Gear


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