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Here are various info on the ninjutsu art.

Ninjutsu Ryu

(戸隠流) Also known as Togakushi. It was founded by Daisuke Nishina (仁科 大助), a former Minamoto samurai.
Iga, Koga, Fuuma
(伊賀流・甲賀流・風魔流) The three primary schools of the Iga Ninja, Koga Ninja, and the Fuuna (Kazama) ninja
(玉心流) N/A. May be error, and could just be a jujutsu or akido school.
(備前流) N/A. May be error.

Ninja Jūhakkei

(忍者 十八景) These eighteen disciplines seems to have been derived from the Togakure-ryu (戸隠流). Info seems to be only found in english, online.

  • Seishinteki kyōyō (spiritual refinement)
  • Taijutsu (体術, unarmed combat)
  • Kenjutsu (剣術, sword techniques)
  • Bōjutsu (棒術, stick and staff techniques)
  • Sōjutsu (槍術; spear techniques)
  • Naginatajutsu (長刀術; naginata techniques)
  • Kusarigamajutsu (鎖鎌術; kusarigama techniques)
  • Shurikenjutsu (手裏剣; throwing weapons techniques)
  • Kayakujutsu (火薬術; pyrotechnics)
  • Hensōjutsu (変装術; disguise and impersonation)
  • Shinobi-iri (忍び入り; stealth and entering methods)
  • Bajutsu (馬術, horsemanship)
  • Sui-ren (水練, water training)
  • Bōryaku (謀略, tactics)
  • Chōhō (諜報; espionage)
  • Intonjutsu (隠遁術, escaping and concealment)[1]
  • Tenmon (天門; meteorology)
  • Chi-mon (地門; geography)

About Shinobi-iri (忍入)

  • Nyukyo no jutsu - Correct use of timing to enter an area.
  • Monomi no jutsu (物見術?) - Discovering the weak point in the area's defences.
  • Nyudaki no jutsu - Using a psychological weakness in the guard (da meaning "idleness" and ki meaning "a dislike for being industrious").
  • Yoji-gakure - Yoji-gakure no jutsu involved the classic move of throwing an object in order to distract.)
  • Joei-on jutsu - Erasing light and sound. (For example, keeping a light between themselves and a guard in order to distract him, as this would also make it harder for any guard to see them.)

Ninja Hachimon

Ninja Hachimon(忍者八門; にんじゃはちもん) or "The Ninja 8 Gates" are the eight fundamentals encompassing the art of ninjutsu. Seems to be a system proposed by the Bujinkan Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi[2]. It seems to be for simplicity.

Contents of Hachimon

(骨法術) Koppōjutsu is the physical art of attacking the enemy's bones bare-handed.[3]
(気合術) フィクション(fiction)における忍者は時折(sometimes)「不動金縛りの術 (tied down firmly)」と呼ばれる忍術を使います。この術(this jutsu)の原理 (theory)は念力 (power of one's will)などによるものではなく、相手の心 (heart of other persom)の隙を突い(abrupt attack in)て気迫負 (spirit burden)けさせる技なのです。気合術とは、金縛りなどの術を含めた「気」を使う技を纏め上げた武術です。気合術の中には「遠当ての術」と呼ばれる、遠距離の相手を触れることなく倒す技も含まれていて、この気合術を使いこなすことが出来た忍者はまさに超人であったと言えます。 The signature move of Akido master Shioda Gōzō (塩田 剛三), an international figure in martial arts. He was called "The God of Unarmed Techniques".
(剣術) the art of using a sword, primarily the Ninjatō / shinobigatana (忍者刀/忍刀)
(槍術)・・・・槍を用いた武術. Art of using a spear
(手裏剣術) is the art of utilizing a shuriken or a star-shaped hand blade.
(火術) the art of utilizing gunpowder and fire.
(遊芸) The apparent use of geidou (芸道) , performance arts such as kendō, ikebana (flower arrangements) and chadō/sadō (tea ceremony).
(教門) 知識・教養 (knowledge about/educate oneself)など。さらに古来の軍学・兵学である兵法 (Study of military science in old days. Military tactics)


Tonjutsu (遁術), literally "escape method", is apparently various arts used to run away and hide from the enemy.[5] There are three categories of "ten skills": Heaven, Earth, and Person.

Ten Methods of Heaven (天遁十法)

These methods help the ninja evade using the weather and atmospheric conditions.

(日遁) the use of the sun, as if to conceal the eyes when sun is in backdrop "Nichiton" may not be official spelling.
(月遁) the use of the moon. Using the darkness when the moon goes behind a cloud
(星遁) Using the stars
(雲遁) Using the clouds
(霧遁) 濃霧で視界が悪い時に進む。 Using the density of fog.
(雷遁)(例)雷雲を予測して、雷にまぎれて偵察する。 Using thunder (it's sound?)
(電遁) 電気を利用。(例)静電気で敵がひるんだすきに逃げる。 Using electricity (static).
(風遁) Using wind.
(雨遁) 夕立ちで視界が悪くなるときを狙って逃げる. Using rain. View is bad during rain.
(雪遁) Using snow. Outfit for weather is prepared and it hides/runs in a storm or under snow.

Ten Methods of Earth (地遁十法)

These methods help the ninja evade using geographical features (topography).

(木遁)立てかけてある材木を倒す。 Using tree
(草遁) 草を結んでつまずかせる。 Use of grass.
(火遁) Using fire to obstruct an enemy. In games and films, katon is often seen used as an offense (ie: Fire blown from mouth).
(煙遁) 煙幕をはる。 Using smoke, smokescreen.
(土遁)(例)相手に土をかける。 Use of earth/soil
(屋遁)(例)床下に逃げ込む。 Use of a room/building (ie: below floor level).
(金遁)-お金を利用。(例)お金を巻いて、追手が拾っている間に逃げる。 Use of gold/money.
(石遁) 石を利用。(例)相手に石をぶつける。 Use of rocks, like for throwing or tripping.
(水遁)(例)水音を立てて相手の注意をそらす。 Use of water
(湯遁) 湯を利用。(例)相手に熱湯をかける。 Use of hot water.

Ten Methods of Jin (人遁十法)

These methods help the ninja evade using a person (such as with a disguise) and an animal. "Jin" (人) means person, man.

Otokoton or Danton
(男遁) 男性を利用。 (man)
Onnaton or Joton
(女遁) 女性を利用。 (woman)
(老遁) 老人を利用。(例)変装。 Mainly disguising as an old person.
(幼遁) 子供を利用。(例)子供を囮に使う。 A child is used, like as a decoy.
(貴遁) 身分の高い人を利用。
(賎遁) 身分の低い人を利用。
Toriton or Kinton
(禽遁) 鳥を利用。(例)鷹を囮にする。
(獣遁) 動物を利用。(例)馬を暴れさせ、騒ぎを起こす。
(虫遁) 虫や爬虫類、両生類を利用。(例)蛇を投げつける。 Using bugs.
(魚遁)-魚を利用。Use of fish.

Gosha no Jutsu

The Gosha (五車の術) are five psychological skills.[6] (相手と会話の中で心理を突く話術である。They provoke the mental state of person using conversation)

(喜車の術) 相手をおだてて隙を伺う。(Joy)
(怒車の術) 相手を怒らせ冷静さを失わせる。 (Anger; losing calmness)
(哀車の術) 相手の同情を誘う。(Pity/sympathy)
(楽車の術) 相手を羨ましがらせて戦意を喪失させる。あわよくば相手を味方に引き込める。(Feeling envy?)
Taking advantage of Fear
(恐車の術) 迷信などを利用し相手の恐怖心につけこみ戦意を喪失させる。 (Taking advantage of fear)

Synonym: About Ninpō

Ninpō (忍法; にんぽう; ninja method) seems to be analogous to the word ninjutsu. According to Wikipedia, it is the generic name of various arts in the use of both the body and utensils (用いる体技、ならびに道具を用い). There is much appearance in fiction. Listed below are common conjectures of Ninpō.

Illusion Arts

Bushin no jutsu
(分身の術; embodiment art) A art to deftly change the body. Sometimes known as Kage Bunshin (『影分身』) where person creates duplicates of self.
Kawarimi no jutsu
(変わり身の術; adapt art/change onself) Kawari means "to become different" or "become (something else)". Produced by fiction, a ninja uses this art to change places with a log before receiving attack.
Utsusemi no jutsu
(空蝉の術; living being jutsu) Like Kawarimi, but uses clothes.

Goton Arts

Goton are the "Five Evasion arts" (五遁の術), using five elements.

Katon no jutsu
(火遁の術; fire evasion) Using gunpowder to create smoke and deceive the eyes of others
(水遁の術; water evasion). Use a tube of bamboo to breathe underwater
(木遁の術; tree evasion) 木の模様に似た布等を全身が隠れる様に覆い、相手がいなくなるのを待つ。
(金遁の術; metal evasion). 手裏剣等の金物を数箇所か同場所に投げ当て金属音を離れた場所で発生させ、自分の居場所を誤認させる。
(土遁の術; earth evasion) Ninja dig holes to crawl into them and hide.

Use of Ninja Tool

Mizugumo no jutsu
(水蜘蛛の術) Mizugumo is a tool used for swimming.
(影縫いの術; Shadow sew) Targeting enemy shadow with shuriken or kunai, enemy's movement is stopped.


(口寄せ; Spiritualism) The summoning of spirits. Calling upon an animal to employ it. Jiraiya of the Japanese folktale Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari is known for this art for summoning toads.

Yin and Yang

In Volume 4 of the Bansenshukai, there is the mention of yōnin (陽忍) and Innin (陰忍), which covers infiltration. The terms regard yang (light/male/sun) and yin (dark/female/secret) respectively.

Innin is infiltration and information gathering while completely unnoticed, such as hiding in the bushes and crossing the roof of houses.

Yonin is also known as yōjutsu (陽術) and yoninjutsu (陽忍術). The same format is also used for Innin. Yonin is also called yoninjo (陽忍上), which has the Kanji symbol of "up" or "superior" (上; also used in jonin), and is used by highly skilled ninja because of its risky nature. In fact, Yonin is someone who takes up a disguise in plain sight in various territories (ie: merchant, komuso or a monk, performers, etc).

Notable Uses of Ninjutsu in Seishin

See also

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