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The Foundation and Cornerstones of the Bushin Ryu Martial System

The first martial disciplines that most students focus on are the physical aspects of martial arts. Bushin Ryu is made of what are in fact several “martial arts” or martial disciplines. These physical components include

  • Kyusho-Jutsu (Vital Point Striking) and Koppo-Jutsu (Striking and Kicking)
  • Jujutsu (Throwing, Joint Locking and Choking)
  • Kobujutsu (weapons, sword, staff and knife)
  • Taiho-Jutsu (restraining, pinning, and detaining)
  • Ninjutsu (strategy and tactics)
  • Aiki-Jujutsu (Aiki no Jutsu – Aiki an Internal martial component involving body intelligence and structure).

In our modern world, we could use term “taijutsu” to encompass all this – simply meaning “body arts.” Thus it is extremely important to grasp the difference between a single martial art, and a full martial system like Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu. Physical martial disciplines- sub component detail: 

  • Fundamentals of Striking
  • Understanding of Vital Targets (including, muscle, nerve, and skeletal targets)
  • Defenses – Striking Technique
  • Fundamentals of Joint Locking, Throwing, Choking and Ground Defenses
  • Understanding of Skeletal Anatomy and Center of Gravity (Locking, Throwing, Kuzushi or balance breaking and Choking)
  • Defenses – Locking and Throwing Waza
  • Ground Survival – Ne Waza – Ground Defenses

Bushin Ryu focuses on the three primary weapons of the Samurai – the sword, mid-sized staff, and the knife.

  • Fundamentals of weapons use – primarily the offensive use of the weapon
  • Defenses – Includes open hand disarming defenses as well as weapon vs. weapon defenses.
  • Weapons Retention – Defensive waza against opponent taking your weapon.

This component is very closely tied to the Jujutsu curriculum and is often considered a sub component.

  • Fundamentals of restraining techniques (this includes pinning, immobilizations, holding/detaining, and breaking/destroying joints from the pin/immobilization.
  • Fundamentals of conflict strategy and tactics
  • Fundamentals of stealth
  • Fundamentals of Aiki (ki energy, structure, and internal methods)
  • Aiki no Jutsu Waza – Internal component added to all physical techniques.

Break down of mental/academic martial disciplines sub component subject matters:

  • Fundamental knowledge of all intellectual aspects of Bushido
  • Bushin Ryu-specific philosophy

The second set of martial disciplines the student learns are the mental and internal disciplines in Bushin Ryu. These are more spiritual (as distinct from “religious”), promoting growth of the whole human practitioner. . Bushin Ryu is part of a unique cultural heritage and the practitioner will, with earnest application of effort, undoubtedly experience spiritual development through practice. We are proud to protect and pass on these critical elements of true Bujutsu so as to keep them alive for future generations. These intellectual disciplines are sometimes called O-Chikara (great powers and capabilities) in Japanese:


  • Tetsugaku – Philosophy
  • Heiho – Strategy
  • Doshu no Jutsu – Leadership
  • Shinrigaku – Psychology
  • Haragei – Study of inner energy

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