Sunday, October 28, 2018

Shuko Ninjutsu Training

Shuko are one of the traditional training tools used by the ninja and employed in ninjutsu- the sword, shuriken, and Metsubushi being the other tools.

Made out of iron, with bands for the hands and wrists they were used to as part of muto-dori techniques- against sword and other weapons, while also being used in ninja taijutsu unarmed techniques- as a force multiplier.

One of the points to keep in mind in training, especially with historical ninjutsu techniques, is that many of them were done in the dark or low light conditions. These low light conditions would furhter magnify the opportunity creating actions of the shuko as the other person would often not even be aware of them.   

Each week we aim to post training highlights from recent classes as a way of sharing the expressions of budo, while giving those interested in pursuing training insight into some of the movements and philosophies explored in each class.