Ways Of Practicing The Kihon Happo

Kihon happo is everything!

In our Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu martial arts movement that Kihon Happo- the basic (foundation) eight forms are the fundamentals of all our movement.

Three techniques involving strikes, five techniques involving manipulating the arm.

At the early kuy levels of training the focus in on learning the movements, learning the sequences and working to be able to physically do the movements.

At the dan levels of training, the focus is on distance, timing, and rhythm, being able to do them correctly, perfectly, and seeing how they open the training to the other various kata, waza, and forms.

Kihon Happo is something that you first learn, and second spend the rest of your budo career practicing and perfecting.

Practicing at home, outside of the dojo, how can we practice the Kihon Happo?


One of the ways is to isolate one aspect of the kata and focus on that- in this example focusing on balance and moving in balance.

Moving through ichimonji, hicho, and jumonji with correct support, alignment, and balance.

Without a training partner one can’t practice the distance and timing aspects, but one can practice and refine balance and kamae.  

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Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial art of Masaaki Hatsumi through the lessons of the Bujinkan dojo.

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