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BAKU and the Treasure Boat of Japan’s Seven Lucky Gods

Baku (獏 or 貘) are Japanese supernatural beings that devour dreams and nightmares. According to legend, they were created by the spare pieces that were left over when the gods finished creating all other animals. They have a long history in Japanese folklore and art, and more recently have appeared in Japanese anime and manga. The Japanese term baku has two current meanings, referring […]

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Ame-no-Ukihashi Demonstration Video

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The Sword of the Ninzuwu

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First Separate and Then Combine

Core Learning Principle: First Separate and Then Combine The principle of breaking movements into micro-components follows an ancient Taoist principle of learning called “first separate and then combine.” First you learn to become comfortable with a specific micro-component. Next you learn and practice a second one. Then you combine both components and practice them simultaneously […]

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The Art of Ninjutsu

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The Ivory Tablets of the Crow

The Ivory Tablets of the Crow is the initiatory rite of the Art of Ninzuwu, a spiritual practice said to have originated during the Jomon period, closely associated with the Tengu, Yatagarasu, and Ryujin Shinko. During the Jomon period an empire existed, whose boundaries stretched from the Far East into what is known today as […]

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Ame-no-Ukihashi: The Ancient Martial Art of the Ninzuwu

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The Armor of Amaterasu Ohkami

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The Yi Jing Apocrypha of Genghis Khan

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The six inner directions

    The six inner directions   In this short passage about the kamae, O Sensei provides us with some crucial information for the practice of Aikido : 1.      … Open your feet in the six directions, and face the enemy in the hanmi irimi position of Aiki. – O Sensei 2.      Regarding the movement, […]

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First Separate and Then Combine

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Ame-no-Ukihashi Floating Bride of Heaven meaning in Akido and Shinto

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Esoteric Ninjitsu

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