Tue. Jan 18th, 2022


Shibata-ryu Taijutsu, Kenryu Ha

Shibata-ryu Kenryu Ha  Taijutsu:  contains a wide selection of techniques that are “pressure tested”; meaning that they are very effective.  There are four levels of training:

SHODEN: Koryu-te Jutsu: There are over 35 empty hand techniques and 15 tessen (iron fan) techniques included in this level. The techniques are mostly defenses techniques from grabs and holds. These series of techniques are call:  Koryu-te-jutsu which describes the basic level of self-defense techniques that are found in many Koryu Jujutsu Ryuha.

CHUDEN:  Kiai-te Jutsu:  There are over 50 techniques included in this level.  These techniques require a hard counterattack before the application of a controlling technique. This can be a hard bone breaking blow, a knock-out blow or even a kick that dislocates or cripples’. — Kiai (te) defines here: The use of Kiai as I was taught is a shout to focus your energy.  However, here we use Kiai in combat as the “strong convergence of energy” and in the “expressing of a non-quitting spirit” — so in the Taijutsu techniques that are under the Kiai group are very strong techniques that express strong energy and a spirt of strength in battle — in other words the technique work with full power and there is no concept of a lesser degree of power — (in contrast the Aiki techniques can be applied in a varying degree of power, in order to control and not destroy). In the Kiai there is no option but to destroy and to do it as quick as possible.

OKUDEN – LEVEL ONE: Aiki-te Jutsu: There over 50 techniques included in this level.  These techniques use the finesse of Aiki — these techniques use Aiki at first contact with the opponent. Aiki is the art of unbalancing at first contact.  Aiki can be applied through movement that makes the opponent lose balance or directly attacking the balance of the opponent as taking out the supporting leg while he is in the process of attacking (during the attack, not after — must be at the point of weight shifting) — this is like removing a chair from a person  that is about to sit down and ends up on the floor.

OKUDEN – LEVE TWO: Kyusho Atemi Jutsu: There over 125 techniques included in this level. Kyusho Atemi Jitsu (or Pressure Point Striking) is a martial art focused on targeting pressure points. Pressure points are areas of the body where people can apply pressure or strike in order to cause pain, paralysis or death.

NOTE: — Kiai 氣 合  and aiki  合 氣   use the same kanji (transposed) and can be thought of as the inner and the outer aspect of the same principle. Kiai relates to the manifestation, emission or projection of one’s own energy externally (external strength), while aiki relates to one’s own energy internally (internal strength). Thus kiai is the union of external energies while aiki is the union of internal energies. This use of ki will involve the use of kokyu power, i.e. breathing is coordinated with movement. Kokyu ryoku is the natural power that can be produced when body and consciousness (mind) are unified. The term kokyu can also be used to describe a situation in which two opponents are moving with appropriate timing

Complimentary training for added benefit:

  1. Koryu-te jitsu: Tonbo, Baton — (2 foot short stick or telescopic baton)
  2. Kiai-te jitsu:

For more information on Shibata-ryu Taijutsu, contact Kenryu at: kenryu@kenryu.ninja