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A  boy learning  the traditional muscle control technique. This will make use of potential power which has been otherwise forgotten by us these days. In martial arts, this type of training is termed Shintai Sohsa and it has been a popular subject among those in nursing care.





            Ryutaijutsu Excercise   


12,000 per person @
 Minimum number of participants:2
Anyone under 11 must be accompanied by
 a participating guardian. 
 1,000 per spectator over 12 years old.


90 minutes  


MeditationChange to a Ninja OutfitShintaisosa (workout)kujikiri (wellwishing) 

"In the past, Japanese were deliberately educated in how they should walk."

In classical bujutsu, power is derived from body alignment through proper posture and unified movement (employing the entire body, instead of only the part of the body directly involved in the given technique or movement).

Based on the principle that balance is one of the most important aspects of powerful technique. hh@(kuzushi) or "umbalancing" a key principle in the effectivness of techniques in many martial arts, such as Aikido, Jujutsu and Judo.

Until perhaps 150 years ago, virtually all Japanese learned to walk in a special style called the namba, in which the right arm and leg swing forward at the same time, and then the left arm and leg swing forward.

Almost everybody in the world now walks the opposite way, with the right leg and left arm moving forward at the same time, and vice-versa.  In fact people often did not swing their arms much at all, but at a minimum their right shoulder moved with the right leg and left shoulder with the left leg.

The lost "namba" way of walking is believed to be one of the underlying principles of movement in the Japanese bujutsu, dance and performance arts in general, and possibly the reason that movement in martial arts seems so "unnatural" in modern times, even to the Japanese.