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Black Belt Course Description for the Ninjutsu DVD set “Basics of Ninja Training”

Course Guide Outline for The “Basics of Ninja Training” Black Belt Video Course on 9 DVDs

Over 8 hours of instruction including 16 weapons! This page is an excerpt from the 44 page curriculum Course Guide for the “Basics of Ninja Training®” Black Belt Video Course by Ninja Learning Network. This is the Bujinkan Ninjutsu black belt video course offered on this web site (DVD, instant download or Bluray.) The course is the “Shodan” (first-degree black belt) program developed by 12th Dan Shihan Mark Roemke at the Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo. Roemke is a long-time student of Bujinkan Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan. All students who purchase the “Basics of Ninja Training®” black belt Ninjutsu Bujinkan video course get the accompanying 44 page printable .pdf file of the entire curriculum.

The purpose of Ninjutsu Bujinkan study is to learn awareness and techniques conducive to self-defense, both physical and psychological. The first rule is to attempt to avoid physical contact and conflict in all cases. Ideally, an effective Bujinkan practitioner would never need to use damaging force to control any threatening situation.  The associates of this web site and its partners do not advocate aggressive behavior against people or property.  Read the Bujinkan Guidelines from the Honbu Dojo in Japan at

“Basics of Ninja Training” Black Belt Video Course

This course is just the videos that you purchase and watch forever. No ranking or student assessment is provided to the buyer of these videos. It is like a video encyclopedia that you simply buy to own, and you just watch them whenever you want.  No membership or other commitments are required. No other services are provided when you buy the video course (but your email questions to Ninja Learning Network will always be answered, promptly.)  Your positive and intelligent interaction with all social networking sites associated with Ninja Learning Network is welcomed and encouraged – a great way to get free training advice from many advanced practicioners. Belt or kyu rank is not guaranteed or included with purchase of the “Basics of Ninja Training” Video Course.

Note about getting your black belt rank: We recommend you check into the  “Virtual Ninja Package” Home-made Video Skill Assessment Service available from Ninja Learning Network. Visit their website for details.



In the Bujinkan (Ninjutsu) all dojos and instructors follow different curriculum and testing practices. There is no standard for instruction as you see in other martial arts. At the Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo and most other schools Shodan rank can only be awarded through genuine testing procedures, eventually in person. Generally, a student who can learn the material presented in the “Basics of Ninja Training” videos are well on their way to knowing how to pass rank testing at any Bujinkan dojo (but ONLY if combined with serious hands-on training with other experienced students and instructors.)

What is Taught in the “Basics of Ninja Training” Blackbelt Video Course:


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Level One – 9th Kyu

A. Junan Taiso – “Body Conditioning”
B. Kamae Plus Dojo Phrases – “Postures” and Basic Dojo Terminology and Etiquette
C. Ukemi – “Breakfalls”
D. Kaiten – “Rolls”
E. Dakentaijutsu – “Striking Techniques”
F. Tai Sabaki and Zanshin – “Body Movement/Evasion” and “Awareness”

Level Two – 8th Kyu

A. Hoken Juroppo Ken – “The 16 Hidden/Secret Fists”
B. Keri – “Kicks”
C. Uke Nagashi – “Receiving Flow”
D. Kihon Happo – “The Eight Basic Ways” (part one)
E. San Shin – “The Three Hearts Form”
F. Hanbo – “The Half Staff” Weapon

Level Three – 7th Kyu

A. Taihenjutsu (continued)
B. Kihon Happon (continued)
C. Hajutsu Kuho – “The Eight Techniques and Nine Ways”
D. Katana Kamae- “Sword Postures”
E. Katana Giri – “Cutting with the Sword”
F. Katana Nuki – “Draws with the Sword”
G. Shinken Muto Dori Gata – “Sword Evasion Techniques”
H. Katana Parts and Etiquette
I. Finishing Pins

Level Four – 6th Kyu

A. Taihenjutsu No Hands – Advanced Ukemi and Kaiten
B. Dakentaijutsu and Ashi Sabaki – Strikes (continued) and “Leg/Foot Movement/Evasion”
C. Gyaku Waza – “Reversal Techniques”
D. Nage Waza – “Throwing Techniques” (part one)
E. Rokushakubo Kamae – “Long Staff Postures”
F. Rokushakubo Spins
G. Rokushakubo Strikes

Level Five – 5th Kyu

A. Taihenjutsu – Advanced Ukemi and Kaiten (continued)
B. San Shin Gokui – “Inner Essence” of San Shin
C. Nage Waza (continued)
D. Knife and Shoto Introduction (2 videos)
E. Advanced Knife Techniques
F. Kyusho Points – “Weakness Points”

Level Six – 4th Kyu

A. Ukemi as Attack
B. Kihon Happo Variations
C. San Shin Variations
D. Nage Waza (continued)
E. Kasuri Fundo – Weapon, Chain with Metal Tips
F. Multiple Attackers
G. Kyusho (continued)

Level Seven – Kyu 3

A. Taihenjutsu (continued)
B. San Shin Variations
C. Ashi Sabaki (continued)
D. Jime Waza – “Choking Techniques”
E. Nage Waza (continued)
F. Jute – Metal Rod Weapon with a Hook Structure Near the Handle
G. Shuriken, Knife and Ax – Metal Throwing Weapons
H. Walking and Advanced Zanshin
I. Kyusho (continued)

Level Eight – Kyu 2

A. Kuzushi – “Off Balancing”
B. Nage Waza (continued)
C. Shuko – Metal Claw Weapon
D. Naginata – Spearlike Weapons
E. Yari – Spearlike Weapon
F. Kyusho (continued)

Level Nine – Kyu 1

A. Nage Waza (continued)
B. Kyoketsu Shoge – Rope with Ring and Special Blade on the ends, weapon
C. Advanced Weapon Techniques
D. Countering Counters
E. Kyusho (continued)

Shodan Level Training: 

This is the period of training after a student has passed all 9 kuys but has not been permitted to test for the final black belt rank. The sensei will guide the student in variations of all the 9 kyu techniques and encourage the ability to improvise and train against multiple attacker situations, adding tools and weapons with the techniques and any other variables that will increase student skill and awareness. Students may also be required to teach beginners and assume dojo responsibilities. At most dojos the sensei will inform the student when they are ready to test for the Shodan rank, first degree black belt.  Ninjutsu students should be prepared to train with high degrees of flexibility and follow the lead of the sensei. Although many basic form techniques are used in Ninjutsu training as a basis for learning about the physics of the human body in motion, this martial art is actually far less structured than other arts and does not engage in competition sport because it is more focused on individual learning and actual survival effectiveness.

About Training and Your Purpose:

You are hereby warned and informed that any attempt to train yourself in this martial art is a vigorous physical activity and is extremely dangerous to yourself and others. You are solely responsible for injury or damage to people or property that occurs by attempting any of the information demonstrated in this document or associated videos. We provide this information as mental reference. It is information and demonstration material only. Train only under the direct supervision of professionals only. Videos are only good for supplemental reference and review. Students are welcome to travel to the Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo for safe in-person training that corresponds to this material.

The purpose of Ninjutsu Bujinkan study is to learn awareness and techniques conducive to self-defense, both physical and psychological. The first rule is to attempt to avoid physical contact and conflict in all cases. Ideally, an effective Bujinkan practitioner would never need to use damaging force to control any threatening situation. He/she would be able to diffuse trouble or get away from it before trouble even begins. Bujinkan is not intended to be an aggressive art and your mental capacity to control a situation is always the first line of defense – not violent control maneuvers. However, if unbalanced individuals in the environment are determined to create safety problems for you or people around you, it may become necessary to implement your physical training to diffuse their attack. The non-violent methods taught in Bujinkan are always the first type of response you would attempt to use in threatening situations. But, if attackers do escalate a situation to the level that people are in imminent and unavoidable danger, then you may be compelled to counter them with forceful methods, even using weapons. Only if necessary. Students who are not prepared to train under this philosophy may be considered unsuitable for training and their opportunities to study with authentic sensei can be revoked. The associates of this web site and its partners do not advocate aggressive behavior against people or property.

The “Basics of Ninja Training” video black belt course (8+ hours) instructs students all over the world who are on their way to earning a first degree black belt, also known as “Shodan” rank, in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, ancient art of the Ninja (aka “Ninjutsu”.) Purchase of the videos does not include or guarantee any rank testing or black belt rank, it’s just the videos which show the techniques. But read below about getting additional and optional home-made video skill assessment and rank test services through Ninja Learning Network and Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo.

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