The training focus of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is body movement and weapons. This martial art is not a sport, however the participant can make the training as energetic as he/she feels. There are no rules. There are rules however to learning the basics! First the beginner will learn how to walk, roll (all directions), evade and posture stances. Progressing from there punching, kicking, grappling and using weapons (all types). When the teacher feels the student has improved in his/her training they will be graded to a higher level.
The training is generally referred to as taijutsu, and is composed of both armed and unarmed methods of fighting. Much of the basic taijutsu taught to beginners comes from six primary lineages in the Bujinkan compendium, namely Kotō-ryū, Gyokko-ryū, Shinden Fudō-ryū, Takagi Yōshin-ryū, Kuki Shinden-ryū, andTogakure-ryū.
A large variety of weapons are taught and these are categorised into four primary classes – sticks, blades, flexibles, and projectiles. See the weapons/clothing page for more information about weapons.
Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu practitioners don’t engage in competitions or contests.