Ninja Forum FAQ: Question: How many organizations are there and how are they organized (Who's at the top, etc) Answer: (Jay Bell) There are three main organizations. The Bujinkan, Genbukan and Jinenkan. The Bujinkan is headed by Hatsumi sensei. The Genbukan, Shoto Tanemura and Jinenkan Unsui Manaka. They were both longtime senior students of Hatsumi sensei and broke away to do their own thing. Shoto Tanemura went on to study with other teaches of Takamatsu sensei and funneling his knowledge into the Genbukan. Manaka sensei developed what he knew into Jinenkan. And developed a weapon based art called Jinen ryu that contains methods and ideas that aren't found in other bujutsu schools. The Jinenkan was formed in 94, if memory serves. It's teachings from Gyokko ryu, Koto ryu, Shinden Fudo ryu, Togakure ryu and Kukishin ryu...and also the Jinen ryu which Manaka sensei developed. See http://www.martialtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=369 for more info. === Question: Where is a detailed description of Ninjutsu? Answer: The famous Rec.Martial-Arts FAQ contains a lot of good information http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~mcweigel/rmafaq/rmafaq3.html#16.ninjutsu === Question: Can someone tell me what an X-kan is? Answer: (tmanifold) X-kan is a term used to reffer to the three traditional style ninjutsu organizations. They are The BujinKan, Genbukan and JinenKan. They are all decended from the Bujinkan organization of Hatsumi Sensei. === Question: How do these schools differ? What is the typical thought about ToShinDo and Master Hayes? How is Genbukan different from Bujinkan? Answer: (Pyros) Bujinkan - a curriculum of combination of nine traditions by Hatsumi - has some guidelines what and how to teach the lower ranks but the instructors can use their discretion - goes from drilling the basic kihon kata fast into training all kinds of applications Genbukan - a curriculum taught by Tanemura - has a strict belt to belt rank system with exact syllabys for all ranks - the combo learned from Hatsumi with some minor outside influences too - has actually two separate programs: ninpo bugei and kokusai jujutsu Jinenkan - a combined curriculum of six traditions by Manaka (learned them from Hatsumi) - has a very strict belt to belt rank system - focuses on perfecting the basic kihon kata before going for applications ToShinDo - a curriculum created and taught by Hayes - techniques based on what Hayes learned at Bujinkan - whole syllabus has been modernized, defences are trained against modern boxer-type punches and so on instead of traditional lunge punches, and so on. http://www.martialtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8890 ==== Question: What is the difference between NinjUtsu and NinjItsu? Answer: NinjUtsu (Note the U after the j) is a Japanese art, which traces its history back generations. NinjItsu (note the i after the j) is a modern creation tracing its roots back to Frank Dux. ==== Question: What is Taijutsu? Answer: (Jay Bell) Taijutsu is a generic term used for unarmed combat. Much like "Jujutsu". It's not Ninpo specific. Budo Taijutsu is Bujinkan specific. The Genbukan uses Ninpo Taijutsu and so on. http://www.martialtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4192 === Question: What is this "Quest System" or "ToShinDo" I hear about in connection to Steven Hayes? Isn't he a ninja? Answer: Steven Hayes at last report was still a member of the Bujinkan and still on good terms with GM Hatsumi. He has been teaching his own flavor of his ninjutsu training under the To-Shin-Do name for a while now through his Quest Centers. More information can be found by searching this forum and at http://www.skhquest.com/training/ToShinDoDescription.aspx ============ More FAQ's to be added as we can.