Ritsu Rei

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  1. runnerninja

    runnerninja Yellow Belt

    Aug 16, 2007
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    The Genbukan Ninpo Bugei shows 4 bows in the Ritsu Rei:
    Shizen Rei
    Tenryaku Uchu Gassho Rei
    Futen Goshin Rei
    Hanno Bon-itsu Gassho Rei

    Can anybody please tell me what wach of these mean and how I should know when to use each?

    Also, what does Ritsu Rei mean?

    Thanks guys.
  2. runnerninja

    runnerninja Yellow Belt

    Aug 16, 2007
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    Ok I did a bit of searching about and found the following:


    Some of you may find it useful.

    I also came caross the following from Iaido. Some of the terms are useful so I'll just paste it here but as I say they are from an Iaido document:

    Bogu - Equipment
    Men -Face mask
    Keiko gi - Jacket
    Do - Chest protector
    Hakama - Trousers
    Tare - Hip protector
    Obi - Belt
    Kote - Padded gloves
    Tenogui - towel
    Shinai - Bamboo sword
    Tsuba - Sword guard
    Bokken - Wooden sword I
    aito - Metal practice sword

    Reiho – Etiquette
    Sei retsu - Line up
    Seiza - Be seated
    Ki o tsuke - Attention
    Mokuso - Deep breathing and meditation
    Men o tore - Remove your men
    Mokuso yame - End of breathing and meditation
    Sensei ni rei - Bow to teachers
    Men o tsuke - Put on your men
    Rei - Bow to partner
    Sonkyo - Crouching "En Garde" position
    "Onegai shimasu" - Please, let's practice
    "Domo arigato gozaimashita" - Thank you very much

    Important Concepts
    Ki ken tai ichi -Spirit sword body as one
    Ken zen ichi - Kendo and Zen are the same
    Zanshin - Resolute Will
    Ken tai ichi - Attack and Defense are the same
    Kokoro gamae - Readiness of Spirit
    Tamashi - Fighting Spirit
    Hei jo shin - Calmness of Mind
    Mizu no yonni - Be like water
    Fudo shin - Immoveable Mind
    Nami no yonni - Be like a wave

    Keiko – Practice
    Ashi sabaki - Footwork
    Suburi - Striking the Air
    Suri ashi - "Rubbing Feet"
    Shomen suburi - Basic striking
    Aiyumi ashi - Alternating stepping
    Nanameburi - Diagonal striking
    Okuri ashi - Slide stepping
    Jogeiburi - Large motion striking
    Hiraki ashi - Diagonal stepping
    Hidari katate suburi - Left hand only striking
    Fumi komi ashi - Attack stepping
    Hayasuburi - Quick striking
    Kihon Waza - Fundamental Techniques Fundamental Drills
    Men uchi - Strike to Men
    Kiri kaeshi - Repeated diagonal men striking
    Kote uchi - Strike to Kote
    Kakari geiko - Attack practice
    Do uchi - Strike to Do
    Ji geiko - Free practice
    Tsuki - Thrust to throat guard
    Shiai geiko - Tournament practice
    Ni Dan Waza - 2 Step Comination Techniques
    Oji Waza - Advanced Techniques
    Kote-men - Kote followed by men Men
    debana kote - Intercept of men with kote
    Kote-do - Kote followed by do
    Men debana men - Intercept of men with men
    Men-men - Men followed by men
    Kote nuki men - Evasion of kote with men
    Tsuki-men - Tsuki followed by men
    Men nuki do - Evasion of men with do

    Hopefully I'm not infringing on any copywrite. I cant remember what site I got it from.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
  3. WesternCiv

    WesternCiv Yellow Belt

    Aug 1, 2007
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    Fort Worth, TX
    Ritsu rei = standing bow

    I'll see if I can get a definition for the others
  4. Bujingodai

    Bujingodai Brown Belt

    May 24, 2002
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    We do a Ritsu, Gassho and Seiza rei. Depending on when and why.
  5. Kajowaraku

    Kajowaraku Green Belt

    Apr 6, 2009
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    It would probably be best to ask your sensei about these things, especially since many of the aspects of the latter 3 are kuden.123

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