Ritsu Rei


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.


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.
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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.

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