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TenChiJin Ryaku no Maki

posted 17 Apr 2012, 04:50 by kashim choudhury

The Tenchijin Ryaku no Maki is the core material for Bujinkan training.  Soke Hatsumi presented this collection of skills for students as a way for each to learn fundamental skills that were common to most of the Bujinkan ryuha ("traditions").

One way to look at the chapters of the Tenchijin is that the Ten, or Heavenly Strategies Book, involve techniques of space or distance around the opponent.  The Chi, or Earthly Strategies Book, deals with the body of the opponent.  Jin, or Humanly Strategies Book, deals with the axis of where both Ten and Chi cross one another.  It's the combination of the two in a balance.

Another way is to see the Ten, Chi and Jin chapters as the three legs of a stool.  Development of all three is vital to sustain one's taijutsu.  If any leg is missing, the stool will not stand.

Of course, the meanings are open for differing interpretations.  But, whatever meanings one applies, the Tenchijin Ryaku no Maki is the foundation of Bujinkan training and should be the focus of study for all students, junior and senior alike.

I’m hoping to use the next few weeks to work through the Ten Chi Jin. You’ll see that many of the techniques you’ll be familiar with, some maybe henka of techniques that we’ve covered and others will be new to you. 

Note that the Beginners Book by Shihan Ian Watkins contains all the techniques of the Ten Chi Jin.