Ninja Terms

A, B, C, D, E, F, F, G, H, I, J, K, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, U, W, Y, Z

[ American Ninjutsu / Iaido Training Association ]

Yamajutsu-Kai Ninjutsu - New Zealand

A [ Kunoichi ]

abumi
a stirrup

age
from ageru, to raise, elevate

aisha
manipulating soft hearted people

amado
lower neck

ametori no jutsu
a trick using a raincoat in the pretence that someone wears it

amigasa
wicker hats for hiding the face and hiding messages

anatoshi
trapping

ankokutoshijutsu
techniques for seeing in the dark

arashi
storm

ashi
leg; foot

ashiko
foot claws to accompany the shuko

ate
blow, strike

atemi
a strike to the opponent to setup a technique

atsu
press

atto
press down

awase
from awaseru, to meet together

B

bajutsu
horsemanship

bakemonojutsu
ghost arts

bakuhatsugama
kusarigama with container for explosives

bansenshukai
17th century book of the history & techniques of the iga and koga ninja

bisento
heavy bladed spear

bo jutsu
art of fighting with a six foot staff

bo shuriken
straight throwing blades

bo
six foot staff, stick

bokken
wooden practice sword

boku
tree

bokuto
wooden practice sword

boryaku
concepts of battle strategy

boshi ken
thumb drive fist

bu
martial arts

budo
a system of "ways" derivative of the martial arts

budoka
one who studies the martial arts

bujin
warrior spirit

C

chakuzen no jutsu
hiding in a ceiling or attic

chi
earth

chikairi no jutsu
infiltration of enemy lines during a battle

chikyu no jutsu
infiltration of enemy lines during battle

chimon
earthly forces

chiton jutsu
use of fire, wood, earth, & metal to help aid escape

chitsumishi
enemy citizen collaborating with a ninja

choho
ninja method for reporting secret investigations

chu
middle

chunin
middle rank

D

dai
large, big, great

daisharin
wheel and axel assembly

dakentaijutsu
striking, punching, kicking methods of ninjutsu

dan
grade, class, rank, level

den
legend, tradition

densho
scrolls and manuscripts, see also makimono

do
motion; change

do
path, road, way

do
the trunk of the body

dojo
a training hall

doka
pocket warmer

doko
angry tiger

dokubari
poison needles in plant fibre (caltrops)

dokuenjutsu
poison smoke

don ton jutsu
earth concealment techniques

donohi
medicinal substance

E

endokuken
poison smoke fitted to shuriken

ennyu no jutsu
a trick using a feint to get into an enemy camp

F

fu
negation

fu
wind

fudo kanashibari no jutsu
a method that paralyses a victim with a spell

fudo ken
clenched fist

fudo
immobility

fudoza
immovable seat

fukiya
blow pipes and blow guns

fukume
veiling (covers found on the end of shinobi zue)

fukumibari
small pins blown at the eyes from the mouth

fukuro gaeshi zen jutsu
a chikairi no jutsu tactic

fukurogaeshi no jutsu
a toiro tactic

furi
to swing

futoroteppo
bronze pistols

G

gando
portable torches used for lighting

ganmen
endure, face

ganseki
a rock

gata
one

gata
style, type, pattern

gawa
side

ge
low

gedan
lower level

geinyu no jutsu
a chikairi tactic

genin
ninja agent

genjutsu
arts of illusion

genmai
juice made from unpolished rice

geta
wooden clogs

gikan
regard for justice

gishogiin no jutsu
art of forgery

go
five

goe
voice; tone

gogyo
five element transformations

gojo gyoku
principle of five feelings and desires

gokuraku
paradise; heaven

gotonpo
five element concealing and escaping methods

gyaku
reverse

gyoku
gem, jewel; testicles

gyokuro
poison made with tea and mixed with soup

H

hachi
eight

hachimon tonko jujutsu
eight methods of incantation

hakama
men's formal divided skirt, women's pleated skirt

han
half

hanateppo
iron bullets fired from a bamboo shaft hiden in flower bundle

hanbo
3 feet staff

hanbo
a stick measuring three feet in length

hane age
jump up, spring up

hane
from haneru, to leap, spring up

hane
wing

haori
a type of jacket worn over the kimono

happo hiken
eight methods of secret swords

happo shuriken
eight pointed throwing blades

harai
from harau, to sweep

hasami bune
collapsible floats

hashigoyari
ladder spear with peg holes, also used for measuring

heiho
commando warfare tactics

hengenkashi no jutsu
study and knowledge of the disguises he uses

henka
variation

hi
secret

hi
to fly

hicho
flying bird

hidari
left

hiji
elbow

hiki
from hiku, to pull

hira shuriken
flat blades (shaken)

hira
flat, even, level

hishi
dried waterchestnuts (caltrops)

hito no jutsu
the skill of the human ????

ho
direction, way; side

ho
principle; direction

hodoki
get loose, get untied

hoi
encircling

hoka no jutsu
setting fires to spread confusion

hoko
encircling tiger; hollowed out staffs and canes to conceal blades, chaines, messages, etc.

hon
main; true; regular; normal

hotarubi no jutsu
toiro tactic

hyakuraiju
several guns in a circle inside a large barrel

hyo
puma

I

i
mind, heart; will, intention

iburi dashi
smoking out

ichi
one

ichimonji
the character for one in japanese

idagama
spiked stell or iron spheres (caltrops)

inpo
the art of hiding

inton
concealment and camouflage

ippon sugi nobori
special method for cedar tree climbing

iri
from hairu, to enter

ishisao
stone rod (white stone simular to chalk) used for signaling

itaken
broad blades (shaken)

itami
pain

itto
sword

J

jigoku
hell

jin
man

jirai
land mines

jissensekko gijutsu
techniques for scouting in actual battle

jo wan
upper arm

jo
4 feet staff

jo
a stick usually measuring fortyeight to fifty inches in length

jo
top

jodan
upper level

joei no jutsu
to move without making a noise or shadows

jonin
ninja leaders

ju
ten

juji no ho
method of ten syllables

jumonji
the character for ten in japanese

jutaijutsu
throws, locks, holds, methods of ninjutsu

jutsu
techniques; art

jutte
a metal truncheon

K

ka
fire

kaeshi
from kaesu, to turn over, throw

kagi
hook

kaginawa
grappling hook with one to four hooks

kai ki
methods of gaining access

kaiden
master's certificate

kaiten
rolling

kaku
angle; horn

kakure
from kakureru, to hide, disappear

kama ikada
water crossing device or rafts

kama
sycles

kamae
posture, stance

kamayari
spear with downward hooks attached

kamigakure no jutsu
gaining access to a castle by befriending an enemy

kappi
lively jump

karami
from karamu, to entangle, entwine

karamu
to entangle, entwine

kari
from karu, to reap

karusura otoko no jutsu
a toiro tactic within enemy territory

kasha
ariel runway

kashira
head

kasugai
iron clamps for holding doors closed

kata
one

kata
style, type, pattern

katagatae no jutsu
a chikairi tactic for spreading fires

katame
from katameru, to tighten

katana
sword

katonjutsu
the use of fire for escapes

kawa
side

kayaka no jutsu
use of fire and explosives

ken
fist

keri
from keru, to kick

ki
rise

ki
spirit, mind, heart, soul

kiai
a shout or yell to disrupt the opponent

kiaijutsu
power of the voice

kihon
basic, fundamental

kikaku ken
head butt

kimon
monster gate (chest muscle)

kimono
traditional dress of the japanese

kinton jutsu
use of metal for escape

kiri
from kiru, to cut

kiri
mist, fog

kiri
single boring spikes

kisha
taking advice of an enemy's sensual appetite to bribe him

kitsune gakure no jutsu
imitating a fox to hide under water

ko ashi
small steps for walking through foliage and water

ko
child

ko
hook, barb

ko
small

ko
tiger

kocho
butterfly

koe
voice; tone

kogoroshi
killing the child (son)

koho
rear, back

konpi
surrounding jump

koppojutsu
bonebreaking techniques of ninjutsu

koroshi
from korosu, to kill

kosei
offensive

koshi
hip, loin

koshijutsu
organ and muscle strikes of ninjutsu

koshizashi
hip held gun

kote
wrist

kotodama
the ancient shinto science of sacred sound and speech

kotsu
bone

kozutsu
wooden guns which fire metal balls

ku
air, sky; emptiness; void

ku
nine

kubi
neck

kuda bashigo
tube ladder

kudaki
from kudakeru, to break, smash, shatter

kuji goshinho
nine syllables method of protection

kuji in
nine syllable seals

kuji kiri
nine syllable slashes

kuji no ho
method of nine syllables

kuji
nine syllables

kujiki
from kujiku, to wrench, sprain

kuki
air

kumo bashigo
cloud ladder

kumo
cloud

kunai giri
digging and leverage tools

kunashi
spade like digging device

kunoichi
female ninja

kusari dogu
chain weapons

kusari fundo
weighted chain

kusarigama
sickle and chain

kuzushi
from kuzusu, to break (the balance of an opponent)

kyo
unpreparedness; false

kyojitsu
falsehood and truth

kyojutsu tenkan
theory of alternating appearences of reality

kyoketsu shoge
hooked blade weapon with weighted chain or cord attached

kyoman
observation and perception

kyomon
religious teachings

kyonin no jutsu
taking advantage of fears and superstitions

kyuba
archery and horsemanship

kyudo
archery

kyusho
vital points, pressure points

M

ma ai
the combative distance between the two opponents

mae
front

maki
volume, book

makimono
scrolls and antique documents

mamukigama
cord and chain

mata
crotch, thigh, groin

mawashi
from mawasu, to rotate

me
eye

men uchi
a strike to the head

men
the face

menkyo
teacher's certificate

metsubushi
eyes blinders smoke, sand, pepper, etc.

mi
body; person

migi
right

mikkyo
esoteric buddhism

mikkyo
secret doctrines

mimi
ear

minomushi no jutsu
toiro tactic

mizu gumo
water crossing devices

mokuton jutsu
escape and concealment with trees

mu
mist, fog

mune
chest

musan
scattering fog

musha
warrior

musubi bashigo
loop ladder single cable climbing device

muto
no sword

mutodorijutsu
capturing without using a sword

N

nagamaki
sword blade attached to a pole

nagare
to flow

nagashi
flow

nage
from nageru, to throw

nagedeppo
grenades

naginata
halberd

naginata
long pole with curved blade

naname
diagonal

nashi
none

neko no me no jutsu
skill, or knowledge of the cats eyes (a code used by ninja)

neko te
finger tip weapons of steel for kunoichi

ni
two

nin gu
ninja tools

ninja juhachi kei
eighteen levels of training

ninja no hachimon
eight fields of knowledge

ninjato
short straight sword

ninjutsu daihi seishintoitso shuyoikkan
sacred methods of ninjutsu to gain an overpowering will

ninpo mikkyo
secret knowledge

no
possessive particle, of

nuki ashi
sweeping step ninja use in walking

O

o soto gari
major outer reaping throw

o
large, big, great

obi
belt, it had numerous uses including holding the two swords, knives and fans were also worn tucked into the folds of the belt

oh gama
battlefield version of kusarigama

ohzutsu
mortars

omote
outside; front

oni
devil, demon, monster

onibi no jutsu
art of the demon fire

ono
battle axe

onshinjutsu
art of invisibility

ori
from oru, to break

osae
from osaeru, to press down

otoshi
from otosu, to drop

oyagoroshi
killing the parent (father)

P

po
direction, way; side

R

rai
thunder

ransetsu
blizzard

rappa
battle disrupters (see also suppa)

rei
bow, salute

rekigaku
study of astrological influences

rokkai
bodily tools used by ninja in the practise of ninjutsu

roku
six

rokushakubo
a six foot staff

ryaku
abridgment; outline

ryo
both; two

ryu
dragon

ryu
school, tradition

ryusei
hand grenades

S

saiminjutsu
ninja hypnotism

san
three

sanjaku tenugi
the three shaku hand towel used for covering the face

sanminjutsu
the three steps

seiza
correct sitting

senbannage
techniques for throwing disc's etc.

sennin
mystic

sensei
teacher

setsu
snow

shaken
throwing stars

shaki no jutsu
flag discarding (to win the battle)

shako ken
claw strike

shi
finger

shi
four

shibari
from shibaru, to tie

shichi
seven

shihan
master instructor

shikanken
extended knuckle fist

shikko
the method of walking on one's knees

shikomizue
a sword cane

shikoro
thin bladed tools and saws

shime
from shimeru, to tighten

shin
heart, mind, spirit

shinai
practice sword made of split bamboo

shinobi aruki
ninja walking

shinobi ho
the art of stealth

shinobi kai
collapsible oar

shinobi no juhappan
eighteen warrior skills

shinobi no mono
shadow warriors

shinobi shozoku
ninja costume

shinobi tanto
ninja knife

shinobi waza
the art of stealth

shinobi zue
staffs and canes of varying sizes

shinobi
another name for the ninja

shinobigatana
short straight sword

shinodake
thin bamboo under water breathing tube

shinto hiho
secret teachings of shinto

shinto
concussion, shock, impact

shishin ken
finger needle strike

shitan ken
thumb pressure strike

shizen ken
the body as a natural weapon

shizen
natural

shomen
the front

shoten no jutsu
climbing to the heavons (tree climbing)

shoto
short sword

shu
hand; arm

shuko
hand claws

shuriken
throwing blades, stars, discs.

shuto ken
open sword hand

sodezutsu
hand held cannon

sojutsu
the art of fighting with a spear

soku ho kaiten
sideways roll

soku ho tobi
sideways leap

soku yaku
foot strike

sokugyaku
toe strike

soto
outer

sui
water

suihei
horizontal

suiren
water training

suitonjutsu
water escape arts

suppa
battle disrupters

sutemi
self abandonment

suzuzue
priests ring topped walking staff

T

tabi
traditional footwear of the japanese

tai
large, big, great

tai
the body

taihenjutsu
silent movement, rolling, leaping, tumbling

taijutsu
techniques performed without weapons

taijutsu
the body art, the unarmed combat methods of ninjutsu

taijutsusosoku
boby technique of walking like the wind

taisabaki
body movement techniques which should be freeflowing, natural, and prudent

taisuru
face, confront, be opposite

taka bashigo
high ladders used for open spaces

takagi
tall tree, large tree

take
bamboo

taki
waterfall

tanegashima
matchlock rifles

tanto
knife

taomijutsu
fishing nets

taoshi
from taosu, to throw down

taru ikada
flotation pots for crossing shallow water and marshes

tatami
a mat made of ricestraw

te
hand; arm

tekagi
see shuko

ten
from tenjiro, to revolve, rotate

ten
heaven, sky; top

tessen jutsu
iron-ribbed fan techniques

tessen
war fan

tetsu
iron

tetsubushi
caltrops

to
and

to
door

to
drop, fell

to
head

to
sword

tobi bashigo
leaping ladder

tobi keri
leaping with a kick

tobi kunai
tools used for gaining access

tome
from tomeru, to stop

tomeru
to stop

tomoe nage
throwing in a big circle

tomoe
huge comma, comma-patterned tile

tori
from toru, to seize, catch

totoku hiyashi
avoiding shuriken blades

tsubo giri
boring tools

tsubute
club throwing missiles

tsugi bune
collapsible boat carried by members of a team

tsuke
from tsukeru, to attach, fix

tsuki
from tsuku, to thrust

tsure
from tsureru, to take someone along with oneself

tsuri bashigo
hanging ladders with hooks at intervals

U

uchi gake
throwing down by leg work

uchi mata
inner thigh

uchi
from utsu, to attack, defeat, destroy, conquer

uchi
inside

uchidake
fuses for fire and explosives

ude
arm

uke
from ukeru, to receive

ukemi
the act of taking a controlled fall when thrown

umebi
land mines

ura
inside

ushiro
rear, back

W

wakizashi teppo
pistol disguised as a wakizashi(short sword)

waza
art, craft; ability, skill

Y

ya
arrow

yagen
poisons and curatives

yajiri
heavy bladed saws

yamabushi
mountain warriors

yamikeigo
ninja practice in the dark

yari
spear

yojutsu
supernatural tricks

yoko aruki
side ways walking

yoko
side

yokomen
the side of the head

yoroi
a suit of armor

yoshin
raising spirit, raising heart

yugake
an archer's glove

yugei no jutsu
one on one confrontation

yuki waragi
snow sandles

yume no makura
dreams

yumi
an archery bow

Z

zanshin
the "follow through" of a technique; one is connected to one's partner even after the throw in an unbroken flow of ki, simultaneously ready to receive any new attack

zen wan
forearm

zen
front

zenpo kaiten
forward roll

zenpo
forward, front direction

zeoi
from seou, to carry on one's back


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