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  • Togakure-ryū Ninpō Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術)

  • Gyokko ryū Kosshi jutsu (玉虎流骨指術)

  • Kuki Shinden Ryū Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術)

  • Koto Ryū Koppō jutsu (虎倒流骨法術)

  • Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentai jutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術)

  • Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtai jutsu (高木揚心流柔体術)

  • Gikan Ryū Koppō jutsu (義鑑流骨法術)

  • Gyokushin-ryū Ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法)

  • Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法)


In Bujinkan, besides the color of the belt, there are "patches", created by Hatsumi Sensei, that delineate in a significative way the partecipant's experience.

patch da kyu
grade: 10th kyu-1st kyu

Belt: white for 10th kyu, from 9th kyu on green for men and red for women

Minimum requirements: a licensed instructor must certificate the promotion

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Advanced/junior instructor
grade: 1st dan-4thdan

Belt: black

Minimum requirements: a licensed instructor can certificate promotions until a degree lower than his own


Responsibilities: a "Shidoshi Ho" can teach and promote degrees, but only below the guidance of a Shidoshi/Shihan. He must own a "Shidoshi Ho" certificate and be registered as instructor in the current year.

patch da shidoshi

Instructor (Shidoshi)
grade: 5th dan-9th dan

Belt: black

Minimum requirements: passing the Sakki test at Honbu Dojo in Noda (Chiba ken, Japan). Feasible also elsewher in particular conditions, only by licensed Dai Shihan/15°dan


Responsibilities: a Shidoshi can run a dojo e have affiliates dojos. In a technical level they are considered Masaaki Hatsumi Sōke students

patch da shihan

Master/professionist (Shihan)
grade: 10th dan-15thdan

Belt: black

Minimum requirements: for 10th dan and 15th dan there must be signatures of at least 3 Shihan supporting the promotion

Responsibilities: same as Shidoshi's but with a different seniorship.  Higher responsibility of reference.

patch da dai shihan

Great Master (Dai Shihan)

It's not a degree as much as an honorary title. It's given to experienced practicers who are seen as the excellency or potential excellency in representing Bujinkan around the world.

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