“Masaaki Hatsumi-Soke on Kihon Happou”
Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijustu Book
Kihon Happo (The basic eight principles)
Master Takamatsu once told me, “When Master Toda Shinryuken taught me the basic forms of the finger bone usages of the Gyokko Ryu, he gave me the eight principles associated with them. Master Toda told me that these are the foundation of all Budo. I wholeheartedly agree to that Mr Hatsumi, I will tell you the same principles. Use these eight principles when you teach your students.
These eight basic principles are requirements for these who want to master true fighting techniques. You’re mastering of these principles affect the outcome of all types of fighting and enliven one’s skills. They are, in a way, the source of power which would lead you to being a successful Budoka. Let me give you an example. My student Mr Manaka, recently used two of the principles in a contest. He used the one that is best used in the throwing of Shuriken, for use in shooting a gun, and he scored 90 out of 100. He then used another of the principles, that of ‘ichi no kamae”, to shoot a rifle. With this he scored 100 out of 100.
Also, when he visited the United States, Mr Manaka met the top officers of the Green Berets. They persistently asked for demonstrations, believing that he could show them the Japanese way of Budo since he was an officer in the Japanese defence force. He politely refused the demonstrations at the beginning, but since they were insistent, he finally agreed and set up sparring between himself and some of the Green Beret officers. These men were fierce fighters, just back from the war in Vietnam. These three were using the Western attacking techniques of arts such as Boxing, Knife fighting, fencing, stick fighting etc. They were struck by Mr Manaka’, but never gave up. Manaka, at first, did not use his full strength, but he did not want to seriously hurt them. But he felt that this was not going to end the demonstration, so he began to fight with his full strength. They were completely beaten, and one of the officer’s shoulders was dislocated.
They were deeply impressed with the true strength of Budo, and gave Manaka a Green Beret stained with bloods which he felt was the spirit of the Vietnam War.
This is a good example of how the eight principles will manifest themselves in a fight. Manaka told me that he understood from his body how the eight basic principles could be applied in an actual fight.
The eight basic principles should be interpreted as the basic mind training principles. Where and when you put in your full strength is the basis of any fighting technique. The eight basic principles include the basic forms of ichimonji no kamae, hicho no kamae, jumonji no kamae, omote gyaku, omote gyaku tsuki, ura gyaku, musha dori, ganseki nage.
Zentai Martial Arts, Ft. Wayne Indiana