Literally meaning “skill with the body,” Taijutsu forms the basis for all understanding in the Bujinkan. It is composed of:
Taihenjutsu: Tumbling and Breaking Falls
Taisabaki: Tactical Positioning
Buki: Weapons and Tools
Junan Taiso: Conditioning & Health
Some popular martial arts attempt to mold student response to fit a stylized set of predetermined movements. Taijutsu works in the opposite manner, naturalizing movement by stripping away awkward tendencies, so they may close the very openings an enemy might take advantage of. Taijutsu cultivates one’s resolve to persevere, where instinct supersedes technique and is sharpened with a set of principles outside the realm of pure physical might. By developing natural responses during initial training, larger, stronger, even multiple opponents can be defeated without reliance on brute force, speed, or strength. Instead, the student’s instincts of motivation, acuity, and balance are sharpened as tools capable of subduing even the largest adversary at a time of their greatest disadvantage.
Surviving more powerful enemies, challenges, and even our own personal weaknesses, means acting in the most efficient and decisive manner to ensure our own and loved one’s protection. If we utilize strategy to its utmost and do not limit ourselves to myopic approaches, we can see through the veil of adversity to turn seemingly hopeless moments into opportunities, ensuring there truly is no disadvantage.