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First Five Techniques

Updated on November 9, 2011

Chi,Sui,Ka, Fu, Ku

Principles of Ninjutsu - Philosophy

Basic philosophy

The Five Manifestations


Earth - a solid state, a natural posture.


Water - a liquid state, a defensive posture.


Fire - an energy releasing state, an offensive posture


Wind - a gaseous state, a receiving posture


Void - subatomic energy, potential, the substance from which things take form.

The Five Weaknesses

The five weaknesses are based upon the manifestations above and link to the basic traits that an individual may exhibit. The Ninja was expert in observing these traits and exploiting them for his/her own ends.






The Five Needs

These are the five basic warm up techniques that we use in our art of Ninjutsu.

They represent five basic elements that we find all around us. To ingrain them in our natural way of being is what I think it means. If I’m incorrect please correct me. I think we are supposed to connect with what they are and look for just the opposite in our enemy and use what we know to our advantage.

I know the first five basic techniques that we warm up to, I just didn’t know their meaning . I think it will be helpful to all of us if we trained with the understanding of what they are. I know when I find something out about a particular technique it helps me envelope it more if I know what it means.

I think for “Chi” It is the first technique in the five. It means EARTH a solid unmovable way to be. Move if we have to but be strong. So when looking at our enemy his anger or fear might work for us.

“SUI” Liquid state it could really be that if someone was lazy, it could work for us because we could work around the laziness to our advantage and slip right past him. This is just my way of thinking, gotta make my body do it..

“KU” Fire state, I definitely think about the anger. Maybe your facing an angry drunk, you could mix it with water, you could do both and I think both would work. Am I right?

“FU” is the wind, so maybe if someone has a lot of vanity, this way of being would work. I think the only way we are going to know is if we keep on training, practicing and training again.

“KU” is being void, just letting whatever happens, going with the flow but being able to control it by keeping calm, cool and collected.

There are lots of potential enemies out there. Our natural instinct as in people with good heart and good intentions can easily fall prey to someone who has a manipulative manner like trying to get our sympathy and then going in for the kill, or someone who is lazy and then they are going to try to take advantage when they think we are not aware, or someone who has vanity, and will pay any price to not be beaten.

We have a tendency to trust first and get screwed later. We cannot let that happen, especially us women who train. So my message in this is to train your basics well, be alert and be caring but don’t get stepped on. Remember what your first five techniques mean and why we learn them.

Have fun and train hard..

Till next time… Tinamarie


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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      That's so painful! I hope you're doing ok.

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      Primpo 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      Yeah I need to do a lot. Just broke my collarbone doing ukemi incorrectly. So I have a lot to work on. Won't stop me training

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      In everything that we do, understanding the fundamentals is imperative. Without the basics how can we expect to move forward? Ku is something i need to work on. Thanks for sharing Primpo.