curriculum-kihenjutsu

Kihenjutsu Shoden (気変術初伝)

Kihenjutsu shoden is made up of 18 techniques split into three areas; breathing techniques, anaerobic exercises and dexterity training. These techniques are the basis of spiritual development and cardiovascular endurance at Ikari Dojo and are covered in the first session of every training day.

Kihenjutsu is designed to improve oxygen supply, mindfulness and hand dexterity. 

The practice of kihenjutsu is arranged into 9 levels, each level representing 1 minute (half for single sided techniques) per technique. A person who does physical training three times a week should be able to complete a level 1 kihenjutsu workout. Each level increases the difficulty of the kihenjutsu incrementally by 1 minute. Level 9 should prove challenging even to an elite olympic athlete. 

Breathing Exercises [Kokyuu Undou] (呼吸運動)

Nasal Breathing [Hanakokyuu] (鼻呼吸): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Place the left hand on the diaphragm and the right hand on the chest. Breath in through the nose for 4 seconds, then release the breath through the nose for 4 seconds. Repeat. 

Pulmonary Breathing [Haishikikokyuu] (肺式呼吸): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Place the left hand on the diaphragm and the right hand on the chest. Draw breath into the upper chest (lungs) through the nose for 4 seconds, release the air from the mouth for 4 seconds. Repeat.

Abdominal Breathing [Fukushikikokyuu] (腹式呼吸): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Place the left hand on the diaphragm and the right hand on the chest. Draw breath into the lower abdomen (diaphragm) through the nose for 4 seconds, release air from the mouth for 4 seconds. Repeat

Full Breathing [Zenshikikokyuu] (全式呼吸): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Place the left hand on the diaphragm and the right hand on the chest. Draw breath fully into the diaphragm and then expand the chest through the nose, release air in reverse order by contracting chest and then the diaphragm. Repeat.

Rapid Breathing [Konnankokyuu] (困難呼吸): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Place the left hand on the diaphragm and the right hand on the chest. Breath in deeply through the nose and then release air from mouth with rapid small breaths. Repeat.

Relaxed Breathing [Kyuusokukokyuu] (急速呼吸): Lay down on your back and spread out your arms and legs. Breath in deeply for 7 seconds, hold breath for 4 seconds and then release breath for 8 seconds. Repeat.

Anaerobic Exercises [Kikou Taisou] (気功体操)

Hindu Pushup [Shinogi] (凌): Move into a downward facing dog position (Kudari Inu) and breath out. Pull through and stretch up while breathing in. Breath should be during the most difficult part of the exercise. Reset and repeat.

Back roll [Kouten] (後転): Lay down and place hands palms down at the sides and breath out. Pull the legs back and breath in. Reset and repeat.

Hindu Squat [Geza] (下座): From a standing position, breath out. Let the arms hang. Push the pelvis back then breath in and thrust the pelvis forward back into standing position. Repeat.

Body Balance  [Shiji] (支持): From a squatting position, breath out. Place hands on ground and balance body, while breathing in. Reset and repeat.

Falling Tower [Rakutou] (落塔): From a kneeling position, breath out. Thrust pelvis forward and lower down while breathing in. Reset and repeat.

Kick Through [Tsugeri] (通蹴): From a push-up position, breath out. Kick leg through and bring opposite knee up while breathing in, keep hands flat on ground. Reset and repeat for each side.

Nine Hand Seals [Kujiin] (九字印)
  • (臨) Rin – Power
  • (兵) Hyo/Pyo – Energy
  • (闘) Toh – Harmony
  • (者) Sha – Healing
  • (皆) Kai – Intuition
  • (陣) Jin – Awareness
  • (列) Retsu – Dimension
  • (在) Zai – Creation
  • (前) Zen – Absolute
Balance [Rin Pyou Tou] (): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Form the rin, pyou and tou hand seals, while chanting the mudra. Repeat.

Enlightenment [Sha Kai Jin] (): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Form the sha, kai and jin hand seals, while chanting the mudra. Repeat.

Inception [Retsu Zai Zen] (): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Form the retsu, zai and zen hand seals, while chanting the mudra. Repeat.

Solace [Rin Sha Retsu] (): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Form the rin, sha and retsu hand seals, while chanting the mudra. Repeat.

Invention [Pyou Kai Zai] (): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Form the pyou, kai and zai hand seals, while chanting the mudra. Repeat.

Realisation [Tou Jin Zen] (): Sit in a crossed legged posture (Anza). Form the tou, jin and zen hand seals, while chanting the mudra. Repeat.