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Shuriken Jutsu

手裏剣術

Shuriken are primarily weapons of distraction. To be thrown to escape or to cover other actions such as a sword draw. I have only included bo shuriken in this essay as I consider senban shuriken very easy to throw, needing considerably less skill than bo shuriken. But then again, as a weapon of distraction it is not important whether or not the shuriken sticks to it's target, just that the target tries to avoid being hit. Perhaps the first thing that should be discussed, is the difference between Bo and Senban shuriken. Senban shuriken are flat piece's of steel, have four points and are square shaped. Bo shuriken are rods with one or both ends ending in points. Senban shuriken are very easily thrown by holding it in the palm of your hand with a finger on one edge. The shuriken is thrown by snapping the wrist forward.
Bo shuriken is a little harder to throw. The shuriken should be gripped in the palm of the hand, upright, so it sits along side the middle and index finger. Start a short distance from the target and stand in Doko Ichimonji no Kamae, with the hand holding the shuriken well back behind your head.   To throw the shuriken, push your palm toward the target, keeping your fingers upright.When the arm is straight, the shuriken is released and flies straight toward the target without a rotation (short distance). This method is effective upto 8-10 feet. As you go further away from the target, you compensate by throwing the shuriken harder. It is important not to spin the shuriken at this point. Further distance's are acheived by placing the shuriken point down in the palm and allowing the shuriken to rotate 180 degrees (half a turn). The throwing method is the same. This may take some practice to get consistent
There are several methods to throwing bo shuriken. The way described above is the way usually demonstrated by Shihan in demo's in Japan. I have learned several other methods for throwing shuriken which are also very interesting. One such method was taught by Dave Heald (Judan Shihan) while at a course in Liphook, Guildford. It involved using San Shin no Kata as a throwing method and was linked to Kenjutsu, bringing us back to the subject that shuriken are a distraction tool. Here are the techniques studied that day.   Chi no Kata   Tori is in Seigan no Kamae with daito drawn. Letting go with the right hand, thrust the daito into Uke's face while drawing the shuriken from obi at small of back.Perform Chi no Kata , releasing shuriken as though striking with san shitan ken.As the right hand swings forward the left hand draws the sword to the left and behind. After the shuriken is released, regrip the daito with the right hand and cut gyaku kesa giri (R-L).   Sui no Kata   Tori is in Seigan no Kamae with daito drawn. Letting go with the right hand, thrust the daito into Uke's face while drawing the shuriken from obi at small of back.Perform Sui no Kata. As right hand extends to stike ura kitan ken, release the shuriken. As right hand throws, the left hand moves the sword out to the left. After the shuriken is thrown right hand regrips the daito and cuts with kesa giri (R-L)   Ka no Kata   Tori is in Seigan no Kamae with daito drawn. Letting go with the right hand, thrust the daito into Uke's face while drawing the shuriken from obi at small of back.Perform Ka no Kata. Release shuriken instead of striking with omote kitan ken. As shuriken is thrown, left hand moves daito to the left side of you head. After shuriken is thrown, right hand regrips daito and cuts kesa giri (R-L).   Fu no Kata   (The throwing techniques for this form was the style as described at the top of this page. )   Tori is in Seigan no Kamae with daito drawn. Letting go with the right hand, thrust the daito into Uke's face while drawing the shuriken from obi at small of back.Perform Fu no Kata. As the shuriken is being thrown the point of the daito was lowered to the floor. After throw the daito was regriped and tsuki at Uke.   Ku no Kata   (Ku no Kata comprised of throwing mulitple shuriken with both right and left hands.)   Tori is in Doko Ichimonji no Kamae, with shuriken in both hands. Throws multiple shuriken with right hand (any of the above methods), while stepping forward with the right foot, then throws the shuriken in the left hand ( any above method) while stepping with the left foot.   These techniques were a lot of fun to do. Don't get to hung up on making the shuriken stick into the target. If uke flinches or tries to block the shuriken, then that's the opening your looking for to cut him down.   Used in conjunction with metsubushi, shuriken can make an excellent tool for escape. (See Hatsumi Sensei's video Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu for an excellent example.
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