The Bujinkan in general does not put much emphasis on fitness or flexibility during classes, believing instead that it is down to the individual to deal with and that fitness comes from training in techniques.
I entirely agree with this philosophy, as individuals we are responsible for our own lives and fitness. However, a little help is always appreciated. In this modern day we often lead busy lives that make training the only time we have to get fit.
For this reason we combine traditional Bujinkan Ninjutsu stretching called Junan Taiso with some focussed fitness and strength exercises developed by the modern day, Ninjutsu derived Akban (Link at the bottom of page).
While no longer following the more recent teachings of our Soke Dr. Hatsumi, the Akban fitness program is a very good and gentle path to follow towards getting fit.
NO RESPONSIBILITY CAN BE TAKEN BY GLASGOW OMOU DOJO OR ITS MEMBERS FOR YOUR HEALTH OR WELL BEING IN FOLLOWING THIS FITNESS REGIME. YOUR ABILITY TO FOLLOW THIS FITNESS PROGRAM IS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY. SHOULD YOU DECIDE TO FOLLOW THIS PROGRAM AND AT ANY POINT FEEL UNWELL THEN YOU SHOULD STOP IMMEDIATELY AND SEEK PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE.
In class we can only focus on the beginning level of fitness and strength, but members are encouraged to use the Akban regime in their own time to improve their fitness further.
The Akban fitness program is fully available on line at Akban. To make it easier to print out and follow I have compiled the relevant information into a martial arts fitness pdf. I have made some of the exercise ramps for the over 30's strength exercises a little gentler and changed the fitness table a little but otherwise this is the same program you can find on their website, but in an easy, printable form. For stretching, the Junan Taiso pdf contains the exercises we use.
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