Hichibuku Goshin-jutsu (秘致武九護身術)
Amatsu Tatara Hichibuku Goshin-jutsu
(天津 蹈鞴 秘致武九護身術)
"Originally Hichibuku Goshin-jutsu medicine was taught along side the martial arts traditions of the Bujinkan and draws on the ancient natural philosophies and teachings of Amatsu Tatara." - Hatsumi Sensei
The medicine of the Bujinkan is held within the the following documents:
"Within the secret writings of the Amatsu Tatara passed down within ancient Shinto that I was instructed in by Takamatsu Sensei, are the medical writings of Shinshin Shingan (divine heart, divine sight) and, based on these, martial and religious rituals from ancient times. However, I feel that medicine (igaku) is the same as the study of intention or thought (igaku). Consequently if medicine develops further, I wonder if this kind of caution or advice will become necessary." - Hatsumi Sensei (The Essence of Budo)
"When it comes to health the most important thing is to have a strong back and strong legs. To achieve and maintain this, martial artists mastered something known as Hichibuku-goshinjutsu ( 秘致武九護身術 ): the nine secret warrior technics practiced for self protection. The symbol for ku ( 九 ) means nine, signifying the highest, nine being the highest number.
It requires two people (practitioner and patient) but can also be done on your own. The fundamental principle consists primarily of technics similar to hypnosis (that heal the mind) and breathing exercises. An important element to it is that it can easily be practiced either at work or at home." - Hatsumi Sensei (Ima Ninja いま 忍者)