Incase of Emergency (ICE)

In case of Emergence (ICE)

I have over nearly two decades developed a model for self-protection, life protection and prevention I now term the ICE. Here is the latest definition of the model.


ICE [In Case of Emergency] is a program for the protection of life — self defense — Prevention, which can be adapted for different purposes in order to develop an individual’s inherent ability to protect themselves and their loved ones. It consists of three dimensions:

  1. The uncertainty-reducing life protection dimension where you intuitively and instinctively observe and act on pre-incident signals (PINS).
  2. The practical self defense dimension when you improvise the fight or flight response as the situation requires.
  3. The prevention methods needed to practically avoid danger in wait, but also the strategies and tactics to prevent threats, violence and crises.


The ability to protect oneself is natural and instinctive. Our ancestors could fight to protect their tribe, their family or themselves. We persist in the Paleolithic body, but in a modern world with a completely different action landscape. We must learn to let these innate instincts, refine them and trust them.

ICE is an open system of self-protection through the use of appropriate means. These funds are aimed at all the things that are hard to describe in words, everything is intuitive, instinctive and that we must be able to improvise in an acute emergency.
The secret to survival lies not in superior techniques stored in muscle memory. This applies vice versa to enable the bio-based intuitive movements that have kept man alive since the Stone Age.
During an aggressive assault situation the cognitive brain can not process a regular “learned technique” that requires fine motor complexity or download from the cortex. Instead, the reptile brain takes over and produces an escape or fight response for self-protection.

What distinguishes the ICE from other systems is the intuitive behavior — our effort to learn to “overcome the instinct for survival“ and our focus on observing and early action on PINS deviations in the normal picture.

We use problem-based learning (PBL) as a teaching model that reduces the external instructor’s impact on the learning process, because each individual learns to rely on their own innate instincts.
This learning method gives each individual greater ownership and commitment to their own solutions, increased self-esteem and confidence in their ability to develop and grow.


Translated by Luke Crocker
Translated by Luke Crocker

ICE model consists of four basic programs horizontal and five vertical stripes that run across all programs and can be varied depending on needs and environment.

PINS — pre-incident signals

are observable and measurable indicators of behavior alerts of danger in wait. PINS are deviations from the norm and for the moment typical normal image that may indicate that you observe (people, events, vehicles and objects) can hurt you or others in your surroundings.These anomalies are anomalies that stand out from the surrounding area’s normal. This is a program for preventive fix everything that could indicate the emergence of threats and violence.


is information security and digital self-protection for individuals. Constantly, we read the newspapers’ headlines on news of stolen passwords, manipulated ATMs and identity theft. Warning letters from our banks for malicious computer virus designed to silently steal our savings, part of everyday life along with information about the hijacked Facebook and Twitter accounts. This is a program with practical tips to reduce anxiety and take better control of our information environment.


is something you can do as a reaction to PINS, but also something that must be planned in advance as a preventive measure for emergency preparedness. The program consists of nine proven methods primarily for use in urban environments, to escape an attacker. It also covers techniques to escape from the more urgent situations.


together with the run, one of our natural and instinctive responses in danger. The program of struggle include defensive techniques for the situations that arise suddenly and unexpectedly. It also contains aggressive methods when reading of ambient PINS and find that you can not escape and the need to defuse the situation by going on the attack.

In addition to the four programs contain ICE model five stripes that run across all applications on a little different way.


In order to be able to decide their own approach to the use of violence, it is useful to live into the role of opponent, and then ask the question “how do I react when I am subjected to threats and violence?” Through such exercises will be easier to put into how the opponent reacts in extreme situations. This realization creates increased conflict management capability. This streak includes among others such as breathing techniques, “fear management” etc.


The human locomotion, just as our nutritional and physical needs, is part of our species-specific biology; the result of evolution. If we want to learn self defense, which is biologically relevant and authentic, we must take a look at how we are touched and moved in the old days, long before modern society affected our movement patterns. This is a primary qualification principle of our model; it is not evolutionary natural nor is it effective self-protection.


In this streak equipment is defined as all the tools, objects and supplies you need to have with them daily to handle situations ranging from the most mundane to the catastrophic. The concept of equipment also includes the concept of being prepared through the choice of the equipment they have with them. The choice is individual and based on needs and environment.There is no standard kit.


If you behave tactically right can usually avoid being attacked. If a confrontation do occur can often be solved with a low level of violence. This is about to take the right distance when standing and walking, setting his vehicle and when you are in the buildings.


is a strategy and lifestyle of preparedness and based on personal risk and vulnerability. We live in an increasingly vulnerable society and in a time of threats and risks that are transnational. Serious pandemics, terrorist threats, natural disasters and collapsing social system are events that we have to prepare ourselves. Overall torque for this streak is vigilance, intelligence gathering and personal preparedness.

Translated from Pertti Ruha’s blog HERE

Iga-ryu Denki

From: Essence of Ninjutsu, Dr Masaaki Hatsumi (1988)

Iga-ryu ninjutsu is a tradition. Along with Koga-ryu, Iga ryu is the most famous. It origonating in the Iga region, The area around today’s Iga-Ueno, Mie Prefecture.

According to legend, ninjutsu was founded in Japan by a former Chinese general in exile called Ikai 異勻, the name means “different stranger from abroad” and was very probably not his real name. There are also many links to Shingon Buddhism and Shugendō, but as these are esoteric sects, there is little recorded about this.

During the Muromachi period (1336 to 1573) the people of Iga region were independent of central control, and they established a form of republic called Iga Sokoku Ikki.
Men from Iga (Iga mono; 伊賀物) were mentioned in historical chronicles of 1487 when Shogun Ashikaga Yoshihisa attacked Rokkaku Takayori. Iga mono opposed Rokkaku’s side. Since then Iga mono been synonymous with ninja.


  • Ikai
  1. Gamon Doji (1065-1068),aka Fujiwara Tikata > influenced Gyokko ryu
  2. Garyu Doji (1074-1076), founded Hakuun-ryu > influenced Kukishinden-ryu, Shinden Fudo ryu, Gyokko ryu
  3. Unryu Doji (1074-1076)
  4. Iga Heinabe Yasukio (1096), aka Hachiryu Nyudo > influenced Gyokko-ryu
  5. Tozawa Hakuunsai (1159), founded Gyokko Ryu > influenced Kurama-ryu
  6. Ise Saburo Yoshimoro (1159) > influenced Kijin Chosui-ryu
  7. Togakure Daisuke (1207-1210), founded Togakure ryu < influneced Hakuun-ryu
  8. Kumogakure Gen an (1249-1255)
  9. Tozawa Nyodo Gen eisai (1334-1335)  > influenced Gyokko-ryu
  10. Hachimon Hyouun (1379-1380)
  11. Kuryuzu Hakuun (1394-1427)
  12. Tozawa Ryutaro (1487-1488)
  13. Momochi Sandayu I (1532-1554) > influenced Koto-ryu, Gyokko-ryu
  14. Iga Heinai Saemon no jo Ienaga (1532-1554), aka Kumogakure Hoshi – founded  Kumogakure-ryu, techer for the Hattori famly]
  15. Kami Hattori Heitaro Koreyu (1532-1554)
  16. Naka Hattori Heijiro Yasuyori (1532-1554)
  17. Shimo Hattori Heijuro Yasunori (1532-1554)
  18. Momochi Sandayu II (1573-1591)  > influneced Koto-ryu

Translate by Luke Crocker from HERE.

My Experience of Toate Fudo Kanashibari no Jutsu


by Someya Kenichi

(This article originally appeared in the Bujinkan Sanmyaku Densho in 1996)

How many years ago was it? It happened on an evening as hot as this year’s summer. Shiraishi-san and I were called to the dojo by Soke. We had some time in hand, so Soke decided to grant us some training and for a few minutes we practiced responding with Sabaki (body movement) and shuto strikes to an enemy who hurls himself at you, thrusting with a tanto (knife) held at his right hip. I was called up to do the next technique, and Soke told me “Stab at me with all your might from the Kamae you were just in.” For an instant I thought “Perhaps I’ll be made to fly through the air with the momentum of my thrust”, and internally I pictured how I would take the following ukemi. I was around thirty then, my body moved quite adequately and…

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Kyusho and Kinketsu – Critical Vulnerabilities

According to one theory, all martial arts are divided into three development areas:

  • movement
  • Weapons
  • Targets

Our movements are defined as taijutsu and its movement quality is described in Sanshin no kata. We call our weapons for “ken” (fist, or what is in the fist; 拳) can simply translate to “effectors” to be used in various forms of combat situations. There can be different types of weapons and tools in the physical situation, but even such abstract misinformation, psychology, etc. on the logical information – and behaviorism.
The Target that we attack with our “ken” is commonly known as “kyusho” (急所).

Koto-ryu Kinketsu

Kyusho is the general term for martial targets and critical vulnerabilities found on the enemy. The term, however, could vary depending on region and tradition, and was called for example “kinketsu” (禁穴) – dangerous hole – in Koto-ryu and “shiketsu” (死穴) – deadly hole – in Takagi Yoshin-ryu, while in Kukishin-ryu more generally called “atekomi kokoroe” (当込心得) – knowledge of the targets in the body (atekomi is synonymous with atemi 当身 = blows to the body).
Checkpoints to grab the sword and knife called “kirisho” (also read as Sessho; 切所) – cut points. These were taught in the inner secrets (hiden; 秘伝) in each school and the number of points could vary from a few, to hundreds, even if in reality the during the ongoing struggle there’s not so many to choose from.

Ichimu-ryu Densho (private collection)

When it comes to punches and kicks against these points, you have to understand that there are individual differences in the effect on the opponent. One must also be aware that some of these points can also be used to mitigate the effects of enemy impact on your body and to speed up recovery after an injury, it is then called kappo (活法).

The manipulation of these points could be done with a strike (atekomi/atemi) with hand edge (Shuto 手刀), fist (kobushi 拳), fingers (Shito 指先), open hand (hirate 平手) toes (ashisaki 足先), ankle (ashikubi 足首) etc. The effect that was desired was to put the enemy in temporary shortness of breath, confuse him or to temporarily paralyze the body’s movement.

Koto-ryu Shoden Chugokui – Kinketsu chart (From Takamatsu Toshitsugu video)

Within our Koto-ryu koppojutsu it is described in the book Shoden Chugokui (初伝中極意) where Koppo kinketsu is named, diagrams and effects are described. It contains:

  • Manipulation of kappo points,
  • Manipulation of points that destroys,
  • Knowledge of the things that kills instantly,
  • Strikes cause damage long after the hit,
  • Points that temporarily prevents life “ki”
  • items that prevents full mobility for three to seven days,
  • Points that paralyzes the movement immediately
  • Points that stops the movement temporarily
  • Painful points, and so on.

This method is called gomon no kei 五問之形 – the doctrine of the five approaches – in this little book, it is shown that each item can be manipulated in five different ways for different purposes. It says that when you have trained in the ability to atekomi the points, you will start to develop the mental capacity (Seishin ryoku 聖心力) to Tōate ( “strike at a distance”; 遠当) .

Jikishinkage-ryu Kirisho illustration (private collection)

Kyusho is thus not only to physically manipulate the points that give pain. People are designed so that they may be unable to move if they manipulated the points that feels comfortable. Therefore, says the book, “that it is important to study humans and animals [eg. moving things, and would now also be able to include vehicles, etc.], in order to understand their function and their weaknesses.” This achieves the mysterious abilities described in ancient legends.

Today, everything around us in society amounts to kyusho points: vehicles, buildings, information systems, logistics systems, power grids, etc., and knowledge of these are also included in our goshinjutsu exercise for us to prepare ourselves to protect from them.

Translated by Luke Crocker from HERE.

Atogaki あとがき

This is the last chapter in the book Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu, called Atogaki, which means “Afterword”, in free translation…

Akimoto, Takamatsu and Hatsumi

“After three years of shooting, I was finally able to publish this book. Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu, which is a general name given to all taijutsu in the nine schools and also called Bujinkan Dojo taijutsu.
Although I mentioned it in several places in the book, so I repeat it again, real taijutsu, called shinken gata, is not a sport to be practiced on mats. Hence, because the danger is great, so is training only with beginners is prohibited. I want students to enter into the Bujinkan Dojo, and study under the guidance of Shidoshi. Abuse of knowledge in the form of violence is forbidden.
Budo is a man of high level and require development of heart – Joshin Waraku – pure heart full of peace.

I became a student of Takamatsu Sensei, then enveloped in his great love, but had to pay with bloodshed. It was a meeting of a true warrior tradition. You could say that this book is the fruit of that period. Through this book sensei lives again. By compiling everything in a book like this, my feeling for him becomes in-depth. Being able to recreate sensei’s innermost techniques, even if it is only one ten-thousandth, makes me happy.

Let me tell you about an episode from our meetings. A successor to one of the nine schools, Gikan-ryu kosshi koppojutsu, Akimoto Shihan who was my senior and I am grateful to. Sometimes when I went to Takamatsu sensei to train could Akimoto senpai come and meet me. It was noticeable in the air that he was happy to see me, he said “young master, you have come, Sensei have expected,” and he led me to the second floor where sensei was. He could start a long conversation with me and never stop talking. At such time Takamatsu sensei sparked some tobacco. “Hey Akimoto, ashtray”. Yes, he replied, and held out their hands in a bowl, which Takamatsu sensei released the glowing tobacco into. When he screamed it would stop our conversation for a moment. It was good times.

Akimoto senpai was a master of Iai. I have known Akimoto’s skill only a few centimeters from me. At a river, he cut down a swallow with his sword. The type of training he devoted himself to. I heard from Takamatsu sensei that he became ill and passed away. With sadness in his voice he said, “I was years long before him, I wish it were me who had passed away instead.

This book has come about with the help of many Buyu. I am deeply grateful them.

February 1983
Masaaki Hatsumi


Translated by Luke Crocker from HERE.

Kukishinden-ryu Kenjutsu – Background

In the 600’s there was a Shinto priest named Kuninazu no Mahito at Kashima Jingu (which is still there today), and he had received insight from the sanctuary guardian spirit Takemikazuchi no Mikoto on how he could transform sword techniques from a religious ceremony (harai tachi) for spiritual purification to battle techniques for warriors.


These sword techniques came to be called Kashima no Tachi and was taught to seven other Shinto priests. These seven developed each, in turn, his own school and these came to be known under a common name for the Kanto Shichi-ryu 関東七流, “Kanto region’s seven schools.”

In the 1100’s eight Buddhist monks trained on Mount Kurama in one of these schools, under the shugenja called Hogen Kiichi 法眼鬼一. Each of these eight monks created his own sword school and these came to be known collectively as the Kyo Hachi-ryu 京八流, “The capital’s eight schools.”

Sword techniques in Kukishin-ryu derived from this Hogen through one or all of the eight schools, we do not know today. These techniques are called Hiken No Ho 秘剣之法 meaning “secret principles of the sword.”

Within Kukishin-ryu used Handachi 半太刀, a form of katana, which is 3 sun (~ 9 cm) longer than a standard katana by today’s standards. Additionally kodachi and Jutte, according to Takamatsu sensei, is on a second level of Hiken no ho called Juppo Sessho no jutsu 十法折衝之術.


Translated by Luke Crocker from HERE.


In the video sôke Masaaki Hatsumi,explain the first movement of the waza Nichigeki (日撃) of Shinden Fudo Ryû ( 神傳不動流 ).

I think that is important observe in the movement of the sôke:

  • The Koshi otoshi (腰 落) that can interpret like sink the hip.
  • The flexibility and coordination with the movement of his back – senaka (背中) and his knees – hiza (膝).
  • The Elimination of the muscular tension to realize the movement and the technique, chikara wo nuku (力を抜).
  • “Keranai” (蹴ら ない) or what could be interpreted as no give impulses on the floor with the legs to start the movement of the techniques.
  • Not using of spins hip movement in the technique. The classic masters mention this during the practice as “nejiranai” which is the negative form of the verb “nejiru ” (捻る) that means to turn.

Yokuto 抒投

In the clip, the sôke Hatsumi sensei shows different points of Koto-ryū koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術) through the technique of the Shoden No Kata (初伝型), Yokuto (抒投).

From the unit to the multiplicity. “shoden” (初伝) is “okuden” (奥伝) and “okuden” is “shoden”, the basic transmission contains the secret transmission and vice versa… The search without end nor beginning of the comprehension with the mind, the body and the heart of the interior of the hands, body and the essence of the master and his current (流).

The repetitive practice of the basics is vital and necessary for any follower of “kobujutsu” (古武術), nevertheless it is not a question of sowing a mechanical practice, with rigid seeds and without life. Through the conscious repetition one wants to cultivate a deep sensation of the movement of the body, the interior of the body is visualized, the practitioner wants to feel the body, a state of movement is created where every repetition is a call of the practitioner to the unit with the technique in a deep relation with his body and spirit.
This unit in the technique will take the practitioner to a multiplicity in the strategy; this strategy can be understood in the “kobujutsu” as “Heihô” or “Hyôhô” (兵法).

During the clip the sôke shows many henka of the original waza of Yokuto. (hen (変) Ka (化)).

I want to share words of the Dr.Kacem Zougahri about the henka:

“There is an other word, Henkei (変形). Here the second Kanji, kei (形), means «shape», «mold», «form», «structure». Henkei refer to that the technique, a strike, a lock, a way to use or hold the weapon, a direction of the feet, angle of strike or apply the technique, etc. change according to a situation where the previous technique applied could not work for many reasons (body wounded, slide, rain, snow, psychological problem, clothes, eat to much, stronger enemy, etc.). But the application of the Henkei is also part of the Henka, it’s more about the form of the technique, the body, etc.

The Henka is and was considered as Gokui or Kyukoku Ôgi, or Ogi, which means the highest and deepest state of applying a technique and reading the enemy’s movement. When the master could remember it, after trying to refine the state of body and mind he had when the Henka happened, those Henka as well as the Henkei were written in order to be practiced. But the problem is that many students and disciples took this as a Kata sometimes and forgot to practice what was the more important, which is what led and drove to the Henka.”

All the interview of Dr. Kacem Zoughari: (English)…/Entrevista-Kacem-Zoughari-2012-Peac… (Español)

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Of the Jutte



Jutte, or Jitte, as it can also be romanized, is the most famous baton-like weapon in Japan and in the West. It consists of a short metal rod which is round, square, hexagonal or octagonal and a cross-section, and is usually provided with an L-shaped hook known as tachimogi no Kagi (literally “sword picking hook) just above the handle. The are some versions that have a small fender and is without a hook, and others that have several hooks, and still some of both the hook and the fender.

Metals used were wrought iron and brass. The iron could be coated with a mixture of silver and mercury, which gave a shiny effect as if it were polished. Since this coating is often released, some silver, and therefore some Jutte were called Ginbo (silver rods 銀棒).
The Jutte handle was usually no different from the rest of the metal bar, but it is possible to find models with the handle wrapped in leather, sharkskin, rattan, or had brass bands. Special models had a handle similar to a sword. Some models even had a scabbard for storage.

Jutte often associated with the Edo period police officers and was a symbol of his authority as well as a useful tool to arrest criminals. Depending on the time period, the user’s social rank, and the level of danger he might encounter, could be expressed in the length of Jutte, which varied quite a bit. In addition to being a symbol of the Edo period policemen, some who carried Jutte were actually, very often the criminals.

There was a great variety of Jutte models, and one source says that there were about 200 different types used during the Edo period. The length varied from 25-28 cm for short. And from 55-64 cm for the long models. Before the Edo period there were long models that could measure up to between 70 and 90 cm. Some were called futokoro Jutte , Koshi Jutte and koshizashi because they could easily be hidden in a futokoro (kimono pocket) or tucked into the belt behind your back because you could deploy it quickly. Some longer Jutte was more designed for real battle with armed and dangerous criminals and ronin and such were called sentoyo jutte (battle Jutte). The aim of the Jutte was to provide protection, and when you hold it in reverse grip with the metal bar along the forearm, the tip should extend beyond the elbow.

Around the Kyoho era (1716-36) a law began to come into effect that determined a standard for the official police Jutte. At one time, the standard length was about 36 cm. Different standards and personal models of Jutte was, therefore, discretionary in the Edo period, however, officers would be provided with a service-Jutte when they were out on patrol or to arrest a criminal, but they had to return it to the station afterwards. It was only to be used under the supervision of a senior officer and was not allowed to be taken home. Therefore many lower ranked officers made or ordered a private Jutte that they wore when they were not in service. Jutte used by the officer had a string and a tuft of different colors, depending on the degree. Lower ranking officers did not have Jutte with cord and tassel. This tassel-less Jutte was called bozujutte (“bald Jutte”).

Despite the fact that Jutte is a well-known weapon its light is hidden in darkness, and there are several theories about its origin, some more reasonable than others. Jutte, or more correctly Jutte-like weapons, has been known by many names. You can not list them all but the best known is

  • Jutte
  • Jittei
  • Koppu
  • Tebo
  • Tekkan
  • Kesan
  • Tettei
  • Ginbo
  • Tesshaku
  • Jittetsu
  • Jutto
  • Sakate
  • Tenki

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