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What is NANBUDO?

The art of NANBUDO is based on four elements: breathing, energy work, gymnastic and spirit. The effectiveness of combat and the improvement of health depend on the interaction and balance between these four elements. The movements - inspired from rhythms and forms in nature like the blowing of the wind or the movement of the waves - create a harmonious flow of energy within the body. This flow of energy leads to a physical and mental stability. It causes healing and prevents certain illnesses prevalent in modern times such as backaches, symptoms of stress etc.
Within the martial exercises, there are randoris (technique of coded assault and defense), katas (imaginary combat rich in symbols and energy) and jurandori, a system of competition which is strictly defensive. There are a variety of techniques such as grasps and sweeps, projections and fall-breakers, blows and kicks.

The Founder

Doshu Yoshinao NANBU

Yoshinao Nanbu, born on February 13th 1943 iin Kobe (Japan), grew up in a milieu in which Budo was held in high esteem. His great grandfather Yoko Zuna was a famous Sumotori, and at the early age of five years Yoshinao’s formation as a budoka began with learning Judo from his father (5th Dan). After a few years he also began learning Kendo from his uncle. At the age of 18, when Yoshinao was admitted at the University of Economic Sciences in Osaka, he discovered Karate. He followed the teachings of Master Tani (8th Dan) and Master Tanaka and soon became the best Karateka in Japan. In 1963, he won the title of University Champion of Japan, an event in which there were 1250 competitors. Henry Plée, the promoter of Karate in France, was impressed by the perfomances and motivations of the young champion and invited him to come to Europe and take part in numerous competitions. There again Yoshinao Nanbu won event after event (French Cup, European Championship etc.) 1968 he returned to Japan. He wanted to enrich his technique and his knowledge of the science of budo. During that year, Master Tani entrusted Yoshinao Nanbu with the mission of developing Shukokai Karate in Europe. He fulfilled the mission with success. At 27 years of age Yoshinao Nanu arrived at such a high degree of skill that he created his own method and called it Sankukai. However he felt that Sankukai was only a stage in his journey. In 1974, he withdrew completely from the world of martial arts and went to Cap d`’Ail. There, amidst the natural elements, he was able to meditate and connect with the true value of things. He discovered the precise path he really should follow: NANBUDO was born. Since NANBUDO’s creation in 1978, Yoshinao Nanbu has been constantly developing and refining his art. He directs seminars all over the world. Some of his students have also become famous, for instance Jean Frenette.

Fighting Techniques


---------Basic techniques---------


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Basic techniques.

Ichiban : Nanbu-tsuki
Niban : Mae-geri
Sanban : Mawashi-geri
Yonban : defence against Mawashi-geri
Goban : defence against Mawashi-geri
Rokuban :defence against Tsuki



Circulars Techniques

Ichiban : Kaiten-tsuki
Niban : Mikasuki-geri, Kaiten-geri gedan
Sanban : Mawashi-geri, Kaiten-tsuki
Yonban : Uratetsui

Sanbon renzoku wasa:

Tsuki : de Nanbu-tsuki and de gyaku tsuki
Mae-geri : Mae-geri, Mae jun geri, Mae tobi geri
Mawashi-geri : Mawashi-geri gedan, jodan, shodan
Yoko-geri : Yoko-geri gedan, jodan, shodan

----------Randoris No kata----------

A Randori No Kata is a sparring exercise performed between two Nanbudokas. The most important Randoris are:

Randori Ichi No Kata :

Techniques for learning to dodge, to counter-attack with the fist

Randori Ni No Kata : Techniques to counter-attack with the foot
Randori San No Kata :
Techniques to unbalance


Randori Yon No Kata :
Techniques to break free of a hold
Gyaku Randori Ichi No Kata :
Techniques for learning to dodge, to counter-attack with the fist
Randori Irimi No Kata :
Defence techniques that penetrate the attack
Randori Gyaku Irimi no Kata :
Techniques to unbalance
Randori Sukui No Kata :
Techniques to unbalance
Kaiten Randori Ichi No Kata :
Techniques for learning to counter-attack with circular fist techniques

Kaiten Randori Ni No Kata
Techniques for counter-attacking kicks at face level (jodan)
Kaiten Randori San No Kata :
Techniques to unbalance (kaiten geri gedan)


Ju-Randoris :


Ju-Randoris are fights where the attacks are pre-defined as in the Randoris, but the defence may be freely chosen.

Ki-Randoris :

A more fluid, direct and realistic way of doing the randoris presented above

---------- kata ----------
The Katas are a succession of pre-defined movements which simulate a fight against several adversaries. As with the Randoris, each kata has its specificity. There are five superior katas as well as a multitude of personalised superior katas. There are also the Shihotais, which are movements that are repeated in all four directions

Shihotais (Basic Katas):

Series of movements made in the four directions (West, East, South, North)

There are seven:

Tsuki : The moon, furiage tsuki
Ten : The sky. koken
Chi : The earth, Nanbu-tsuki, gyaku-tsuki
Hasu : The lotus, Kansetsu geri
Mizu : The waterfall, mikazuki geri
Ki : The wood, Kaiten geri gedan
Ku: The universe


Nanbu Kitaiso:


The Nanbutaïso is a series of ten movements based on nature (animals and the elements).

Nami : The wave, movements symbolising the ebb and flow of the tides.
Kaze : The wind, movement symbolising the blowing wind.
Iwa: The rock, movement symbolising the stability of the rock.
Matsu : The pine, movement symbolising the suppleness of the pine tree.
Tsuru : The heron, movement symbolising the balance of the animal.
Hebi : The snake, movement symbolising the dance of the snake.
Ryu : The dragon, movement symbolising the dragon falling on his prey.
Cho: The butterfly, movement symbolising the beating of the butterfly’s wings.
Taki : The waterfall, movement symbolising the water as it falls.
Nichi : The sun, movement symbolising the rising and setting of the sun.

Advanced Katas :


Nanbu Shodan : Image of spring
Nanbu Nidan : Image of summer
Nanbu Sandan : Image of autumn
Nanbu Yondan : Image of winter
Nanbu Godan : Image of the four seasons

Superiors Katas :


Sanposho : Short respiratory kata
Sanpodai : Long respiratory kata
Seienchin : Knight of 100 years
Hyakuhachi : One hundred eight
Seipai : Legendary Knight
Ikkyoku Extreme kata
Matsu : Pine Tree kata
Take : Bamboo kata
Ume : Prune tree kata
Shochikubai : Happiness kata

---------- kobudo ----------
Techniques for handling traditional arms (Bo, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Sai)



Combinations are exchanges of attacks and parries between two partners. These exchanges are pre-defined and are used to stimulate adaptability, precision and the reflexes.

Bo combinaison ichiban

Bo combinaison niban

Bo Randori:

Bo randori ichino kata

Bo kaiten randori ichino kata

Bo Niningake

Bo Katas:

Bo Shihotaï Tsuki
Bo Shihotaï Ten
Bo Shihotaï Chi
Bo Shihotaï Hasu
Bo Shihotaï Ki
Bo Shihotaï Mizu

Bo Nanbu Shodan :
Ten ryu
Sei ryu
Kyu ryu

Health Techniques


These techniques help improve the general health of practitioners. Each exercise has a specific goal (breathing, meridians, suppleness, etc…)

---------Nanbu Ki Undo---------


These are basic exercises to feel energy moving through the body.

Enkin kaigo-Ho : Movement of hands in a line technique
Sashu-Ho : Movement of hands in a line technique
Gassho-Ho : Movement of hands in a circle technique
Akushu-Ho : Movement of hands in a circle technique
Jukyu-Ho : Mixed techniques of hands and feet.

---------Nanbu Shizen No Ki-Undo---------

Exercises that work on energy (internal and external)

Tsuki : Moon, works on solar plexus
Ten : Sky, works on top of the head
Chi : Earth, works on feet and hands
Hasu :Lotus, works on top of the head
Mizu : Water, works on kidneys
Ki : Wood, works on hands
Ku : Universe, works on tanden

---------Nanbu Genki Kata---------


Genkis are katas for improving health. Each Genki acts specifically on various meridians.

Nanbu Genki Ichiban : Recentering of the spinal column
Nanbu Genki Niban : Works on the meridians of the lungs and intestine
Nanbu Genki Sanban : Works on the meridians of the spleen and stomach
Nanbu Genki Yonban : Works on the meridians of the heart and colon
Nanbu Genki Goban : Works on the meridians of the bladder and kidneys
Nanbu Genki Rokuban : Works on the meridians of the pericadiaque and triple heater
Nanbu Genki Nanaban : Works on the meridians of the gall bladder and liver.

---------Nanbu Tenchi Undo---------

The shageno katas are breathing exercises. Each exercise has a specific action:

Tsuki : Works on cervical vertebrae and internal organs
Ten : Improves suppleness in the legs and eliminates residual carbon dioxide
Chi : Reinforces and improves the suppleness of the back
Hasu :Improves suppleness in the groin, meditation exercise
Ki : Communication exercise
Misu : Increases sensations with respect to nature
Ku : Energy work

Personal Development Techniques

---------Personal Development Techniques ---------

Nanbudo Mitsuno Chikara :

Chikara-Da :Force, body, what I am.
Yuki-Da :Courage, spirit, what I believe.
Shinnen-Da :Conviction, action, what I do.

Nanbudo Nanatsuno Chikara :

Tai Ryoku
The force of physical strength. It is this strength in the body that is considered to be the origin of man, a base where the physical and the mental are one.

Tan Ryoku
The force of courage. One must develop one’s will and strength of character in order to undertake and succeed with determination and courage a project or vital actions, independent of the circumstances of the moment.

Handan Ryoku
The force of discernment. It is important to have reliable judgement, without bias, and to be able to analyse with clarity and balance.

Danko Ryoku
The force of action. With the first three forces, one must act, take charge of one’s self and engage one’s responsibility firmly and with self confidence. Miyamoto Musashi was a believer, but he counted only on himself for his actions.

Sei Ryoku

Positive energy. A man in action is located in the cosmos between sky and earth. He is surrounded by nature, but also forms an integral part of nature. He must respect the rhythms of nature and take in the energy, the KI. It is the positive spirit which is the essence of the soul of man. If we put into action the true energy which belongs to our own bodies, our movements will be spontaneous, agile and will allow us to accomplish great things.

No Ryoku
Intellectual skill. We must immediately manifest through intelligent action our understanding of a given situation, and adapt to it with skill and ability.

Seimei Ryoku
Vital force. This is the assembly of all the forces into one much larger. It is the life of a man or woman taking place, as a constant creation, for which the seven forces together are the driving force.


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