The Arts of Tamanegi Do

Defining the cultural basis of the Tamanegi Do Martial Arts and what they represent…

Martial ~ (adj) mar·tial \ˈmär-shəl\ 1) of, relating to, or suited for war or a warrior 2) relating to military life; 3) experienced in war

Art ~ (n)ˈärt\ 1) skill acquired through study, by experience or observation; 2) a branch of learning; 3) an occupation requiring knowledge or skill; 4) the conscious use of skill and creative imagination

Since the arts of Tamanegi Do are warrior arts this sign has moved with the flag of the Doshu of Tamanegi Do always hanging at the entrance of every dojo and budokan established.


The gakusei or student of the Tamanegi Do Martial Arts may select any of the 60 arts or training career paths meandering through the mountain range of martial accomplishment.

Their interests may focus on specific arts for individual goals or they may elect to train as a martial artist in general pursuing a broad spectrum of arts through the mountains to meet their personal dreams and desires.

Tamanegi Do offers formal martial arts curriculum having developed university level education in the martial arts. Supported by a range of syllabi established to meet the specific needs of gakusei who have chosen numerous paths toward their individually planned martial successes.

By aligning themselves in any of the five student categories of training, gakusei set goals, reach charted way-points then meet challenging benchmark standards in their adventurous quest for success.

The established courses offered by the many ryu provide a navigable path of progress. Through the mountain range of arts, attainment of the highest goals earns the right to be called “black belt” of the Tamanegi Do.

In regards to our children and youth, the curriculum charts a course through the arts to provide essential physical and academic experiences (kyu and dan) by which they may grow and mature to adulthood. This is why, outside of competitive restrictions, it is very seldom that you will find a Tamanegi Do Martial Arts black belt with less than 5 or 6 years experience under the age of 16.

As TDMA curricula  are prescriptive in nature for many of the student categories, the curriculum are based on “criterion objectives” designed to meet the requirements of life. Tamanegi Do arts are not merely based on commonly general syllabi, but uncommonly high standards of academic and physical performance to meet the rigors of today’s demanding society.

Successful attainment of the requisite standards prepares the gakusei of the Tamanegi Do arts to meet every obstacle and challenge with the tools to totally focus on success and not belts of many colors.

It’s the attainment of uncommon knowledge, skills and abilities that attracts “uncommon” warriors to the arts of the Tamanegi Do. The broad spectrum of Tamanegi Do Martial Arts prepares the gakusei to “uncommonly” persist…until they win.

Tamanegi Do budokans were established by culturally historic design to incorporate academics with the arts. This tradition continues with all Tamanegi Do ryu as evidenced by the progress checks and written exams the gakusei regularly experience.

Infused within each, academic elements of K-12 grade questions act as way-point benchmarks to gauge academic development and retention. Written exams contain questions which help the high school aged gakusei with future ACT and SAT success along with major preparatory studies for college and university level elective achievement.

The 60 arts of the Tamanegi Do are supported by additional KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Ability courses) which are designed to introduce our youth to the vast world of life that lies before them, developing the total person not only as a warrior, but as an individual capable of self-sufficiency in many arenas.

The Tamanegi Do arts are below:

 1. Kobu-Aikijujitsu ~ Combat while minimally armed

2. Taijitsu ~ Art of the Empty Hand

3. Suieijitsu ~ Art of Swimming

4. Senkougaku – Underwater Navigation / traveling incognito

5. Ashigari ~ Art of Grappling in the water

6. Tojitsu (Kenjutsu) ~ Art of the Sword

7. Iaijitsu ~ Art of the Draw

8. Bokkenjitsu ~ Art of the Bokken

9. Shinai Kyogi ~ Art of the Shinai

10. Kendo ~ Art of Japanese Fencing

11. Fencing (Euro) ~ Art of the Sword

12. Hojitsu ~ Art of Firearms

12a. Kakuu Hojutsu ~ Art of Aerial Gunnery

13. Kobujitsu ~ Okinawan Weapons Arts

14. Bojitsu ~ Art of the Staff

15. Saijitsu ~ Art of the Sai

16. Nunchaku jitsu ~ Art of the Nunchaku

17. Kama jitsu ~ Art of the Sickle

18. Kuwa jitsu ~ Art of the Garden Hoe

19. Ieku jitsu ~ Art of the Oar

20. Gusari jitsu ~ Art of the Chain

21. Kusarigama jitsu ~ Art of the Sickle and chain

22. Filipino Martial Arts ~ Escrima ~ Kali ~ Arnis ~ (Ceballos Style)

23. Chikujojitsu ~ Art of Field Fortifications

24. Igaku ~ Art of Medicine

25. Senjojutsu ~ Art of Tactics

26. Shinobi iri ~ Art of Stealth and Reconnaissance

27. Naginatajitsu ~ Art of the Naginata

28. Sokuseki ~ Impromptu Versification

29. Ryoto ~ Tojitsu with Daito & Shoto

30. Jojitsu ~ Art of the Short Staff

31. Nito ~ Tojitsu with two swords

32. Yarijitsu / Sojitsu ~ Art of the Spear

33. Tantojitsu ~ Art of the Staff

34. Torioi ~ Art of Hunting

35. Bajitsu ~ Art of Horsemanship

36. Temmon ~ Art of Astronomy

37. Kyujitsu ~ Art of Archery

38. Tessonjitsu ~ Art of the Fan

39. Shurikenjitsu ~ Art of Blade throwing

40. Hensojitsu ~ Art of Disguises

41. Jinkaisenjitsu – Art of Infiltration Tactics

42. Heigaku (Bo ryaku) ~ Art of Strategy

43. Juttejitsu ~ Art of the Iron rod

44. Nige jitsu (Inton) – Art of Escape and Evasion

45. Kishougaku – Art of Meteorology

46. Chimongaku ~ Art of Geography

47. Hojojitsu ~ Art of Tying with ropes

48. Jukendo ~ Art of the Bayonet

49. Senben ~ Art of Pioneering

50. Goshinjitsu ~ Art of Self-Defense

51. Bonsai ~ Art of the Small Tree

52. Tonfajitsu ~ Art of the Tonfa

53. Gakujutsu ~ Art of the Science*

54. Kagakugijutsu ~ Art of Science and Technology*

55. Ougonjutsu ~ Art of Alchemy*(changing something ordinary into something special)

56. Kijutsu ~ Art of Magic**(magic; conjuring; sleight of hand; legerdemain)

57. Shiatsu ~ Art of Massage

58. Feng Shui ~ Art of Creating Balance

59. Yojimbo ~ Art of Executive Protection / Body Guard

60. Tameshiwari ~ Art of Breaking and Cutting

61. Nakayoku – Art of Peace

“Enter in Love to Practice the Techniques of War
in order to better understand the Art of Peace”

~ Shimahito Ichi-o Yarinage Sensei. 1977

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