Kaiten Ninja Rolling Techniques

Kaiten, also called “rolls” are awesome ninja rolling techniques for escape or attack. Kaiten, “rolls” can be used for escaping from danger or attacks against opponents. This kind of body control is helpful in many survival situations, not just against human opponents. Smoothness, speed, control of the contact points with the ground, correct direction, changing direction, distance achieved and performing other maneuvers during rolling are complex skills. Achieving high awareness of your surroundings during rolls, and using tools or dealing with multiple opponents increase complexity of great kaiten skills. As with many other basic techniques, kaiten training has been formally studied because the human body naturally uses certain physics during battle, and the rolling skills are among the most fundamental.

The review video shown below is a very short excerpt from the Basics of Ninja Training® video course which covers kaiten training in much greater depth. This video is provided to help students practice the pronunciation and fundamental forms for free online. The Japanese names correspond to words, i.e. zenpo kaiten is forward roll. These are explained in the video course by Sensei and are outlined in the curriculum course guide. This video is an excerpt from kyu 9, level one.

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