Nindo Ryu


Nindo Ryu Bujutsu

Nindo Ryu Bujutsu, a complete fighting art, was founded by O’Sensei Carlos R. Febres in 1979. The techniques and approach in Nindo Ryu Bujutsu are inspired by the methods and techniques Febres has collected, both in mastering Japanese/Okinawan fighting systems, and in conducting independent research into new approaches to old systems. Furthermore, every system in Nindo Ryu has been adjusted to confront the reality of today’s fighting situations. Traditional etiquette is employed where appropriate, with focus on safety of the students, and maintaining the spirit of the arts that inspired the formulation of Nindo Ryu.

Nindo Ryu consists of simultaneous studies in various systems and is being taught throughout the U.S.and Puerto Rico.

Gendai Ninjutsu 現代忍術

Gendai Ninjutsu – This art is a modern interpretation of the art of the Ninja. The ancient art of endurance, perseverance and patience. It was formulated from the Japanese “Yamabushi” or mountain priests that was later formed into the “Ninja” for such diverse purposes as infiltration, information gathering, espionage and even assassination. There are many ryu’s that fall under the lineage of the major “koryu” in Japan. Nindo Ryu has acknowledges, respects, and appreciates these “koryu” and have made an active effort to gleam wisdom from their knowledge

Jujutsu 柔術

Jujutsu – The “Gentle Art” is one of Japan’s oldest empty-handed Martial art traditions. It is a study of the various aspects of Grappling and wrestling that has different focuses according to the various “Ryu” and the ethnic influences that are added to them as well as the evolutionary process of the different instructors.

Iaijutsu 居合術

Iaijutsu – The study of the various aspects of the sword. The ancient Japanese are of swordsmanship. The sword arts are broken up into 3 major categories of use, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu, and Batto Jutsu. An easy analogy is to correlate it to western gun play. Iaijutsu is the use of, as in the west, “Quick draw” or “Fast Draw” Swordsmanship, which entails the drawing of the sword from the scabbard, executing a short series of blocks, cuts, and or thrusts, then cleaning the blood from the sword and re-sheathing the blade. Kenjutsu is the “art of swordsmanship”, like a gunslinger of old, weapon already drawn, searching for his sworn enemy or foe, ready to fire upon them with deadly accuracy or deal with a gang of attackers. Kenjutsu is comprised of the same “Kihon” [Basics] of the sword, however the focus is on solo “Waza” as well as “Nihon Kata” or two-man application of those techniques.

Kempo Atemi Jutsu 拳法当て身術

Kempo-Atemi Jutsu – The Term “Kempo Atemi” describes Striking techniques inherent to the Jujutsu styles prevalent in the ancient times. These striking techniques would attack the various vital points, pressure points, and nerve endings of the body. Nindo Ryu has now expanded that to evolve to “Kempo-Atemi Jutsu” which includes all myrid forms of Empty handed striking arts under the inter structure of Nindo Ryu.

Kobujutsu 古武術

Kobujutsu – The “Ancient Martial Art” is a reference to the Ryukyu/Okin
awan Weapon arts that have been influenced by the Chinese Martial Arts as well as local indigenous influences due to military, religious, mercantile or agricultural elements. These include the use of the “Bo” [Staff], “Tonfa” [crutch/grindstone handle], “Nunchaku” [Bridle/rice flail], “Sai” [Trident/mace/sword breaker], “Kama” / “Nicho Gama” [single or double sickle]

Taiho Jutsu 逮捕術

Taiho Jutsu – Police Defensive Tactics. The art of “arresting techniques” used by Law Enforcement/Police in ancient times and it’s application in modern scenarios. This included ancient arts such as “Hojojutsu” [rope tying art] and it’s modern application to such techniques as handcuffing for modern L.E.O.’s [Law Enforcement Officers]

Tanto Jutsu 短刀術

Tanto Jutsu – The study of knife fighting. The study of the “Tanto” [Knife] is thought as the “last resort” of edged weapon based martial arts in the Japanese realm. It was used a close range, utilitarian weapon that was “safe” to wear in many locations and situations where a “Daisho” [Katana {Long Sword] & Wakizashi [Short Sword] ] were not allowed to be worn. It has also been used by diverse caste groups as a simple tool or a hidden weapon for close, quick attack and defense. In some circles it is the preferred weapon of female Budoka [Martial Way Practitioners]. However, as modern times give way to a more “Blade-oriented” culture, Tanto Do is a simple, effective, method of self-defense with a knife, as opposed to “Knife Fighting”.

Tenkai Do 天会道

Tenkai Do – The “Tenkai” are more of a “special branch” of Nindo Ryu than an art onto itself. These individuals are the “Special Forces” of Nindo Ryu and there are stringent requirements for becoming a member of the “Elite Guard” of the system. Their main function is in regards to being the “overseers” during outdoor testing and to insure that students “give their all during said testing. There is a “window of honor” with limits the time that a Nindo Ryu member can be a member of the “Tenkai” and instruct others of the art of “Tenkaido” which is the way of encouragement, guidance, and observance.

Founder Of Nindo Ryu:


O’Sensei Carlos R Febres

The founder and chief instructor of Nindo Ryu Bujutsu Kai is O’Sensei Carlos R. Febres. A native of Puerto Rico, O’Sensei Febres possesses a Bachelor’s degree in History and Education, and a Masters degree in Criminology, Bachelor of Science in Integrated Medicine and a Medical degree in Oriental Medicine. Master Febres is certified as a Police Officer and Correctional Officer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Juvenile Justice Probation Officer in the state of Florida. He is also a member of the American Criminology Association, American Correctional Association and the Police Tactics Instructors of America and the Oriental Medical Association. O’Sensei Febres did his Oriental Medicine internship at the Conmaul Oriental Medicine Hospital in Seoul, Korea.

O’Sensei Febres began his career in the martial arts at the age of twelve. He studied Okinawan Te, as well as Yoshu Kai and Yoshu Ryu under Sensei Bill Solano and Okinawan Kobudo under Kimo Wall as well as Sanuces Ryu Jujutsu under Professor Moses Powell. In 1987 he attended the second World Ninja Summit in Ohio where he trained with masters such as Tetsuya Higuchi and Shoto Tanemura. At that time he joined the Bujinkan Fellowship International, and was awarded Study Group Status for his Dojos in Puerto Rico.

 In 1988, he attended the third Annual World Ninja Summit, where he performed an official demonstration of the techniques of Nindo Ryu. He continued his study of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu (as it was called at that time), and moved to the United States in September of that year. He established the first Nindo Ryu Dojo in the continental US in November 1988. At that time he was comparing and exchanging information in his system Sensei Hector Rodriguez (Circle of the
Samurai Ninpo Jutsu) in New York.

In the spring of 1989, O’Sensei Febres traveled to Ohio to continue training with Higuchi in Togakure Ryu as well as Higuchi’s other arts: Iaido/Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu/Kendo, and Taiho Jutsu. He also attended the fourth Annual World Ninja Summit in July of that year, in witch he was invited to participate as a member of the staff at the event. At that time he was offered the chance to test for rank in Togakure Ryu, but declined the opportunity. He maintained communication with Higuchi Sensei, but for all practical purposes, he focused on perpetuating Nindo Ryu. He established the second US Nindo Ryu Dojo that same year.
In years to follow, O’Sensei Febres continued to train and achieve rank in various KoRyu (old style) as well as Gendai (modern) martial arts such as: Goshin Ryu Aikijujutsu (Kancho Shihan Jack Herman), Kodai no Seishin Ryu Iaijutsu (Sensei Oscar Alicea), Shorin Ryu & Yoshu Ryu Karate (Hanshi Bill Solano, USA Goju (Grandmaster Peter Urban), Circle of the Samurai Ninpo Jutsu (Sensei Hector Rodriguez), Shao Choy Hung Kung Fu Chin Na (Grandmaster Robert Smith). Genbukan Ninpo Goshin Jutsu (Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura), Ryuseiken Batto Jutsu (Saruta Sensei), Koga Ryu Ninjutsu (O’Sensei Ronald Duncan), Nagashimatsu-Te Aiki Jujutsu & Combat Aikido (Soke Jorge Garcia).

O’Sensei Febres is also the youngest 10th Dan ever to be acknowledged by Grandmaster Peter Urban. His abilities have been recognized by federations such as: USA Goju, Goshindo Kenpo & Samurai Jujutsu Association, United Budokai Federation, Bujinkan Fellowship International, Goshinjutsu International Martial Arts Association, International Federation of Jujutsuans, Black Dragon Fighting Society, World Karate Federation, World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the International Batto-Do Shizan Association and the International Combat Aikido & Jujitsu Federation.

O’Sensei currently practices Oriental & Homeopathic Medicine and teaches martial arts in Florida.

  1. December 31, 2017

    Nice Article

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