The Power of Taijutsu March 1, 2016
Today, we will be looking at another commonly used technique in Anime Ninja, taijutsu. Taijutsu (体術, Literally meaning: Body Techniques) is a basic form of techniques in Anime Ninja and refers to any techniques involving the martial arts or the optimization of natural human combat ability, which is using your body as the weapon.
Taijutsu is executed by directly accessing the user’s physical energies and mental strength, relying on the stamina and strength gained through training. It typically does not require chakra, though chakra may be used to enhance its techniques. Taijutsu generally requires no hand seals to perform, occasionally making use of certain stances or poses, and are far quicker to use than ninjutsu or genjutsu due to lack of use seal and chakra molding/control prior to use. Taijutsu can be simply put as hand-to-hand combat.
Although it is used by nearly almost every shinobies, only a few of them use it as their primary fighting style such as members of Team Guy, who are experts of many taijutsu techniques. Example of taijutsu techniques are Dynamic Entry and Konoha Senpu. Also Konoha’s Hyūga clan use a very unique type of taijutsu named Jūken (Gentle Fist).
Jūken however, makes extensive use of chakra and demands great skill in its control. Due to this requirement only Hyuga clan members that can employ this in real combat thanks to their Byakugan.
The taijutsu techniques are the right choices for those that want to save their time and chakra reserve, or for those who want to play on their physical attributes. It can also be used uniquely in collaboration with ninjutsu to create nintaijutsu techniques.
The Shikotsumyaku is said to be the ultimate taijutsu ability, due to the produced bones can be used to augment offensive and defensive powers in versatile ways. Also Killer B have a very unique style of taijutsu combined with kenjutsu is called Disturbance Taijutsu (攪乱体術, Kakuran Taijutsu) and used through in conjuction with Acrobat.
Acrobat here doesn’t mean the flexible and fluid movement we normally see. The Acrobat is a taijutsu used by Killer B in tandem with his eight Supervibrato Lightning Release Swords (超ビブラート雷遁刀, Chō Biburāto Raitontō). When in battle, B holds his swords in a peculiar and unique manner instead of the traditional manner — in his hands. The first two are held in the hinge joint of his right and left arm, another between his shoulder blade and neck, one in his mouth, under his left armpit, another between the hip joint of his right, raised leg and the back leg of the same raised leg. Though it looks very very very strange way to hold it, Killer B actually excels with this stance that can put Sasuke Uchiha with his Sharingan on edge. Even a highly trained swordsman like Suigetsu Hōzuki remark that this stance is very dangerous to fight agains due to being completely unpredictable.