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This is our third lesson in Ame-no-Ukihashi, the martial art of the Ninzuwu. We advise that you study lessons one and two before engaging in the third lesson practice. (Previous Lessons)

The third martial form in the Ame-no-Ukihashi system in the hiragana “u” pronounced uu:

The third martial form in Ame-no-Ukihashi, the hiragana u
The third martial form in Ame-no-Ukihashi, the hiragana u

In the book, Ame-no-Ukihashi: The Ancient Martial Art of the Ninzuwu, we learn that this form is connected with the energy of Umashi-ashi-kabi-hiko-ji-no-Mikoto. This is clearly seen in the text itself as it also makes note of a passage appearing in the Nihon Shoki:

“A mother will use techniques to discipline and care for her children. These methods are nourishment for the will. And it is known that mothers can accomplish great deeds for the sake of their children. So it is that the will speaks in the language of martial techniques, but is not the technique itself. It is written:

“This became changed into a God, who was called Ama-no-toko-tachi-no-Mikoto. There was next Umashi-ashi-kabi-hiko-ji-no-Mikoto.”

In the first part of the text cited, we see a comparison with this martial form and the work of motherhood. In the later part, which specifically cites the Nihon Shoki, we see the clear comparison with the energy of Umashi-ashi-kabi-hiko-ji-no-Mikoto.

Umashi-ashi-kabi-hiko-ji-no-Mikoto means “Pleasant-Reed-Shoot-Prince-Elder deity” and represents the stellar vortex, the starry mass from which all stars form their own constellations in reference to such, as they drifted apart in groups, one form the other.

Umashi-ashi-kabi-hiko-ji-no-Mikoto, the stellar vortex, is thus associated with the hiragana “u” and also the Mountain trigram, Ken:


When we compare the Mountain trigram, Ken, with the hiragana “u” we can see comparison in shape and form, which demonstrates a consistent pattern in how the chi energy moves:

U Hiragana
U Hiragana

In the Ame-no-Ukihashi Martial Arts, the hiragana u is symbolic of the Mountain trigram, Ken.


The third martial form in Ame-no-Ukihashi, the hiragana u
The third martial form in Ame-no-Ukihashi, the hiragana u

Interestingly, in the Art of Ninzuwu metaphysics, the Mountain trigram is associated with the energy of Xuz. In the Yi Jing Apocrypha of Genghis Khan, we read:

“Xuz is the Mountain, the youngest son. He is the Watcher. When the spirit is on high all the other lands can be seen. The Mountain is where Heaven and Earth meet. This is the wisdom of Xuz.

It is a silent land and in silence Xuz can be easily understood. The Mountain rest upon the Earth. Xuz is the warrior-priest who is defiant to all things that occurred before. This is the most essential part of the initiation.

The Land of Xuz is a mount Ainnus land, eight mountains in total. Its sign consist of five parts. It is the space of stillness where one begins to learn the knowledge of the five elements.”

The Mountain trigram and the hiragana u are symbolic of the Watcher as exemplified in the Yi Jing Apocrypha of Genghis Khan. This can be seen in the posture itself. Those who are traveled and somewhat familiar with nature and its influence on mankind, will note the amazing peaceful experienced by those who live the mountains. Mountains are terrestrial vortexes and works in exorcising negative energy, like the mother who watches over her child. The Ivory Tablets of the Crow, describe Xuz as follows:

“He traveled across the waters of many lands and acquired a great deal of knowledge concerning the forgotten things.”

Xuz, like the Mountain trigram, represents the meeting of Heaven and Earth, an understanding that can only be captured through stillness. Please click on the link below to hear instructional video:

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