We have a specialisation class roughly every three months where we teach many non syllabus based arts and a few of these are listed below so you can see some of the subjects covered which historically fell under the 18 subjects of warrior arts or techniques (Bu-Jutsu).
We also teach many of these arts individually to senior students as well as at specialised courses and seminars and these form much of the advanced syllabus of the school.
MIND CONTROL AND PHILOSPHY
It is important that students are level headed in situations and this takes and understanding of the mind and how it works as well as the emotional effects of the mind which can lead you into impulsive and usually bad decisions which have been made due to the pressures of time and speed although these in real terms do not exist. This uses many aspects to show you yourself and enables you to round your character so that it is hard to push or pull you and you remain centred under pressure realising that once you do this there is no pressure. Many of the teachings although hundreds of years old cover and question many subjects that relate to ideas now being explored by Quantum Physics. It is imortant that the mind be free especially from fear and insecurities which may prevent a person from acting correctly in battle, but arguably just as importantly living life to the full. We also teach meditation and various spiritual techniques although these have no relation to religion, but are spiritual in the sense that they apply to strengthening your spirit and self.
Strategy covers many fighting methods and concepts which apply to all fighting arts and techniques and have been gathered and taught orally from centuries of observation. There are also specific strategies that apply to people, castle fortifications, overcoming large odds, etc.
We teach many techniques that deal with water, ice, fire as well as the landscape and situations around us. If you understand a subject you will be much more prepared to deal with it when pressured against it and therefore learning to fight, survive and live in, around and with these elements is very important.
METEOROLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY
These arts may not seem too important in modern times, but it is useful when going out for the day to predict the weather in peacetime as much as it is useful in battlefield strategy. The lay of the land and understanding of the geography can also help for strategic purposes as well as travelling and route planning although these subjects go much deeper than this.
Although Ninjutsu is often thought of as a specific fighting art on its own (and it can be) most Koryu include a Ninjutsu syllabus for both use in times where this style of tactics is strategically applicable as well as to be able to defencd against succefully by understanding such techniques.
We still teach many horsemanship techniques as well as the use of weapons from horseback and the taking down of horse and rider when fighting from the ground.