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  1. #1 What are Naruto hand gestures called?
  2. #2 What are the 12 hand signs in Naruto?
  3. #3 Naruto hand signs tutorial

Explanations of Naruto Hand Signs With Image Tutorial

The Naruto hand signs are the symbols ninjas use to manipulate chakra, the energy that makes up all their ninja techniques. Here we look at some explanations of Naruto hand signs with a detailed tutorial

#1 What are Naruto hand gestures called?

The hand seals in Naruto are based in Mudra, which are symbolic/ritual gestures associated with Hinduism and Buddhism. Mudra is used in everyday life, from religious practices to dances, going through martial arts as well. The most well-known Mudra is probably Añjali Mudrā, which often accompanies the greeting Namaste.


#2 What are the 12 hand signs in Naruto?

Here is the collection of 12 Naruto hand signs that you may see frequently in the movie


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#3 Naruto hand signs tutorial

  • INU (DOG)

Inu (Dog) - based on the Chinese zodiac sign of the same animal. Like Tori, the hand sign is also instrumental in nature transformation techniques; this one is for the Water Release.

Inu is one of the easiest hand signs to perform. It only involves placing the left open palm atop the right fist.

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Also known as the Dragon, the Tatsu is based on the Chinese zodiac sign of the same creature. It has no attached elemental property to it, but the cost is giving the shinobi some nasty cramps in their fingers.

It's quite difficult for a normal human to perform the hand sign since it requires stacking four of the half-closed fingers alternately with both pinkies sticking out at the bottom and touching at the tips.

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The Hare, or Usagi in Japanese, is based on the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rabbit. The hand sign is quite easy on paper but confusing in practice.

A shinobi can do it by forming a finger pistol with the left index finger and thumb sticking out while sliding the right pinky between them; easy, right?

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The Uma is based on the Chinese zodiac sign of the same animal.

It's not as difficult as the Tatsu but a shinobi will need to stretch their fingers quite a bit to do it successfully. The index fingers must connect at the tips while you stack the other finger's knuckles with the right digits always at the top. Both palms must also face inward.

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Saru is based on the Chinese zodiac sign of the Monkey. Again, it holds no vital importance to nature transformation release but Sasuke (again) uses it quite a lot in the first two phases of channeling his Chidori. 

Doing the Saru is pretty simple. One will only need to slide their right pinky between their left thumb and index finger while putting your palms together horizontally

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  • USHI (OX)

Ushi, or Ox, is based on the Chinese zodiac's corresponding animal. It's not required for use in any nature transformation release but a lot of ninjas still use the Ox in plenty of fire jutsu or techniques, particularly Sasuke and his older brother Itachi; basically every big name on the Uchiha family tree.

 A shinobi will have to stick all their fingers out, minus the thumbs, and cross them together without closing them. The left hand has to be on the outward side while the right hand is inward. Then, lay the left ring and middle fingers on the back of the right hand - don't forget to keep the forearms horizontal.

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  • HITSUJI (Ram)

The Histuji is based on the Chinese zodiac sign the Goat. While not a requirement of basic nature transformation releases, the Ram is probably one of the more frequently seen and iconic hand signs in Naruto. That's because Naruto himself uses it a lot when summoning his shadow clones.

All a shinobi has to do to perform the Ram is raise their left and right index and middle fingers upright and stick them together with the right fingers sliding lower. They also have to overlap the left ring finger and pinky over the right ones.

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  • MI (SNAKE)

The Mi is based on the Chinese zodiac sign of the Snake. This hand sign is actually one of the busiest ones in the franchise since it is associated with Earth, Lightning, and Wood Releases. As such, you'll often see the Snake used in many powerful ninjas' signature jutsu.

Due to being a key hand sign in a lot of techniques, the Mi is arguably the easiest hand sign to perform. All one has to do is stick their open hands together upright and then intertwine their fingers as if in prayer.


Finally, Tora is based on the Chinese zodiac of the Tiger. It's a necessary precursor for the Fire and Earth Releases. The Tora is definitely the coolest albeit one of the most straightforward hand signs ever. It's often used by Sasuke in his clan's signature fire jutsu.

Performing the Tora is a no-brainer for a shinobi. They clasp their hands together and intertwine their fingers as they would in prayer, but with their forearms horizontal. From there, just raise the left and right index and middle fingers, then keep them together. Don't forget to take a deep breath before that ball of fire!

  •  Tori (Bird)

Tori, aka Bird, is based on the Chinese zodiac sign, the Rooster. This hand sign represents wind, and wind releases chakra just like a bird. This hand sign is often used by Naruto himself because of his wind nature chakra. He even used this hand sign to form the Rasengan.

This hand sign sometimes becomes tedious for newbie shinobis due to its fast pacing motions. Perfect hand training and a lot of effort are needed to master this hand sign.

  • I (Boar)

I, aka Boar, is based on the Pig, which is depicted in the Chinese zodiac sign. This hand sign is not related to any chakra control or transformation, but this is needed for performing perfect summoning Jutsu. We have seen Naruto, Jiraya, and even other shinobis using this hand sign while performing the Summoning Jutsu.

This hand sign is easier to perform than Tori but may give a little strain on palms. One needs to master every single of this hand sign to perform the summoning jutsu in a perfect way.

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  • NE (RAT)

Ne or Nezumi, which is Japanese for Rat, is based on the Chinese zodiac sign of the equivalent animal. Like many of the hand signs, it's also not crucially associated with any nature transformation release but it's a prominent hand sign of the Nara clan, where Shikamaru comes from.

It's an important part of their Shadow Imitation Techniques which is distinct for them.

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