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“It is a part of our history. When all hope seemed lost, you confronted destruction with creation. Balance was restored. That is the power of Spinjitzu, which we must always—”

Spinjitzu is a close-combat martial arts technique in the world of Ninjago. It involves the user tapping into their inner balance while spinning rapidly, creating a tornado-like vortex of energy around themselves. It is the art of rotation, which adds force and momentum to blows.[1]


Pilot episodes[]

Way of the Ninja[]

Master Wu uses Creation Spinjitzu when he attacks Samukai to protect Kai.

The Golden Weapon[]

Wu uses Spinjitzu to change the ninja's uniforms. Later, the ninja unlock their Spinjitzu abilities against the Skulkin, with Jay being the first. They also use Spinjitzu to escape the Earth Dragon with the Scythe of Quakes.

King of Shadows[]

Wu explains the Tornado of Creation to the ninja. Kai uses Fire Spinjitzu to free Nya. Jay uses Lightning Spinjitzu to defeat several Skulkin while attacking the Skull Truck.

Weapons of Destiny[]

Wu uses Creation Spinjitzu to defeat several Skulkin when arriving at Garmadon's throne room. The ninja's Dragons use a Spinjitzu-likability to cross over to the Underworld. The ninja combine their Spinjitzu to make the Tornado of Creation.


The New Masters of Spinjitzu[]

Kruncha and Nuckal attempt to steal the Golden Weapons, only resulting in them losing control and activating Lightning and Fire Spinjitzu for a brief time.

An Underworldly Takeover[]

Garmadon's Destruction Spinjitzu is seen for the first time when he fights Samukai for control of the Skulkin army.

Rise of the Snakes[]


Each of the four ninja are introduced with their Golden Weapon's abilities and then their corresponding Spinjitzu. Halfway through the season, the ninja switch from their original suits to their ZX suits.

Rise of the Snakes[]

When the Fire Sword overheated, Kai tried to use Fire Spinjitzu to cool it down but failed.

When confronted by several Hypnobrai in Jamanakai Village, Kai tried to use Fire Spinjitzu to defeat them, but slipped on a banana, lost control, and crashed into a wall. After Zane froze Lloyd's candy cart he used Ice Spinjitzu to hurry over to Lloyd.


While training, Kai practiced his Fire Spinjitzu but slipped when Zane froze the course.

While training, Zane used Ice Spinjitzu to freeze the training grounds. Zane and Jay used Ice and Lightning Spinjitzu respectively to cut the support ropes of Lloyd's treehouse fortress.


The ninja use Spinjitzu to clean up the Destiny's Bounty.

The ninja use Spinjitzu to attack the Fangpyres.

Never Trust a Snake[]

The Green Ninja's Spinjitzu is seen briefly for the first time, in Zane's dream.

Kai and Zane use their Spinjitzu to climb up the stairs at Darkley's.

Can of Worms[]

When Lloyd turns Zane's gi pink, his Spinjitzu turns pink. Zane uses Spinjitzu before turning his Shurikens into his Snowmobile.

The Snake King[]

Kai tries to use his Spinjitzu to attack Nya, the Samurai, but she casts a net over him and catches him.

Tick Tock[]

The ninja use Spinjitzu to attack the Treehorns.

Zane uses Spinjitzu when he unlocks his True Potential.

The Royal Blacksmiths[]

The ninja use Spinjitzu to change into their ninja uniforms.

Later, they also use Spinjitzu as part of their show, while fighting the Serpentine.

The Green Ninja[]

Kai uses Spinjitzu when attacking Garmadon.

All of Nothing[]

Kai attacked the Hypnobrai using Spinjitzu with his eyes closed.

The Rise of the Great Devourer[]

Jay used Spinjitzu on the Serpentine Express.

Day of the Great Devourer[]

The ninja created the Tornado of Creation to create the Ultra Sonic Raider.

Legacy of the Green Ninja[]


The ninja are introduced in the same way as the second half of Season 1. Lloyd is introduced but he does not use Spinjitzu.

After the episode "Child's Play," Lloyd was introduced using his elemental power and then would use his Spinjitzu like the others.


The ninja no longer possessed their Golden Weapons and therefore lacked elemental Spinjitzu. This affected their fighting advantage, and they logically used Spinjitzu less frequently.

Darkness Shall Rise[]

Kai, Cole, and Zane changed into their armor ZX suits using Spinjitzu.

Pirates vs. Ninja[]

The ninja did Spinjitzu when changing from pirate to ZX. Lloyd uses Spinjitzu for the first time.

Double Trouble[]

Bizarro Cole used Spinjitzu to take Nuckal's cotton candy. Bizarro Jay used Spinjitzu to attack Wu.

The evil ninja did Spinjitzu to attack Darkley's students. Zane used Spinjitzu to destroy Bizarro Zane.

Child's Play[]

Kai tries to use Spinjitzu, but wasn't able to.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time[]

Wu uses Spinjitzu in Ouroboros to fight Garmadon. Past Wu uses Spinjitzu to save Past Kai. Past Kai uses Spinjitzu to save Past Nya.

The Stone Army[]

The ninja used Spinjitzu in the gift shop when trying to get rid of the living Stone Warrior bobbleheads. The ninja (sans Lloyd) use Spinjitzu to stop the Giant Stone Warrior.

The Day Ninjago Stood Still[]

Misako does a non-elemental silver Spinjitzu.

The Last Voyage[]

The ninja use Spinjitzu in an attempt to dispose of an infestation of Starteeth on their ship.

Island of Darkness[]

As the bridge breaks, the four ninja use Spinjitzu to fly up and jump onto a metal structure above.

Return of the Overlord[]

Nya does Spinjitzu for the first time while corrupted by Dark Matter. Its color is crimson red with some gold streaks. Later, the ninja do Spinjitzu against the Stone Army, and Lloyd creates a line of green flames.



The ninja once again had no active elements and relied on their Spinjitzu less than ever. Despite this, the Techno Blades were effective against the Nindroids, making Spinjitzu somewhat useful.

The Surge[]

The ninja did Spinjitzu before their "hack attack". After Wu told the ninja their plan, the ninja do Spinjitzu, along with Lloyd. This marks the debut of his Golden Power Spinjitzu.

The Art of the Silent Fist[]

Lloyd's Golden Power Spinjitzu is used upon battling the Nindroids for the first time. Cole attacks two Nindroid Warriors using his Spinjitzu.


When the Nindroids attack, the ninja use Spinjitzu to get out of the trailer, but because Zane gave half of his power source to P.I.X.A.L., he was unable to use Spinjitzu on his own. Though, by working together, the two successfully performed the martial art, defending themselves against the other Nindroids.

The Curse of the Golden Master[]

Kai, Jay and Cole use Spinjitzu to protect the Serpentine from the Nindroids, they later on use Spinjitzu again to deactivate the Electro-Cobrai powered-Nindroid Warriors.

The Void[]

Cole tried to use Spinjitzu, but since he was in zero gravity, he ended up floating into space.

The Titanium Ninja[]

By using his mech, the Overlord performed a large scale form of Golden Power Spinjitzu. With it, he was able to pull objects of many sizes from around him into the vortex. When the ninja exit the Temple of Fortitude, they use Spinjitzu to kick away some Nindroids from the stairs.

Tournament of Elements[]



The ninja (other than Zane), Wu, Garmadon, and Nya all do Spinjitzu together at the end of the intro. For the first time, Master Garmadon's Spinjitzu (purified of the Great Devourer's venom) is shown as a dull silver, and Nya's Spinjitzu is a dark red. This indicates that Garmadon's Destruction element returned to a balanced state,[2] and that Nya had learned Spinjitzu at some point. According to one of the show's co-creator, though, Garmadon's Spinjitzu, after being purified, is still purple.[3] Additionally, it has since been confirmed that Nya learned Spinjitzu between the events of Season 6: Skybound and Day of the Departed,[4] meaning the events portrayed in this intro are non-canon.


Despite having active elements, all the ninja but Lloyd and Kai stopped using their Spinjitzu, as they no longer fought enemies, taking on full-time jobs (Lloyd continued to train as a ninja, and Kai became a competitive fighter). After entering the Tournament of Elements, the ninja still refrained from performing Spinjitzu, except in dire situations when not competing. This may be because they considered using such a rare and powerful martial art to be an unfair advantage to the other competitors (outside of the Tournament, they use the ability to even the odds of an outmatched fight).

The Invitation[]

Lloyd used Spinjitzu to attack the Nindroids. We get to see inside his Spinjitzu and he is punching the Nindroids. Kai used Spinjitzu to attack Kruncha.


While training under Master Chen, Garmadon was forbidden to use Spinjitzu, though he used it to win a fight against Clouse that ended up granting him lordship. When trying to flee from Chen and Skylor, Kai uses fire Spinjitzu to destroy the ice they were all standing on causing the ice to break but Chen subdued Kai with his staff.

The Forgotten Element[]

After regaining their elements and reuniting with Zane, the ninja did Spinjitzu to defeat Chen's forces as Nya expressed a smile at seeing them fighting together again.

The Corridor of Elders[]

While holding back Chen's forces, the ninja used Spinjitzu to prevent the fake Anacondrai from advancing.



After losing their elemental powers, the ninja could no longer perform elemental Spinjitzu. This would be especially ineffective against ghosts, which can become intangible. Since Morro was able to command and control strong gusts of Wind, and Spinjitzu is a tornado-based ability, it became useless in combat. Because the art of Airjitzu involves extreme spinning in a vortex (and even turning the same color as the user's element), it can be considered a branch from the original art of Spinjitzu. It was also said in "Stiix and Stones" that Airjitzu "can make a Spinjitzu Master fly" so it's possible that only Spinjitzu users can perform the technique.

Winds of Change[]

Cole used Spinjitzu to attack Morro, but he uses Wind, and Cole is blown away. The same thing happened to Jay a few moments later.

Stiix and Stones[]

Wu used Spinjitzu to travel from rock to land.

Grave Danger[]

Zane used Spinjitzu to solve the puzzle with 16 realms.

Curseworld, Part II[]

Wu used Spinjitzu to save Misako.



The ninja use Spinjitzu to get under the boardwalk.

Misfortune Rising[]

While fighting Lloyd and Cole, Doubloon uses Spinjitzu against the two of them.


After Cole had wished for Vengestone to strengthen the ninja's elemental powers, they got out of control, and in order to regain control, the ninja broke the bonds of the Vengestone shackles. Despite this, there appeared to be some heightened power that was still unused; which showed when Cole, Lloyd, and Jay then did Spinjitzu that sparked and had deeper coloring.

The Way Back[]

Kai uses Spinjitzu to attack some Sky Pirates while trying to stop Nadakhan and Nya's wedding along with the other ninja.

Day of the Departed[]

When the ninja arrived at the museum, all six used Spinjitzu to enter the building as quickly as possible, revealing Nya's Spinjitzu as dark blue and noticeably smaller than the others, being barely taller than half her size;. Kai uses Spinjitzu to destroy one of the Anacondrai Crusher's wheels, making Zugu'rai crash and go back to the Departed Realm. Lloyd uses Spinjitzu to escape from below the fallen head of statue destroyed by Pythor. Cole uses Spinjitzu to fight Yang's students while trying to reach Yang himself.

The Hands of Time[]

The Hands of Time[]


Master Wu and the ninja use their Spinjitzu during their battles with Acronix.

Master Wu uses Spinjitzu to knock Acronix across the monastery, while the six ninja use it in an attempt to catch Acronix but all fail and end up colliding into one another.

The Hatching[]

The ninja use Spinjitzu to attack a Vermillion warrior. The ninja hit him and toss him back and forth to one another to destroy him.

A Time of Traitors[]

Kai uses Spinjitzu to battle Krux and strikes him down.

A Line in the Sand[]

When the ninja are approaching to Vermillion army to retrieve the Slow-Mo Time Blade, Blunck uses the blade at the ninja; sending a time bubble at them. The ninja (excluding Jay) use Spinjitzu, and are slowed down mid-air in the middle of their Spinjitzu. When the time bubble finishes, they are released and attack the Vermillion left and right with Spinjitzu.

The Attack[]

The Vermillion launch eggs onto the floating temple, which turn into more Vermillion. The ninja use Spinjitzu to swiftly defeat them, in "three seconds flat" in which they celebrate and cheer their fast victory.

Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea[]

Kai uses Spinjitzu to battle Krux, but Krux knocks him down. Kai uses the Reversal Time Blade and does it again, this time knocking Krux down.

Lost in Time[]

Wu battles Vermilion and uses Spinjitzu to knock them.

When the Elemental Master are close to being defeated, Wu remarks that Spinjitzu is their last hope. Thus, Wu and Garmadon do Spinjitzu against the Iron Doom, which turns out to be a futile effort.

Sons of Garmadon[]

The Mask of Deception[]

Lloyd used Spinjitzu to battle the Sons of Garmadon and take them to the police.

The Jade Princess[]

Cole and Kai use Spinjitzu when training in the Royal Palace. Zane freezes Ultra Violet with Spinjitzu while she attempts to kill Lloyd and Hutchins.

Game of Masks[]

Lloyd uses Spinjitzu to throw Harumi away from him during their fight for the Oni Mask of Hatred. All six ninja do Spinjitzu when Crabby attacks them, which confuses Crabby for a while and allows Zane to freeze the creature in place. Lloyd does Spinjitzu on ice to get onto the Destiny's Bounty.

Dread on Arrival[]

Kai does Spinjitzu to kick an S.O.G member to a wall and then uses it to knock Ultra Violet and accidentally Cole, which ends up with him breaking the lever to Lloyd's and Misako's cage trap. Lloyd uses Spinjitzu as an attempt to get inside the force field where Harumi is resurrecting Lord Garmadon, Nya joins in to help and is followed by the other ninja, they all use Spinjitzu and break through. Lloyd knocks Harumi with his Spinjitzu.


Radio Free Ninjago[]

After Heavy Metal renders Kai's, Jay's and Zane's Elemental Powers useless with the Dragonbone Blade, they resort to use Spinjitzu to fend off the incoming Dragon Hunters trying to re-capture them for Iron Baron.

How to Build a Dragon[]

While Kai goes to free the dragons, the other ninja go fight against the Dragon Hunters to gain more time for him, which prompts Jay and Zane to use Spinjitzu to launch some hunters away.

Lessons for a Master[]

Nya uses Spinjitzu on Ultra Violet and strikes her, but Ultra Violet knocks her down using a traffic light, making a car topple over on her and injure her shoulder.

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu[]

Master Class[]

The ninja has a Spinjitzu lesson with Master Wu by dividing into two teams and battled against each other. One team consists of Lloyd, Kai, and Cole, and the others consists of Jay, Nya, and Zane.

Elemental Rider (flashback)[]

Kai does Spinjitzu and creates his Blade Cycle.

March of the Oni[]

The Darkness Comes[]

While Zane, P.I.X.A.L., and Cole are running towards the harbor on a bridge, Zane uses Spinjitzu and then creates an ice slide down to the road below.


The ninja and Wu use Spinjitzu to fight the Oni, with Wu only using his Spinjitzu in-battle to save Lloyd and Nya from some Oni.

The ninja, Wu, and Garmadon all used Spinjitzu to create the Tornado of Creation during their last stand against the invading Oni.

Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu[]

Wasted True Potential[]

The ninja use Spinjitzu to try to defeat Wu, but it fails.

Boobytraps and How to Survive Them[]

Aspheera vs ninja spinjitzu duel

All the ninja use Spinjitzu to stop Aspheera from stealing Kai's powers, but she also attacks the ninja using Spinjitzu; defeating them and successfully stealing Kai's powers.


The ninja use Spinjitzu to fend off the Elemental Cobras attacking Ninjago City. They use Spinjizu again to fight the Elemental Cobras and Aspheera inside the Ninjago Museum of History, and later Aspheera uses her new fire-powered Forbidden Spinjitzu to defeat the ninja (who also tried to fight with their Spinjitzu) before dropping the ceiling on them.

Ancient History[]

Lloyd uses Spinjitzu to jump from a building to another while chasing Aspheera, meanwhile Nya fights off some Pyro Vipers and finish them off with her Spinjitzu.

Never Trust a Human[]

In Wu's flashback history about him and Garmadon meeting Aspheera, a young Wu teaches her Spinjitzu, which she later uses to overthrow Mambo V. Aspheera later battles a Forbidden Spinjitzu-empowered young Wu using her Spinjitzu, but she is quickly beaten.

A Cold Goodbye[]

Nya uses her Spinjitzu to avoid an incoming attack from a Forbidden Spinjitzu-empowered raging Wu.

Fire Maker[]

Lloyd uses his Spinjitzu to fend off the Blizzard Samurai from his watch tower.

An Unlikely Ally[]

When Lloyd is attacked by a group of Blizzard Samurai, they restrain him and begin freezing his body, which prompts him to use Spinjitzu to free himself from their grasp.

Krag's Lament[]

Cole uses his Spinjitzu to attack Krag during their fight.

Once and for All[]

Lloyd uses Spinjitzu to attack some Blizzard Warriors guarding the Ice Emperor's throne room.


When the Ice Emperor attempts to freeze Akita, Lloyd jumps between them and uses his Spinjitzu as a shield to protect her from his Ice blast.

Prime Empire[]

After the ninja go inside Prime Empire, they seemingly lose their Spinjitzu along with their Elemental Abilities due to the game's programming, because of this, Spinjitzu is no longer used throughout the rest of the season.

Dyer Island[]

Kai and Zane use Spinjitzu to deal with the robot dogs from the Dyer Mansion's security system.

Level Thirteen[]

Lloyd and Nya use Spinjitzu to tie up Ultra Violet, and later the former uses Spinjitzu to fight off the Kryptarium Prison inmates and the Mechanic while Cole finishes playing Prime Empire.

Master of the Mountain[]


Jay uses Spinjitzu to easily deal with the leaves at the front of the Monastery.

The Worst Rescue Ever[]

The ninja used Spinjitzu to knock down the Re-Awakened and their towers.

Queen of the Munce[]

Nya uses Spinjitzu to kick Murtessa into the wall and wins the battle.

Trial By Mino[]

Kai and Zane try to use Spinjitzu against a Mino, but get knocked off their feet quickly.

Dungeon Crawl![]

Master Wu uses Spinjitzu to send the lava back at the Lava Monster.

Masters Never Quit[]

Cole tries to do the Spinjitzu Burst but is unable to. Because of this, he was limited to normal Spinjitzu.

The Darkest Hour[]

Lloyd, Jay, Kai, and Zane try to delay the arrival of the Skull Sorcerer, Grief-Bringer, and the Re-Awakened by using Spinjitzu.

The Son of Lilly[]

Kai uses Spinjitzu against Grief-Bringer, and later Nya uses Spinjitzu against the Re-Awakened.

The Island[]

The Keepers of the Amulet[]

The ninja use Spinjitzu against the Stone Guardians.

The Tooth of Wojira[]

When Jay is being sacrificed and the ninja are freed by Kai to help him, the ninja and Wu use Spinjitzu to battle the Keepers.


Escape from Merlopia[]

Nya and Lloyd use Spinjitzu to fight off the Maaray Guards.


Cole uses Spinjitzu to attack Kalmaar.

Master of the Sea[]

Cole uses Spinjitzu to fight off the Maaray Guards.


Nya uses Spinjitzu to escape Kalmaar.

The Turn of the Tide[]

Lloyd, Kai, Cole and Wu use Spinjitzu in combat against the Maaray Guards.

Ninjago: Reimagined[]

Sweatin' to the Goldies[]

Jay and Zane use Spinjitzu against Reflectra, but do not defeat her.

The Virtues of Spinjitzu[]


Nya and Zane use Spinjitzu to get up on the roof of the Monastery.


Zane uses Spinjitzu against the Pyro Vipers.


Cole uses Spinjitzu against the Re-Awakened, and later so does Zane.


Kai uses Spinjitzu against one of the large dragons, disintegrating it.


The Shape of Nya[]

Cole uses Spinjitzu against Miss Demeanor's henchmen, but he also ends up knocking Jay down.

A Painful Promise[]

When Aspheera is beginning to leave the Monastery, Wu uses Spinjitzu to go in front of her and then talks with her.

The Council of the Crystal King[]

After the Mechanic knocks the ninja onto the rails, Kai and Zane use Spinjitzu to avoid the coming train. Later, after Lloyd attempts to escape the Crystal Council after his disguise was broken, Pythor grabs Lloyd using his Anacondrai invisibility, Lloyd used Spinjitzu to knock him and Vangelis back. However, Mister F fired a blast from his crystal gun at Lloyd, knocking him out of his Spinjitzu.

The Fall of the Monastery[]

Aspheera uses Spinjitzu against Wu, and later against Nya.

The Coming of the King[]

Lloyd uses Spinjitzu against Aspheera, sending her flying.

Return to Primeval's Eye[]

After Lloyd is cornered while fighting Harumi in Primeval's Eye, he uses Spinjitzu to hit her back, thus defeating her temporarily.


Part of Garmadon's memories of helping the ninja fight the Oni was while they were doing the Tornado of Creation.

A Lesson in Anger[]

Lloyd uses Spinjitzu as part of an attempt to unlock Oni Form, but fails to achieve anything.

Brave But Foolish[]

Wu and Lloyd use Spinjitzu against the Dragonides, and later the former also uses it against the Crystal King.

Quittin' Time![]

While Jay is protecting Nya from the Vengestone Guards, the Mechanic throws the Shuriken of Ice at him, but Jay blocks it and sends it back by doing Spinjitzu.

Return of the Ice Emperor[]

Lloyd uses Spinjitzu to free himself from the wreckage of the Bounty.

An Issue of Trust[]

The ninja do Spinjitzu while attempting to unlock Dragon Form, but fail to achieve anything.

Dragon Form[]

After the allies unite, the ninja do Spinjitzu as part of the Dragon Form sequence, and successfully achieve Dragon Form.


Lloyd uses Spinjitzu against the Overlord.

Dragons Rising, Season 1[]

The Merge: Part 1[]

Arin uses Spinjitzu to strike a security bot, but tumbled after the hit. He uses it again on a drone, and tried using it against Lord Ras, only for him to catch his foot before he had the chance.

The Merge: Part 2[]

During their escape, Arin uses Spinjitzu to knock down an Imperium Claw Hunter, seizing his weapon in the process. The action surprised Lloyd at how he learned it all by himself. While at the Land of the Three Mountains, Arin did Spinjitzu again, only to crash into a tree.

Beyond Madness[]

Lloyd uses Spinjitzu to help Arin out of the training course. They both use it during their battle against the Earth Dragons.

Writers of Destiny[]

Kai and Nya use Spinjitzu to fly up a tower in an attempt to rescue Euphrasia and Marcus. They, along with Lloyd and Arin use Spinjitzu to take on the tentacled beasts.

Mindless Beasts[]

Arin does Spinjitzu to demonstrate with the Imperium Teen Protection Force, but later stumbles.

The Battle of the Second Monastery[]

Nya uses Spinjitzu to defeat Photacs.

The Temple of the Dragon Cores[]

Nya uses Spinjitzu to defeat the Spirit of the Temple.

Gangs of the Sea[]

Lloyd uses Spinjitzu to knock the crab monster's tooth out.

The Last Djinn[]

Nya uses Spinjitzu to defeat the Howlers.

They Call It Doom[]

Nya uses Spinjitzu to fight the Golem before learning that it is Cole.

The Power Within[]

The ninja use Spinjitzu to defeat Beatrix. Later Lloyd, Nya and Zane during used Spinjitzu to save the most people in the Crossroads from the MergeQuake Storm.

The Elemental Mechs[]

What the Mech?[]

Kai, Cole and Arin used Spinjitzu to handle Lobbo being mutated.

Dragons Rising, Season 2[]

The Blood Moon[]

Lloyd used Spinjitzu to defeat the Mechanic.

Shattered Dreams[]

Lloyd used Spinjitzu to save Kai and Sora from the Wolf Mask Claw Warriors. Later Kai and Nya used Spinjitzu to defeat Cinder.

Beyond the Phantasm Cave[]

Lloyd uses Spinjitzu to save Arin and Nya. As well as Nya uses Spinjitzu to save Kai, Wyldfyre and Riyu.

Force From the East[]

Lloyd, Kai and Nya use Spinjitzu to defeat Egalt, until he stopped fighting them.

The Spell at the Waterfall[]

Cole and Zane use Spinjitzu to defeat Wolf Mask Claw Warriors. Also Lloyd, Arin, Kai and Nya use Spinjitzu for training. As well as Rontu use Spinjitzu to show that Dragons can do Spinjitzu.

To Mysterium[]

Kai and Nya use Spinjitzu against each other for training. Also Lloyd and Arin use Spinjitzu against each other for training. As well as Cole and Zane use Spinjitzu against Imperium Drones.

Fugitives From Madness[]

Secrets of the Wyldness[]

The Forest of Spirits[]

Rising Ninja[]


  • Energy tornado: Spinjitzu grants the user the ability to create a tornado of energy and color around themselves while spinning. The user and element (if one is activated/being used) rotate rapidly, allowing quick perception and the ability to hit or spin enemies in the process. When slowed down, it is visible that these tornadoes are made of small elemental particles which, when sped up, form a Spinjitzu tornado.[5] It's not necessary to have an element to use Spinjitzu.
    • Speed boost: In regards to transportation, the Spinjitzu tornado can move horizontally across surfaces at a rapid pace. This speed does not seem to be affected by stairs or the surface of still bodies of water.
    • Aerial boost: By propelling themselves upwards in a certain direction (using a jump or a running jump) and then doing Spinjitzu, the user can be carried through the air in that direction for a short time.[6] This technique is most commonly used as a boost that can significantly increase the reach of a jump.
    • Excellent combat: Spinjitzu is very effective bare-handed, as Garmadon was able to beat Samukai with just Spinjitzu.[7]
    • Elemental combination: Cole was able to create a trail of orange magma by combining his Spinjitzu with his Earth Punch.
    • Elemental Infusion: Elemental Powers can be used while using Spinjitzu, and this is shown when Kai is able to melt floors and ice and when Zane froze Ultra Violet.
    • Tornado vacuum: Spinjitzu can be used to suck objects into the Spinjitzu vortex and then telepathically throw them with pinpoint accuracy.
    • Drilling/Tunnel Creation: Spinjitzu can also move downward depending on the situation: the user can choose to drill a hole on the ground to, for example, make a quick escape. However, the surface has to be thin or weak enough for the drilling to work, like a boardwalk.[8]
    • Throwing opponents: The user is able to throw opponents outside of the Spinjitzu tornado after defeating them.[9]
    • Quick clothes change: The speed and the blocked viewing of the user acquired inside the tornado allows a fast and efficient clothing change if the clothes are available. This has been used by the ninja on several occasions to change from normal clothing into their ninja suits.
    • Verbal communication: Verbal communication is possible while doing Spinjitzu, despite all motions being sped up. When Jay first learns the martial art, he talks with the other ninja while in his tornado.[10] Zane was also able to tell the ninja about his solution to the first puzzle in the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master while still doing Spinjitzu.[11]
    • Lack of vision impairment/Vision Impairment Immunity: Despite the nature of the technique, the user's vision is never observed to be impaired when using Spinjitzu, as they always seem to know where they're going. When the viewpoint is changed to what Zane sees in Spinjitzu, it appears that he was able to see several feet around him as he spun, even with some streaks of color from the tornado.[11]
    • Wielding weapons: The user still has the ability to wield weapons properly in combat, as shown by the four original ninja when they perform Spinjitzu for the first time and show no difficulty in handling their weapons.[10]


  • Lack of element/weapon: Without a weapon or active elemental power, the user's Spinjitzu becomes less effective in defense and offense. The ninja demonstrated this throughout Season 2 when they lacked their Elemental Powers, but still had weapons by not relying on Spinjitzu as much. Misako (without an element or a weapon) and Wu (only a staff and a power that offered unknown offensive capabilities) also lost a fight with the Stone Army, though that was likely more to do with the warriors outnumbering them and being invincible than ineffective Spinjitzu.
  • Fatigue: Spinjitzu has a massive toll on the user, requiring much energy to sustain, with individuals like the ninja at peak physical capability only able to sustain a tornado for about fifteen seconds.[12]
  • Limited mastery: One of the things required to fully master Spinjitzu is to gain one's True Potential, unlocked once the person overcomes a personal problem that was preventing them from being at peace within themselves.
  • Vulnerability: While doing Spinjitzu, the user can quite easily be knocked out of their Spinjitzu vortex (shown many times) and can be quite vulnerable after being struck.
  • Inaccuracy: An inexperienced user would be unable to concentrate where the enemy is.
  • Lack of size: People who are shorter may have difficulty performing Spinjitzu.[13]
  • Gravity: Spinjitzu cannot be performed in space due to the lack of gravity.[14]

Known users[]

Types of Spinjitzu[]

Tornado of Creation[]


The ninja combine their Spinjitzu together to make the Tornado of Creation

The four ninja can use their Spinjitzu tornadoes to form the Tornado of Creation. By each ninja doing Spinjitzu in order (Earth, Fire, Ice, then Lightning), they make a quick spiraling movement, until the four tornadoes get close enough to come together. A large vortex is immediately formed that appears as a combination of the four main elements, known as the Tornado of Creation. Coming out of this tornado is also similar to its formation, with it quickly shrinking in size, followed by the reappearance of the four Spinjitzu tornadoes. The resulting creation also stands where the Tornado of Creation had been.

It can be used similarly to Creation but on a larger scale. The four users can pull materials and objects from around them and into the tornado. The result is any structure, tool, or object (of an abundance of different sizes and shapes) among an almost unlimited variety, bound only by the users' imagination.

Despite its advantages, however, there is one serious drawback: performing the Tornado of Creation is extremely hard and dangerous. It is said that it takes total cooperation, trust, and teamwork for it to be accomplished, or it will have disastrous consequences. Due to this costly risk, the Tornado of Creation is only used in the most desperate of times, if not, as a last resort.

Forbidden Spinjitzu[]

Forbidden Spinjitzu is a powerful but equally pervasive variant of Spinjitzu developed by the First Spinjitzu Master. During the First Age roughly a millennium before present day, the First Spinjitzu Master created the the forbidden art and imparted its knowledge and power in the form of two scrolls. A young Wu and Garmadon took the scrolls against their father's wishes, using it to defeat the rogue Serpentine sorceress, Aspheera. Both scrolls would be lost to time until present day; with one found at the Ninjago Museum of History and the other at the Explorer's Club.

By holding the scroll, the user is instantly granted incredible power, similar to when an Elemental Master accesses their True Potential. Consequently, it also twists the user's personality by making them aggressive, seemingly causing them to become addicted to it via prolonged usage until they become corrupted under its influence. It changes color when it corresponds with a different power. The Forbidden Spinjitzu is much stronger than regular Spinjitzu and can amplify magic making it possible to banish anything or anyone to another realm, or even into another time.

Spinjitzu Burst[]

The Spinjitzu Burst represents a powerful form of Spinjitzu. Although accessible to any Elemental Master in the presence of their respective Elemental Powers, the knowledge and practice of the technique were exclusively transmitted to the Elemental Masters of Earth. This distinction was established years after the inception of the Burst.

Object Spinjitzu[]

Object Spinjitzu is a unique form of Spinjitzu created by Arin. It allows the user to transfer their Spinjitzu energy into an inanimate object, causing serious damage.


Shatterspin is a highly developed but corrupt form of Spinjitzu, created by the Forbidden Five during their conquest of the realms. While this technique can effectively counter regular Spinjitzu tornados, it is largely weak against the Rising Dragon technique which can pierce through its defenses.


Catjitzu is a modified form of Spinjitzu invented by Nineko after she left the First Spinjitzu Master. It consists of several new movements that allow the user to jump up or down using the Spinjitzu tornado.




  • Imagination - used by Neido (only in LEGO Universe)
  • Maelstrom - a power similar to Spinjitzu that the Skulkin wield physically through the act of roughly spinning in a sloppy fashion (used in comics, sets, and LEGO Universe)

Linked martial arts[]

Following the invention of Spinjitzu, several martial art techniques were invented inspired by it.


Master Kodokuna Yang created this martial art through the inspiration of Spinjitzu. It involves the user tapping into their innate energies while spinning rapidly, creating a tornado-like vortex of energy around themselves which also allows them to levitate over land.

Rising Dragon[]

The Dragon Masters devised the Rising Dragon technique to counter Shatterspin. It's a skill set that relies on Spinjitzu, as it forms the basis of Rising Dragon. By synchronizing their movements with the flow of the universe, practitioners of Rising Dragon can tap into its power. To perform the technique, one must first initiate Spinjitzu, channeling their energy into the Spinjitzu tornado, and then transition into Rising Dragon.

Official description[]

A technique based on balance and rotation in which you tap into your elemental energy while turning quickly. Developed by the First Spinjitzu Master long before time had a name, Spinjitzu is more than a martial art: it's also a way of living. Mastering it is a lifelong journey.[15]


Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Pilot episodes


Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja

Season 3: Rebooted

Season 4: Tournament of Elements

Season 5: Possession

Season 6: Skybound

Day of the Departed

Season 7: The Hands of Time

Season 8: Sons of Garmadon

Season 9: Hunted

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu

Season 10: March of the Oni

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Season 12: Prime Empire

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

The Island

Season 14: Seabound

Ninjago: Reimagined

The Virtues of Spinjitzu

Season 15: Crystalized

Ninjago - Dream Team

Ninjago: Dragons Rising

Season 1

The Elemental Mechs

Season 2


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  • Its name is a combination of "spin" and "ninjutsu," a martial art that real-life ninja use.
    • The reason Spinjitzu is spelled this way and not as "Spinjutsu", as it should be, is that Tommy Andreasen thought it was spelled as "ninjitzu" and never checked it.[16]
  • Spinjitzu was used by at least one character in every episode up until "Enter the Digiverse." It began to be used a lot less frequently after this.
  • Each of Ninjago's dragons are able to perform something similar to Spinjitzu when they cross between realms, as shown in "Weapons of Destiny" and "Lessons for a Master."
    • Given that the First Spinjitzu Master is half-dragon, this makes sense. It's possible that Spinjitzu was inspired by this.[17]
    • Dragons are able to learn and use Spinjitzu.[18]
  • Although the element of a user's Spinjitzu is always based on their natural elemental affinity, the color of the resulting tornado appears to also be influenced by the color of their outfit. For instance, Zane's Spinjitzu generated a pink tornado in "Can of Worms," after his white gi was turned pink after being washed with Kai's red gi. This leads to the conclusion that both attire and element contribute to the Spinjtizu's color (or possibly that it defaults to the elemental color, and only if the user's attire is entirely one color does it change).
    • It is possible that when a user is dressed completely in one color, the elemental color and attire's color combine (Zane's white element and pink gi would create the pink Spinjitzu, and the other ninja have all justified the possibility throughout their uniform changes).
  • Ever since giving half of his power source to P.I.X.A.L., Zane was unable to do Spinjitzu independently and needed P.I.X.A.L. until after his supposed death. After returning as the Titanium Ninja, he can once again do Spinjitzu.
  • The evil ninja have slightly duller, grayish versions of the ninja's Spinjitzu colors.
  • In "Return of the Overlord," a Dark Matter-infected Nya uses what appears to be a crimson Spinjitzu tornado when she first attacks the ninja. After the defeat of the Overlord, Nya was cured of the corruption from the Dark Matter.
    • After becoming the Master of Water, her Spinjitzu's color became dark blue (however, as of Season 8, her Spinjitzu tornado color has become light blue).
    • Tommy Andreasen was not very involved in the production of "Day of the Departed," so when he watched the intended final version, he was "horrified" to see that Nya's Spinjitzu was red and called Peter Hausner to insist it be changed to the blue.[19]
  • Eight known people who don't have Elemental Powers but use Spinjitzu are Misako, Master Yang, Doubloon, Aspheera, Nineko, Arin, Rontu, and Egalt.
    • Misako learned Spinjitzu from Wu at some point before or during the Serpentine War.
    • Yang learned Spinjitzu at some point and used it to develop Airjitzu.[1] He has never used the original technique onscreen.
    • Doubloon learned Spinjitzu at some point, long before he became a thief.[1]
    • Aspheera learned Spinjitzu from Wu when they were children.
    • Nineko learned Spinjitzu from the First Spinjitzu Master and used it to develop Catjitzu.
    • Arin learned Spinjitzu by himself in the years following the Merge, which allowed him to create inadvertently Object Spinjitzu.
    • Rontu learned Spinjitzu by Ekesian Coldfang the Wise, which allowed her to co-create Rising Dragon technique with Egalt.
  • In a scene during "Day of the Departed," Cole's Spinjitzu has a ghostly green glow to it. This is the only time in the series that this is seen.
  • The comic book series that begins with The Challenge of Samukai has some differences pertaining to Spinjitzu.
    • Wu's Spinjitzu is gold in the show, but it's orange in the books.
    • In the books, Spinjitzu enables the user to fly and also creates an updraft, while the TV counterpart only allows enhanced jumping. This idea may have been the forerunner of Airjitzu.
    • In Rebooted, Spinjitzu when the user has Golden Power is revealed to be colored gold. However, Golden Lloyd's Spinjitzu is colored green in Destiny of Doom.
    • Spinjitzu is always full-body length in the show, but in the books, it mostly comes up to only the waist and only sometimes full-body length.
    • Garmadon's Spinjitzu in The Challenge of Samukai (when he was young) is dark blue and his purified post-Season 2 self has silver Spinjitzu, while his Spinjitzu is purple all the time (excluding the opening sequence for Season 4) in the show.
  • In the eighth to tenth seasons, each of the ninjas' Spinjitzu dramatically changed, having a more elemental redesign. Wu and Garmadon's tornadoes also changed, matching Lloyd's with the addition of their respective color-schemes, but lacking sparkles. The Spinjitzu animations returned to a less detailed style akin to earlier seasons in Season 11.
    • Kai and Zane's Spinjitzu look more like a spinning sphere with parts that represent their elemental powers.
    • Lloyd and Jay's Spinjitzu tornadoes look more detailed but less individualized than the other ninja, as they are a basic tornado of energy and lightning.
    • Nya's Spinjitzu looks like a water cyclone, and it is now a light blue color.
    • Cole's Spinjitzu has a more brownish color, and it has rocks circling around it.
  • The ninja (From Season 8 to Season 10) have their own individual warming up to doing spinjitzu:
    • Lloyd performing windmill arms.
    • Zane does a spinning handstand.
    • Kai does two turns in the air.
    • Nya does a turn and then a back-flip.
    • Jay turns only once.
    • Cole hits the ground.
  • When the ninja use Spinjitzu (as of Season 8), their tornadoes will leave behind their element, excluding Cole.
    • But whenever Cole uses Spinjitzu while his Earth Punch is active, his Spinjitzu will leave behind a trail of magma.
  • The height of Spinjitzu varies. In the comic book series that begins with The Challenge of Samukai, it is mostly waist-length and occasionally full-body-length. In the show, it is always full-body-length. In the 2012 sets, it is waist-length, and in the 2019 sets, it is full-body-length.
    • However, the 2012 sets were built so that the tornadoes resembled tops for play.
  • The Book of Spinjitzu reveals that there is a dark side of Spinjitzu and that its secrets lie in the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu. It is a forbidden art that the First Spinjitzu Master didn't want Wu and Garmadon to know.
  • According to The Book of Spinjitzu, all new martial arts can be traced back to Spinjitzu (including Airjitzu).
  • Garmadon has done it the fewest times of the original main characters. The only episodes where he has performed Spinjitzu in the present are "The Royal Blacksmiths" and "Endings." However, he is also seen doing it in the past in "An Underworldly Takeover," "Spellbound," and "Lost in Time."
  • Aspheera is the third main villain capable of performing Spinjitzu. She has a bright-purple tornado seen in "Boobytraps and How to Survive Them" and the flashback in "Never Trust a Human," but after she stole Kai's powers, her Spinjitzu became red.
  • In "An Underworldly Takeover", Garmadon performs Spinjitzu, but he doesn't spin inside. Though this could be an error, Jay also did not spin much inside his tornado in "The Golden Weapon", so it's possible this was simply the way Spinjitzu was animated at the time.
  • Garmadon's dull silver Spinjitzu is also seen in art for Season 4.[20]
  • According to Tommy Kalmar:
    • Morro most likely did not know Spinjitzu, because "Spinjitzu is much more than just kicks, punches and tornadoes."[21]
  • It appears Spinjitzu slows down time for the user, as the inside of Spinjitzu is almost always shown in slow motion (specifically in "The Golden Weapon," "The New Masters of Spinjitzu," "An Underworldly Takeover," and "The Invitation"). This would explain why Wu was able to put on the ninja's suits at record speed in "The Golden Weapon."[22]
  • When asked whether Spinjitzu could transform/generate clothing or the ninja simply quickly changed into their suits, Tommy Andreasen asked, "Can fans of fantasy enjoy fantasy without holding fantasy to the boring constraints of reality?"[23] This indicates that there is not a specific in-universe explanation either way.
  • Tommy Andreasen once wrote a crossover short for Ninjago and Legends of Chima that would have involved "Spinjitzu vs Chi" and "Chi powered Spinjitzu."[24][25]
  • Nya has done Spinjitzu the least amount of times on screen out of all the ninja.
  • Kai has done Spinjitzu the most amount of times on screen out of all the ninja.
  • In the pilots; Zane's Spinjitzu was white, but then changed to a light pale blue in the actual show.
  • Nya's Spinjitzu color has changed the most out of any ninja throughout the original series. In Legacy of the Green Ninja, it was crimson during her corrupted form. In the intro to Tournament of Elements, it was dark red. In "Day of the Departed" and The Hands of Time, it was a dark aqua blue. In "The Attack," it was silvery blue. In the Wu Crew shorts it was a dark medium blue. In the Oni Trilogy, it was light water blue. And in Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu onward, it changed to an aqua water teal.
  • Prior to Sons of Garmadon:
    • Lloyd's Spinjitzu occasionally altered between light green and dark green (it was light green most of the time).
    • Jay's Spinjitzu occasionally altered between light blue and dark blue (it was light blue most of the time).
    • Master Wu's Spinjitzu occasionally altered between light gold and dark gold (it was light gold most of the time).
  • Misako is only ever seen doing Spinjitzu once in the entire show.
  • There have only ever been four female characters ever seen doing Spinjitzu on screen: Nya, Misako, P.I.X.A.L., and Aspheera.
  • After The Hands of Time, Garmadon has only ever used Spinjitzu on screen once, not counting the flashbacks in Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu, which takes thousands of years before The Hands of Time.
  • Learning Spinjitzu is harder than learning dark Magic.[26]


LEGO Spinjitzu Tornados[]

Promotional media[]

In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu[]

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Types of Spinjitzu[]

Pilot episodes[]


Season 1: Rise of the Snakes[]

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja[]

Season 3: Rebooted[]

Season 4: Tournament of Elements[]

Season 5: Possession[]

Season 6: Skybound[]

Day of the Departed[]

Season 7: The Hands of Time[]

Wu's Teas (non-canon)[]

Season 8: Sons of Garmadon[]

Season 9: Hunted[]

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu[]

Season 10: March of the Oni[]

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu[]

Season 12: Prime Empire[]

Season 13: Master of the Mountain[]

The Island[]

Season 14: Seabound[]

Ninjago: Reimagined[]

The Virtues of Spinjitzu[]

Season 15: Crystalized[]

In Ninjago: Dragons Rising[]

Season 1[]

The Elemental Mechs[]

Season 2[]

In LEGO Universe[]

In LEGO Ninjago: Tournament[]

In Shadow of Ronin[]

In LEGO Dimensions[]

In other media[]

Concept art[]



Martial arts

Spinjitzu: Catjitzu · Forbidden Spinjitzu · Object Spinjitzu · Shatterspin · Spinjitzu Burst · Tornado of Creation
Other: Airjitzu · Art of the Silent Fist · Rising Dragon

Elemental abilities

Dragon Form · Earth Punch · Elemental creations (elemental Golems) · Elemental Dragons · Elemental shields · Elemental Sparks · Fury of the Storm · Storm · True Potential · Wave

Serpentine abilities

Anacondrai invisibility · Constrictai grip · Fang-Kwon-Do · Fangpyre bite · Hive Mind · Hypnobrai hypnosis · Venomari venom · Vermillion reconstruction

Mystical arts

Curses · Magic (Dark Magic) · Shadows

Nindroid abilities

Falcon Vision · Zane's holographic cloak

Dareth's abilities

Animal fighting styles · Brown Power

Dancing techniques

Electric Jaya · Triple Tiger Sashay

Other abilities

Invisibility · Origami · Shapeshifting · Time travel · Visions