Hiden (秘伝, Secret) jutsu are passed down from generation to generation in certain regions or clans.
The groups possessing these techniques are usually extremely secretive about them. They ensure that no one other than the members of the group learn them. Only a few hiden jutsu require a special ability or lineage. These jutsu are usually the pride and fame of the clan that possesses them. The Nara clan's Shadow Imitation Technique and the Aburame clan's Destruction Bug Host Technique are some examples of this.
They are not to be confused with kekkei genkai, a technique that require a specific genetic ability, as techically, Hiden cam be taught to anyone.