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The Bujinkan Dojo

The Bujinkan Dojo “Warrior-spirit Training Hall” is an international martial training association based in Japan, headed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, 34th grandmaster of nine martial traditions. These traditional schools, or ryu, are:


Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu
Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu
Kuki Shinden Ryu Happo Biken
Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
Kumagakure Ryu Ninjutsu
Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu
Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
Gyokushin Ryu Ninjutsu


Training concepts and foundations

The Bujinkan does not adhere to any official guideline or set of rules to limit actions or techniques during training, and as such, Bujinkan budo Taijustsu practice doesn’t include participation in competitions or contests, as the school’s training aims to develop the skills to protect the self and protect others. Training notions include realistic scenarios and frequently utilize weapons. Thus, many of the techniques and responses of a student would be inappropriate for competition.


The techniques involved in Bujinkan budo taijustsu certainly number in the thousands, however, but the goal isn’t rote memorization of movement or kata. Rather, the essence of the movements of techniques are transmitted to students. Initial stages focus upon gaining a fundamental understanding of the physical movement, purpose and proper application of the technique. As students progress, more emphasis is placed on allowing the movement to flow naturally within the parameters of the technique. As this essence is cultivated, students will discover that they are able to part from the technique entirely and can overcome strength with relaxation, speed with timing and meet situations with an ‘immovable heart.’ (fudoshin)


The Bujinkan is known primarily for its focus upon ukemi (break-falling), koshi-justsu (joint and muscle manipulation), koppo-jutsu (bone and skeletal manipulation), jutai-jutsu (grappling, throwing), daken-taijustu (striking methods) and multiple opponents. Armed techniques include the use of various traditional and modern weapons. The weapons utilized include but are not limited to:


Kenjutsu: Sword fighting
Bojutsu: Stick fighting
Tantojutsu: Knife fighting
Shurikenjutsu: thrown weapons
Kusari fundo jutsu: rope and chain weapons

The depth of training in the Bujinkan is designed to open the eyes of the participant to the endless possibilities and potential in all situations. Concepts of “Master” or teacher/student or senpai/kohai are nebulous at best. Quite often, students are called upon to teach, as this is a martial art – and an artist cannot create simply by repeating what someone else has done. We are a tight-knit group with a select number of participants. We are on similar paths and are learning together – instruction is not exclusively one-way as a result.


What you will see in the video below may look piecemeal. This is because techniques are initially transmitted in a step-wise manner, and we frequently discuss concepts which would be missed otherwise. It is indicative of our typical training sessions: