All martial arts claim to be able to teach a student to be able to fight their way out of dangerous situations, but martial arts were not all created equal. Some arts were created by professional warriors, such as the samurai and the ninja, while others were created or developed by farmers and fishermen. Clearly, professional warriors could develop more and better skills than part-time martial artists. Several martial arts were created for basic self-defense, while warrior arts were created specifically for the battlefield with the intent to win. Training in a wider range of categories and techniques, warriors are far better qualified to handle any life-threatening situation.


These warrior arts are different from the modern martial arts. Some modern martial arts lack the depth of knowledge or the categories of training that the warrior arts have. The bujutsu were created by professional warriors (samurai and ninja) and were developed over the centuries on the battlefields of Japan. The bujutsu taught by the Bujinkan are much more effective, efficient and comprehensive than the overly simple ‘self-defense’ budo arts that have been created over the last 100 – 200 years.

Many modern arts emphasize sport training, which has little to do with real fighting, and solo kata, which are sequences of movements practiced ‘in the air’ against imaginary opponents. Sport training has rules and develops bad habits for real combat, which does not have rules. Real combat involves a flow of energy between two (or more) people, and katas do not effectively develop the skills necessary to manipulate that energy or a human body. In the Bujinkan, techniques are practiced on real people to develop practical “hands on” experience. Training in the Bujinkan, when done correctly, is more difficult that sport based arts but it is much more rewarding. The 9 schools of the Bujinkan offer more effective skills, insights, and knowledge that are well worth developing even though they require more time and effort to develop.

Bujinkan Maru no Ichi Dojo of San Diego is not just another Martial Arts school. The Bujinkan is a collection of nine martial traditions unified by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, the 34th soke (or grandmaster) of the Togakure Ryu Ninpo, an 800 year old ninja art form.

The goal of  Maru no Ichi Dojo is to create a positive and fun learning environment where students can delve into the mysteries of the ancient warrior traditions and apply them to modern self-defense.  The guiding principles of our dojo can be drawn from the words of Toshitsugu Takamatsu-soke, the thirty-third linear Grandmaster of the Togakure Ryu:

“The essence of all Martial Arts and military strategies is self-protection and the prevention of danger. Ninjutsu epitomizes the fullest concept of self-protection through martial training in that the Ninja art deals with the protection of not only the physical body but the mind and spirit as well. The way of the Ninja is the way of enduring, surviving, and prevailing over all that would destroy one.”

Toshitsugu Takamatsu

Our training has two sides – traditional studies and modern application (e.g. swords aren’t generally carried around and flashlights weren’t invented yet – you’ll learn more about this when you start training with us).

We welcome good people at all skill levels. All people of good character are welcome

Call 858-621-3804 or email us at to schedule your free trial class.