Bujinkan is unique in the martial arts, and in the Ninjutsu tradition. It is not a sport or just a fighting art but is a true martial art so effective it has been studied by the Navy SEALs, British S.A.S., Israeli Special Forces and other elite combat units. Some students of Bujinkan Anaguma Dojo are from Law Enforcement, retired Military and active Military Special Forces (Army Ranger, Green Beret etc.). We train for actual life and death conflicts not competitions. In a real self-defense situation there is no second place, no referees, no rules and no trophies. According to FBI statistics over 90% of all murders in 2011 involved a gun, knife or stick. Only 5% of all murders involved personal weapons such as fists or feet etc. Yet many Martial Arts schools do not teach how to defend ones-self against an attack from a weapon.
…I want to thank you for all that you shared with me years ago.
I continue to train and to teach my officers and soldiers.
These skills have saved my life and the lives of my soldiers in combat.
Keep in touch.
S.C. – U.S. ARMY
What works on the Tournament mat may not work on the street, and what works on the street is often “against the rules” in Tournament competition. The Bujinkan houses nine ancient Japanese warrior traditions utilized by the Samurai and Ninja. Each school has its own specialties ranging from the Ninjutsu school, Togakure Ryu which emphasizes escape and evasion to the Samurai school of Koto Ryu known for its bone breaking techniques. These martial arts lineages and schools of strategy are full self-protection and self-defense systems that are as viable today as they were when they were created.
Within the Bujinkan there are over twenty-plus weapons that are studied. These include classical Japanese weapons such as the katana (sword), bo (6ft staff), tanto (knife), blowgun, shuriken (throwing stars), etc. as well as knife, stick and gun defense. In addition, to demonstrate the Bujinkan’s progressive philosophy toward self-defense, practitioners learn how to utilize everyday objects such as pens, magazines, car keys, belts, etc., and turn them into weapons. The true beauty of the Bujinkan is that once a practitioner has developed a proper foundation of basic movement through their Taijutsu, any object within their grasp can be used for self-defense.
I believe it is also very important not to change the training to suit your personal desires. Many people are devising new, and in their minds, improved methods. I disagree with this approach. You are fighting against culture and tradition, battles and blood, the lives of those who went before you. What we must do is train and naturally evolve with our environment. The training is to maintain a close connection with the traditions while being flexible and open enough to change with this new era. I think people want to change the art too much. What is important is good training and correct repetition. With this repetition, the body and mind relaxes and becomes aware of the self. From there, we can discover important secrets needed for training with weapons, etc.
Our teaching methods are based on the K.I.L.L. principal. Keep It Learnable and Likeable. At Bujinkan Anaguma Dojo we create an environment that makes learning enjoyable. We do not resort to stern discipline or yelling when a student is frustrated. This only leads to more frustration and eventually the student quitting. We offer constant encouragement which leads to success instead of frustration.
Bujinkan is a true warrior tradition and we work to be a part of its transmission and preservation. We keep up to date with current training in Japan by traveling there at least once a year to train with the Grandmaster at the Honbu Dojo. We also have instructors, who currently live and train in Japan, out annually for seminars. Up tp 11 hours of training per week. We have our own dojo training facility so students do not have to share mat space with another martial art school. Most dojo’s have classes lasting only 50 minutes long. At Bujinkan Anaguma Dojo we follow the same training curriculum as the Honbu Dojo in Japan with classes lasting two hours long.
Physical prowess or previous experience in martial arts isn’t necessary. All you need is a willingness to learn. Please enter the training with an empty cup and a light but earnest spirit. Above all, we want you to enjoy training, maintain your health, and follow your heart.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Shihan Lance Kumm, 15th Dan.
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