About Bujinkan :
The Bujinkan is an international martial arts organization based in Japan and headed by Masaaki Hatsumi. The combat system taught by this organization comprises nine separate ryūha, or schools, which are collectively referred to as Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu. The Bujinkan is most commonly associated with ninjutsu. However, Masaaki Hatsumi uses the term Budo (meaning martial way) as he says the ryūha are descended from historical samurai schools that teach samurai martial tactics and ninjutsu schools that teach ninja tactics.
About Soke Hatsumi Masaaki:
Hatsumi is the inheriting Soke of 9 Ninjutsu Traditions and Founder of the Bujinkan Dojo. Born in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture on December 2, 1931. Warrior names: Yoshikai, Tetzusan, Hisamune. Started martial arts at about age 7.
Grandmaster Hatsumi is the founder and International Director of the Bujinkan Dojo with its Hombu Dojo, the Bujinden (Divine Palace), residing in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan and has an administration office attached to his downtown home. He is married to his lovely wife, Mariko, a famous Japanese dance teacher and 10th dan director of women’s training for the Bujinkan. Dr. Hatsumi is the inheritor of nine Ninjutsu traditions from the late O’Sensei Toshitsugu Takamatsu (the last true living Ninja) in the early 1970’s just before Soke Takamatsu’s passing in 1972. It is said that Dr. Hatsumi was the only one receiving in-depth training with the great Takamatsu during the last 15 years of his life.
He graduated from Meiji University in Tokyo, with a major in theater studies, and osteopathic medicine (bone doctor). Soon after graduation he opened a bone clinic in his home town and his practice continued on a steady basis until about 1990 when his travel and movie schedule seemed to take over all his time.
Grandmaster Hatsumi is the author of over a dozen books and 40+ video tapes on the art of Ninjutsu. He has been featured in almost every magazine relating to this subject in Japan, and throughout the entire world. He has authored countless magazine and newspaper articles on Ninjutsu and on living a productive life. He wrote, directed and acted in 50 episodes of a television series called ‘Jiraya’ which was the number one watched kid’s program in Japan. He is now what is called a historiographer of martial arts for various plays and movies, acting as a consultant to ensure that what is being portrayed is done correctly based on true history.
He is a past President of the Writers Guild of Japan. He is sought out as a speaker and television personality in Japan. He is an accomplished musician and singer who plays guitar and ukelele. For several years he played night clubs in a Hawaiian band as a singer and musician. The walls of his 3 story brick home display an elaborate collection of signed photos from presidents and leaders of many countries around the world, along with awards, certificates, and honorary degrees from some of the most elite organizations in the world. Among them are Honorary Doctorate degrees from the USA in Human Sciences and Philosophy, Honorary Texas Ranger, Title of Knighthood from Germany, Blackbelt Magazine’s Instructor of the Year, and Honorable Citizenship from the state of Texas and cities of Los Angeles, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Dublin, Ireland; etc… In 2000 Soke was awarded Japan’s highest honor, the Cultural Award, by the Emperor of Japan for his worldwide martial arts contributions. The list is long and grows every month as he travels around the world.
About Bujinkan Maru no Ichi Dojo:
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. We train at the dojo 5 times a week. We have our own training facility so students do not have to share mat space with another martial art school. At Bujinkan Maru no Ichi 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 keep going.
About Ninpo Taijutsu:
The kihon, or fundamental practices, of ninjutsu unarmed fighting are the first steps toward mastery of the use of mind and body as a total entity. The techniques are initially practiced with the consciousness directed towards understanding the purpose and practical application of the physical movements. Next, the student begins to work on making the technique a natural part of his knowledge; in effect, allowing his body to develop the natural ability to perform the technique, and becomes yet one more variation of the body and personality to handle things in an effective manner.
The specific techniques themselves number in the thousands, and include countless variations. The students are not expected to memorize the movements of each technique, but rather work on internalizing the principles embodied by the techniques. The vast amount of memorization would distract the student from concentrating on and acknowledging his current abilities. His training would involve too much emphasis on “becoming” skilled in the future instead of “being” skilled, to the fullest degree possible, in the present. Extensive memorization of external forms of movement also reduces the student’s familiarity with natural spontaneous action, hindering development of mind and body integration. This spontaneity, or automatically responding with the appropriate reaction to the elements of the circumstances, is a crucial skill for successful self-protection. The ninja is prepared to adapt to any situation that confronts him, and is not tempted to force the situation to fit the parameters of some specialized training system.
The fundamental techniques can be classified into three broad categories. Taihenjutsu includes all methods of individual body moment; the breakfalls, rolls, leaps, and walking methods unique to ninjutsu. Dakentaijutsu includes the strikes, kicks, and punches, as well as blocking techniques of the fighting system. Jutaijutsu is the grappling method for throwing, choking, locking, and escaping the restraining holds of others. Actual self-protection, whether fighting a person, multiple people, or surviving a fall from a moving vehicle, is always a string of moments in which we relate our body and consciousness to external forces. The broad scope of ninjutsu training has therefore evolved to include methods to handle anything. The man who is only trained to punch will encounter greater difficulty in situations where his punching skills are ineffective or inappropriate. The grappling expert will be frustrated by the adversary who stays outside his reach and strikes at his grabbing limbs. True proficiency in self-protection comes from a blending of all areas of skill with the body, and cannot result from the dangerous and limiting concept of “developing a specialty.”