What does Bujinkan mean?
Bujinkan is a Japanese word that translates approximately as ‘Divine warrior school’.
The Bujinkan is an international organisation that was set up by the current Soke (Grandmaster) – Dr Masaaki Hatsumi to promote and teach the 9 schools (Ryu) of traditional Japanese fighting arts that we train in:
• Togakure-ryu Ninpo
• Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu
• Kukishinden-ryu Taijutsu
• Shindenfudo-ryu Dakentaijutsu
• Gyokushin-ryu Ninpo
• Koto-ryu Koppojutsu
• Gikan-ryu Koppo Taijutsu
• Takagiyoshin-ryu Jutaijutsu
• Kumogakure-ryu Ninpo
What does training comprise of?
Each lesson is different, but we tend to re-enforce basic movements and foundation skills as well as rolling and how to fall safely (ukemi) every lesson. We will then study some principles / techniques or weapons of one or a couple of schools and how we can apply them in a variety of ways and differing contexts.
How much are classes?
Hatsumi Sensei has asked that we, as teachers, not post monthly training fees on the internet. Please send us an email or give us a call and we will be happy to talk to you about it.
What is the proper attire for training?
Proper attire includes a martial arts uniform known as a gi for enrolled students. New students can wear workout clothing.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
It really depends on the individual and that individual’s work, comprehension, and ability. For some people it can take several years and for others not as long. I would say minimum would be 3 years. Each dojo has different ranking requirements that are created by the Shidoshi or Shihan that runs the dojo.
Can I attend all classes if I join?
Yes. All students can attend all classes. If you are a new student, you will be focusing on learning skills that are necessary for training with the senior students such as proper rolling and falling methods, striking skills, etc. During the first month of training, the new student will get to participate in all of the training to get a sense of the ‘bigger picture’. Once that month completes, the student then focuses on what is needed for a new student. The focus then moves to rolling, striking, body alignment, etc., as per curriculum.
I train at another Bujinkan dojo. Can I train at your dojo while I am in town?
Yes. If you are a member of another dojo or here from out of town for work, etc., everyone is invited to attend class. Standard format is as follows; let us know you will be attending class, show up for class, pay the dojo mat fee, participate in the training.
Is this martial art suitable for women?
Yes. As the techniques do not rely on the use strength, Bujinkan is perhaps the ideal martial art for women. Not only does it build self confidence and the ability to quickly and effectively neutralize armed attackers, training teaches how to avoid being attacked and how not to be the targeted for attack. The training also enables women to recognize and use their many strengths not often recognized in self defense and martial arts.
Is the training safe?
Ironically, students at the Maru no Ichi Dojo who are suffering from injuries have almost always gotten them doing something else outside of the dojo, usually sports. There is the possibility of minor scrapes and bruises in any physical activity, but despite practicing techniques that are very dangerous, the controlled nature of the training prevents serious injuries.