BUJINKAN DOJO

Bujinkan Dojo was founded by Sôke Masaaki Hatsumi in honour of his teacher Sôke Toshitsugu Takamatsu. It’s an international organization placed in Japan, the city of Noda shi, Chiba ken province.

Bujinkan Dojo in translation means “The hall of the Divine Warrior” or “The training place of the Divine Warrior”.

Nine schools of traditional warrior arts are taught in Bujinkan Dojo. Six of them are old samurai schools, which were also taught, trained and used by Ninja, and other three are exclusively Ninja schools. Each of these schools were made based on the styles of warriors who developed these arts through war and combat situations through many centuries, and passed them on from generation to generation. Therefore, Hatsumi Soke has also named this art Ninpo Budo Taijutsu. Our teacher, Masaaki Hatsumi Sôke is the heir and headmaster of these nine schools passed through centuries from master to student, passed to him by his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu Soke.

Today Masaaki Hatsumi Soke (the heir and carrier of tradition) combined all those schools into one art and called it Bujinkan Ryu.

The name of the schools are:

  • Togakure ryu Ninjutsu – 34. Sôke.
  • Gyokko ryu Kosshijutsu – 28. Sôke
  • Koto ryu Koppojutsu – 18. Soke
  • Kukishinden ryu Happo Bikenjutsu – 28. Sôke
  • Shinden Fudo ryu Dakentaijutsu – 26. Sôke
  • Takagi Yoshin ryu Jutaijutsu – 17. Sôke
  •  Gikan ryu Koppojutsu – 15. Sôke
  • Gyokushin ryu Ninjutsu – 21. Sôke
  • Kumogakure ryu Ninjutsu – 14. Sôke

Although all nine schools are taught as one unified school, each of them has it’s own history and tradition, it’s secrets, it’s technics and tactics, it’s weapons and ways of fighting and using these weapons in combat.

The traditional Ninja had to master and perfect 18 basic categories of warrior arts called Bugei Juhappan.

In Bujinkan Dojo some of these warrior arts are trained today:

  1. Seishin Tekky Kyoyo – spiritual and mental perfection
  2. Taijutsu – the art of unarmed combat which includes the technics and skills of Taihenjutsu, Dakentaijutsu, Koppojutsu and Koshijutsu.
  3. Ken jutsu / Biken jutsu – the art of using the samurai sword – Daisho, Ninja To – Ninja sword, Tanto, Kodachi, etc.
  4. Bo jutsu – the arts of using various sticks
  5. Shuriken jutsu – the art of throwing blades
  6. So jutsu – the art of using spears and combat technics with spears
  7. Naginata jutsu – the art of using japanese helbard and combat technics with japanese helbard
  8. Kusarigama – the art of using a weapon with blades and chain
  9. Kayaku jutsu – the art of using firearms and tools, fire and explosives
  10. Henso jutsu – the art of disguise and imitation
  11. Shinobi Iri – the art of stelth moving, invisibility and ways of penetrating and entering
  12. Ba jutsu – the art of riding and cavalry
  13. Sui ren – the art of cobat in water: moving in water and diving
  14. Bo ryaku – strategy and tactics of combat in urban enviroment and open space
  15. Cho Ho – espionage
  16. Inton jutsu – the art of hiding, avoiding and camouflage, the use of Goton po
  17. Chi Mon – geography
  18. Ten mon – meteorology

However, all these technics and skills in Ninpo Budo Taijutsu have their subskills, which are taught under 9 schools of Bujinkan.

During the 70’s of the last century Hatsumi Soke for the first time presented to the world the Bujinkan Dojo and was the only one who started to teach Ninjutsu and Ninpo Budo Taijutsu  technics in the world. Until that time, nothing or almost nothing was known about Ninjutsu. This created great attention and huge publicity all over the world. Unfortuntely, after that various so called and false “masters and teachers” of this warrior art, of which no one practically knew anything or mentioned it (not even in Japan), appeared who try to deceive people by introducing themselves falsly and by selling lies to them.

Since then Hatsumi Soke is fighting strongly to ensure to this, over a thousand year old art, the status that it really deserves, which goes against the wrong opinion created by movies and incompetent journalists who picture Ninja and Ninjutsu as mercenaries and killers, and not as honorable and true masters of this warrior art who used this art for selfdefence and survival and improving themselves as a person and as a warrior. Finally Hatsumi Soke succeeded and in today’s time Ninjutsu and Bujinkan get the status they deserve, where it shows quality, the true value and full scale of this art, and where it recieves a lot of credit.

Today Hatsumi Soke teaches on regular trainings in Budokan Tokyo (a big complex for training martial arts), and in Bujinkan Honbu Dojo (master Dojo) – Bujinden.

From the 80’s of the last century, Soke has taught on TaiKai seminars all over the world, on which he passed his teachings, on which students from all over the world participated, but now he teaches only in Japan. The warrior art of Bujinkan Ninpo Budo taijutsu is presented and is taught in more then 40 countries. Thousands of students travel to Japan every year to receive direct teaching from Hatsumi Soke and his Shihans. That also includes Shidoshies and Shihans (senior instructors) who are responsable for expansion of the tradition of Ninja warriors in their countries. Hatsumi Soke has set some rules and ethics to become a part of Bujinkan Dojo which are applied by Shihans and Shidoshies in their countries and they can be seen here.