About the Dojo

UntitledThis dojo trains in the martial art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu: a collection of nine, whole Japanese traditions under the leadership of Masaaki Hatsumi in Noda, Chiba, Japan.

The focus of Bujinkan training is not to become the fastest nor the strongest, but to learn to be in the right place at the right time while maintaining the right heart. Students work to gain an understanding of human physiology, psychology, and kinetics, and then work to exploit those natural functions in the opponent. As training progresses, more emphasis is placed on understanding the space around the student as a whole (空間 kukan), rather than focusing on any single opponent.

Bujinkan training encompasses a variety of skills. Since the art is comprised of multiple, whole traditions (not a mismatch of a few here and there) the student has access to varied viewpoints and specialties associated with each tradition’s strong point. One of them focuses on bone structure and manipulation, another controls the musculoskeletal system to great effect, yet another focuses on striking and maintaining the freedom to be able to strike from any position, and another provides the student with skills for grappling and subduing rather than outright damaging the opponent; all traditions provide weapons training in a variety of forms. These fundamental skill sets, combined with the freedom and adaptability to express natural movement and change, work to allow the student limitless potential for whatever opportunities that Life presents.