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Bujinkan

The Bujinkan is an international Martial Arts organization founded by Masaaki Hatsumi. It consists of nine koryu-ha (old Martial Art schools).

Togakure Ryu - Ninpo Taijutsu

Kumogakure Ryu - Ninpo Taijutsu

Gyokushin Ryu - Ninpo Taijutsu

 Gyokko Ryu - Kosshijutsu

Koto Ryu - Koppojutsu

Gikan Ryu - Koppojutsu

Kukishinden Ryu - Happo Bikenjutsu

Shinden Fudo Ryu - Dakentaijutsu

Takagi Yoshin Ryu - Jutaijutsu


The Bujinkan is a non-sport environment. The training includes unarmed and armed combat techniques including short, medium and long range weapons, as well as projectile and hidden weapons. 

Training also covers the strategy, history and philosophy of each schools' characteristics to allow students to discover the full understanding of the art.


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.


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.