THE BUJINKAN

武神館

 

The Bujinkan is an international martial arts organization based in Japan and headed by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. The combat system taught comprises of nine separate ryūha, or traditions, that are collectively referred to as Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu. 

 

The Bujinkan is most commonly associated with ninjutsu. However, Hatsumi Sensei uses the term Budo  -meaning martial way -  as the ryūha - traditions - are descended from historical samurai schools that taught samurai martial tactics and ninjutsu schools that teach ninja tactics.

In the early 1990's, at the height of the "Ninja boom",  Hatsumi Sensei stated that the expansion to Kobudo training in the school would not undermine the  Bujinkan's beating heart of ninjutsu. He continues to urge students "to keep going".  This dojo encourages practitioners to expand their martial skill, strive to develop the sensitivity and awareness to prevail amongst life's dangers while expanding their understanding of nature - to the point where success in their endeavours is inevitable.

忍...the Japanese calligraphy symbol representing for sword  - katana - over the heart-  kokoro - forms the character "Nin"- the prefix for Japanese words relative to perseverance, persistence, patience, endurance and stamina.

 

Acceptance to train in the Bujinkan is conditional on adherence to the following rules set out by Grandmaster Hatsumi .

Rules of The Bujinkan Kokusai Dojo.
The Bujinkan shall be open only to those who agree with and uphold the following guidelines:
 
  • Only those who have read and agreed with these guidelines shall be allowed to participate.
  • Only those able to exercise true patience, self-control, and dedication shall be allowed to participate.
  • A physician’s examination report shall be required if requested by an instructor. Specifically individuals with mental illness, drug addiction, or mental instability shall be barred from joining. The necessity of such a report concerns individuals who may present a danger to others, for example, those with infectious diseases or illnesses, individuals with clinically abnormal personalities or physiology, and individuals lacking self-control.
  • Individuals with criminal records shall be turned away. Instructors are authorised to conduct police checks. Troublemakers, those who commit crimes, and those  who break domestic laws shall be turned away.
  •  Those not upholding the guidelines of the Bujinkan, either as practitioners or as members of society, by committing disgraceful or reproachable acts shall be expelled. Until now, the Bujinkan was open to large numbers of people who visited Japan. Among them, unfortunately, were those committing violent drunken acts, the mentally ill, and troublemakers who thought only of themselves and failed to see how their actions might adversely affect others. Through their actions, such people were discarding the traditional righteous heart of the Bujinkan. From this day forward, all such people shall be expelled.
  • Regarding accidents occurring during training (both inside and outside the dojo), one should not cause trouble to the Bujinkan. This is an extremely important point. Those unwilling to take personal responsibility for accidents occurring during Bujinkan training shall not be admitted. Reiterating for clarity, the Bujinkan shall not take responsibility for any accidents happening in the course of training, regardless of the location.
  • All joining the Bujinkan must sign a waiver pertaining to these rules and receive a yearly Bujinkan Kokjusai Dojo Member’s card. This card not only preserves the honour of the Bujinkan members, it indicates your decision to abide by the aforementioned rules. You must produce the member’s card at the beginning of each month. Each member’s card is stamped to evidence of payment of the annual fee -  $50. This covers instruction and liability insurance.  Card stamps also indicate your fee payment preference – monthly or casual. These are due on the first training week of the month – monthly - or at the beginning of each lesson.
 
 
The tradition of the Bujinkan recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware of that which flows naturally between the two parts:
 
The secret principle of Taijutsu is to know the foundations of peace.
To study is the path to the immovable heart (fudoshin).
Initial training begins with Taijutsu:
Kyu levels: Beginners
First to fifth dans: Ten (heaven)
Fifth to Tenth dans: Chi (earth)
Tenth to Fifteenth dans: Jin (person)
 
The eleventh to fifteenth dans are broken into Chi (earth), Sui (water), Ka (fire), Fu (wind) and Ku (the void); the Happo Hiken will be taught at these levels. 
    
The fifth dan test shall only be administered by Soke. 
 
True Shihan can be given fifteenth dan.
 
Recently, the Bujinkan has become truly international. Just as there are various time zones, so there exist various taboos among the world’s peoples and nations. We must respect each other, striving to avoid such taboos. We must put the heart of the warrior first, working together for self-improvement and for the betterment of the Bujinkan.
Those not upholding the above-mentioned guidelines shall be forced out of the Bujinkan.  Masaaki Hatsumi - Soke