The Bujinkan or “Divine Warrior House” is an international martial arts training association headed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi and is based in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Dr. Hatsumi is the 34th Grandmaster head of nine koryu or feudal-era martial traditions passed on to him by his teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu – the last combat Ninja of the 20th Century.
Our martial arts practice group is dedicated to studying the martial arts transmission of Dr. Massaki Hatsumi and the Bujinkan dojo.
How are the martial arts transmitted to the next generation? How does one “learn” the martial arts? Our martial arts are about movement and understanding how the human body works mechanically. There are no techniques or set forms- the transition of the art is in understanding the manipulating of distance and timing. Our practice is about illustrating the concepts so one can better understand them and begin to see them in the day to day movement of people. First you understand yourself, then others, and finally by combining the two one arrives at the transmission of the art. This is known as the way of heaven, earth, and man.
Our art is about creating opportunity in the moment, an opportunity to put yourself in a better situation, an opportunity to neutralize a situation, and opportunity above all others to escape a situation.
Taihenjutsu refers to body changing skills and our Ukemi and Taisabaki movements are studies under this section. With Taihenjutsu you want to be able to move your body as relaxed and smoothly as possible with as minimal effort as needed. Taihenjutsu is important to understand, as it will put you in a position to use all of your other skills when interacting with your training partner
Kamae can loosely be translated and understood as “stances”. They are body postures we assume when we receive and attack or move with our training partner. Kamae are not static stone like stances but rather they are fluid and dynamic in motion, ever changing depending on the situation around us.
At a basic level kamae have two functions. The first is that they protect the vulnerable points on our body from attack while causing the training partner to expose their vulnerability. The second is that they control the distance and timing of your training partner. When examining and practicing a kamae it is important to look at them in the context of these two ideas.
Kihon Happo means “Basic Eight Ways” and refers to the eight ways that are found throughout our Budo Taijutsu training in one form or another. The Kihon Happo is THE foundation for our martial arts training.