"The enemy who is against the laws of nature will lose the battle before he begins to fight. The first priority to the ninja is to win without fighting" - Masaaki Hatsumi
We are a Leeds-based group training in the Japanese Martial Art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and part of the Bujinkan Kouryuu Dojo under Dai Shihan Norman Smithers.
We don't mind if you're a complete beginner or have trained before - everyone is welcome to join us. The most important thing is that you enjoy your training and as a result, hopefully, increase your understanding of this martial art.
If you're not sure about training and want to know more then send us an email or come along to a training session and try it for yourself - you'll only pay £6 for the session.
Anyone wishing to begin training should read and agree to the Bujinkan Guidelines. Due to the nature of the training the minimum age is 18.
The Bujinkan is an international martial arts organisation based in Noda, Japan and headed by Dr Masaaki Hatsumi. The training, called Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, is derived from nine distinct schools or ryuha and teaches the combat methods of both the Samurai and the Ninja.
Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu
Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu
Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu
Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu
Kumogakure Ryu Ninjutsu
Gyokushin Ryu Ninjutsu
These schools pre-date most modern martial arts by hundreds of years and originate on the battlefields of medieval Japan. The training includes:-
koshijutsu - pressure point & muscle attacks, tears & joint dislocations koppojutsu - bone ( structure) breaking
jutaijutsu - throwing, grappling, ground fighting
dakentaijutsu - striking
happo bikenjutsu - various modern & traditional weapons
ninjutsu - ninpo tactics and strategies
Students are encouraged through their training to become aware of the endless possibilities and potential outcomes of any given situation and not to rely on techniques and tricks or be constrained by rules. There is no competition or sporting aspect to this martial art only continual personal development achieved through perserverance, responsibility and an open mind.
1. The Bujinkan shall be open to only those who agree with and uphold the guidelines of the Bujinkan Dojo. Those not doing so shall not be allowed to join. Specifically: Only those who have read and agreed with these guidelines shall be allowed to participate.
2. Only those able to exercise true patience, self-control, and dedication shall be allowed to participate. Specifically, individuals with mental illness, drug addiction, or mental instability shall be barred from joining and also 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.
3. Individuals with criminal records shall be turned away. Trouble makers, those who commit crimes, and those living in Japan who break domestic laws shall be turned away.
4. 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 came to Japan. Among them, unfortunately, were those committing violent drunken acts, the mentally ill, and trouble makers 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.
5. 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.
6. All those joining the Bujinkan must get an annual membership card. This card not only preserves the honor of the Bujinkan members, it indicates you are part of a larger whole--one whose members come together with warrior hearts to better themselves through training and friendship. It evinces the glory of warrior virtue, and embodies both loyalty and brotherly love.
7. 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).
Recently, the Bujinkan has become truly international. Just as there are various time zones, so 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