This IS the ancient art of the NINJA, also known as Bujinkan and sometimes also called Ninjutsu. Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is the current Soke, or Grand Master, of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, a modern part of the ancient Ninjutsu “Ninja” tradition. Hatsumi Soke was taught by Toshitsugu Takamatsu who transferred holdership of the lineage to Hatsumi in 1958. The origin and importance of certain ancient scrolls of the Ryuha, (“The Nine Schools”) that comprise his instruction were passed down from traditional sources to ultimately be used in Hatsumi’s overall training. It is recorded since 1968 in the the Bugei Ryuha Daijiten that Hatsumi Soke was under instruction of Toshitsugu. Dr. Hatsumi is current Grand Master (Soke) of each of the Nine Schools of the Bujinkan art.
Guidelines For Participation In The Bujinkan
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. A physician’s examination report shall be required. 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.
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
The Nine Schools of the Bujinkan – “The Ryuha”
Six of the schools are “Samurai” schools,
three are “Ninja” (Ninjutsu) schools:
Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術)
“Hidden Door School” (Ninja)
Said to be the source of most early Ninjutsu techniques and weapons, the strongest basis for modern Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu instruction.
Hatsumi Soke is the 34th generation Grand Master.
Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術)
“Jewel Tiger School” (Samurai)
Focuses on the muscular system, has major influence on unarmed basics such as the San Shin No Kata and Kihon Happo, striking with fingers and toes, etc.
Hatsumi Soke is the 28th generation Grand Master.
Kuki Shinden Ryū Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術)
“Nine Demons School” (Samurai)
Sometimes called “The Samurai School”, famous for military tactics, weapon techniques associated with the Samurai such as the sword, spear, sword, staff, fire, rope. Hatsumi Soke is the 28th generation Grand Master.
Koto Ryū Koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術)
“Tiger Falling School” (Samurai)
Focuses on skeletal and bone structures, bone manipulation and breaking, pain/weakness points, unique cross-stepping footwork and unusual sword technique. Hatsumi Soke is the 18th generation Grand Master.
Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentaijutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術)
“Immovable Tradition School” (Samurai)
Focuses on natural movement and the study of nature, striking and kicking, the art of defeating a stronger opponent by pretending weakness.
Hatsumi Soke is the 26th generation Grand Master.
Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu (高木揚心流柔体術)
“High Tree Raise Heart School” (Samurai)
Known for its Samurai style jujutsu, unarmed combat at close range and against swords.
Hatsumi Soke is the 26th generation Grand Master.
Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu (義鑑流骨法術)
“Regarding Justice School” (Samurai)
Focuses on skeletal structure. Features many kicks, throws and strikes. Not commonly taught.Hatsumi Soke is the 15th generation Grand Master.
Gyokushin Ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法)
“Jewel Spirit School” (Ninja)
Referred to as holding Ninjutsu’s many secret philosophies and tactics. Not commonly taught.Hatsumi Soke is the 21st generation Grand Master.
Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法)
“Hidden Among Clouds School” (Ninja)
Referred to as Ninjutsu with unique Taijutsu, particularly leaping, used of hooked spears. Specializes also in field craft and espionage. Not commonly taught.
Hatsumi Soke is the 15th generation Grand Master.