Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (colloquially known as ninjutsu) is a traditional Japanese martial art with a rich history that spans over ten centuries. Developed by the legendary ninja and samurai of feudal Japan, the Bujinkan martial arts have survived the test of time and continue to flourish worldwide under the direct guidance of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, thirty-fourth Soke (grandmaster) of the nine distinct ryu ha (budo traditions) that make up this martial art.
Budo Taijutsu is a very practical martial art that has found use in military and police forces throughout the world. However, there is much more to the art than mere physical techniques. With proper understanding, it not only becomes useful in allowing smaller people to generate immense power but also rouses the natural powers of human beings that can make the world a better, more peaceful, and more prosperous place.
The Bujinkan Dojo or “Warrior God Training Hall,” is a worldwide Dojo organized in the 1970’s by Hatsumi Sensei and headquartered in Noda, Japan. Hatsumi Sensei inherited the nine ryu ha from his teacher, the late Takamatsu Toshitsugu in 1972. Hatsumi Sensei is the only martial artist to receive an international peace award, Japanese cultural awards, and an accommodation by the Pope for his work in the preservation of an ancient art. The UAH Bujinkan Dojo|Huntsville Martial Arts attempts to follow in his footsteps.
The 9 Ryu Ha that make up the Bujinkan Martial Art are as follows:
- Togakure-ryū Ninpō Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術)
- Gyokko ryū Kosshi jutsu (玉虎流骨指術)
- Kuki Shinden Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術)
- Koto Ryū Koppō jutsu (虎倒流骨法術)
- Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentai jutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術)
- Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtai jutsu (高木揚心流柔体術)
- Gikan Ryū Koppō jutsu (義鑑流骨法術)
- Gyokushin-ryū Ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法)
- Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法)
While we spend a lot of time focusing on the fundamentals of these 9 ryu ha, we spend an equal amount of time on Jissen Gata, or “Real Fighting”. This includes training with modern weapons (baton, firearms, knives, etc.), ground fighting, and how these arts lend themselves to real world scenarios. Because ninpo is a living art, it is always traditional and modern. We seek to walk a path that connects the past to the present.