What is the Bujinkan Martial Art School of Hatsumi Soke?

The Bujinkan martial art school known as “Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu” is a modern Japanese Ninjutsu school founded and lead by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster. Based on 9 schools of samurai and ninja tradition, passed down from Takematsu, ancient techniques codified from centuries of real martial art conflict is now open to the world. Martial art schools with ninja and samurai techniques, combined with the philosophy of budo and a reverence for ninpo, make this one of the fastest growing martial arts on the planet.

Where  are lessons under the Bujinkan Martial Art School?

You can watch free Bujinkan black belt videos at our Youtube Channel. It’s like having your own Bujinkan martial art school at home! But if you are serious martial artist you should consider looking at the complete Bujinkan black belt training videos and beyond with hundreds of hours of instruction from Bushindo University.

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Essence Of Ninjutsu by Hatsumi

Bujinkan Grandmaster HATSUMI on NINPO


“First, forget your sadness, anger, grudges, and hatred. Let them pass like smoke caught in a breeze. Do not indulge yourself in such feelings. Second, you should not deviate from the path of righteousness; you should lead life worthy of man. This simple philosophy is exactly what hundreds of sages have repeated throughout the ages. Some people believe that I am a great man. But I always tell them that I am just an ordinary man.  Presence of mind consists in a very simple life, not a special or great life — I am recently confident of that. 

Third, don’t be possessed by greed, luxury, or your ego. If you learn martial arts purely for self-interest and always try to depend on someone else just because it is easier, you will be controlled by these three desires — even if you have already reached a high level in the martial arts.

These three desires will distort not only martial arts but humanity itself. When people are dying, there are two directions toward death: joy and suffering. Joy here means in a heavenly sense, and does not include pleasures or pastimes.  Once this stage in life is reached, one will know one’s real mission in life.

Fourth, you should accept sorrows, sadness, or hatred as they are and consider them a chance for trial given by the Almighty. It is the most noble spirit in ninpo to take everything as a blessing given by Nature. When you are trying to carry through something, your goodwill is sometimes considered malicious by some people who are obsessed by their own egotism. They might throw a stone at you. I try to interpret this as a blessing stone thrown to me by God for my own sake. Even Nichiren, a great Buddhist priest, was stoned by the people during his advocacy in various cities.

Fifth, have both your time and mind fully engaged in budo and have your mind deeply set on bujutsu… and you will learn the attitudes and methods one should keep in ninjutsu training. If one mistake spiritual enlightenment for self-satisfaction, one unconsciously starts adhering to one’s desires, playing by turns the parts of a beasts and human being in life, just like Jekyll and Hyde. Only those who can correctly tell right from wrong can develop strong spirits.” (Hatsumi, Essence of Ninjutsu, p.123)

Read the full Bujinkan guidelines at Hatsumi Soke’s website

Bujinkan Guidelines Excerpts:

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 martial art school 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.

The Bujinkan shall be open to only those who agree with and uphold the guidelines of the Bujinkan Dojo.

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.

Trouble makers, those who commit crimes, 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.

Those unwilling to take personal responsibility for accidents occurring during Bujinkan training shall not be admitted.

All those joining the Bujinkan organization must get an annual membership card.  It evinces the glory of warrior virtue, and embodies both loyalty and brotherly love.

How Can You Get Membership in the Bujinkan Martial Art Organization?

Memberships are now distributed only through the highest ranked teachers of the Bujinkan martial art school organization, the “DaiShihan: teachers. It is NOT possible to get your membership cards at the honbu dojo in Japan anymore. Ninja Learning Network is pleased to offer the opportunity for you to get your membership from this link, which goes to the International Bujinkan Dojo Association, under the auspices of DaiShihan Richard Van Donk.

The International Bujinkan Dojo Association (IBDA) provides official Bujinkan membership, genuine annual membership in Hatsumi’s Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu organization. It’s associated with Bushindo University.

Dojos in the Bujinkan Martial Arts School are Worldwide

Bujinkan martial art school Dojos and Training Partners Ninja Training Map at Ninja Learning Network

Find dojos on the map or look into Bushindo University’s Online Ninja Training

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a modern martial arts school with the Honbu (home dojo) based in Japan. Hatsumi Soke learned from his mentor, Takematsu, and is the grandmaster of each of the 9 Bujinkan Schools, formed from 9 samurai and ninja ancient ryu. Thousands of bujinkan students study under hundreds of sensei in dojos, clubs and secret locations around the world. Bujinkan is a specific school under Hatsumi Soke, but the techniques are also known as Ninjutsu, ninpo, shinobi and other terms. There are many modern teachers of Ninjutsu learning other than Hatsumi’s Bujinkan school and they share many techniques and terms.