What is the Bujinkan Martial art School?

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a modern Japanese Ninjutsu school founded and lead by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan. 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 techniques, combined with the philosophy of budo and a reverence for ninpo,  make this one of the fastest growing martial arts on the planet.

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

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