is the Bujinkan?
is the Buyu?
The Bujinkan or “Divine Warrior
House” is an international training association headed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi
and is based in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Dr. Hatsumi is the 34th Grandmaster
head of nine koryu or feudal-era traditions passed on to him by his
teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu – the last combat Ninja of the 20th Century. The
Bujinkan is composed of the following nine warrior schools:
Transmission of Immovability
Masaaki Hatsumi graduated from
Meiji University in Tokyo, with a major in theater studies, and osteopathic
medicine. Soon after graduation he opened a bone clinic in his home town and his
practice continued on a steady basis until about 1990 when his travel and movie
schedule seemed to take all his time.
Grandmaster Hatsumi is the author
of over a dozen books and more than 50 videos on the martial traditions of the
Bujinkan Dojo. He has been featured in almost every magazine relating to the
subject in Japan, and many others throughout the world. He has authored
countless magazine and newspaper articles on the martial arts, ninjutsu,
and on “how to live a natural life.” He wrote, directed and acted in
50 episodes of the Japanese television series "Jiraya." He acts
as a consultant for various plays and movies to ensure that what is being
portrayed is done correctly and with historical accuracy.
Dr. Hatsumi’s home displays an
elaborate collection of awards, certificates, letters of friendship, and
honorary titles from some of the most elite organizations in the world. Some of
them have been listed below:
- Title of Knighthood by the
German National Historical Culture Federation, at Frankfurt.
- Received the Papal Award, an
Apostolic blessing from the Vatican, on behalf of Pope John-Paul II.
- Honorary Doctorate degrees in
Human Sciences and Philosophy from the U.S.
- Honorary member of Texas
- Honorary member of Arizona
- Received the Cross Medal and
Sun Medal from Juan Carlos King of Spain.
- Honorary award from the
Spanish Secretary of State for the Intelligence Agency.
- Received an honorary Doctorate
from the Manchester School of Osteopathy.
- Awarded the title Todo Hanshi
(Master teacher of the way of the sword) on February 11th by Nakazawa Toshi,
President of Zen Nippon Todo Renmei (Japan Sword Federation).
- Received an award from London
Metropolitan Police Headquarters.
- Received an award from the
City of Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Voted by U.S. “Blackbelt”
Magazine 1986 Instructor of the Year.
- Received Letters of thanks
from Prince Charles’s secretary.
- Certificate of Friendship from
President Mitterand of France.
- Letters of appreciation from
US Presidents: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and
- F.B.I. Federal Bureau of
Investigation Certificate of Friendship
- Pentagon America National
Department of Defense Certificate of Friendship
- Received the Shakai Bunka
Korosho “Contribution Prize for Society and Culture” and Kokusai Bunka
Eiyosho “International Cultural Honour Prize” awarded by Nihon Bunka
Shinkokai “Japan Culture Promoting Association, signed by the Emperor of
- Received the Sekai Bunka
Taisho “World Cultural Grand Prize” award in the division of Martial
Arts, issued by the Sekai Heiwa Bunka Rengo “World Peace and Culture
- Honorary Citizen of the state
of Texas & cities of Los Angeles, California, Atlanta, Georgia, Dublin,
Jordan Valley, Burton Village, and New Mexico.
- S.A.S. England Special Forces
Certificate of Friendship
- Royal Marines (England Navy)
Certificate of Friendship
In Japan, Dr. Hatsumi is also
sought out as a speaker and television personality. He is past Chairman of the
International Division of the Japan Literary Artist’s Club. He is also an
accomplished musician and singer, playing guitar and ukulele for several years
in a Hawaiian band.
Masaaki Hatsumi currently teaches
3 times per week at The "Honbu Dojo" (Main training hall known as
‘Bujinden’ or Divine Palace) in Noda City, Japan. He is married to wife,
Mariko, a famous Japanese dance teacher. He may be contacted through www.bujinkan.com.
Our particular Bujinkan group is
called the BuYu, or "warrior friends," and was originally created by
Jack Hoban and Mark Hodel. The goal of the BuYu Dojo is to provide an
intensive and complete training experience while keeping each lesson effective,
safe and fun. Our non-competitive training methodology is based upon budo
taijutsu and the use of both classical, modern and everyday objects as weapons
for defense of self and others.
Budo Taijutsu relies on proper
body alignment, positioning, and use of maneuver and tactics rather than
upper-body strength, performance and speed; as a result, individuals of all body
sizes can benefit. Perceiving and controlling the tactical space between
yourself and the opponent is critical to mastery.
The training covers kicking,
punching, grappling / throwing, and weapons handling, but especially, ancient
ninjutsu and koryu tactics, as well as, modern combatives strategies.
Although not strictly a part of
the Japanese heritage of our martial art, a key component of our training is the
incorporation of "warrior ethics," and the dual-life (protection of
self and others) value system based on the ideals of the late Robert
L. Humphrey, noted conflict resolution specialist, and author of
"Values For A New Millennium." This value system helps students
identify and evaluate “real” threats, thereby, assisting in the appropriate
We develop respect, discipline,
life-long values, coordination, agility and confidence. We offer kid’s and
adult’s classes. For more information, please visit: www.winjutsu.com
By Robert L. Humphrey (1923 - 1997)
Wherever I go, everyone is a
Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend.
When I return home, everyone is happy I am there.
"It's a better life"
- Professor Humphrey was a Marine
Rifle Platoon Leader on Iwo Jima;
he received an Honorary 10th Dan Bujinkan from Soke Masaaki Hatsumi.