The Bujinkan New Jersey Dojo is apracticing group of Japanese Budo Taijutsu enthusiasts. Internationally, ourgroup is known as the Bujinkan Buyῡ Dojo [Warrior Friends School]. The headinstructor is Jack Hoban. We meet at Wesley HallAuditorium in Spring Lake, NJ on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7 - 8:30pm. Directionsare here. "For out-of-towners," we have an all day seminar once a month on a Saturday.
Training fees are:
$60.00 per month, or,
$10.00 per class
Monthly seminars fees are not included.
There are a number of BujinkanBuyῡ Dojos, as well as other Buyῡgroups popping up here and there. Check the Internet WIN Yellow Page for training opportunities in otherareas. Fees may differ in other areas.
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ABOUTTHE BUJINKAN Buyῡ DOJO TRAINING
The Bujinkan is a set of nine Japanese martial art schools (or styles):
- Togakure Ryu Ninpo
- Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu
- Kuki Shinden Ryu Happo Hiken
- Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
- Gikan Ryu Koppo
- Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu
- Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo
- Kumogakure Ryu Ninjutsu
- Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
Included are hitting, grappling, escaping, and weapons systems.These martial arts arenot sport martial arts. Therefore there are no formal competitions or tournaments. Ranksare awarded when the student demonstrates competency and an appropriate level ofcommitment.
Training is for:
- Acquiring the capability of defending self and others
- Maintaining a compassionate attitude toward others
- Cultivating a natural lifestyle
The Grandmaster is Masaaki Hatsumi of Noda,Japan.
Initially, the curriculum will consist of:
- Junan Taiso conditioning and flexibility exercises
- Ukemi injury prevention
- San shin no kata exercises for developing a strong body and clear spirit
- Kihon Happo fighting scenarios
The training will evolve eventually into a wider curriculum including:
- Kata advanced fighting scenarios from the differentryu-ha
- Henka fight variations
- Budogu martial art fighting tools:
- bojutsu stick-fighting (including, hanbo, jo,rokushakubo, yari, and naginata/bisento)
- tantojutsu and kenjutsu blade-fighting
- kusari-fundojutsu flexible weapons-fighting
The official Bujinkan guidelinesfor training may be found here:
Black Japanese martial arts do-gis (training uniforms) and an appropriate colored beltare worn in our training. If you already have a white training uniform, there is no needto buy a new one until you wish to or the old one wears out. Belt ranks are as follows:
|Rank ||Color ||Time in Grade (approx.) |
|Shoshinsha ||white ||3-6 months |
|9th-1st kyu ||green ||4 months per kyu |
|1st-4th dan ||black ||1 year per dan |
|5th dan and above ||Black ||Receive from Japan only |
Although we take a relaxed approach to the training, certain formalities (bowing, etc.)are observed while actually involved in giving and receiving instruction.
In the adults class, we do not use honorifics as a rule, but they are notinappropriate. Geniality and respect between all training members, student and teacher, isthe rule and will be observed. Students should also be aware of certain politenesses thatwill make them more comfortable if there should be an opportunity to go to Japan and study,or if a Japanese instructor visits us.
Treat your seniors with respect, your juniors with care. In Japan there is what isknown as a sempai/kohai or senior/junior system. This system is not part of Americanculture. Still, due to the inherent danger in all real martial arts training, moreexperienced members must ensure that new members are safe and feel so. It is also theirresponsibility to make all new training members and guests feel welcome in the dojo. Newmembers must be observant and are encouraged to ask questions of the more experienced.
The classes are conducted in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere with the emphasison safety. The reason for this is because, as mentioned, the techniques are real and havenot been adapted for use as a sport. They must be practiced in a certain way or injurywill result.
Realistic fight distancing is used at all times. Therefore the speed at which techniqueexchanges occur must be appropriate for the level and ability of the participants;training dynamics must be mutually agreed on in advance by "attacker" and"receiver."
All members train together when possible. There is no "caste" system. Rankand seniority bring responsibility rather than privilege.
Our philosophy is simple: Protect life.Live according to natureand the natural law. All people's lives are equal (even if their behavior isn't) andmust be respected, and if possible, protected.
As Hatsumi Sensei wrote: "Shinobi no ho, or Ninja methods, are for discerning what is right for the world, enduring, training to become a moral being, becoming aware of one's destiny, and dedicating one's life to other people or the world as a whole."
In addition to Hatsumi Sensei'steachings, our training group has adopted the "EthicalWarrior" philosophy of the late RobertL. Humphrey. Mr. Hoban is also one of the founders and remains aSubject Matter Expert for the MarineCorps Martial Arts Program. Accordingly, there are certain aspects ofour training that strongly reflect those influences.
Those that agree with ourtraining philosophy, will be instructed in the skills needed tosupport that perspective, regardless of age, health, gender, or cultural distinction. Onthe other hand, we are not an "obedience school." If you cannot summon up thepersonal discipline to train with a friendly and courteous demeanor, you will probablyfeel out of place and quit the training. People who are looking for a competitive,aggressive atmosphere will probably be disappointed and quit as well. Make no mistake,however, the training is challenging. Once you acquire the skills, you will be capable ofwalking through life as a warrior knight.