The Bujinkan New Jersey Dojo is a
practicing group of Japanese Budo Taijutsu enthusiasts. Internationally, our
group is known as the Bujinkan BuYu Dojo [Warrior Friends School]. The head
instructor is Jack Hoban. We meet at Wesley Hall
Auditorium in Spring Lake, NJ on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7 - 8:30
are here. "For out-of-towners," we have an all day seminar
once a month on a Saturday.
Training fees are:
$50.00 per month, or,
$10.00 per class
Monthly seminars fees are not included.
There are a number of Bujinkan
Buyu Dojos, as well as other Buyu
groups popping up here and there. Check the Internet
WIN Yellow Page for training opportunities in other
areas. Fees may differ in other areas.
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THE BUJINKAN BUYU 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 are
not sport martial arts. Therefore there are no formal competitions or tournaments. Ranks
are awarded when the student demonstrates competency and an appropriate level of
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,
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 different
- 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 guidelines
for training may be found here:
Black Japanese martial arts do-gis (training uniforms) and an appropriate colored belt
are worn in our training. If you already have a white training uniform, there is no need
to buy a new one until you wish to or the old one wears out. Belt ranks are as follows:
||Time in Grade (approx.)
||4 months per kyu
||1 year per dan
|5th dan and above
||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 not
inappropriate. Geniality and respect between all training members, student and teacher, is
the rule and will be observed. Students should also be aware of certain politenesses that
will 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 is
known as a sempai/kohai or senior/junior system. This system is not part of American
culture. Still, due to the inherent danger in all real martial arts training, more
experienced members must ensure that new members are safe and feel so. It is also their
responsibility to make all new training members and guests feel welcome in the dojo. New
members 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 emphasis
on safety. The reason for this is because, as mentioned, the techniques are real and have
not been adapted for use as a sport. They must be practiced in a certain way or injury
Realistic fight distancing is used at all times. Therefore the speed at which technique
exchanges occur must be appropriate for the level and ability of the participants;
training dynamics must be mutually agreed on in advance by "attacker" and
All members train together when possible. There is no "caste" system. Rank
and seniority bring responsibility rather than privilege.
Our philosophy is simple: Protect life.
Live according to nature
and the natural law. All people's lives are equal (even if their behavior isn't) and
must 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's
teachings, our training group has adopted the "Ethical
Warrior" philosophy of the late Robert
L. Humphrey. Mr. Hoban is also one of the founders and remains a
Subject Matter Expert for the Marine
Corps Martial Arts Program. Accordingly, there are certain aspects of
our training that strongly reflect those influences.
Those that agree with our
training philosophy, will be instructed in the skills needed to
support that perspective, regardless of age, health, gender, or cultural distinction. On
the other hand, we are not an "obedience school." If you cannot summon up the
personal discipline to train with a friendly and courteous demeanor, you will probably
feel 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 of
walking through life as a warrior knight.