Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a Japanese martial art which is based on 9 different martial art schools in Japan:
Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu 玉虎流骨指術
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu 虎倒流骨法術
Kukishin Ryu Happou Bikenjutsu 九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術
Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu 神伝不動流打拳体術
Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu 高木揚心流柔体術
Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu 戸隠流忍法体術
Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu 義鑑流骨法術
Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo 玉心流忍法
Kumongakure Ryu Ninpo 雲隠流忍法
In Bujinkan we study fighting without and with different weapons. Taijutsu (body combat art) is the base of how you move, so we start practicing unarmed. Unarmed training includes large variety of strike, kick, grapple, throw, lock, choke, disarming your enemy and escape techniques. Different ways of falling are the backbone for safe practicing, therefore they are highlighted in beginning of your training.
We practice with traditional Japanese weapons and specialized weapons used in the different Bujinkan schools. We also include modern western weapons in our training.
With junan taiso (flexible body), we strengthen our muscles, bones and joints. In more advanced techniques you should be able to survive without trusting too much on your strength and agility. Maintaining a healthy and strong body is important part of defending yourself!
Soke (the grand master) Masaaki Hatsumi found Bujinkan to honor his teacher Takamatsu Toshitsugun and to share the Budo (way of the warrior) and Ninpo (highest principles of ninjutsu) with rest of the world. Even during Takamatu’s time many of the Bujinkan schools and their practices were kept hidden. Because of Hatsumi, part of these teachings are public now.
The schools we follow are war based arts which means there’s no competition nor its considered as sports. This is the reason why not all parts of Bujinkan are publicly taught.
Our grand master have said that he’s not teaching winning, but surviving.
Majority of our teachings are coming from the nine Bujinkan schools, which are all considered as their own martial arts. All of the school have their own way of moving and acting even in similar encounters.
In Bujinkan we aim to seek universal truths. We achieve those truths, for example, observing the situation from many different aspects and approaches.
This is how we learn how to make our body and personality function better. With practices like this it is easy to apply what we have studied in Bujinkan in our daily life where you need, for example, fast decision making, strategy planning or strong attitude. Hence the entirety is supremely extensive, there’s much to learn for rest of your lifetime.