About Us

The Bujinkan Tabiji Dōjō was formed to fill a geographic void for Bujinkan martial arts training in southern New Jersey. In Japanese, Tabiji (旅路) means "a journey," and the name was chosen to represent that our art is more than a collection of techniques; it embodies a philosophy of moving through life and cultivating the skills necessary to protect not only ourselves, but others as well.

Practicing strikes

We study a system of Japanese martial arts refined through a lineage spanning over 1,000 years. The principles and techniques that survived to the present day were once used to save someone’s life. As a result our martial art contains a wide variety of skills, from injury prevention to kicking, punching, striking, grappling, escaping holds, and weapons training, among other skills.

We maintain a direct connection to the source of our art through Shihan Jack Hoban’s Buyū Dōjō ("Warrior Friends") network and Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi’s Bujinkan ("Divine Warrior") Honbu Dōjō in Japan.

There are no beginner or black belt-only classes. Everyone trains together regardless of rank or skill level. This gives new students the benefit of working with more experienced practitioners, provides the more experienced students a chance to refine their basics and maintain sound fundamentals through helping others, and allows everyone exposure to both basic and advanced concepts and principles.

This methodology is preferable to segmented classes and, as a whole, our students generally grasp core concepts more effectively. We reinforce instruction by examining both traditional and modern self- and others-protection applications. Though our lineage dates back over a very long time, the principles passed down to us through our teachers are as applicable today as they were so long ago.

These are the driving forces behind the “how and why” of our system.

Tabi Original calligraphy of 'Tabi' by Sōke Hatsumi Masaaki.
Personal collection.