About the Bujinkan

The Bujinkan (武神館) is an international martial arts organization headed by Grandmaster (Sōke) Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi based in Noda, Japan. The art we study — Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu — is a collection of nine separate martial schools (ryūha) passed down to Sōke Hatsumi through his teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. The nine schools are:

  • Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu (義鑑流骨法術)
  • Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術)
  • Gyokushin Ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法)
  • Koto Ryū Koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術)
  • Kuki Shinden Ryū Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術)
  • Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法)
  • Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術)
  • Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu (高木揚心流柔体術)
  • Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術)

Each of the schools contain unique characteristics that are studied separately and within the greater context of the Bujinkan as a whole.

About Our Sōke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi

Sōke Hatsumi was born on December 2, 1931. He studied many martial arts in his younger years including becoming an accomplished Jūdō practitioner in college while studying the Japanese medical techniques of Seikotsu.

At age 26, he began studying under his "true" teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. He studied with Takamatsu Sensei for fifteen years at which point Takamatsu Sensei passed on to Sōke Hatsumi the nine traditions we study today.

Sōke Hatsumi continues to teach at the Bujinkan Honbū Dōjō in Noda, Japan.

All students are required to adhere to the Guidelines for Participation in the Bujinkan.

Bujinkan grandmaster, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.