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 an amalgam of nine martial schools (ryūha) passed down to Sōke Hatsumi through his teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. The nine schools are:
Each of the schools contain unique characteristics that are studied separately and within the greater context of the Bujinkan as a whole.
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 Hombū Dōjō in Noda, Japan.
All students are required to adhere to the Guidelines for Participation in the Bujinkan.