Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu -The Art of the Ninja and Samurai
Bujinkan Martial Arts incorporates a combination of techniques found in nine effective Ninja & Samurai disciplines which provide students with realistic personal protection system for a modern world.
Bujinkan Martial Arts teaches Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. The art originates from the Bujinkan Hombu in Noda-shi, Japan. Budo Taijutsu was introduced outside Japan during the 1950's, and now has more than 3000 certified instructors worldwide.
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu teaches effective ways of self-protection using timing, distance, and angling. Multiple attacks, weaponry, striking, grappling, choking, leaping, rolling, and throws are all disciplines incorporated into the training of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. The non-competitive practices of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu allow the practitioner to focus on developing the mind and body through a whole-body movement martial art, not speed and/or muscle training. This allows practitioners of all ages to excel within the art. As time goes by, and a deeper understanding of Budo Taijutsu is reached, the student realizes that the physical movements open the door to enlightenment within oneself. This takes time, perhaps years, and has many levels. Ultimately, training in Budo Taijutsu transcends the thought of mere mechanical movement, and moves into the growth of becoming a better human being. Budo Taijutsu focuses on controlling the timing, distance, and angling of an opponent.
The Bujinkan, or "warrior spirit hall", is a collective of nine distinct ryu-ha (lineages), each with their own characteristics. Students who study Budo Taijutsu learn techniques based on these nine ryu-ha as one collective martial art under the Bujinkan organization. When new students begin to train at Bujinkan Virginia, they are paired up with senior students during class who assist them with basic body alignment and movement. The senior student is responsible for the safety of the new student throughout class. As the new student develops confidence, concepts such as the kihon happo (basic movements ), san shin no kata (alignment forms) and ryu-ha kata (lineage forms) are introduced through a kyu/dan ranking system.
Budo Taijutsu has nine kyu ranks (colored belts) and ten dan levels (blackbelts). Additionally, the tenth dan is broken down into five separate levels. New students start out as mukyu (no kyu) white belts, and progress from ninth kyu through first kyu, then the dan blackbelt levels, as they train. For most students who train twice a week, Shodan (1st Degree Blackbelt) is earned in 3-4 years. Weapons (Buki) Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu incorporates multiple weapons and tools in its study. Budo Taijutsu classes at Bujinkan Virginia incorporates the use of weapons in most classes.
All students, regardless of rank, train in weapon and tool use. This includes: katana & tachi (swords), shoto & kodachi (short swords), rokushakubo, jo, hanbo (6 ft staff, 4 ft staff, 3 ft staff), tanto & kunai (short knife and blade tool), kusari fundo (3 ft rope/chain, also called manriki kusari), kyoketsu shoge (small sickle and rope/chain), naginata & yari (long polearm weapons), sanban & bo shuriken (throwing blades).
Other specialty weapons of each Bujinkan ryu-ha exist and are introduced during advanced training. All weapons within the Bujinkan are taught during normal class.
Although special classes and seminars are occasionally held to focus on the movement of certain weapons, this is not the norm. Most Budo Taijutsu classes incorporate some level of weapons movement during training.