"The tradition of the Bujinkan recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware of that which flows naturally between the two parts: the secret principle of Taijutsu is to know the foundations of peace. To study is the path to the immoveable heart" - Hatsumi Masaaki Sensei.
INTRODUCTION. Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a traditional and ancient Japanese kobudo martial art with a rich and viable history that spans over ten centuries. Developed by the legendary ninja and samurai of feudal Japan, the Bujinkan martial arts continue to flourish worldwide in the 21st Century under the direct guidance of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, thirty-fourth grandmaster of the Togakure Ryu Ninpo tradition and eight other distinct budo traditions. Hatsumi Sensei is the last and only true ninja soke (grandmaster) having a direct line of descent from feudal Japan.
The Bujinkan Dojo is dedicated to the factual teachings of the traditional ninja and samurai arts. Bujinkan Budo (Ninpo) is an authentic, living martial art for defense of the body, mind, and spirit. It is both traditional and modern and an efficient means of self-protection.
Three of the nine Bujinkan schools are traditional ninpo ryu ha. The term "ninpo" refers to the group of martial traditions and philosophy that were developed in Japan since the ancient period based on the bugei juhappan (warrior's eighteen skills) and ninja juhakkei (eighteen ninjutsu skills). The compassionate and defensive nature of ninpo is revealed in the saying: "ninpo is the essence of goshinjutsu (self-protection)". The remaining six Bujinkan traditions were exhaustively perfected by the bushi (or "samurai") during the incessant years of warfare that plagued Japan during the Sengoku ("Warring States") Era and directly afterwards.
Bujinkan unarmed and armed movements are both relaxed and explosive, focusing on power generated through natural and efficient use of the entire body ("taijutsu"). Today, the nine legacies of the Bujinkan are sustained and taught collectively as "budo taijutsu" by Hatsumi Sensei. Efficiency and total body awareness of jissen gata (real fighting style) is the impulse for technique and is always stressed during training.
Hatsumi sensei is the sole heir of the traditions left by Takamatsu Toshitsugu, the "Last Combat Ninja".
PURPOSE. The Michigan Bujinkan Dojo is dedicated to the correct transmission and preservation of the authentic Bujinkan martial arts - skills that rouse the natural and hidden powers of human beings, for the purpose of protecting peace and justice. Through diligent training, pursuit, and perseverance we strive to develop fudoshin (an immoveable heart) and butoku (martial virtue) for the sake of natural harmony and the defense of mankind. Budo is only part of seikatsu shugyo 生活修業 - pursuit of living. The Michigan Bujinkan instructors are fully licensed by Hatsumi Sensei and the Bujinkan Honbu Dojo. The Michigan Bujinkan is led by Dr. Michael Z. Asuncion 15th Dan Shihan (Judan Ku-i 十段空位).
Authentic ninpo training can only be found in the Bujinkan, and we are the only legitimate ninpo dojo in Ann Arbor and on the UM Campus. We do not attempt to "modernize" ninpo, since by its very essence it is a living art - ninpo is always both traditional and modern.
The Michigan Bujinkan Dojo is located on the central campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Participation is open to university students and to the dedicated men and women of the area as well. Training sessions are held Monday and Wednesday evenings of each week throughout the academic year. Please consult our Fall 2013 Training Schedule given in the Michigan Bujinkan Section.
SITE UPDATES: Winter 2014 Schedule in Michigan Bujinkan Dojo Page (01/01/14). Winter 2014 Semester Training Begins Wednesday, 01/08/14 in IMSB Mat Room G21.
CURRENT SEMESTER: Winter 2014 (January-April).
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