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What is the Bujinkan?

The Bujinkan (武神館) is an international martial arts organization based in Japan and headed by Masaaki Hatsumi. The combat system taught by this organization comprises nine separate ryūha, or schools, which are collectively referred to as Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu. The Bujinkan is most commonly associated with ninjutsu. However, Masaaki Hatsumi uses the term Budo (meaning martial way) as he says the ryūha are descended from historical samurai schools that teach samurai martial tactics and ninjutsu schools that teach ninja tactics.


Example technique for defending others.

Distance 1. Distancing

As the attacker moves in to punch with the right hand, the protector must create space between the weapon and the target by pushing the target back and deflecting the strike.

Protection 2. Protecting

The protector ends up in a safe position still covering the target, the attackers momentum has carried them forward to strike with a second punch.

Striking 3. Defensively Striking

Having obtained a tactical position the protector easily stops the attackers second punch halting them in their tracks.

Capture 4. Capturing

Without pausing, the protector continues the movement to capture the attackers small finger in a gyaku.

Awareness 5. Staying Aware

It is important to keep the space open and ensure the target remains protected and out of the conflict. A full circle view of the terrain has now been obtained.

Safety 6. Staying Safe

The protector sends the attacker tumbling away, and ensures the safe status of the target.


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By Robert L. Humphrey

(Marine Rifle Platoon Commander on Iwo Jima & Bujinkan 10th Dan)