Bujinkan

BujinkanPatch武 神 館 BUJINKAN – “Temple of the God of War”

Bujinkan is the name of nine traditional Japanese martial arts Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi used to make ninjutsu famous all over the world.

Bujinkan means “temple of the god of war” or “temple of the divine martial art”. It is crucial not to confound “divine” with European preconceptions, though. “Divine” in this case rather means the force or power of nature.

Bujinkan is a union of nine classical Japanese martial arts schools. Three of these schools (called ryu ha) are the last ninja schools which is why Bujinkan is often called ninjutsu.

Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi inherited the titel of grandmaster of all nine schools from his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu. In order to honour him Soke Hatsumi called the system Bujinkan which roughly translates to “temple of the divine warrior”.

Bujinkan is a union of the following nine ryu ha:

Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu – (Hidden Door School)
Founder: Daiskue Nishina (Togakure Daisuke) in the 12th century.

Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu – (Hiding in the Clouds School)
Founder: Heinaizaemon Ienaga Iga – 16th century.

Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu – (Jewel Heart School)
Founder: Sasaki Goeman Teruyoshi – 15th century.

Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu – (Truth and Justice School)
Founder: Uryu Hangan Gikanbo – 16th century.

Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hiken Jutsu – (Transmission of the Nine Demons School)
Founder: Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru – 12th century.

Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu – (Jewel Tiger School)
Founder: Tozawa Hakuunsai – 12th century.

Koto Ryu Koppojutsu – (Tiger Knocking Down School)
Founder: Sakagami Taro Kunisuge – 16th century.

Shindenfudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu – (Immovable Heart School)
Founder: Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru – 12th century.

Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu – (High Tree and Raised Heart School)
Founder: Takagi Oriemon Shingenobu – 17th century.

Bujinkan Dojo Düsseldorf emphasises a detailed practice of the basics, their deeper meaning as well as their application in realistic situations.

In addition to unarmed techniques and traditional weapons we also teach the handling of modern weapons.

体術 Taijutsu – unarmed techniques

Kaiten, ukemi – body rolls and break falls

Tsuki, uchi, uke waza – punches / defensive techniques

Keri waza – kick techniques

Nage waza – throw techniques

Kansetsu waza – joint locks

Hajutsu – liberation techniques