WHAT IS THE
WHAT IS THE BUYU?
The Bujinkan Dojo.
The Bujinkan or “Divine
Warrior House” is an international training association headed by Dr. Masaaki
Hatsumi and is based in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Dr. Hatsumi is the 34th
Grandmaster head of nine koryu or feudal-era traditions passed on to him
by his teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu – the last combat Ninja of the 20th
Century. The Bujinkan is composed of the following nine warrior schools:
Demons Divine Transmission
Shinden Fudo Ryu
Divine Transmission of Immovability
Takagi Yoshin Ryu
Tree Willow Heart
Clear Truth & Justice
Masaaki Hatsumi graduated
from Meiji University in Tokyo, with a major in theater studies, and osteopathic
medicine. Soon after graduation he opened a bone clinic in his home town and his
practice continued on a steady basis until about 1990 when his travel and movie
schedule seemed to take all his time.
Grandmaster Hatsumi is the
author of over a dozen books and more than 50 videos on the martial traditions
of the Bujinkan Dojo. He has been featured in almost every magazine relating to
the subject in Japan, and many others throughout the world. He has authored
countless magazine and newspaper articles on the martial arts, ninjutsu,
and on “how to live a natural life.” He wrote, directed and acted in 50
episodes of the Japanese television series "Jiraya." He acts as a
consultant for various plays and movies to ensure that what is being portrayed
is done correctly and with historical accuracy.
Dr. Hatsumi’s home
displays an elaborate collection of awards, certificates, letters of friendship,
and honorary titles from some of the most elite organizations in the world. Some
of them have been listed below:
- Title of Knighthood by
the German National Historical Culture Federation, at Frankfurt.
- Received the Papal
Award, an Apostolic blessing from the Vatican, on behalf of Pope John-Paul II.
- Honorary Doctorate
degrees in Human Sciences and Philosophy from the U.S.
- Honorary member of
- Honorary member of
- Received the Cross
Medal and Sun Medal from Juan Carlos King of Spain.
- Honorary award from the
Spanish Secretary of State for the Intelligence Agency.
- Received an honorary
Doctorate from the Manchester School of Osteopathy.
- Awarded the title Todo
Hanshi (Master teacher of the way of the sword) on February 11th by Nakazawa
Toshi, President of Zen Nippon Todo Renmei (Japan Sword Federation).
- Received an award from
London Metropolitan Police Headquarters.
- Received an award from
the City of Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Voted by U.S. “Blackbelt”
Magazine 1986 Instructor of the Year.
- Received Letters of
thanks from Prince Charles’s secretary.
- Certificate of
Friendship from President Mitterand of France.
- Letters of appreciation
from US Presidents: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and
- F.B.I. Federal Bureau
of Investigation Certificate of Friendship
- Pentagon America
National Department of Defense Certificate of Friendship
- Received the Shakai
Bunka Korosho “Contribution Prize for Society and Culture” and Kokusai Bunka
Eiyosho “International Cultural Honour Prize” awarded by Nihon Bunka Shinkokai
“Japan Culture Promoting Association, signed by the Emperor of Japan.
- Received the Sekai
Bunka Taisho “World Cultural Grand Prize” award in the division of Martial
Arts, issued by the Sekai Heiwa Bunka Rengo “World Peace and Culture
- Honorary Citizen of the
state of Texas & cities of Los Angeles, California, Atlanta, Georgia, Dublin,
Jordan Valley, Burton Village, and New Mexico.
- S.A.S. England Special
Forces Certificate of Friendship
- Royal Marines (England
Navy) Certificate of Friendship
In Japan, Dr. Hatsumi is
also sought out as a speaker and television personality. He is past Chairman of
the International Division of the Japan Literary Artist’s Club. He is also an
accomplished musician and singer, playing guitar and ukulele for several years
in a Hawaiian band.
currently teaches 3 times per week at The "Honbu Dojo" (Main training hall known
as "Bujinden" or Divine Palace) in Noda City, Japan. He is married to wife,
Mariko, a famous Japanese dance teacher. He may be contacted through
particular Bujinkan group is called the BuYu, or "warrior friends," and was
originally created by Jack Hoban and Mark Hodel. The BuYu is an
association of like-minded martial artists who come together to train in a
non-competitive atmosphere that is intense and complete, yet, sustainable, safe
and fun. Our training methodology is based upon Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, and
includes both classical and modern approaches to protection of self and others.
relies on proper body alignment, positioning, and use of maneuver and tactics,
not solely upon strength, performance and speed; as a result, individuals of all
body sizes can benefit. Perceiving and controlling the tactical space between
yourself and the opponent is critical to mastery.
covers kicking, punching, grappling / throwing, and weapons handling from
ancient ninjutsu and koryu systems, as well as, modern combatives
Although not strictly a part of the Japanese heritage of our martial art, a key
component of our training is the incorporation of "warrior ethics," and the
dual-life (protection of self and others) value system based on the ideals of
Robert L. Humphrey,
noted conflict resolution specialist, and author of "Values For A New
Millennium." This value system helps students identify and evaluate “real”
threats, thereby, assisting in the appropriate action.
develop respect, discipline, life-long values, coordination, agility and
confidence. We offer kid’s and adult’s classes. For more information, please
By Robert L. Humphrey (1923 - 1997)
Wherever I go, everyone is
a little safer.
Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend.
When I return home, everyone is happy I am there.
"It's a better life"
- Professor Humphrey was a
Marine Rifle Platoon Leader on Iwo Jima;
he received an Honorary 10th Dan Bujinkan from Soke Masaaki Hatsumi.