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Bujinkan Oliver Dojo

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in Poole & Bournemouth

The Bujinkan Oliver Dojo has been teaching Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Bujinkan Ninjutsu) for over the past 20 years. With it’s Senior Instructor David Oliver Jugodan 拾 五 段 who has been training in this art for over 30 years.

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu training is generally referred to as “Taijutsu”, and is composed of both armed and unarmed methods of fighting. Unarmed methods are broken down into three primary categories, dakentaijutsu (striking forms), jūtaijutsu (grappling forms), and taihenjutsu (body movement skills). Much of the basic taijutsu taught to beginners comes from six primary lineages in the Bujinkan compendium, namely Kotō-ryū, Gyokko-ryū, Shinden Fudō-ryū, Takagi Yōshin-ryū, Kuki Shinden-ryū, and Togakure-ryū.

Many weapons are taught: sword (bamboo shinai, wooden bokken, dull metal sword iaitō or swords made by soft modern materials), staffs of various lengths (bō, jō, hanbō), rope, spear, tessen (iron fan), naginata (Japanese halberd) and more. Weapons are categorised into four primary classes – sticks, blades, flexibles, and projectiles.

The Bujinkan Dōjō method is named Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu (武神館武道体術), and is a collection of nine martial arts family lineages,
called Ryūha. The art was previously called Bujinkan Ninpō Taijutsu and before that it was known under the more generic name of ninjutsu.

Nine Ryūha lineages of Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu:

  • Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu 戸隠流忍法
  • Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu 玉虎流骨指術
  • Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hiken 九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu 神伝不動流打拳体術
  • Gyokushin Ryu Ninjutsu 玉心流忍法
  • Koto Ryu Koppojutsu 虎倒流骨法術
  • Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu 義鑑流骨法術
  • Tagaki Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu 高木揚心流柔体術
  • Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo 雲隠流忍法

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The Bujinkan is a warrior society; it has a unique history dating back over 900 years. This background is inextricably linked with the myth and fact of the Ninja in feudal Japan.

Takamatsu_JacketThe present Grandmaster is Dr Masaaki Hatsumi,and was born in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan on December 2nd 1931. Throughout the 1950′s and 1960′s he travelled every weekend across Japan to study with Toshitsugu Takamatsu of Kashiwara City, Nara Prefecture, from whom he received his initiation into the ways and psyche of the Ninja. Eventually Dr Masaaki Hatsumi inherited from Toshitsugu Takamatsu the ultimate authority and the standing of Grandmaster(Soke) of the following combat systems.

  • 34th Soke of the Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu. 戸隠流忍法 
  • 28th Soke of the Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu 玉虎流骨指術 
  • 28th Soke of the Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hiken 九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術 
  • 26th Soke of the Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu 神伝不動流打拳体術 
  • 21st Soke of the Gyokushin Ryu Ninjutsu 玉心流忍法 
  • 18th Soke of the Koto Ryu Koppojutsu 虎倒流骨法術 
  • 18th Soke of the Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu 義鑑流骨法術 
  • 17th Soke of the Tagaki Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu 高木揚心流柔体術 
  • 14th Soke of the Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo 雲隠流忍法

“Without complete and total training in all aspects of the combative arts, today’s martial artist cannot hope to progress any further than mere proficiency in the limited set of muscular skills that make up his or her training system. Personnel enlightenment can only come about through total immersion in the martial tradition as a way of living. By experiencing the confrontation of danger, the transcendence of fear or injury or death, and a working knowledge of the individual personal powers and limitations, the practitioner of Ninjutsu can gain the strength and invincibility that permit enjoyment of the flowers moving in the wind, appreciation of the love of others, and contentment with the presence of peace in society”. 

Budo Taijutsu is not a sports-oriented martial art it is a thorough combat system. The way and the psyche of this code was formed, forged and tested in the danger and riot of battle. This is not to say that Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a historical re-enactment society, far from it. Through the inspiration of Dr Masaaki Hatsumi, this way of life, this way of combat is kept vital and current to the needs today’s society.

Through training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu the practitioner will feel a justifiable sense of well-being and pride. Well-being, brought about by the confidence that this system will provide, this feeling of contentment will soon spread to friends and family, as they will all feel safer when you are around and will always be glad that you are there. The aura of pride will surface through being a part of this unique and like-minded warrior family, a warm, playful and tactile family that is generously dispersed across the world.

Gradually students of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu through their combat training will improve their aerobic capacity and their flexibility, it is self evident that maintaining a fit and limber body is essential to longevity and health. Also, with the aid of various techniques the student is taught to achieve and maintain a higher state of awareness, this will be an obvious advantage to them in every aspect of their life.
When Dr Masaaki Hatsumi was asked about what was required to become a Ninja, he replied, “It is Nintai-jisei (endurance and self-control). That is the most important thing. Living with endurance.”

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Grading system 

  • 10th Kyu – Mukyu 無 級
  • 9th Kyu – Kyukyu 九 級
  • 8th Kyu – Hachikyu 八 級
  • 7th Kyu – Nanakyu 七 級
  • 6th Kyu – Rokukyu 六 級
  • 5th Kyu – Gokyu 五 級
  • 4th Kyu – Yonkyu 四 級
  • 3rd Kyu – Sankyu 参 級
  • 2nd Kyu – Nikyu 弐 級
  • 1st Kyu – Ikkyu 級
  • 1st Dan – Shodan 初 段
  • 2nd Dan – Nidan 弐 段
  • 3rd Dan – Sandan 参 段
  • 4th Dan – Yondan 四 段
  • 5th Dan – Godan 五 段
  • 6th Dan – Rokudan 六 段
  • 7th Dan – Nanadan 七 段
  • 8th Dan – Hachidan 八 段
  • 9th Dan – Kyudan 九 段
  • 10th Dan – Judan 十 段
  • 11th Dan – Jushodan 拾 初 段
  • 12th Dan – Junidan 拾 弐 段
  • 13th Dan – Jusandan 拾 参 段
  • 14th Dan – Juyondan 拾 四 段
  • 15th Dan – Jugodan 拾 五 段
  • Shidoshi-Ho 士 道 師 補
  • Shidoshi 士 道 師
  • Shihan 師 範
  • Soke 宗 家

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