Bujinkan Oliver Dojo

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Bujinkan Oliver Dojo

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in Poole & Bournemouth for Japanese kōbudo (old style martial arts)


The Bujinkan Oliver Dojo has been teaching Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Bujinkan Ninjutsu) for over the past 25 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 formal name of this art is Bujinkan Dojo Budo Taijutsu (武神館武道体術), but it is sometimes referred to as Ninpo Taijutsu or just ninjutsu, in reference to the ninja-related aspects of some of the ryuha. Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu is a collection of nine martial arts family lineages, called Ryūha.

Nine Ryūha lineages of Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu:


Free First Lesson

If you have one of our Bujinkan Oliver Dojo cards or you want to try this art out. Please contact us to arrange your first FREE lesson.


Mixed Level Classes

Beginners & advanced students train together in this unique environment. This helps develop both skill levels at the same time. Once you have completed your 8 week beginners course.

8 Week introduction course

New students are taken on in dedicated 8 week courses after they have completed their first free lesson. The next start date is in September. Find out more


Traditional Japanese Dojo

Learn a traditional Japanese martial art that has been passed down the lineages for over 900 years from master to student with the Bujinkan Oliver Dojo in Poole in Dorset.

Hattori Club | Junior Dojo

We also have a club for our Little Ninja’s (Hattori). Come and train in safe environment with our qualified CRB checked instructor and learn about the legendary Ninja of feudal Japan. Find out more

A Martial Art for Everyone

This martial is suitable for any age, sex or ability. Come and have ago and experience  the transmission of the martial arts taught by the Bujinkan Dojo in Japan by Hatsumi Sensei.


Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves

This is a video clip is from the the TV series Body, Mind and Kick Ass Moves. In this episode, presenter Chris Crudelli meets Dr Masaaki Hatsumi, the Grandmaster of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.

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.The 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

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.”

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