How We Train

Training begins with learning the basic methods of hitting the ground and rolling to escape injury during training. From there, the skills of striking with the hands and feet, techniques of throwing and joint locking are practiced. Our main method of practice is through the beginners' observation and duplication of the instructor's technique. The instructor then makes corrections to the students' movements. After some time, the student is shown more complex two-person kata that allow him or her to string several basic techniques together. In this way, we gain confidence in our skill and ability to control our training partners. Our training also includes body conditioning and special methods of leaping, walking and running.

We teach traditional Japanese weapons including kenjutsu (Japanese sword) utilizing the katana and kodachi (long and short Japanese swords), shurikenjutsu (throwing blades) and kusarijutsu (weighted chain or rope weapons). Weapons with more modern applications such as tantôjutsu (knife), hanbôjutsu (3-foot staff) and rokushakubôjutsu (6-foot staff) are taught as well. In the Bujinkan Dôjô, weapons are used as tools to enhance one's taijutsu skills. This is possible because the basic principles of movement remain the same regardless of the weapon in hand.

The goal of our training is to develop each student's ability to protect themselves and their loved ones. Through skill in taijutsu, the individual learns to control not only their body, but also their mind in order to transcend any barriers, physical or emotional that the student may encounter. The result is a person of compassion and strength responsible to himself and the community. Sôke (grandmaster) Hatsumi describes this state as tatsujin (a complete person).