Blue Ridge Bujinkan Dojo

Our Art

The Bujinkan Dojo was founded by our Soke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. He is the source of all teaching within the Bujinkan.

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a complete method of self-protection. The physical movements of the art rely on relaxed movement and control of the space through proper distance, angling, and timing in order to effectively deal with real combat situations.

Each new practitioner begins their training by learning Taihenjutsu, body changing arts. Taihenjutsu is comprised of rolling, body drops, break falls, and other methods of how to move our bodies through space. Taihenjutsu is the basis of all of our Taijutsu.

Taijutsu is what we call our unarmed combat methods. Taijutsu literally means "techniques of the body". Within our Taijutsu there is Dakentaijutsu, striking methods, and Jutaijutsu, grappling methods in addition to Koshijutsu and Koppojutsu. We cover all aspects of combat.

Having good Taijutsu is essential for proper tool (weapon) training. We study how to use various tools from a Katana to a pistol. Not only do we study how to effectively employ these tools but we also learn how to defend against them.

Our techniques and kata come from the nine historical ryuha (lineages) of the Bujinkan Dojo. They are listed below.

The Nine Ryuha

  • Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu
    •  founded in the late 1100's AD by Daisuke Togakure (Nishina)
  • Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu
    •  mid 1100's by Tozawa Hakuunsai
  • Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
    •  mid 1500's by Sakagami Taro Kunishige
  • Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
    •  early 1600's by Takagi Oriuemon Shigenobu
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu
    • mid 1300's by Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru 
  • Kukishinden Ryu Happo Biken
    •  mid 1300's by Izumo Kanja Yoshitero
  • Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu
    •  mid 1500 by Uryu Hangan Gikanbo
  • Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo
    •  mid 1500's by Iga Heinaizaemon no Jo Ienaga
  • Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo
    •  mid 1500's by Sasaki Goemon Teruyoshi