October weapon at Muzosa

October weapon of the Month This month we’ll be working on daisho. Bring a bokken and shoto to class.

September weapon at Muzosa

September weapon of the Month This month we’ll be working on hojojutsu. Bring an 18′ long rope to class.


Thomas Edison once wrote, “Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.” When I look back to the start of my training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, restlessness and discontent were a major part, and still are.  My first day of training was extremely challenging, as was my most recent day of training.

Everyday Training

One of the challenges in training is to find the opportunities for training in everyday life.

Why Kihon and Sanshin Are Important

With taijutsu we need to know and understand our sanshin no kata and our kihon happo if we want to even hope to understand anything more in taijutsu.  

The ryu-ha System and Passing Knowledge

It has become a fashion of sorts in the martial arts to name what one does with a Japanese name, even if one does not have a Japanese martial art background or have any ability to speak Japanese. This use of such terms such as “ryuha” and “Soke” has caused a lot of confusion, even…

Training with an Injury

As anyone who has trained with me recently knows, I have been the lucky recipient of three knee surgeries in the past year and have been unable to practice taijutsu during that time. I have only recently begun to attend classes again and this article is about some of the things that I have learned…

Masaaki Hatsumi

  Hatsumi-sensei was born on December 2, 1931, in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. He studied Asian and Western martial (including judo, karate, and boxing), fine arts, soccer, gymnastics, acting, and dancing. At the age of 27 he began studying the martial arts traditions taught by Toshitsugu Takamatsu. As Takamatsu’s last and only “true” student, in 1972…

About the Bujinkan

The Bujinkan Dojo was organized in the early 1970’s by Masaaki Hatsumi. This organization is comprised of nine distinct schools of ancient Japanese martial arts, with traceable histories from the 9th century and earlier. Hatsumi-sensei inherited these ryuha from his teacher, the late Toshitsugu Takamatsu, in 1972.The Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu system of martial arts emphasizes…

Hooked on Phonics

The Kihon Happo and the Sanshin to me, are the ABC’s of Budo Taijutsu. They let you spell wonderful things, in accents and phrasing and unbelievable poetry.