We are a coalition of Bujinkan training groups scattered throughout Texas. We are committed to teaching Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu as taught by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. In this art the techniques are alive and always evolving. One must study with Hatsumi Sensei himself/herself, in order to stay current in his or her own training. Hatsumi Sensei oftens says: “If you can not come to Japan and train with me, you should try and train with those individuals that are able to come to Japan and study with me.”
The Tenchijin Ryaku no Maki is the core material for our Bujinkan training. Soke Hatsumi presented this collection of skills to his students in the 70’s as a way for each to learn fundamental skills that were common to most of the Bujinkan ryuha (“traditions”).
The Ten Ryaku No Maki deals with all the principles and technical ability of developing the very special footwork used in The Bujinkan. The Chi Ryaku No Maki deals with the actual technical ability in combat. It covers escapes, throws, locks, chokes, holds, suppression techniques and various kicking concepts. The Chi Ryaku No Maki addresses within this framework the biomechanical aspects of combat.The Jin Ryaku No Maki combines in a flow the Ten and the Chi and has specific techniques from the various schools to illustrate key concepts.
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, is comprised of nine traditional “ryuha” or schools, which we use to form our curriculum in the Bujinkan. The training is generally referred to as taijutsu (body arts), and is composed of both armed and unarmed methods of fighting.
Much of the basic taijutsu taught to beginners comes from six primary lineages in the Bujinkan compendium, namely Koto-ryu, Gyokko-ryu, Shinden Fudo-ryu, Takagi Yoshin-ryu, Kuki Shinden-ryu, and Togakure-ryu.
Soke Masaaki Hatsumi focuses the training of the Bujinkan on the “feeling” of technique, or perhaps more accurately, what he terms the feeling of real situations (shinken). While technical knowledge of an art is considered important, the direction of this feeling-based approach guides the practitioner towards a “natural understanding” of what links various martial lineages as well as what is most effective in real situations.
We focus on traditional training for real life situations. This is done in a family type atmosphere. Teachers and students also exchange bows, not as a sign of servitude, but as a mutual sign of respect. This system of martial arts is older than the popular Judo, Karate, or Taekwon-Do arts, and retains its warrior heritage intact. Our 900 year-old tradition is ideal for actual personal defense since it requires no speed or strength, but relies on instinctive and natural movements. We build upon timing, distance and balance. In fact, this system is sometimes referred to as the “Martial Arts of Distance”.