The Bujinkan system consists of 9 traditional martial schools. The origins of these 9 ryu are shrouded in history, the oldest tracing its lineage back to the 11th century. Though the art is 1000 years old, and we are 7,000 miles from its birthplace, ninjutsu is as effective and practical today as it was in ancient Japan.
The Bujinkan system contains the last surviving lineages of authentic ninjutsu in existence today. It is collectively referred to as Bujinkan Ninjutsu, Ninpo Taijutsu, or Budo Taijutsu.
The Grandmaster, or Soke, of the Bujinkan is Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. Dr. Hatsumi lives and trains today in the area of Tokyo, Japan. Roy Wilkinson, the senior instructor of the Atlanta Bujinkan Dojo, travels regularly to Japan to train with the Grandmaster and other senior instructors of the art.
Ninjutsu: A Living Art
This martial art is not a static art. It continues to grow and build on its knowledge base as the world changes and evolves.. The techniques, skills and principles that have been handed down from generation to generation are the core of the art. The bearers of this knowledge were the ones who made it home from the battlefield to teach their children. In contrast, techniques that were ineffective or less effective may not have survived to be passed on.
Atlanta Bujinkan Dojo ninjutsu practitioners train in these field-tested techniques and principles, as well as applying the same concepts to protecting themselves in today’s world. As new technologies are developed and new dangers appear in the future, they will become part of this living art also — just as it has been done for centuries.
What is a ‘Ninja?’
When most people hear the word ‘ninja,’ they might think of mutant turtles, evil assassins, anime cartoon characters, or masked minions in comic books. The name often conjures up images or stereotypes created by movies and literature. Although these images may be entertaining, reality is quite different.
Historical ninja were monks, intelligence agents, bodyguards, the ‘special forces’ of their day, or simply farmers, defending themselves from someone else’s war.
Modern students of ninjutsu are cops, soldiers, artists, programmers — people from all walks of life — practicing to protect themselves and their families from today’s dangers. All in all, not so different from the people of the mountainous Iga region of Japan, who were persecuted and marked for extermination, forcing them to defend themselves all those centuries ago.