Structure power in the Bujinkan

Here is the video that Shidoshi John Haas from Warrior Fitness mentioned in our Webinar:     For more great training content straight from Japan and some of the Bujinkan’s top instructors consider Becoming a Member today!

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Kamae – Building the Fortress

The Structure of Kamae – Building the Fortress   Kamae in the Bujinkan is much more than just a stance or ready position. It is the platform from which all movements are made and from which all techniques are delivered. Your kamae is quite literally the foundation upon which your entire martial art practice rests.…

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Message from Mark Lithgow 4-2016

From Mark Lithgow: “Really good training with Hatsumi sensei today! I really liked how Phillip started the class before Sensei came. He spoke of how several people mentioned at the recent memorial event about the importance of kihon, and started the class with the Sanshin no Kata. He counted us through it, 10 times each…

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Mark shares a story about the birth of Budo with us at the 2015 Bufestivus

2016 Bujinkan Membership

All, This is a message from Mark Lithgow, the foreigner who has been living in Japan and training with Soke longer than ANYONE! “For my Bujinkan friends! I’ve had a few enquiries recently, and I’d like to clarify some Bujinkan admin points. First of all, being a Shidôshi and being a member of the Shidôshi-kai are…

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Fuji-San 2016

How is your Structure?

I encourage all Bujinkan practitioners, as I am doing myself, to dedicate this year to improving your structure. The Japanese have a saying, “Hone ga arimasuka?” Its a question that translates to, “Does that person have bone?” You hear it in the dojo from the seniors referring to students who’s basics or structure may not…

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In the photo is a very young Phil Legare, Carol Koch, Larry Turner and a teenage Chris Davy. George and Betty were gracious hosts. I can't remember the names of any of the others in this photo. Hopefully someone will post their names and if they are still training in the Bujinkan. Will is in front to my right. Little did we know that a few years later Will would die in a tragic night training accident.

Bujinkan 1983

After publishing articles on my early days of martial arts training in the 70s, several of you asked me to write about my first few years training in the Bujinkan. This article will cover the official start of my Bujinkan training with Larry Beaver in Florida until I moved to Alaska in early 1988. From…

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PPM 'Ready' stances
Left to Right - Phil Legare, Rory Miller, & Dan Rieher.

Big News! (recap from our webinar)

Recent Travels Work took me to Japan in early April.  My back is close to 100% now; still have hamstring and calf issues.  Nerves slow to rebuild. But I am improving day by day. New Hombu looks great.  Check all the photos Mark Lithgow put up on the Taka Seigi Facebook page.  More square than…

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Joanne, training at Ayase as a green belt (93). She's a bit bewildered, we can all probably relate to that !!

What Rank Should You Be to Train with Soke in Japan?

I get asked this question a LOT over the years. What rank do you think you should be in order to get the most out of your training in Japan? I imagine most Shidoshi and Shihan have their own answer to this question, that generally fall into three rank categories: Option one: No specific rank…

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Massive 4 tatami cut! Note his shoulders and the line of the blade coming through the target

Sword Training with a Japanese Shihan

Throughout my many years of traveling to Japan for training, I would make specific time to work with one of the top Japanese Shihan who is well known for his skill with the sword. Some say Someya Sensei was taught sword by Hatsumi Soke, others may say Manaka[1] was his sword teacher and still others…

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Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu-Truth, Loyalty and Justice School

Not much is known about this Bujinkan Ryu. Soke Hatsumi has not taught much, if any of it in public that I am aware of. What I know of this Ryu is limited to a couple of conversations with Soke and one demonstration of a technique that I will discuss below. First read this short…

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