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The Bujinkan Organization

Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is the Soke (Grandmaster) of nine Budo Ryu-ha (Martial Traditions/Flows) inherited from his Teacher Toshitsugi Takamatsu O'Sensei, they are:

Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu | Hidden Door School 1161 | 戸隠流忍法体術

Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu | Jewel Tiger School 1156 | 玉虎流骨指術

Kukishinden Ryu Happo Bikenjutsu | Nine Demon School 1336 | 九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術

Koto Ryu Koppojutsu | Tiger Knocking Down School 1532 | 虎倒流骨法術

Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu | Immovable Heart School 1113 | 神伝不動流打拳体術

Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu | High Tree, Raised Heart School 1625 | 高木揚心流柔体術

Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu | Truth, Loyalty, and Justice School 1558 | 義鑑流骨法術

Gyokushin Ninpo | Jeweled Heart School 1532 | 玉心流忍法体術

Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo | Hiding in the Clouds School 1532 | 雲隠流忍法体術

Drawing the 9 Traditions/Flows into one Kan (House) called the Bujinkan (House of the Warrior), He (Hatsumi Soke) the Kan-Cho (Head of the House) transmitted the essence of the 9 Ryu-ha through The Art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (The Body Method For The Warrior Way) from The Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Japan (Main Training Hall/Headquarters).

Shidoshi (Licensed Teachers/Guides) are authorised to open Bujinkan Shibu Dojo (Official Branch Training Halls) of the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo (Main Training Hall) once they achieve Go-Dan (5th Degree Black Belt) and are issued a Shidoshi Menkyo (Teaching/Guide License). In some cases, a Shidoshi will open a Bujinkan Fuku Shibu (Sub-Branch) Dojo and fall under the administration of their Teachers Bujinkan Shibu Dojo.

Hatsumi Soke, retired from active Teaching and has transferred the 9 Ryu-ha he inherited to a new generation of Soke (Grandmasters).

Hatsumi Kancho stated that The Dai Shihan (Senior Teachers) are the "Inheritors" of The Bujinkan and has given permission for them to issue Bujinkan Kai (Membership Associated to a Dai Shihans affiliated students).

Hatsumi Sensei encourages the Dai Shihan to work as BuYu (A Warrior Community), stating that each person in The Bujinkan should be under the guidance of a Dai Shihan. All Bujinkan Grades and Licenses are issued by The Bujinkan Hombu Dojo Japan.

Dojo Fees

Yearly:

Annual Dojo Membership Registration: R350 (Includes Membership Card; Email*; GDrive*; Portal*, *T&C Apply).


Monthly: (choose 1 or both)


  1. 4X Class Package per Month: (Members Only):

Adults - R500pm (R125/Class, SAVE R100pm).

Children - R350pm (R87.50/Class, SAVE R250pm).

  1. 8X Class Package per Month: (Members Only):

Adults - R750pm (R93,75/Class, SAVE R350pm).

Children - R500pm (R62.50/Class, SAVE R700pm)


And/Or augment your organic development in the Dojo with On-Line linear support.

Monthly On-Line Access:


  1. On-Line Dojo Student: (Members Only): Included FREE in either 4 or 8 Class Package.

  2. On-Line Affiliate Student: (Members Only): R50pm (Grade Requirement materials).

  3. On-Line Virtual Student: (Members Only): R150pm (Grade Requirement materials).


Ad Hoc:


  1. Drop in Fee: R150/Class (Participants must contact The Dojo beforehand to confirm visit).

  2. Private Class (Members Only): R350/Class (can be shared by 2).

  3. Branch/Affiliate Dojo Students (Members Only): R75/Class (SAVE R75).

  4. Seminars & Workshops: Advertised per Event.

  5. Uchi Deshi 2 Day Weekend: Coming Soon!

  6. Uchi Deshi 7 Day Immersion: Coming Soon!

How To Get Started

  1. Send an Email to info@bujinkan.africa to request a Dojo visit.

  2. If your request is approved, Go to the Store Page and purchase a Group Class Drop In Fee.

  3. Attend the Booked Group Class.

  4. Decide if you need another Group Class to make up your mind to join (repeat steps 1-3).

  5. Apply for Annual Dojo Membership.

  6. If your request for Annual Membership is approved, go to the Store Page to purchase.

  7. Email your proof of Membership purchase to admin@bujinkan-budo.com.

  8. Your Log-In details will be Emailed to you.

Dojo Etiquette

  1. The most important skill to develop is awareness (of self/others and environment), so observe the flow of the Dojo and move accordingly. Like life, the Dojo can be a place of potential danger with moving bodies and practice weapons being used.

  2. Remove your shoes before entering the Dojo and make sure you are clean and presentable.

  3. At the entrance of the Dojo, bring your feet together, arms relaxed at your sides, breath in and bend 45' at the waist as you gently bow and breath out. Prepare yourself to engage.

  4. In the Dojo, the Teacher is referred to as "Sensei" after their surname/name eg: Xyz Sensei or just Sensei and Adults with "San" (similar to Mr/Ms/Mrs) after their surname/name Xyz San. People should not refer/nor introduce themselves as Xyz Sensei/Senpai/San.

  5. Students who have started at the Dojo before you are Senpai (Seniors) and are there to assist you in the Dojo, so don't be shy to ask questions. Seniors are referred to as Xyz Senpai/Senpai/Xyz San and Junior (Kohai) students as Xyz San.

  6. When asked to line up: Students line up from Senior (to your right) to junior (to your left).

  7. A Senpai will say "Mokuso" (meditate), kneel in Seiza (to be seated correctly - feet tucked under your hips, spine anatomically correct), your hands relaxed on your lap, palms up. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth (your tongue gently touches the roof of your mouth), feeling your ribs expand and contract. Feel light and expansive.

  8. A Senpai will say "Mokuso Yame" (stop meditation) and "Shomen Ni Rei" (formal bow). Bring your hands palm facing each other to your chest. The Sensei will say "Shiken Haramitsu Daikomyo" (may each opportunity bring us closer to understanding), everyone claps their hands twice (x2), bows (x1), claps once (x1) again and bows (x1).

  9. The Sensei turns to face the class and a Senpai will say "Sensei ni Rei", both Teacher and Students bow to each other in mutual respect and say "Onegai Shimasu" (please assist us).

  10. The class ends the same way except at the end the Teacher and Students say "Domo Arigato Gozaimasu" (Thank You) instead of "Onegai Shimasu".

  11. Rank in the Dojo is a source of authority in practice but not authoritarian in nature. Please understand this and interact accordingly. We are not a cult like organization of "Masters & Servants" but a group of like minded individuals pursuing a path of self development and self defense in a Japanese Warrior Tradition. This means we understand the nature of being polite and conducting ourselves accordingly.

  12. Etiquette is never meant to be stuffy and egotistical. It is to be aware, polite and allow a space for people to interact through Martial Arts, even though they come from different backgrounds. So smile, make gentle eye contact, be teachable and have FUN!

A Perspective on Health & Wellness.

Please read these parts from the "Ninjutsu Hiketsu Bun“ written by Takamatsu Sensei with a sincere heart and open mind:


Medical science is dedicated to the betterment of health and the relief of suffering, and yet the misuse of drugs and the exaltation of the physician's skills can lead people to a state where an individual's health is no longer within his or her personal control.


A nutritious well-balanced diet works to keep a person alive, vital, and healthy, but grossly over-eating, over-drinking, or taking in too many chemicals is a sure way to poison the body.


Governments are established to oversee the harmonious inter-working of all parts of society, but when the rulers become greedy, hungry for power, or lacking in wisdom, the country is subjected to needless wars, disorder or civil and economic chaos.


A religion, when based on faith developed through experience, a broad and questing mind, and unflagging pursuit of universal understanding, is of inspiration and comfort to people. Once a religion loses its original focus, however, it becomes a deadly thing with which to deceive, control and tax the people through the manipulation of their beliefs and fears.“


As Takamatsu Sensei wrote and I transmitted many times:

“If a river is too pure, fish can’t live in it. If our blood is pure, disease can’t live in it!”


Take these words to your heart and empower your internal defense system, achieve homeostasis and harmonize with the dynamic forces of the Universe and then please, after having made this experience, share this with your students as well.


Places to stay while in McGregor.


  • Our 1st priority is providing Students access to The Dojo and Teachers.

  • With this in mind we understand that your resources will be focused on getting as much learning and practise time in as possible.

  • Please note that this is not a complete list of available options (We are adding to the list as we receive feedback from our Students, so please let us know).

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  1. https://www.mcgregorbackpackers.co.za/home/

Our students have stayed at the Back Packers in McGregor and enjoyed the facilities and atmosphere, all at a reasonable price. Show your Dojo Membership Card and receive a discounted rate (Terms & Conditions Apply).