FAQ


Kunoichi (Female Ninja)

What is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu:

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a martial art that is comprised of nine schools (ryu) of traditional Japanese fighting arts (Budo / Koryu). Each school has its specialities, particular focus and emphasis on body movement and weapons.

Budo Taijutsu emphasises the use of relaxed natural body movement, the use of bodyweight over strength as well as focussing on distancing, angles and timing to overcome larger and stronger opponents. As such, this makes Budo Taijutsu an ideal martial art and form of self protection for people of any age (over 16), gender, size and strength.

Training includes:

Breakfalling • Rolling • Striking • Throwing • Grappling • Locking • Ground work • Weapons • Awareness • Body conditioning • Stretching • Having fun!

What does Bujinkan mean?

Bujinkan is a Japanese word that translates approximately as ‘Divine warrior school’.

The Bujinkan is an international organisation that was set up by the current Soke (Grandmaster) – Dr Masaaki Hatsumi to promote and teach the 9 schools (Ryu) of traditional Japanese fighting arts that we train in:

Togakure-ryu Ninpo
• Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu
• Kukishinden-ryu Taijutsu
• Shindenfudo-ryu Dakentaijutsu
• Gyokushin-ryu Ninpo
• Koto-ryu Koppojutsu
• Gikan-ryu Koppo Taijutsu
• Takagiyoshin-ryu Jutaijutsu
• Kumogakure-ryu Ninpo

What does Budo Taijutsu mean?

Budo means martial or warrior (Bu), way or path (Do). Taijutsu means Body (Tai) Skill or art (Jutsu). Budo Taijutsu means the ‘the martial path of body skill’.

What does training comprise of?

Each lesson is different, but we tend to re-enforce basic movements and foundation skills as well as rolling and how to fall safely (ukemi) every lesson. We will then study some principles / techniques or weapons of one or a couple of schools and how we can apply them in a variety of ways and differing contexts.

What should I wear for training?

When first starting training please wear any loose and comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting pulled around in a bit and rolling in (tracksuit trousers and a t-shirt), and some socks or bare feet. Should you decide to continue training long term then it is worth investing in a black gi (training jacket and trousers) and some tabi (footwear).

How do gradings work?

The Bujinkan is different to some other martial arts in that there tends not to be too much focus on gradings and belts. They are useful, especially in the beginning to provide positive feedback to an individual that they are making progress and developing. However our main focus is about learning good sound principles that we can apply to any situation, as well as effective body movement that will keep us safe and a feel for the different aspects of the nine schools.

The belts are divided up into three colours – white, green and black. A beginner will start off with a white belt and then grade for a green belt, eventually moving onto a black belt.

The green belt is comprised of 9 levels or Kyu grades, a student will start off at 9th Kyu and work their way up to 1st Kyu. After 1st Kyu the student grades for their 1st Dan black belt. The black belts are divided into 10 grades – 1st Dan to 4th Dan are Shidoshi-Ho (assistant instructor) grades, 5th Dan to 9th Dan are Shidoshi (Instructor) grades and 10th Dan+ are Shihan (master) grades.

Is Budo Taijutsu good for self defence?

The short answer is yes. Unlike a self defence class which will aim to teach a basic set of simple techniques in a short time, Budo Taijutsu is an art and as such may take a little longer to get to grips with but can be developed to a very high level. Through Budo Taijutsu we develop not only our physical movement, self defence skills and awareness but also our outlook and attitude to life. This is the spirit of the martial path (Budo).

Can anyone train? Are there any restrictions?

All students must be 16 years of age or over. Please see Bujinkan Honbu Guidelines as well as Brecon dojo rules for further details.

What does ‘Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo’ and the bowing at the beginning and end of the class mean?

At the start of the class all students line up kneeling (in any order) facing the front of the class, with the Instructor(s) in front of them. The instructor will bring his hands together, students then do the same, the instructor will then say ‘Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo’ which the students repeat. The instructor and class will then clap their hands twice, bow, come back up and clap their hands once and bow again.

The Instructor(s) will then turn to face the students and both bow toward each other saying ‘Onegaishimasu’ which means ‘please teach me’.

The same process is repeated at the end of class, with the exception that when the instructor(s) and students bow to one another at the end they say ‘Domo Arigato Gozaimasu’ which means ‘thank you for teaching me’.

Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo’ has many interpretations and does not translate directly from Japanese to English, but loosely translated it means ‘each moment presents us with the opportunity for awakening / realisation‘.

None of the above has any religious connection, it is the instructors and students showing respect for the teachings of the Bujinkan schools that have been protected and passed down for many generations.

What weapons do you train with?

We train students to be able to work with a variety of weapons along with their taijutsu (unarmed) from day one. We teach adaptability, flexibility and improvisation in their use, with the emphasis always being on having a good solid foundation in taijutsu in order to utilise them most effectively. The weapons included within the Bujinkan schools are:

Katana, Tachi, Shoto, Ninja To, Tanto, Hanbo, Jo, Bo, Yari, Naginata, Jutte, Tessen, Shuriken, Kusarifundo, Kusarigama, Kyoketsu shoge, Shinobi Zue, Rope, Variety of improvised weapons etc.

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