Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu

The Bujinkan Dojo is dedicated to the factual teachings of the traditional ninja and samurai arts. Bujinkan Budo (Ninpo) is an authentic, living martial art for defense of the body, mind, and spirit. It is both traditional and modern and an efficient means of self-protection.

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Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a traditional and ancient Japanese kobudo martial art with a rich and viable history that spans over ten centuries. Developed by the legendary ninja and samurai of feudal Japan, the Bujinkan martial arts continue to flourish worldwide in the 21st Century under the direct guidance of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, thirty-fourth grandmaster of the Togakure Ryu Ninpotradition and eight other distinct budo traditions. Hatsumi Sensei is the last and only true ninja soke (grandmaster) having a direct line of descent from feudal Japan. Three of the nine Bujinkan schools are traditional ninpo ryu ha. The term "ninpo" refers to the group of martial traditions and philosophy that were developed in Japan since the ancient period based on the bugei juhappan (warrior's eighteen skills) andninja juhakkei (eighteen ninjutsu skills). The compassionate and defensive nature of ninpo is revealed in the saying: "ninpo is the essence of goshinjutsu (self-protection)". The remaining six Bujinkan traditions were exhaustively perfected by the bushi (or "samurai") during the incessant years of warfare that plagued Japan during the Sengoku ("Warring States") Era and directly afterwards.

Bujinkan unarmed and armed movements are both relaxed and explosive, focusing on power generated through natural and efficient use of the entire body ("taijutsu"). Today, the nine legacies of the Bujinkan are sustained and taught collectively as "budo taijutsu" by Hatsumi Sensei.  Efficiency and total body awareness of jissen gata (real fighting style) is the impulse for technique and is always stressed during training. Hatsumi sensei is the sole heir of the traditions left by Takamatsu Toshitsugu, the "Last Combat Ninja".


Authentic ninpo training can only be found in the Bujinkan, and we are the only legitimate ninpo dojo in Ann Arbor and on the UM Campus.  We do not attempt to "modernize" ninpo, since by its very essence it is a living art - ninpo is always both traditional and modern.

The Michigan Bujinkan Dojo is dedicated to the correct transmission and preservation of the authentic Bujinkan martial arts - skills that rouse the natural and hidden powers of human beings, for the purpose of protecting peace and justice. Through diligent training, pursuit, and perseverance we strive to develop fudoshin (an immoveable heart) and butoku (martial virtue) for the sake of natural harmony and the defense of mankind.  Budo is only part of seikatsu shugyo 生活修業 - pursuit of living.  The Michigan Bujinkan instructors are fully licensed by Hatsumi Sensei and the Bujinkan Honbu Dojo.  The Michigan Bujinkan is led by Dr. Michael Z. Asuncion 15th Dan Dai Shihan (Judan Ku-i 十段空位).

The Michigan Bujinkan Dojo is located on the central campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Participation is open to university students and to the dedicated men and women of the area as well. Training sessions are held Wednesday evenings of each week throughout the academic year. Please consult our training schedule below or by clicking here.

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