What Is Bujinkan Togakure Budo Taijutsu?

Bujinkan Togakure Budo Taijutsu (Togakure Ryu Ninpo) was founded in the fog-shrouded mists of Japan's south central Iga province, 1,000 years ago, by the Shinobi people. It was founded by a class of people who cherished the same ideals as present-day Americans—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These freedom-loving people started Togakure Ryu Ninpo through necessity. They were people seeking protection from dictators and feudal warlords who sought to subjugate them. Contrary to popular belief, ninpo is not the art of assassination, but one of total protection of family, friends, and country.

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is composed of nine ancient schools, derived from the densho (scrolls of knowledge), which encompass a full variety of armed and unarmed combat. Among other disciplines, these arts address multiple attackers, grappling, strikes, weaponry, choking, leaping, rolling, and throws:

  • Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu – Jewel Tiger School
  • Kukishinden Happo Hikenjutsu – Nine Demon Gods School
  • Koto Ryu Koppojutsu – Tiger Knocking Down School
  • (Hon Tai) Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu – High Tree, Raised Heart School
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu – Immovable Heart School
  • Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu – Truth, Loyalty & Justice School
  • Gyokushin Ryu Ninjutsu – Jeweled Heart School
  • Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo – Hiding in the Clouds School
  • Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu – Hidden Door School

The western world is now fortunate to have this art made available to us by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi (Soke), thirty-fourth Grandmaster of the Togakure Ryu. He has made his art available to the world in hopes that the study of ninpo will promote peace, understanding and fellowship.

34th Grand Master, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi (Soke)

34th Grand Master, Soke Masaaki HatsumiSoke Masaaki Hatsumi

Masaaki Hatsumi, 34th Grandmaster of the nine schools of The Bujinkan, was born in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan on December 2, 1931. Soke (headmaster) Hatsumi began training in various martial arts at nine years old learning kendo. He then studied judo, aikido, karate, boxing, and numerous koryu bujutsu (traditional Japanese arts, warrior arts) styles.

33th Grand Master, Sensei Toshitsugu TakamatsuSensei Toshitsugu Takamatsu

From the late 1950‘s to 1972, Masaaki Hatsumi studied under Sensei Takamatsu Toshitsugu, 33rd Grand Master of the nine traditions. It is from Sensei Takamatsu that Hatsumi founded The Bujinkan dojo in the late 1970’s to carry out the ancient Shinobi traditions, taught to him by his teacher, Takamatsu. Since 1982, Soke Hatsumi has traveled the globe, teaching and promoting Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Today, the Bujinkan headquarters are based in Honbu, in Noda City, Japan, and Budo Taijutsu is practiced globally by more than 10,000 practioners.

In addition to his position as the grandmaster of Budo Taijutsu, Soke is recognized by many governments and notable world figures as an accomplished writer, artist, actor and practicioner in the Japanese medical techniques of Seikotsu (natural healing methods). He's also a Hone-tsugi (Orthopedic Doctor).

Shihan Robert F. Johnson, Jugodan

Shihan Robert F. Johnson, Jugodan

The founding instructor of Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo, Shihan Robert F. Johnson is a retired Marion County Deputy Sheriff with 30 years law enforcement experience. He was the first in Indianapolis to be awarded black belt in the Togakure Ryu. Shihan Johnson is the highest ranking Togakure Ryu Ninpo practitioner in Indiana at Jugodan (15th degree black belt), and was a personal student of the first westerner to be awarded a teaching license in Togakure, Stephen K. Hayes. Shihan Johnson now trains directly under Soke Hatsumi, and has trained with master instructors Maj. Fumio Manaka and Toshiro Nagato.

In addition to Shihan Johnson’s rank in the nine schools of the Bujinkan system, he also holds a second degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate, awarded by his personal instructor, Mr. Clarence S. Ewing, seventh Dan. Shihan Johnson is a P.K.C. certified judge, and referee.

Shihan Johnson is a decorated U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was assigned to Fighter Squadron 121 Naval Air Station Miramar, California. He’s also provided personal protection services for visiting celebrities Sammy Davis Jr., Jayne Kennedy, Michael (Bobby Hill) Warren and others.

Chief Instructor, Shidoshi Darius McClendon, Kudan

Assistant Instructor, Shidoshi Darius McClendon, kudan

Darius began training in Budo Taijutsu in 1999, and he achieved Shodan in April 2002. He's made several trips to the Bujinkan Honbu dojo in Japan to train. Darius achieved Godan (5th degree black belt) in April, 2010, and has since attained Sichidan (7th degree black belt). He's trained with many shihan, including Nagato Sensei, Someya Sensei, Oguri Sensei, Seno Sensei, Noguchi Sensei, Johnson Sensei, and Hayes Sensei. In addition, Darius has attended various firearms training sessions with Johnson Sensei, Shidoshi Palmer, and Shidoshi Halbakken.

Darius has been teaching Budo Taijutsu since 2003, and he's served as a firefighter in Indianapolis with Pike Township since 2005.

Associate Instructor, Shidoshi Derrell Palmer, Hachidan

Chief Instructor, Shidoshi Derrell Palmer, Rokyu Dan

Shidoshi Derrell Palmer began training in July of 1991, under the direction of Shihan Robert Johnson. Derrell has actively taught Budo Taijutsu for the past 18 years, and he's also trained under military, law enforcement, and various private agencies.

Assistant Instructor, Bill Burdine, Yondan

Assistant Instructor, Bill Burdine, Yondan

Bill began training in Budo Taijutsu in 1991, with Robert Johnson. He started teaching in 2005 after earning his Shodan (1st degree black belt). Bill earned his Yondan (4th degree black belt) in December of 2010, and he trains & teaches regularly.

Bill has worked in the printing industry for over 21 years at SPG Graphics.

Latest News

2015 Three Dojo Workshop with Dai Shihan Robert F. Johnson

When: Saturday, Oct 10th, 2015
12PM–TBA

Sunday, Oct 11th, 2015
12PM–TBA

Location:Indianapolis Bujinkan Dojo
605 S High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46241

2015 Three Dojo Workshop with Dai Shihan Robert F. Johnson

Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo welcomes back its founder, Shihan Robert F. Johnson! This is a two day workshop. We'll be joined by (Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo and Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo, so bring bring lots of spirit and hydration… GAMBATTE

Cost: $100 / 1 Day, $150 / 2 Days

Bujinkan Training For New Students

We're now taking new students again, and our schedule is expanding, so check out our classes page, or email info@bujinkanindy.com for more details about training in the art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.

Bujinkan Indy Training This Sunday

When: Sunday, February 9th at 1pm-3pm

Bujinkan Indy Training This Sunday

Training with Shidoshi-ho Burdine. All current Bujinkan Indy students are welcome, and bring your training tools and requirements. This will be a requirements focused class. A $20 mat fee is payable at the start of training. Email info@bujinkanindy.com for location and details, and see you there!

Bujinkan Indy Training in February

When: Monday, February 3rd at 6:30pm

Bujinkan Indy Training in February

Training with Shidoshi Darius McClendon. All current Bujinkan Indy students are welcome, and bring your training tools and requirements. A $20 mat fee is payable at the start of training. Email info@bujinkanindy.com for location and details, and see you there! More details coming soon…

Bujinkan Indy Training in January

When: Saturday, January 11th at 1pm

Bujinkan Indy Training in January

Training will include 2014's theme (TBA) with Shidoshi Palmer, and all current Bujinkan Indy students are welcome. Email info@bujinkanindy.com for location and details, and see you there! More details coming soon…

HEIHO & INTEGRATION Workshop with Shihan Kyle Hayes

When: Saturday / Sunday, October 5th & 6th
Location:Hosted by Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo.

HEIHO & INTEGRATION Workshop with Shihan Kyle Hayes

Shihan Kyle Hayes of the Bujinkan Orange County Dojo presents AEME+DATE+DAP = Heiho “Combat Strategy” along with “Integration.” Taijutsu, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu, Muto Dori, Daisho Sabaki, and more.

We will continue to focus on AEME + DATE + DAP = Heiho, in order to train a full scenario rather than focusing on just kata. Each session listed below will focus on a different topic in which we will apply the strategy for combat… download the workshop PDF for more info and session times. Email shidoshi@warriorone.net for reservations.

Cost: $80 per day or $150 for the weekend.

Training Updates for September 2013

When: Saturday, September 14, 2013
12-2pm


Training Updates for September 2013

As our transition continues, we'll be training this Saturday (9/14/13) at Eagle Creek Park, and we'll meet at the old dojo parking lot by 11:30.

We will resume regular classes at our new location, starting this coming Monday (9/16/13), at MMA Fit Club in Washington Square Mall. It's at the west entrance through the Burlington Coat Factory.

GAMBATTE.

2013 Three Dojo Workshop with Robert F. Johnson

When: Saturday, July 13, 2013
1–5pm

Sunday, July 14, 2013
1–5pm

Location:Indianapolis Bujinkan Dojo
1132 S Range Line Rd #1
Carmel, IN 46032
tel: (317) 571-0244

2013 Workshop with Robert F. Johnson

Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo welcomes back its founder, Shihan Robert F. Johnson! This is a two day workshop, and the theme will be Daisho Sabaki. We'll be joined by (Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo and Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo, so bring bring lots of spirit and hydration… GAMBATTE

Cost: $150 for 2 days, $100 for 1 day.

Checks should be made to “Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo” and sent to the following address:

P.O.box 255
Beech Grove, Indiana 46107

Purdue University Yanagi Shibu hosts Karl Koch Bujinkan Seminar

When: Saturday, April 13th 2013 | 10:30-4pm
Location:Purdue's Bujinkan Club
Matthews Building — Room 304 (MTHW-304), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907
tel: (574) 268-2836

Karl Koch Bujinkan Seminar

Join us on the West Lafayette, IN, Purdue University Campus for a Bujinkan seminar with Shihan Karl Koch. General review of the most current events in the Hombu will be reviewed and a study of "totokuhyoshi" — the sword as shield, will be studied. Participation is open to all interested students of martial art and styles. Beginners welcome — no experience necessary. Wear your current martial art uniform or standard gym attire with long sweat pants. Download this pdf for more info.

Cost: $60

Three Dojo Workshop

When: Saturday, April 6th 2013 | 1-5pm
Location:Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo
118 S. Lake St., Warsaw, Indiana 46580
tel: (574) 268-2836

Three Dojo Workshop

Instructors and students from Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo, Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo, and Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo, will participate in our quarterly workshop, in Warsaw, Indiana. Join us for a Saturday of great training! …(more)

Cost: $50

Shihan Kyle Hayes Workshop

When: Friday, Jan 25th, Saturday, Jan 26th, Sunday, Jan 27th, 2013 | 4pm

Location:Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo
3003 Silver Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43213
tel: (614) 245-5243

Shihan Kyle Hayes Workshop

Shihan Kyle Hayes will be coming to Columbus for a 3 day, 5 session Budo Taijutsu workshop. Cost will be $30 per session. We recommend attending all sessions since the material will build throughout the weekend … (more)

Cost: $30 per session (5 sessions total)

2012 Daikomyosai

When: Saturday, Dec 1st, 2012
13:00–16:00

Location:Indianapolis Bujinkan Dojo
1132 S Range Line Rd #1
Carmel, IN 46032
tel: (317) 571-0244

2012 Daikomyosai

Join us for this year's Daikomyosai, as we celebrate Soke Hatsumi's birthday. It'll be a day of great training, and the event is free, so bring tools and a good spirit.

Cost: free

2012 Three Dojo Workshop

When: Saturday, Oct 6, 2012
11:00–16:00

Sunday, Oct 7, 2012
11:00–16:00

Location:Indianapolis Bujinkan Dojo
1132 S Range Line Rd #1
Carmel, IN 46032
tel: (317) 571-0244

2012 Three Dojo Workshop

Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo welcomes back its founder, Shihan Robert F. Johnson! This is a two day workshop, and is fourth in the Three Dojo Workshop series (Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo, Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo, and the Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo).

Cost: $150 (prepay)
$200 (door)
$100 (one day)

Pre-payment checks should be made to “Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo” and received no later than September 30th to the following address:

P.O.box 255
Beech Grove, Indiana 46107

Live Blade Workshop

When: Saturday, Aug 18, 2012
12:00–16:00

Location:Indianapolis Bujinkan Dojo
1132 S Range Line Rd #1
Carmel, IN 46032
tel: (317) 571-0244

Live Blade Workshop

Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo will conduct a course on live blade cutting mechanics and form within combat applications. Focus will be on kamae, and how to stay protected in the dynamic nature of combat. Live blades will be available.

Cost: $35

2012 Three Dojo Workshop

Saturday, July 14, 2012
1pm–5pm

Location:
Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo
208 W Fort Wayne St
Warsaw, IN 46580-2734
tel: (574) 268-2836

Description:

Three Dojos (Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo, Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo, and the Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo). This is our third workshop of 2012. Instructors from each of the dojos will be teaching this workshop. Subject matter will be varied and more info will be coming.

Cost: $50

Midwest Bujinkan Tai Kai 2012

Friday, August 10th–12th, 2012
Location:
Hilton Fort Wayne
(Grand Wayne Convention Center)
1020 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802-3005
tel: 1-260-420-1100

Description:

(from official site)…It's difficult to believe five years have passed since the Dayton Bujinkan Dojo first hosted this event in respects to Masaaki Hatsumi-Soke asking us to aid in the building and strengthening of…(more)

More Info: Midwest Bujinkan Tai Kai 2012 official site

Cost:
from May 1st — June 30th: $175
from July 1st — August 10th: $200

CHICAGOLAND BUJINKAN SEMINAR
with Shihan Jack Hoban

Saturday, April 21st, 2012
1pm–4pm

Location:
Darien Park District Community Center
(Bujinkan Shingitai-Ichi Dojo)
7301 Fairview Avenue
Darien, IL 60561-3567
tel: (317) 571-0244

Description:

Long-time Bujinkan practicioner and retired U.S. Marine Corps Captain, Shihan Jack Hoban will conduct a workshop on Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Kihon Happo, defending others, and weapons training.

Contact: Jim Morganelli

More Info: bujinkan shingitai-ichi dojo blog

Cost: $75

2012 Three Dojo Workshop

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
1pm–4pm

Location:
Indianapolis Bujinkan Dojo
1132 S Range Line Rd #1
Carmel, IN 46032
tel: (317) 571-0244

Description:

This is the SECOND of four workshops for 2012. Instructors from Bujinkan Indy, Bujinkan Kosciusko, and Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojos will be leading a workshop, combining rokushakubo and sword techniques.

Cost: $50

Purdue University Yanagi Shibu hosts Instructor,
Karl Koch — 15th Dan

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Registration: 10:30–11am.
Training:11am–4pm

Location:
Matthews Building — Room 304 (MTHW-304), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Description:

Join us on the West Lafayette, IN, Purdue University Campus for a Bujinkan seminar with Karl and Carol Koch focusing on this year's training theme of “Futsu”. Participation is open to all interested students of martial art and styles. Beginners welcome — no experience necessary. Wear your current martial art uniform or standard gym attire with long sweat pants.

Note: No video cameras or live blades/weapons are permitted.

Cost:
$50 per person.

Download the flier.

2012 Three Dojo Workshop

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012
1pm–5pm hrs

Location:
Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo, 3003 Silver Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43213

Description:

This will be the first of four workshops for 2012. Instructors from Bujinkan Indy, Bujinkan Kosciusko, and Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojos will be leading a workshop reviewing the 2011 theme — Kihon Happo and exploring the 2012 theme that will be revealed in December 2011.

Cost:
$50 prepay–$75 at the door.

Threat Assessment Course

Course Itinerary:
Friday 1/6 1800 – 2100pm Location TBA Lecture
Saturday 1/7 0800 – Location TBA Practicals and classroom
Sunday 1/8 0900 – Noon AAR (After Action Report)

Location: TBA

Description:

(as per release) “…Jeff Walker will be teaching a 'Threat Assessment Course' Jan 6th–8th 2012 in Indianapolis Indiana. This course is geared for the Protective Service Team working in a high-threat environment and will cover everything from IED's to Active shooters. Even if you don't work on a PSD team this will be valuable info for day-to-day life as things are getting more violent in the US and for those who travel outside the US.… Please feel free to invite anyone you think may benefit from this course!…

Cost:
$100 prepay | Paypal (zimmermanjz1@gmail.com)

Mail:
Jay Zimmerman
5214 Pontiac Trail
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Zentai Martial Arts End of the Year Seminar

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011
1000–1700 hrs

Location:
Zentai Martial Arts, 5310 Merchandise Drive, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Presented By:
Michael Asuncion-Shihan (Tentative)
Karl Koch-Shihan
Jay Zimmerman-Shihan
Jim McDairmant-Shidoshi

Zentai Martial Arts “2011–End of the Year Seminar & Dinner,” topics to include: Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and to strengthen the community between these dojos. Dinner 8pm, Lone Star Steak House.

Cost: $70.00. More info, email Zentai Martial Arts.

Purdue University Yanagi Shibu Hosts Karl Koch — 15th Dan

Saturday, Oct 15th, 2011
1100–1600 hrs
Registration starts
at 1030–1100 hrs.
Location:
Matthews Building — Room 304 (MTHW-304), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Join us on the West Lafayette, IN, Purdue University Campus for a Bujinkan seminar with Karl Koch focusing on this year's training theme of Kihon Happo. Mr. Koch will be in Japan over the last two weeks of September. He will bring to the seminar recent information and training news from the Hombu to the seminar.

Participation is open to all interested students of martial art and styles. Beginners welcome — no experience necessary. Wear your current martial art uniform or gym attire with long sweat pants.

Note: No video cameras or live blades/weapons are permitted.

Cost: $50.00 / per person.

Download this pdf for more info.

Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo Monthly Workshop

Saturday, Oct 8, 2011
1000–1700 hrs

Location:
(weather Permitting)
Tri-County Fish and Game Area North Webster, Indiana

Alternative Location:
Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo
118 S. Lake St.
Warsaw, IN 46580

Instructor:
Jim McDairmant-Shidoshi

For our October monthly workshop, well will continue to cover the techniques found in the Gokko Ryu Kosshijutsu—Chu ryaku no Maki. There are 8 techniques in this collection, we will focus on the last 4, with various henka.

Cost: $35.00 Prepay — $50.00 at the door.

Saturday, August 27, 2011 | 1200-1700 hrs

Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo is happy to host Sensei Johnson and his August Workshop in Columbus. In addition to the normal details, there are some slight adjustments for Columbus. Specifically, time change (noon), location (ohio), and payment information.

Continuing the theme of Kihon Happo. $75.00 pre-registration $100.00 at the door. Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo holds class at the Team Karate Center – 39B South Yearling Road, Columbus Ohio 43213 – see warriorone.net for directions. Dinner will follow – location to be determined.

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