Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi (soke) has united nine Japanese martial arts schools (ryuha) in the Bujikan Dojo. He inherited the ryuha from the former grandmaster Toshitsugu Takamatsu. The origins of some of these ryuha reach back more than 1,000 years.
Taijutsu is the art of using the body. Taijutsu training develops the feeling for the effective and natural movement of the body - with and without weapons. Focused training fosters physical and mental balance. It is not just about surviving extreme situations between life and death but also about enjoying life in times of peace.
We study the use of classical weapons, such as a variety of swords (kenjutsu), sticks and staffs (bojutsu), spears (yari), halberd (naginata), and throwing blades (shuriken). With a view to realistic combat, weapons are ever evolving. We also consider applications with modern weapons.
The full breadth of the Bujikan is difficult to describe in words. We have thousands of techniques (waza) and forms (kata) in the densho (originally secret scrolls; today also contained in books and videos). To experience the essential feeling and effect of a technique requires the direct contact with a good teacher. Kuden can literally be translated as “oral transmission,” but kuden comprises also wordless transmission and the introduction to the deep secrets of an art.
The dojo is lead by a 10th-dan Bujikan instructor who has practiced martial arts for more than 30 years. He has lived in Japan and has regularly studied under grandmaster Hatsumi and his leading senior instructors (shihan). In 2002, he met Keiji Nakadai-shihan in Tokyo and was accepted as his direct student. Nakadai-sensei is especially known for his basics (kihon) and unique sparring-like training (tsuki keri no sabaki).
The instructor is fluent in written and spoken Japanese and has teaching experience in the USA, Europe and Asia.
A dojo can be any place where you practice and study. We are open to beginners and advanced practioners as well as students of other martial arts. Classes are held in An Phu, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.
For further information regarding classes please use the contact form.
Please also read Soke's Bujinkan guidelines.