Martial Arts Self Defense Classes


Martial Arts Self Defense Classes at Todai Bujinkan Dojo

Our Martial Arts Self Defense Classes explore traditional Ninjutsu – the Art used by Japan’s Ninja and Samurai. Our Martial Arts Training gives you the confidence of a Warrior by instilling the skills and ability to face any situation. The Martial Arts Classes are taught the same way as our art is taught in Japan, giving unparalleled authenticity to our martial arts training. And the Martial Art itself is the most practical means of Self-Defense you can find, giving you the mental and physical means to protect yourself and those around you.

  • Traditional Ninjutsu
  • Authentic Training
  • Practical Self-Defense

Physical Disciplines


Taijutsu (unarmed combat)

Taijutsu (lit. “Body Science”) is at the core of our training. As with any martial art or self defense training, the object is to condition your body to move in a specific manner in response to an attack. Unlike some Martial Arts, the methods of movement are very natural and techniques require little energy to be effective. The goal is to be efficient as possible and use balance, positioning and timing to counter a larger, stronger opponent.

Kenjutsu (sword techniques)

Sword training is arguably one of the most popular weapons of study. Students learn how to properly handle a Japanese Sword (“Katana”) and principles of swordsmanship. The vast array of techniques include Battojutsu (drawing the sword), Muto Dori (“sword disarming”), Sword vs Sword, and Sword vs Other Weapons.

Bōjutsu (Staff techniques)

The Rokushakubo (“six-foot wooden staff”) is a very common weapon in Japanese Martial Arts. Many techniques developed out of the need to continue fighting if the head was cut off a spear. This weapon involves using your body to swing the heavy wooden weapon so that your arms don’t get tired too quickly, while maintaining distance from your opponent. The shorter Hanbo (“half-bo”) is studied as well.

Sōjutsu (spear techniques)

The Japanese Spear (“Yari”) is similar to the Rokushakubo except it has a pointed end. This was a frequently used weapon by Samurai during warfare. As expected, the emphasis is on creating openings for thrusting the opponent”)

Naginatajutsu (naginata techniques)

A very popular weapon among women in Japan, the Naginata can be thought of as a katana with a six-foot handle. While one of the primary weapons used by the Samurai, it become popular by the use of their wives; women can effectively use it while maintaining distance if they were attacked while their husbands were away at war. This tradition has continued into modern japan.

Kusarigamajutsu (kusarigama techniques)

The Kusari is a chain with two small but dense weights at each end. This easily concealed weapon could be used to strike, throw, or entangle opponents. What makes this weapon particularly useful is that it has many modern day applications: belts, purses, ropes and more can be used like a kusari.

Shurikenjutsu (throwing weapons techniques)

The most famous of the Ninja’s arsenal is the iconic shuriken – sometimes referred to as a “throwing star”. The shuriken was primarily used as a means of distracting an opponent. Shuriken come in a wide variety of shapes, and boshuriken – or throwing spikes – are studied as well.

Modern Weapons (handling & disarming)

To make sure that the training continues to be relevant to today’s world, training also encompasses modern weapons – such as firearms, and knives. Students are taught how to properly handle and used modern weapons, as well as ways to disarm. Training ranges from simple self defense techniques to more advanced tactical movement.

Other Disciplines


Seishinteki kyōyō (spiritual refinement)

Martial Arts don’t just condition your body, but your spirit as well. Similar to how a block steel is forged and sharpened into a sword, so is the mind and the will. Students will build their confidence and determination through training and be able to persevere the most difficult challenges.

Shinobi-iri (stealth and entering methods)

The role of the Ninja was primarily espionage and sabotage, which lead them to develop many techniques for stealth. In terms of our training, this means moving silently when attempting to avoid detection. This are similar techniques that Special Ops and SWAT teams use. This is also useful for self defense when attempting to escape from abduction.

Bōryaku (tactics)

Military strategy and tactics are also included in the curriculum. This can be very macro in nature (the whole battlefield) or micro (a one-on-one encounter). Tactics can also be employed outside of martial arts and self defense, such as business.

Intonjutsu (escaping and concealment)

Since the roles of the Shinobi involved remaining undetected and not necessarily defeating an opponent, many techniques focus on escape and remaining unseen. This translates well to self defense training, since the goal is usually to escape your attacker rather than “winning” the fight.

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We believe our training should be what keeps students coming back – not a contract. At Todai Bujinkan Dojo, there are no contracts for our Martial Arts Self Defense Classes; you can modify or cancel anytime. Simple, straight-forward, and flexible. Here are our most popular payment methods. Click here to view all our pricing and packages.

  • $35/class
  • Pay-Per-Class
  •  $5.00 Discount for Social Media Check-In
  • $25/class
  • Month-to-Month
  •  10% Discount for Active Duty Military/Law Enforcement

Try a Free Martial Arts Self Defense Class

Come in and try a class for free – and see if this is what you’ve been looking for. No obligation to buy – just an opportunity to try.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few common questions we run into. If you don’t see your answer here, just contact us and we’ll be happy to answer it for you.


What ages can train?

We primarily teach adults, but we have students as young as 4 years old that have trained in this art. As a general rule of thumb, if the student is younger than 11 we ask a parent train with their child. Depending on the maturity of the student, we do make exceptions.

What kind of shape do I need to be in?

You don’t have to be in particularly good shape to train – that’s what the training is for. Sometimes new students will think they need to be fit to take class; we think you should take class to get fit. If there is anything you are not comfortable with doing, you’re not forced to do it. Our training is about finding what works for you.

Do I need to learn/understand Japanese?

Not at all. While understanding the language and culture does indeed help, it is not required to train. We do speak English alongside some Japanese, and you’re never required to learn the language – although it can be fun to learn the lingo. The techniques that you learn are what matters, not necessarily what they’re called.

Do you have beginner classes?

We’ve found that most students enjoy training with all different ranks  - just like how classes are taught in Japan. It also helps students to learn more quickly since they have more experienced students to train with, and to guide them through the moves. For this reason, we train all ranks in the same class.

Do you offer Self Defense only classes?

It’s common for martial arts schools to offer a self defense only class. However, since our art is entirely focused on self defense, we teach self defense through our martial arts class. If we don’t feel it’s effective for self defense, we won’t teach it. Our rule is if we’re going to teach it, it has to be effective for everyone – men, women, younger, older, etc.

Do you offer Private Lessons/Off-site Seminars?

Yes we do! If you would like to arrange a private lesson for yourself, or to organize a Self Defense seminar for your organization, just contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.