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What is (and isn’t) Bujinkan

There was an interesting topic in a Bujinkan Facebook Group that someone posted: “What exactly constitutes what is part of Bujinkan?” What is the Bujinkan really? The Bujinkan is usually defined as the collection of nine ryuha that connect to the Iga and...
The Shape of Happo

The Shape of Happo

I’m always obsessed with understanding the name of a gata. I believe the name can often provide insight into the intention of the form, or describe the proper movement. In some cases (and ryuha) it’s pretty straight forward. Take Takagi Yoshin Ryu for example; many of...
Ninja: 9 Myths and facts

Ninja: 9 Myths and facts

Few groups in history are as iconic as the Ninja of Japan. The word itself conjures images of black clad silent assassins that seem capable of impossible feats. Their mystery adds to their intrigue, even 500 years later. It’s part of what drew me to study the art of...
The Secrets of Koryu Martial Arts

The Secrets of Koryu Martial Arts

Studying Koryu (lit. “Old School”) arts are more about gaining trust of the teacher rather than developing skill per se. Most of what is in a Koryu art is kept secret from the majority of practitioners, with the most sensitive or secretive information...