Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What is Bujinkan
A:The Bujinkan is an international martial arts organization based in Japan and headed by Masaaki Hatsumi. It is best known for its association with Ninjutsu. The system taught by this group, called Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu, and consists of nine separate martial arts traditions.
Soke Hatsumi created the Bujinkan “The Hall of the Divine Warrior.”Combining the teachings of nine Ryuha / schools under one roof.
Bujinkan Budo is a very special Warrior fighting art method unique to only to this system of fighting,using such skills as Taijutsu – Body movement which is incorporated into unarmed & armed fighting methods of this art,involving techniques such as locks, throws, ground work, multiple attacks and weaponry.Physical, mental and spiritual development is also taught to the student.
Q: How old do I have to be?
A: At the moment we do not accept students under the age of 18 years old. However this may change in the future.
Q: What can I expect for my first class?
A: Most classes would start with a basic warm up & stretching routine, to stop any injuries happening to your body.
Rolling and break falls would then be practised, to teach you how to protect yourself without hurting yourself.
Basic skills would then be practised with or without a training partner, ranging from kicking, punching, locks and throws, forms (Kata).
Weapons are also a major part of Bujinkan training, so you would also be instructed in the basic use of a weapon i.e. Hanbo three foot staff.
Q: How can I start training?
A: It is always best to have a talk with the Instructor first before your attend a class to see if Bujinkan training is for you, to discuss your goals and generally want you are looking for in a Martial Art.
Q: What do I need to begin?
A: Beginners should wear t-shirt and sweatpants/shorts. Once a student has made a commitment to training, it is suggested that they obtain a keiko gi (karate-style training uniform). Training weapons are available for students to borrow during class, however most students eventually obtain their own. We can make recommendations for sources. Students are free to obtain what they need/want for training as they see fit.
Q: Does this work?
A: We do not practise Ninjutsu as a sport; it was created for self-defence and is practised totally with that principle in mind.
Q: How long does it normally take to achieve black belt?
A: That would depend on the individual, dedication and commitment. It is possible for a dedicated student to achieve black belt 1st Dan (Shodan) in 4 years, demonstrating the physical skills and knowledge that is required for 1st Dan black belt Level. Also the student’s character, attitude, and maturity are also taken into consideration.