We are a small private school located in Mission Viejo in sunny Southern California offering training in the nine historical schools of the Bujinkan Dojo. This includes study in the following traditions:
- Togakure Ryu Ninpo
- Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo
- Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo
- Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu
- Koto Ryu Koppo Taijutsu
- Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
- Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu
- Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu
- Kuki Shinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu
Many of the schools have various areas of study which may be different or overlap in some ways. Some of the schools developed very specialized techniques and methods depending on the circumstances. From these nine traditions we cover approximately 18 basic areas of study that include:
- Taiso (Stretching & Conditioning)
- Taijutsu (Unarmed Combat Arts)
- Bojutsu (Stick Fighting Arts)
- Tantojutsu (Knife Fighting Arts)
- Shurikenjutsu (Blade Throwing Arts)
- Kenjutsu (Sword Fighting Arts)
- Hojutsu (Basic Firearms)
- Yarijutsu (Spear Fighting Arts)
- Hojojutsu (Rope Tying Arts)
- Meiso (Meditation Techniques)
- Ninki (Specialized Ninja Tools)
- Naginatajutsu (Halberd Fighting Arts)
- Juttejutsu (Iron Truncheon Fighting Arts)
- Bisento (Battlefield Halberd Fighting Arts)
- Gotonpo (Use of Natural Elements for Escape & Evasion)
- Kusarifundojutsu (Weighted Chain Fighting Arts)
- Kyoketsu Shoge (Dagger, Rope, & Iron Ring Fighting Arts)
- Heiho (Combat Strategy)
What sets us apart is not “what” we teach, but “how” we teach it. Our goal is not to memorize a bunch of techniques but to develop and study complete scenarios in which we will use a strategy that allows us to use techniques at the right moment and time. The strategy we teach allows to adapt as we need and can be universally applied to any fighting system.
The first half the class is devoted to training proper movement and striking skills to strengthen and condition the body while the last half will be devoted to the development of knowledge through the study of the historical techniques. The student will be challenged progressively as they develop skills. As we study the historical techniques, the context will be emphasized for understanding. This will allow us to better understand how the techniques work so the strategy can be adapted for any situation! The goal is to learn what we need today but study the techniques of yesteryear!
We want to go beyond technique!
We also periodically offer special trainings and workshops. The topics in these workshop can vary greatly depending on the request or the theme of our training at that time. This can include deep study of very old techniques to how we integrate hand to hand skills with weapons and how to effectively deploy them in different situations.