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Northwest Bujinkan provides Ninjutsu martial arts training in Portland Oregon from a school located in Lake Oswego.

The Bujinkan

“Divine Warrior House”

The Bujinkan is an international organization created by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, referred to as the current “Soke,“ or Grandmaster. Soke is the 34th grandmaster of each of the nine Ryu Ha (schools), whose roots derive from the martial survival techniques of ancient, feudal Japan.

The nine traditional Ryu Ha vary from one another in teaching concepts and physical techniques. However, all of the schools have a documented history of effective application spanning up to a thousand years, and beyond. The Ninjutsu martial art taught by Bujinkan-licensed instructors today represents traditions which can be proved to have survived and passed down from the original nine Ryu Ha. 

Ninjutsu was developed specifically for personal survival under desperate, war-ridden circumstances. As such, the nine schools originated the unique concepts of striking (as in Karate), of throwing (as in Judo), of locking and momentum (as in Aikido), and of the soft and hard-tissue attack combinations of Jujutsu. They also developed and refined the effective use of nearly 20 basic weapons.

In the Bujinkan, practitioners train to survive; the concept of sport or competition does not apply.

The Essence of Ninjutsu

“I believe that Ninpo, the higher order of Ninjutsu, should be offered to the world as a guiding influence for all martial artists. The physical and spiritual survival methods eventually immortalized by Japan’s ninja were,  in fact, one of the sources of Japanese martial arts.

“Without complete and total training in all aspects of the combative arts, today’s martial artist cannot hope to progress any further than mere proficiency in the limited set of muscular skills that make up his or her training system.  Personal enlightenment can only come about through total immersion in the martial tradition as a way of living.

“By experiencing the confrontation of danger, the transcendence of fear, injury or death, as a working knowledge of individual personal powers and limitations, the practitioner of Ninjutsu can gain the strength and invincibility that permit enjoyment of the flowers moving in the wind, appreciation of the love of others, and contentment with the presence of peace in society.”

-Dr Masaaki Hatsumi, Soke

Is Ninjutsu for me?
Unlike Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and many other modern martial arts, Ninjutsu is non-competitive. Ninjutsu is based on defense of self and others, and prizes humility, restraint, and evasion of conflict more highly than engagement in actual confrontation. Consequently, Ninjutsu teaches real-world, combat skills designed to protect when facing inevitable harm.

These skills embody the intricacies of distance, space, and time, and have been handed down from generation to generation by the first Ninjas of Japan. For all these reasons and more, Ninjutsu is the most effective, pragmatic, and well-rounded martial arts system in the world. In fact, the United States Army Special Forces has incorporated Ninjutsu into their training program.

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