Beginners very welcome.
Open to men, women and children over 18 years old.
Now is an excellent time to begin training in our traditional matted dojo.
Toshitsugu Takamatsu was the 33rd Grandmaster of Togakure-Ryu Ninjutsu and is regarded as 'the last living true ninja'.
He began his training in a number of ninjutsu and samurai schools at an early age, being taught by his uncle Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu who was of Samurai rank, Mizuta Yoshitaro Tadafusa and Ishitani Matsutaro Takekage before leaving for China where he often used his formidable fighting skills to survive 'to the death' challenges.
Takamatsu was later ordained as a priest in Japan and In the 1950's, took on a young student called Hatsumi and taught him everything he knew before passing on the Grandmastership of the nine schools to him.
Takamatsu-sensei passed away on 2nd April 1972, aged 85.
Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi was a direct student of Toshitsugu Takamatsu from the age of 23. Takamatsu chose Dr Hatsumi as his successor (Soke).
As Soke, Dr Hatsumi was given the sole responsibility to take the teachings of the nine schools of martial arts into the 21st Century and he created the Bujinkan organisation to oversee this.
He actively teaches this warrior art from the Hombu Dojo (head dojo) in Noda-Shi, Japan.
Shidoshi Colbourne was graded to 5th Dan by Hatsumi Sensei in Japan in 2005.
It is highly recommended to train with Soke Hatsumi and his Shihan (master teachers) if given the opportunity.
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu comprises of six Samurai warrior arts and three Ninjutsu schools.
It is a highly effective traditional martial art with some of its schools stretching back hundeds of years to feudal era Japan and beyond.
In Bujinkan Kagami Dojo under Shidoshi Michael Colbourne 5th Dan, we study and employ natural body movement called Taijutsu to effect strikes, apply locks and strangles, disrupt balance and throw amongst many other methods.
Timing, distance, strategy and intention is also taught.
Once the basic principles of unarmed self defence have been grasped, weapons training is then introduced to the student.
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is headed by Masaaki Hatsumi 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-Ryu who was taught by Takamatsu Sensei.