WHY LEARN BUDO TAIJUTSU?
Society today, of course, is no longer feudal. We don't have Samurai riding through the neighborhood trying to cut our heads off, rather, we now have drive-by shootings, car-jackings, gang related crimes, road-rage, etc. This art does not involve sport competition in tournaments. Budo Taijutsu, is more suited to today's lifestyle, where there are no rules, no time-keepers, judges, referees, no weight divisions, etc. It involves getting home safely.
HOW ARE BUJINKAN MARTIAL ARTS DIFFERENT?
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (combat body skills), is one of the few surviving complete martial arts. Undiluted by an emphasis on tournaments, sport technique, or artificial rules, it teaches shinkengata - actual combat consciousness.
Many schools focus on the competitive aspects of sport martial arts and can be readily identified by their trophy displays. The Bujinkan Dojo system does not chase after trophies. The purpose of this art is to protect the sanctity of life and overcoming our greatest enemy--our own selfish ego that wants to sit on the throne of consciousness. So, this is a very personal training
There is no competition in this tradition. This system is much older than the popular judo, karate, or taekwondo arts, and retains its warrior heritage of personal combat survival. Even blocks are non-traditional, in that they are designed to cause nerve damage; As such there is no way to duplicate this effect in competition. Neither do we practice the ritual forms, customary to most other martial arts. This 1000-year old tradition is ideal for actual personal defense since it requires neither speed nor strength, but relies on distance, interval and natural movement.
Taijutsu uses relaxed natural movement and distance to overcome an opponent's speed and strength. Movement is refined for grace and naturalness in all actions with power resulting from mere movement, and evasion from a simple adjustment of bodily position.
Budo Taijutsu is a complete martial art, and as such, incorporates strikes, punches, kicks, throws, locks, tumbling, weaponry, stealth, meditation, spiritual empowerment, and a literally unlimited universe of henka (variations).
Bujinkan dojo emphasize traditional training for combat. At the beginning and end of every class, traditional rei-ho, bowing in and out to the kamidana is performed. The kamidana or kamiza, is the spiritual seat of the traditional martial arts school and consists of a small house holding a calligraphy, photo or sculpture by or of the art's founder. This is purely a sign of reverence for the tradition of our art, not a form of worship.
Training is often outdoors, since ninja, recognize their link with nature. The martial artist who trains only on mats or smooth wooden floors is often unprepared for hard falls, bad weather, or uneven terrain. In contrast, senior students are comfortable fighting in any environment, and rolling and falling even on concrete or from height in the light or dark.
This training teaches one to perform automatically, without having to think about what technique is going to be executed. There isn't time to think and evaluate in a real violent confrontation--you just respond appropriately, because you prepared your body to react to such a variety of situations.