Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi
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 or injury or death, and 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 was born in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan on December 2, 1931. He is currently the only authority on Ninjutsu and several other martial traditions in the world. In the 1950's and 1960's, Dr. Hatsumi studied with Toshitsugu Takamatsu, from whom he inherited the authority and position of Soke (grandmaster) in the following nine martial traditions:
· Togakure ryu ninjutsu
· Gyokko ryu koshijutsu
· Kukishinden ryu happo hikenjutsu
· Shinden fudo ryu dakentaijutsu
· Koto ryu koppojutsu
· Gikan ryu koppojutsu
· Takagi yoshin ryu jutaijutsu
· Kumogakure ryu ninpo taijutsu
· Gyoku shin ryu ninjutsu
Hatsumi Sensei's purpose in opening his art to the world is to promote peace and happiness through wisdom. He teaches us to become compassionate human beings. Survival; physical, mental and spiritual, is the prime objective. This begins with self and family, then spreads to the community, country and the world.
At the age of 73, Hatsumi Soke continues to teach at the Bujinkan Honbu (Home) Dojo in Noda and at the Tokyo Budokan on special occasions. He also travels the world teaching to Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu practitioners through various Tai Kai's.