Budo Toronto Ninjutsu Dojo
Martial Arts Club
What We Do
We train a martial art called Ninjutsu; which is a system of body movement and strategy allowing practitioners to adapt freely to any situation. The birthplace of this practice was on the battlefields of 12th century feudal Japan. The training encompasses all manner of close combat with and without weapons, including swords, spears, chains, knives, sticks, and more; in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Our training focuses largely on movement efficiency and practical applications of traditional techniques. Our training environment is non-competitive, however, we still spend time training against live resistance once the foundations of a technique is learned.
Nine lineages (ryu-ha) within one art
Our art is comprised of nine distinct systems that teach the strategies and skills of the Samurai and Ninja of the Iga region of feudal Japan:
Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentaijutsu
Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu
Kuki Shinden Ryū Happō Bikenjutsu
Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu
Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu
Koto Ryū Koppōjutsu
Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu
Gyokushin Ryū Ninpō
Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō
What Do We Practice?
Our practice is can be categorized as follows:
Finger Bone Technique
Kosshijutsu is a method of targeting the opponent's tendons, nerves, muscles, and ligaments using the extremities of your bones.
Immobilizations & Projections
Jutaijutsu involves an emphasis of grappling techniques such as joint locks and dislocations, pins, throws, chokes, ground work, and evasive maneuvers against a variety of techniques. It has it's foundation in Koppojutsu & Kosshijutsu.
Taihenjutsu roughly translates as "techniques of changing the body". It is a system relying on positioning and movement to allow adaptation to different situations and environment. It involves safe-falling, rolling, jumping, hand balancing, running up and along vertical surfaces, climbing, as well as running methods. These techniques can be used in locomotion, much like parkour, as well as in combat, as the spacial and kinetic awareness that the practice of Taihenjutsu develops, allows one to escape or avoid injury from strikes, throws, joint locks, and pins, as well as slips and falls in mundane life.
Junan Taiso means flexibility, or limbering exercise. It is an umbrella term for all mobilization exercises in Japanese. In the Bujinkan, we emphasize the Ryutai Undo, a practice developed by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi that emphasizes four key stretches and a few mindful movements to develop the flexibility and movement feeling required to perform proper Taijutsu.
Bone Structure Technique
Koppojutsu is a technique that utilizes the structure of your skeletal frame to affect the opponent's skeletal frame. One characteristic of this method is not to rely on grasping your opponent to apply techniques, and the use of striking pressure points.
Striking & Kicking
Another fighting style originating in Koppojutsu and Kosshijutsu that applies their principles to the context of close combat and striking with 16 different parts of the body as weapons.
There are weapons used in many of the schools studied in the Bujinkan, but one that we emphasize is Kuki Shinden-ryu Happo Bikenjutsu. "Biken" means secret sword, and "Happo" roughly means eight ways. The eight ways of Bikenjutsu are: 1) Taijutsu 2) Bojutsu (staff) 3) Kenjutsu (sword) 4) Sojutsu (spear) 5) Boshurikenjutsu ( throwing spikes) 6) Naginatajutsu (halberd) 7) Kusarigamajutsu (rope or chain attached to a blade) 8) Tessenjutsu (Steel Fan/Short stick). We emphasize Taijutsu, Bojutsu, and Kenjutsu, but may delve into the study of the other weapons during workshops, special courses, and occasionally in class.
San-aun Kokyu Ho is a moving meditation focused on the breath. It involves three simple positions and movement to synchronize with your inhalation and exhalation.
About Our Dojo
The guidelines and focus of our training are as follows:
The rules of Shinden Fudo-ryu are:
Have the wisdom to be patient during inaction.
Live your life according to the path of Justice.
Do not let natural qualities of life, like greed, pain, sorrow, resentment, or comfort control your heart.
Cultivate Fudoshin (immovable heart).
Hold your loyalties close to your heart, and aspire equally in the ways of the pen and the sword.
The main teachings of Togakure-ryu are:
Ninpo is Bujutsu.
Use the sword for peace.
Protect country, family, and nature.
The nine rules of Gyokko-ryu are:
Guard your nation with your life.
Fear not death, practice patience, and forget self.
Do not show your enemy when you are in danger.
Maintain a spirit of indomitable perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds.
Serve and protect those around you.
Be aware that vices like greed & self-pity affect your better judgement.
Be aware that substances like drugs & alcohol affect your better judgement.
Take your enemy's power, but leave them their life.
Only teach what the master has given you permission to teach.
We also follow the
The science of locomotion from a martial perspective. This includes rolling, breakfalls, inversions, climbing, leaping, running, and walking techniques.
Striking, Kicking, & Blocking
Develop your skill with a number of different strikes including elbows, knees, 9 fist formations, forehead, a few different kicking methods, and more. Learn pressure points and targets for each different strike, and how to strike with your body and fist as one.
A focus on the science and application of joint-locking, pinning, throwing, choking, and tripping, as well as escaping from such techniques.
Escape for Self Defense (Hajutsu Kyuho)
This is about learning to use what you have even if you have no experience under your belt. Learn strategies for preventing and dealing with an assailant; different parts of your body to use in defense; three key targets to focus on; simple movements to escape attempts to restrain or attack you.
Basics of Bo Staff & Katana
The cliche is that in the old days, a sword master would instruct his student to just practice a single overhead sword swing as many times as he can bear every day for a year before teaching the pupil anything else. In our classes we will focus on the eight basic sword cuts, bo staff basics, and the most basic of techniques with safe practice weapons. We train with weapons at least once a month.
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi
Soke (Grandmaster) of the 9 ryuha
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu, one of the 9 traditions inherited from his mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu sensei. He is the founder of the Bujinkan, an internatonal martial arts organization based on the 9 aforementioned martial traditions. He is in his late eighties and still training and teaching at least 3 days week. He has a long history in the martial arts and has taught seminars all over the world, receiving awards and letters of appreciation from many law enforcement organizations around the world such as the the FBI, SAS, and NSA. He has also received awards such as Japan's International Culture and Peace Award, Honorary Doctorate degrees in both Human Sciences and Philosophy, he is the only budoka to receive an Apostolic Blessing from the Vatican presented to him by Pope John Paul, he was also awarded Knighthood from Germany, and Honorary Texas Ranger, to name a few.
Takamatsu Toshitsugu Sensei
Takamatsu Toshitsugu was the 33rd Grandmaster of Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu, a modern legendary martial artist, mentor of Masaaki Hatsuki Soke, and the last combat-active ninja in known history. He was known in China as the Mongolian Tiger, He had fought and won many battles to the death, actively participated in war, having been used for his shinobi skills in his exploits in China. There are many true stories of his war missions and adventures throughout his life. It is due to his forthcoming nature and kindness toward Hatsumi Sensei that the arts he passed on are still living traditions to this day.
I have been studying and practicing Ninjutsu since 2004. I teach the classes here, but consider myself a student first and continue to train with my own instructor; attend nearby seminars when I can; and, I am planning my next trip to train in Japan. Supporting and maintaining ties with other practitioners/dojos, and helping foster a tight-knit community is important to me.
I made my first trip to train at Bujinkan headquarters in Japan for a month in 2018. While I was there, I successfully passed my 5th degree black belt test, earning the title of Shidoshi; licensed instructor. I have been teaching classes since 2014 with the selfless support of another Shidoshi as I prepared for my trip, and now teach independently.
There is a concept in martial arts called Saizuke, in which a student receives a ranking they do not yet deserve. The expectation is that this yet-to-be-earned ranking should put some pressure on the practitioner to take their training to the next level and break through a plateau. This is how I view my ranking, and I continue to strive toward my ideal self, while accepting myself as I am.
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Black Belt (5th Dan)
MovNat Natural Movement Master Trainer - Level 3 Certification
Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist Certification
Shiatsu Therapy Diploma
Bujinkan Shidoshi (Instructor Licensed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi)
Natural Movement Trainer (MCT)
Mobility Development Coach
Licensed Shiatsu Therapist / Sotai Practitioner
Kinseiryuhou Koshiki Kenbiki Basic Practitioner