Welcome to the Bujinkan Saffron Walden Dojo
Welcome to the website of the Bujinkan Saffron Walden Dojo. Located in the quaint market town of Saffron Walden in Essex, just 16 miles south of Cambridge, and situated between Royston and Haverhill, the Bujinkan Saffron Walden Dojo teaches the martial art known as Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. This martial art consists of nine traditional Japanese lineages (aka ryu) taught under the heading of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
Within this art, we study the armed and unarmed combat techniques of Ninjutsu, Jutaijutsu (a type of Jujutsu aka Jujitsu, Jiujitsu or Jiu-Jitsu), Koshijutsu, Koppojutsu, Dakentaijutsu, and Happo Bikenjutsu. These techniques originated and developed in Japan over a 900 year period, passing from Grandmaster to Grandmaster until present day. The current lineage holder of this wealth of Japanese heritage is Grandmaster Dr Massaki Hatsumi.
At the Bujinkan Saffron Walden Dojo, we will teach you a traditional Japanese martial art brought to life through practical techniques that are as relevant to our self-defence and survival today as they were to the Japanese over 900 years ago. Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is the original mixed martial art (MMA) underpinning the armed and unarmed combat systems of Japan for centuries.
As a beginner, you will be taught a mixture of modern and traditional armed and unarmed combat techniques. We will teach you how to defend against weapon attacks, and how to disarm and subdue an attacker. We will teach you how to throw, lock, and restrain single and multiple attackers. We will also teach you how to evade and escape if you are restrained, thrown or put into a holding lock by an attacker. Furthermore advanced students will be taught the more secretive higher level aspects of the Bujinkan Martial Art which train you to be able to fight without ‘fighting’, defend without ‘defending’, and escape without ‘escaping’.
Dr Hatsumi and the Bujinkan Martial Arts Lineage
Dr Hatsumi who lives and teaches in Japan, formed the Bujinkan organisation in the mid 20th century to preserve and transmit the prescious knowledge kindly transmitted to him by his teacher Osensei Takamatsu Toshitsugu, the previous Grandmaster of this tradition.
The nine ryu that Dr Hatsumi holds the title of Soke (Grandmaster) for and constitute the whole of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu are: Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu (28th Soke), Koto Ryu Koppojutsu (18th Soke), Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu (17th Soke), Kukishin Ryu Happo Bikenjutsu (28th Soke), Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu (26th Soke), Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu (34th Soke), Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo (14th Soke), Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo (21st Soke), and Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu (15th Soke).
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