Bujinkan History

The fundamentals of the schools, or Ryu Ha, of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, or as it has historically been known- Ninjutsu:

Bujinkan – The organization, founded by Soke (Grandmaster) Masaaki Hatsumi, whose members are engaged in learning Budo Taijutsu (see below). All members of the Bujinkan are either direct students of Hatsumi Sensei, or students of theirs, or similarly students of theirs, etc.

Budo Taijutsu – The martial art taught by Masaaki Hatsumi which is a simultaneous teaching of nine schools (also called Ryu) of traditional Japanese martial arts. These schools were all taught to Hatsumi Sensei by his teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. Included in these schools are hitting, grappling, escaping, and comprehensive weapons systems.Bujinkan Hombu Dojo - 2007

  • Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu
  • Togakure Ryu Ninpo
  • Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hiken
  • Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
  • Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu
  • Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo
  • Kumogakure Ryu Ninjutsu
  • Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu

Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo

The Bujinkan organization was founded by Soke Masski Hatsumi in the early 1970’s as a way to integrate 9 separate Japanese combat systems that are based on historical Samurai and Ninjutsu schools.  This hybrid system is sometimes called Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu. (Warrior God Training Hall, Martial Way, Body Art). Aspects of hand-to-hand combat skills, weapon skills, awareness training, and war strategy of the Japanese warriors is taught in all classes.  At advanced levels individual exploration into the separate Japanese combat systems of Bujinkan and warrior craft from around the world is encouraged.


Head Instructor:sensei-mark
Our head instructor Sensei Mark Roemke, has studied Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for over 2 decades and is licensed to teach by Soke Hatsumi. A 14th Dan practitioner (a Shihan), he created the Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo over a decade ago and specializes in all weapons including Enshin Itto Ryu Battojutsu (“the art of sword drawing and cutting.”) A former New York state Tae Kwon Do Champion, Sensei Roemke is also trained in Kenpo Kung Fu, DeCuerdas Eskrima, Seibukan Jujutsu and military fighting tactics of the Army 10th Mountain Infantry. He has been training in martial arts for over 30 years and has studied healing arts such as massage and different forms of meditation to enhance all aspects of life.  Mark loves the ocean and surfing, climbing, shooting, archery, running, dancing, yoga, weight lifting, having fun and then more fun.

Ninjutsu benefits:

• Increase self-defense, body protection, and survival skills.
• Learn ninja strategy and philosophy.
• Improve physical and mental fitness levels


2724 Soquel Ave, Ste D/E
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

email: path@pathwaysdojo.com

Dojo Phone (831)465-8236

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