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.
Tai Chi Chuan (Great Extremes Boxing) as a martial art, and its philosophy of the Yin and Yang can be traced to many of the ancient fighting arts and philosophies to come from the Asian content. The healing and self-protection skills of Tai Chi Chuan will be emphasized in class. Every student will learn the Yang style short form, however multiple training styles and exercises will be occasionally explored to fit each students needs. Chen style Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Philosophy, and combat applications will be taught at intermediate and advanced levels.
Eskrima is the blanket term used to describe Filipino martial arts of knife and stick fighting. There are literally dozens of individual systems. Our training primarily focuses on the use of a single stick or a knife. We will also cover the use of two weapons, open-handed techniques, and open-handed defenses against weapons. Practitioners will develop a high level of proficiency in close quarters combat as well as a tactical understanding of knife and stick fighting.
Shuriken-jutsu is a weapons throwing and hidden weapon art of the ninja and samurai. Our class is based from the strategies of ninjutsu and concepts from Meifu Shinkage-ryū, which is a modern school of shuriken-jutsu. Last class of the month covers a special topic for throwing class.
In the 1880s, after about 5 years of learning the ancient martial art Jiu Jitsu, 22-year-old Jigoro Kano began devising new techniques and accepting students to learn a method he would call Jiu Do, later simplified as Judo. In this context “jiu” refers to a conscious, intelligent application of indirect force to defeat the opponent. A Judoka (Judo practitioner) does not force the opponent into submission through aggressive, brute actions. Instead through rigorous training, a Judoka masters the ability to sense and control the opponent’s energetic force. We often speak of this as using the opponent’s own strength against him or using “maximum efficiency.”
Danzan-Ryu is a complex martial system assembled by Master Seishiro “Henry” Okazaki while he lived in Hawaii. Dan Zan Ryu uses a syllabus of hundreds of physical techniques to teach efficient biomechanics and physics. This style of Jujitsu also teaches a restorative and massage system to encourage and develop emotional control, and human compassion.
2724 Soquel Ave, Ste D/E
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Dojo Phone (831)465-8236