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About the Bujinkan and the CBD

The Bujinkan (武神館) is an international martial arts organization based in Japan and headed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.  The art we study — Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu — is a collection of nine separate martial schools (ryūha) passed down to Sōke Hatsumi through his teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. The nine schools are:

  • Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu (義鑑流骨法術)
  • Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術)
  • Gyokushin Ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法)
  • Koto Ryū Koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術)
  • Kuki Shinden Ryū Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術)
  • Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法)
  • Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術)
  • Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu (高木揚心流柔体術)
  • Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術)

Each school contains unique characteristics that are studied separately and within the greater context of the Bujinkan as a whole.


About Our Sōke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi

Sōke Hatsumi was born on December 2, 1931. He studied many martial arts in his younger years including becoming an accomplished Jūdō practitioner in college while studying the Japanese medical techniques of Seikotsu.


At age 26, he began studying under his "true" teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. He studied with Takamatsu Sensei for fifteen years at which point Takamatsu Sensei passed on to Sōke Hatsumi the nine traditions we study today.


Sōke Hatsumi continues to teach at the Bujinkan Honbū Dōjō in Noda, Japan.


About Our Dojo

The California Bujinkan Dojo (CBD) is part of the International Bujinkan Dojo under Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.  Our purpose is to provide authentic, traditional Budo to people of good character.  Our membership represents diversity in all of its aspects, reflecting the universal appeal of the Bujinkan. Practice is the most important part of membership but not the only part. All members participate in our community by training as often as they are able, helping new beginners, caring for the dojo, and participating in seminars, to name just a few examples.


"Anywhere you can breathe, you can train." – Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi


Currently, we are occupying a space within the Playground Training Academy in Clovis, CA.  The floor is protected with a rubber covering and gymnastics mats for safety.  The facility is home to many different physical activities and groups (parkour, boot camp fitness, yoga, etc.) and we enjoy being part of their community.


The CBD is open to the public and visitors are welcomed and encouraged to observe class at any time, although an appointment is recommended as special events, etc. may alter out training location.

Join Us: See our training schedule, click Here.