Our organization is called the Bujinkan Dojo. According to our traditions, it is comprised of nine schools of combative arts that developed and evolved during the Heian, Kamakura, and Muromachi periods in Japan [c.800-1560 AD].
According to our traditions, these schools became the foundation of the techniques and strategies of the ninja clans that lived in the mountains and valleys of south central Japan prior to the Tokugawa Shogunate.
According to our traditions it was during the "Warring States" period, the Sengoku Jidai, [c, 1467-1615] that the Ninja Clans were very active.
Our Grandmaster is Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, PhD. He was born in 1931, and for many years earned his living as a bone doctor, or osteopath. According to our traditions, he is the 34th Grandmaster in an unbroken succession of masters dating back to the 11th century.
Dr. Hatsumi is the "Soké" or "Head of the Family" of these nine traditional Japanese schools or styles. These schools include Togakure Ryu Ninpo, Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo, Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu, Koto Ryu Koppojutsu, Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo, Shindenfudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu, Kukishin Ryu Happo Bikenjutsu, Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu, and Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
The Bujinkan Dojo is an international organization with members worldwide in 33 countries, with skilled teachers and practitioners in Japan, North America, Canada, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Israel.
These schools were inherited by Takamatsu Sensei, Dr. Hatsumi's teacher and mentor, and were passed on to him before Takamatsu Sensei died in 1972.
Many legends and stories surround the life of this unusual man, who like many of his contemporaries, lived during that period of time in Japanese history that included the passage from the older times to the modern involvement with the Western world.
Our training group here in Oro Valley is associated with, and under the supervision of, Miss Abi Allen, who lived in New Mexico and Colorado. Miss Abi is a Senior Master Instructor [Judan Kagyo], visits Japan regularly, and is a long-time student of Dr. Hatsumi. She makes her living as a homebuilder, specializing in adobe brick houses and fireplaces.
Our instructor here in Oro Valley is Stu Klemm. He is a licensed instructor and is a shidoshi-ho and member of the Shidoshi-kai. He has been training in the Bujinkan Dojo for for 17 years.
He makes his living as a computer consultant, specializing in the Macintosh platform, having graduated cum laude from Cal-Poly Pomona. He served with the Marine Corps in Southeast Asia from 1967-69, stationed at Danang AFB.
Miss Abi passed away this year after a long illness. She spent her final days with family on the east coast. Our goal is to continue our training in the spirit that she imparted to us.