Onegaishimasu

お願いします : "Please (let us begin)"

The Bujinkan was founded by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, the Grandmaster of nine different schools, or ryu, of Ninpo and Budo. These ryu trace their roots back over 1000 years to a remote mountainous region of Japan named Iga. The practitioners had many different names such as Kusa, Rappa and Ninja. Their unconventional skills at scouting, spying and commando assault were used by many political leaders and generals in the struggle to unify Japan over 500 years ago. Today the training is very different. We no longer are preparing to go to war; instead we can cultivate the development of a true warrior heart using the same techniques and skills forged over hundreds of years of survival and endurance. At the foundation of our martial art is Taijutsu, unarmed fighting. Taijutsu is the use of whole body movement and flexibility inside the forms and techniques from the past. It is a combination of ground hitting skills, rolling and leaping with striking and grappling forms. Advanced Black Belt level classes are taught building on these fundamental skills by introducing the practitioner to a wide range of combat experiences such as multiple attackers and traditional Japanese battle field weapons (Katana, Yari, Naginata, etc). The Arizona Bujinkan Ninpo & Budo Kai has been training in Tempe, Arizona for over thirty years.

Our instructor

師範 : "Shihan"

Peter Crocoll has well over 40 years of active training experiences in martial arts. He has exclusively trained in the Bujinkan since 1982. Traveling frequently to Japan to stay current with the teachings of Dr. Hatsumi and his senior instructors, Peter is presently at the Ku level of Judan. Private classes and seminars are available, please inquire for rates, details and scheduling.

I believe in the power of the individual to learn and grow, overcoming the difficult obstacles and challenges faced in a lifetime. I believe that Bujinkan Ninpo and Budo Taijutsu provide the necessary tools and skills to meet the challenges and to prevail against the obstacles while discovering ways of becoming masters of our own destinies and to serve as guides for succeeding generations to understand the value of a true Martial Art.
- Peter Crocoll
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Training Schedule

Every year Soke Masaaki Hatsumi chooses a theme, or a set of themes, on which to focus our attention. Throughout the year we examine the body movement, techniques and weapons the theme emphasizes while reinforcing the basic skills of rolling, falling, kamae (balanced stances) and grappling.

In Tempe, fundamentals classes are offered regularly on Monday night at 7:00 PM; this is an introductory class where we will systematically explore the intersection of history, anatomy, and the laws of physics with taijutsu. Weekly invitation only classes are on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:00 ~ 9:00 PM. Advanced training and Black Belt Workshops are also held on a regular basis.

Please contact us for location information and parking directions.

Regular Weekly Schedule

Monday Fundamentals 7pm ~ 9pm
Tuesday Intermediate 7pm ~ 9pm
Thursday Advanced 7pm ~ 9pm

+ Monthly Advanced Topics Seminar

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Most people in the Bujinkan have heard that the Nagamaki is one of the themes for study this year. The history of this formidable weapon can be traced to the later part of the Heian period, around the 10th or 11th centuries, with the rise of the use of the Tachi. Japan was unified under the rule of the Emperor and was relatively peaceful during this period. Upper class warriors were typically mounted on horseback and a bow (Yumi) was the main weapon with the Tachi as a side-arm. Armies typically were bands of mounted warriors conscripted by the Emperor to militarily right some wrong similar to the sheriff's posse from the American western frontier.
These mounted warriors wore Ooyoroi style armor with an iron bowl shaped helmet that had a semi-circular skirt of leather plates and cords attached at the bottom to protect the neck and large square lamellar guards to shield the body from the enemy's arrows while shooting their own arrows. The Ooyoroi itself was a box shape armor usually composed of hardened horse hide plates bound together by leather or fiber cordage. With good armor, a horse, and precision archery skills combat could be waged successfully from a distance. However, once the arrows ran out or the horse was shot out from under him the mounted warrior had to rely on his Tachi skills against foot soldiers armed with a variety of pole weapons. Hence the need for a weapon with greater range that could be effectively swung from the back of a horse or standing on the ground.
The first Nagamaki is believed to have been a Tachi with a long Tsuka (handle) added to it. In Japanese, Naga means long and Maki means wrap, the original Nagamaki had the Tsuka wrapped with cordage and an Ishizuki (iron butt cap) mounted to the end of the shaft. In time, in order to avoid breaking the shaft or bending the thin Tachi blade a long Nakago (tang) was added to the blade as well as thickening it and the Nagamaki came into its own design. There are very few of these early Nagamaki blades left in Japan as most of the ones that survived the Sengoku Jidai (Warring States Period) were either destroyed or made into swords.
There are no formal Nagamaki Waza found in the Bujinkan. However, the Kukishinden Ryu has Waza for the Bisento which is considered to be a "cousin" of the Nagamaki by the experts who wrote the encyclopedia on Japanese blades. The Bisento is a very unique weapon originally from China and started to be used in Japan at the end of the Heian period. Based on my recent training in Japan, the Kihon and the 18 Bisento Waza lay an excellent foundation for an exploration of the natural fluidity of the Nagamaki.
If training with the Nagamaki is of interest to you, please feel invited to our campout August 7, 8, & 9 in Flagstaff, Arizona where this weapon will be the focus of the seminar.

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