We are a small group of like minded practitioners of Japanese martial culture, with a special interest in the study of Bujinkan Kobudo. These martial arts are important to us. They are a significant part of our lives.
Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), our dojo is one of many within an international network of study groups, all affiliated to the Bujinkan Honbu [Headquarters] in Chiba-ken, Japan. We conduct our classes with the support and encouragement of Hatsumi-sensei, and under the direction of Anton Phipps (Bujinkan Phipps Dojo). We also enjoy, and appreciate, the fellowship of other Bujinkan practitioners, and enthusiasts, worldwide.
Bujinkan Kobudo martial arts training is multifaceted with far reaching benefits. It provides an excellent balance of practical self-protection and meaningful personal development. Dojo members come from all walks of life, and represent wide ranges of age, ability, background and motivation. Whether for self-protection or self-development, enthusiast or professional in the field, Bujinkan Kobudo offers something beneficial to everyone.
• Bujinkan Phipps Dojo – Home Dojo of our mentor, Anton Phipps.
• Bujinkan Tenchijin Calgary Dojo – Bujinkan training in Calgary.
• Bujinkan Quebec – Great training in city of Quebec.
• Bujinkan Gray Dojo – Shawn Gray (Canuck in New Zealand).
• Bujinkan Dojo Argentina – Willy Iglesia (Argentina).
• Bujinkan Czech Dojo – Lubos Pokorny (Czech Republic).
• Bujinkan To Nan Dojo – Thomas Franzen (Sweden).
• Bujinkan Kouryuu Dojo – Norm Smithers (England).
• Bujinkan of the Upper Peninsula – Gabe Logan (Marquette, Michigan USA).
Other Interesting Links
• Bujinkan San Fransisco FAQ – Good FAQ by Dale Seago.
• Winjutsu.com – Worldwide dojo directory & other resources.
• Sleepy Samurai – Excellent accommodations in Japan.
• MSR Manitoba Keikokai – Shurikenjutsu training in Winnipeg.
We see great value in the traditions that form the basis of Bujinkan Kobudo. Forged in a time of great civil conflict and upheaval, they have been handed down through many generations as a means of self-improvement, self-fulfillment and self-protection.
Our training encompasses all aspects of the Bujinkan Dojo curriculum. Study includes such proficiencies as close quarter grappling and striking, swords and other edged weaponry, long and short staff, spear and halberd, chain and rope weapons, and other unorthodox weapons.
New members focus on the fundamentals of taijutsu [unarmed technique], bojutsu [staff/stick], and kenjutsu [sword]. Collectively, these three pillars provide an excellent framework for studying the other disciplines, armed and unarmed, associated with Bujinkan Kobudo.
In addition to ongoing armed and unarmed training, established members study a wide range of related martial sciences, strategies and tactics. Our approach melds these different aspects into a single, unified system promoting improvisational adaptability in all contexts.
Group classes usually run for two hours, with the time divided into the following blocks:
• Weapons Fundamentals [Buki-kihongata] 30 minutes
• Unarmed Fundamentals [Taijutsu-kihongata] 30 minutes
• Technical instruction [Waza and/or Koshikigata] 45 minutes
• Personal practice, or conditioning [Kiso] 15 minutes
:: FAQs related to our martial art, and training.
Joining our dojo means making a commitment. Being interested in Bujinkan martial arts is a start. However it will take more than interest to stick with it.
Prospective members are encouraged to research Bujinkan martial arts, and Japanese martial arts, and culture, in general, prior to contacting us about joining. If you are resistant to exposure to the underlying cultural paradigm, we recommend you look elsewhere.
See this blog post for more on this cultural paradigm, and joining a dojo.
Prospective members are also encouraged to consider the following questions:
• Why do you want to study Bujinkan Kobudo? Why not another martial art?
• What are your motivations, and goals, for studying Bujinkan martial arts?
• Will the other obligations in your life accommodate involvement?
Exploring these questions will help determine if our training is right for you.
Prospective members can choose from one of two options: a one month interim membership ($80); or, two trial classes ($20)*. Use these classes to gain a tangible experience of what it feels like to be a member of our dojo, with no obligation to continue.
No uniform or special equipment is required. Prior experience is unimportant. A good attitude, and a willingness to do your best with what is being presented, are all you need.
*Join our dojo, and your $20 trial class payment will be put towards your initial membership.
If you have a genuine interest in joining our dojo, contact us to schedule your start date. When you do, please tell us a little about yourself and why you want to study Bujinkan martial arts.