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The Pittsburgh Bujinkan Taka Seigi Dojo is dedicated to the Martial Art of Budo Taijustu Ninjutsu as shared by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi.  Founders Dai Shihan Brent Earlewine and Dai Shihan Dave Fetterman have dedicated the past two + decades of their life to the pursuit of Budo Taijutsu and we are pleased to be the only Full Time Dojo dedicated to Ninjutsu in the Pittsburgh area!

We are part of the broader Taka Seigi family under the auspices of Dai Shihan Phil Legare.

We have a simple philosophy – Live the Budo Arts with Open Minds and Open Hearts.

Please join us on this path.  We look forward to seeing you soon.  If you are interested in joining the Dojo, please make arrangements to set up your personal interview and try a class.  No Obligation or costs.

3 weeks ago

Pittsburgh Bujinkan Dojo

Bujinkan Tasmania Budo Dojo 徳武流水武神館武道道場
Firstly, I will say that I am still a student and these findings are just my understanding from time training and life experiences.
The Bujinkan Tsuki has various lessons. According to tradition, it is instructing a linear thrust/stab with a weapon from the battlefield era ( with or without armour ) to create safer striking distance and minimise ones openings, etc. You are in a state of Totoku Hiyoshi ( sheilding/defending while attacking/pushing forward ).The lunging punch also conditions the legs and hips to create more strength,flexibility,stability and spring when weighted down, and/or on uneven or slippery surface etc. The long transitioning from kamae to lunge is also teaching three strikes for three different distances- short,medium and long. It is important to break-down and slowly feel the body changes and dynamics during the lunging process to become aquainted to and feel this. Through the whole lunging process, if the distance suddenly changes, one of three strikes are naturally put into play. The study is to also be able vary the footwok using switch steps, yoko aruki or eaps etc. Depending on the distance, the punch can come from the lead or rear hand. So, in effect, we are learning a lead hand jab, a reverse cross punch/straight punch/uppercut, and a long range lunging punch/thrusting attrack. The important thing is to not get stuck into one approach and understand that the punch must change based on the distancing, situation, and weaponry involved. Regardless of the distance, the principles of the lunge punch are practiced. When realised, all strikes should be then practiced from these three ranges.
I will go furhter to say that the pendulum swing / sanshin tsuki in the chi no kata ( that so many dismiss as rubbish ) is in fact teaching to integrate the whole body within an uppercut feeling. The Bujinkan must also acknowledge and protect tradition while learning to adapt it. Therefore, there is a lot of practice. The sanshin tsuki utilises not only the swing of the arm and a large step forward, but rather the whole structure of the body to stabilise a whipping feeling forwards. From a shorter range, this longe range training and its principles are still in effect. Utilising a reverse position and raising the arm in an uppercut ( like a boxer )we have studied how to integrate more of the body,spine,hips and legs to develop more power. Long range/classical training helps the body and mind learn this in larger actions, and naturally, over time, as it is integrated and becomes naturally understood, the principle can be adapted to all ranges.
Again, this is only if the practitioner understands the process. Lomng range training is actually developing ones "internal power." The Bujinkan IS "internal martial arts", we just classify the training more generally as taijutsu 😉
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2 months ago

Pittsburgh Bujinkan Dojo

"Practicing under Takamatsu-sensei always gave me a shudder. It was always painful. Pain that would last with me for days. The man knew how to kill. Compliments were nonexistent. His instruction under Toda-sensei was even more severe. The slaughterhouse. That is what he called Toda-sensei's dōjō during his time there. He was told that only through suffering can you truly grasp the essence of ninjutsu and what it is to persevere in life. He taught me that a true master of bujutsu is not there to be a disciple's friend. They are not meant to be like a parent who nurses their young. To survive in combat and in life, the trials must be difficult, often painful. A true master pushes his student not just physically, but psychologically as well. Then, he observes. Will the student stay the course? Will he stop and give up? Will he become angry? Feel betrayed? Is he led by his emotions or ego? Will he break? These tests go on for years. In that time, an individual's true character will emerge. The true disciple never wavers throughout his life, his spirit sharpened. He rises to a level of master himself one day. Such men are rare. Maybe one or two in a lifetime. Most disappear of their own accord. Yet, those few that stay humble and remain, rise alongside the master, mirroring his image, and slowly become a living embodiment of the ryū."
- Masaaki Hatsumi 初見 良昭
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