A student in class recently asked why I don’t say the entire Tadashi Kokoro no Kaisetsu. The answer was simple: I didn’t know...|
If you've ever taken a Martial Arts class at a Bujinkan Dojo, you've heard those three somewhat difficult Japanese words shouted at the...|
Shuhari – “Preserve, Break, Leave” There are considered 3 phases of training in Bujinkan Ninjutsu (and most Japanese Martial Arts) - “Shu, Ha &...|
The other night I was at a get together for a friend’s birthday. While there, one of my long time friends brought up...|
Todai is honored to welcome Mark Franco for an in depth seminar on Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu Mark Franco is going to share the...|
I have to confess: I haven’t been the best teacher. I rarely do the Sanshin in class. I figured it was super simple,...|
Todai is honored to welcome back our founder, Shihan Matthew Woodard, for an exciting seminar: Fundamentals: Classical vs. Tactical Drawing from his decades...|
Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let everybody know there will be no Tuesday evening class on 4th of July. Instead, enjoy the BBQ...
Learn How to Topple a Tiger We are happy to announce our seminar on Koto Ryu Koppojutsu (“Tiger Topple School of Bone Art”),...|
Due to the current political climate and what is happening across our nation, we think everyone should start learning self defense. Here we’re...|
I am happy to announce our first trip to Japan in 2017! All students are invited to come and experience training with the...|
2016 was a tough year for me professionally: my family business saw some pretty big changes that took my focus away from the...
Hey Todai Clan! Just letting you know that classes will be closed starting from Friday, December 23rd 2016 to January 2nd 2016. This...
As we mention in our article Shu-ha-ri, there is a Japanese philosophy to studying a craft. However, this philosophy describes the process of...|
The Oldest Form of Combat The art of grappling as a sport and method of defense goes further back in time than any...|
Shihan Joel Everett returns to Todai to share the latest secrets from his recent 6 weeks of training in Japan! The theme of...|
Closing Thoughts This has been one of my best training trips ever, full of profound insight and realization. As always, it connects to...|
Today was quite a new experience. For a moment, I felt like I was part of the inner circle. Although I’m sure it’s...|
All this training is both catching up with me, and helping my movement. Although my legs are dying, I have a full day...|
Today is both Nagato and Soke. NHK is also filming so it should be quite a day. Nagato Sensei I was able to...|
Today was a beast of a day. I decided to call it “Hell Day” like “Hell Week” in the military. It was one...|
More than half way through the trip and my brain is very full. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop. After all...|
Today I got a late start. After celebrating Pablo’s promotion a late night business emergency kept me awake later than I wanted. So...|
Today was an exhausting but rewarding day, with several break through and realizations. Today was also a bit confusing. I have had conversations...|
Today is typically only a Soke class day, but I decided to try out a class from Rob Renner, a resident here, before...|
Day 4 marked the first class for the remaining Shihan. It turned out to be a great yet humbling day. I also have...|
Day 3 offered a huge treat in Soke’s Class, but first we had Noguchi Sensei on the rotation. Noguchi Sensei Class revolved around...|
Saturday brings us to Day 2 on our training trip, and is typically the longest training day. Seno Sensei First up was Seno...|
The first day of training is in the books, and this trip started with a class by Noguchi Sensei followed by Soke’s class. The...|
Say whaa? Yeah – I said it. There’s no such thing as Women’s Self Defense. There is only Self Defense. Why would I...|
Welcome everyone to 2016! I wanted to take a moment to talk about the present state of the Todai Clan and the future...
Rainbow Six Siege is aimed at recreating the feeling and realities of a SWAT Operator – and it does it well. Unlike most...
The other day we had a guest in class who happened to be Japanese. He spends lots of time with his family in...|
Unlike my May trip, I decided not to do daily posts about everything going on; it’s time consuming, and quite difficult – especially...|
Come to the Perfect Self Defense Event at Todai Bujinkan Dojo on Saturday September 5th at 11AM to PERFECT your SELF DEFENSE SKILLS!...|
To study a combative art is often a paradox; we hope that our training will never be needed. This is akin to the...|
After a long night with friends I pack and head to my final class: Soke’s. Since I have a 5pm flight I decide...|
Taking it easy today so I can spend some time with friends in Tokyo. How often can you hang out with friends 3000...|
After another long night in Tokyo I hope the train home and prepare for class. Unfortunately I miss Shihan Darren’s class since the...|
Today was very enlightening – and painful. Again today started with Nagato’s class. On the way I run into Daishihan Arnaud. We walk...|
The day did not start off as planned. I wasn’t pleasantly surprised by my friends at my hotel in the morning. They had...|
Today was a tough day, and a slow day. I spent today getting a few errands done, like laundry, before heading to Ayase...|
Another great day of training with great people. Went to training with Nagato Sensei. My training partner proved to be a fountain of...|
Today was a monumental day – pun not intended. The day started with me just barely making it to Seno Sensei’s early class....|
Day 4 did not go as planned. It turned out to be a catch up on sleep day. Although there were 4 classes...|
Today was a pretty major. I saw Darren Sensei was teaching a class. Darren is huge; he something like 6’5″ and is built...|
I’ve now had my second day of training in Japan, and my brain is already full. Like yesterday, the classes were Nagato and...|
So my first day of training is in the books. It’s interesting coming back to Japan as some things that were once so...|
Dear Mr. Michael Moore, Before I address the subject of this letter, I want to first say that I respect your ability as...|
I am very excited to announce our first Japan Trip of 2015! This is an opportunity to train with the masters of Japan...|
Holiday Break: 12/21/14 – 1/6/2015 Hi Everyone! Just to let you know, class will be closed from December 21st 2014 to January 6th...
My friends having a running joke with me; I’m the person that always talks to the police. I’m white, and most of my friends...|
Today will be two years since I started the adventure that is being a Martial Arts school owner. Milestones such as these are...
MMA is Older than You Think Many consider MMA as a revolution in Martial Arts – the concept of studying different things simultaneously....|
September 6th, 2014 – Shihan Woodard teaches the art of stick fighting, applying methods of both Escrima and Taijutsu. Participants are required to...|
First thanks for our guests who came by, and congratulations to our newest member Gindora Reeves on joining the Todai Clan! Here is...|
Something new I am going to do is to put up class notes on what we did to help you all review and...|
This was inspired by a post on Quora where someone posted the following: My friend was at a house with three other individuals. ...|
Pop-Stuff Expo May 10-11 2014 Come out and see Todai Bujinkan Dojo at the first annual Pop Stuff Expo at the Ventura...
I heard a quote of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi saying “teach only 50% of what you know.” Without context, this might be viewed in a...|
Shihan Woodard is coming to teach another awesome seminar! If you don’t know the founder of Todai Bujinkan Dojo, Shihan Matthew Woodard is...|
6 Martial Arts Training Tips to Help you Grow Here are 6 tips on how to get more from your martial arts training. We’ve...|
On my last trip to Japan, I got stuck when my flight was cancelled for repairs (darn you Malaysia Airlines!). I have never travelled to...|
The Potential Dangers of Martial Arts Contracts The other day, my neighbor was asking about my Martial Arts School, and during that conversation...|
Japanese Martial Arts and Kanji: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of the Technique Japanese language can be confusing – it’s different than the English...|
Judo Seminar 1-25-14 Join us for a special Judo Seminar, taught by 6th Dan Chris Blanton Sensei. A portion of our art deals...|
In our second article on the Second Amendment, we will be looking at the efficacy (or lack thereof) of gun control. If you...|
I have been touched by moments in my short time teaching self defense at Todai. I have seen students take leap and bounds...|
Here is our two-part discussion on the Second Amendment – as it relates to our rights as Americans and it’s implications for self...
Nothing can replicate training in Japan; the immersion in the Japanese culture, the amount of training one squeezes into a trip, the practitioners...|
The Travon Martin Murder Trial The Trayvon Martin murder case is over now, and George Zimmerman has been acquitted. The nation is an...|
It still feels odd to consider myself a Martial Arts Instructor or to be referred to as a Sensei. It feels…undeserved. I consider...|
We often talk about our martial art not being a sporting art, since there are "no rules to self-defense" or "no refs in...|
Soke Masaaki Hatsumi chose to call his dojo the "Bujinkan" in honor of his teacher, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, who taught him the 9 traditions...|
Few events are as a mind blowing, mystical, and life changing in Ninjutsu training as when the time comes for a student to...|
Now normally, when we think of sports as being related to martial arts, Tennis is not the first to leap to mind. Yet...|
Self defense is all about increasing your ability to identify and assess a threat, and then to respond accordingly. The best self defense...|
If you have ever trained in Japan, you have heard Soke talk quite a bit about the Kukan. Kukan roughly means "space" or...|
Help St. Jude Research Hospital – and Learn “Ukemi” Todai Dojo is hosting a fundraising event to benefit St. Jude Children Hospital. All...
The format of Martial Arts Classes can vary quite dramatically depending on the Martial Art, and the teacher. Depending on what you’re looking...|
We consider self-defense a serious subject; after all we are talking about potentially saving your own life, or the lives of those around...|
What exactly makes a Martial Art? There are thousand of different styles of Martial Arts – some studied for hundreds of years, and...|
Every Martial Arts School is different; in the martial art they teach and how they teach it. This means it’s important to find...|
Most schools offer two types of martial arts lessons; those taken in a class and those taken as private lessons. Depending on your...|
Self defense isn't gender specific; what works for one sex should be applicable to the other. Still there are unique aspects to Women's...|
Japanese Martial Arts are just one of the many types of martial arts available. Teaching a Japanese Martial Art entails exposing students to...|
In my last trip to Japan, Soke Hatsumi talked about the concept of "letting go". He was specifically referencing when to let go...|
...life is uncertain and frequently unfair. We often reassure ourselves that as long as we are good people, good things will happen to...|
Training, Rank Promotion and...Mr. Miyagi?|
Dear Todai Clan, I want to thank each and everyone of you for your support. I am so thankful to be surrounded by not...
There are many martial arts from many different countries, each with their own unique techniques, methods and philosophy. However, there are those that...|