Tag Archives: Traditional Martial Arts

The Value of Traditional Martial Arts

When we picture martial arts, we often think of Traditional Martial Arts training. Traditional Arts can be found every where in the world. They connect methods of combat with rich cultures.

Traditional arts have a spiritual depth that is often lacking in many modern martial arts. Over hundreds, and in some cases thousands of years, these arts have developed not only extremely effective physical skills, but also rich philosophies towards combat. In fact, without these traditional methods of combat, many of their modern counterparts wouldn’t exist today.

Todai Bujinkan Dojo is a traditional martial arts school. We focus on the art of Ninjutsu. This traditional Japanese Martial Art connects to the ancient Ninja and Samurai of Japan. If you are looking for a Traditional training experience, and learn one of the best martial arts for self defense, we invite you to try a class.


[RANT] Beware the Ego

Sometimes I’m shocked at the shear ego and hubris of Martial Artists. Especially since letting go of ego is such a huge part of Japanese Budo. But some people, talented or not, are completely wrapped up in themselves. And my recent exchange might take the cake. I’m not here to publicly shame anyone, but rather […]

A Gata by Any Other Name

The other day in class we we’re studying a gata in Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu, in the Shizen Shigoku no Kata. The students were able to follow through the mechanics and form of the kata well, but had a comment: “It feels very odd how it’s done”. The answer was in the name of the […]

Gyokko Ryu Seminar by Mark Franco 10/7-10/8/17

Mark Franco performing Jodan Uke

Todai is honored to welcome Mark Franco for an in depth seminar on Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu Mark Franco is going to share the secrets and proper technique of Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu – the foundation for Bujinkan training. [vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”3″ item=”mediaGrid_Default” grid_id=”vc_gid:1505365455264-1bb1bcc3-caaa-0″ include=”10075,10080,10079,10078″][/vc_column][/vc_row]   Mark Franco began his training in the Bujinkan in 1989 under Kevin […]

April 2017 Koto Ryu Seminar

Learn How to Topple a Tiger We are happy to announce our seminar on Koto Ryu Koppojutsu (“Tiger Topple School of Bone Art”), taught by Shidoshi Cochise Brunet. We are honored to have Shidoshi Brunet visit us and teach us his understanding of Koto Ryu. About Shidoshi Cochise Brunet I was fortunate enough to train […]

The Progression of Bujinkan Training

As we mention in our article Shuhari, there is a Japanese philosophy to studying a craft. However, this philosophy describes the process of learning, but not necessarily gives direction. In this article we are going to tackle our opinion on progressing through Bujinkan Training. Building a Foundation in Bujinkan Training with Kata In the beginning […]

A History of Grappling

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There is no shortage of Martial Arts from across the world that deal with throwing and maneuvering a person. While we will touch upon a variety of arts, we will be focusing on Japanese Grappling Arts in particular (it’s kind of our thing). The Oldest Form of Combat The art of grappling as a sport […]

MMA is not new

Martial Arts Traditions

MMA is Older than You Think Many consider MMA as a revolution in Martial Arts – the concept of studying different things simultaneously. And while MMA as a Sport is a recent development, the mixing of Arts is much older. As units of Ninja and Samurai worked along side each other, certain ideas and concepts […]

Martial Arts Contracts


The Potential Dangers of Martial Arts Contracts The other day, my neighbor was asking about my Martial Arts School, and during that conversation came up the subject of contracts. Turns out, she used to sell gym contracts, and said she never liked to sell them. “I would say how much money it would save them, […]

The Martial Art of Tennis?

Now normally, when we think of sports as being related to martial arts, Tennis is not the first to leap to mind. Yet the other day, I had the opportunity to take a lesson from my uncle, Dick Wagner, who is a former Tennis pro. Pretty soon into the lesson, I started noticing similarities between things my uncle Dick said, and things that Soke talks about when we train in Japan, as well as aspects of learning tennis itself. And by taking a Tennis lesson, I was able to gain some insight into our martial arts training. So here are some thoughts on the connection between two seemingly unrelated activities.

Taking Martial Arts Classes

The format of Martial Arts Classes can vary quite dramatically depending on the Martial Art, and the teacher. Depending on what you’re looking for, you may find one class format suits your goals better than another. As a traditional dojo, our martial arts classes follow the format you would normally see while training in Japan. […]

Defining Martial Arts

What exactly makes a Martial Art? There are thousand of different styles of Martial Arts – some studied for hundreds of years, and some being created right now. So what qualifies as a Martial Art and what do they have to offer? Defining Martial Arts The term Martial Art doesn’t come from the east, but […]

The Price of Ego

In my last trip to Japan, Soke Hatsumi talked about the concept of “letting go”. He was specifically referencing when to let go of a technique when it has fulfilled it’s usefulness, or when the situation changes. He said that it was important to remain free to let go in order to succeed. But like so many of his lessons, it applies to much more than martial arts.

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