Banpen Fugyō / 万変不驚

Infinite Changes, no surprise! / Infinitas mudanças, sem surpresa!

Hatsumi Sensei

Hatsumi Sensei
Hatsumi Sensei

Masaaki Hatsumi founder of Bujinkan, the Soke (grandmaster) of nine schools (Kuryuha) of Ninpo and Budo. These nine schools trace their roots back well over a thousand years to various regions of Japan. Unconventional skills of scouting, spying and commando assault were used by many political leaders and generals in the struggle to unify Japan over 500 years ago. Each of the nine schools are traditions of “Jissen Gata” which means real fighting forms. Hatsumi Sensei inherited these schools from his teacher, the late Takamatsu Toshitsugu in 1972. Hatsumi Sensei was 26 years old when he first met Takamatsu Sensei in Kashiwabara City west of the Iga region in Japan. He traveled across Honshu island on weekends for fifteen years to study with his teacher. The 500 mile round trip train ride took him over a half day from his home in Noda to Takamatsu’s home in Kashiwabara. Hatsumi Sensei would study all weekend long with his teacher and then return home in time to open up his Seikotsu (Bone Setting) clinic on Mondays. Today, Hatsumi Sensei continues to teach the traditions he learned from Takamatsu Sensei in Japan by setting a training theme each year for his students to study. He is the author of many books and videos, as well as being featured in countless magazine and newspaper articles worldwide. Hatsumi Sensei is also an accomplished artist in the Nihonga style of brush work painting and his works have been on display in galleries in Japan and abroad.

Hatsumi Sensei controlando
Hatsumi Sensei controling

Award of Soke


  • Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu, Founded by Daisuke Nishina in the Late 1100’s
  • Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu, Founded by Tozawa Hakunsai in the Mid 1100’s
  • Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu, Founded by Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru in the Mid 1300’s
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu, Founded by Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru in the Early 1100’s
  • Gyokushin Ryu Ninjutsu, Founded by Sasaki Goemon Teruyoshi in the Mid 1500’s
  • Koto Ryu Koppojutsu, Founded by Sakagami Taro Kunishige in the Mid 1500’s
  • Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu, Founded by Uryu Hangan Gikanbo in the Mid 1500’s
  • Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu, Founded by Takagi Oriuemon Shigenobu in the Mid 1600’s
  • Kumogakure Ryu Ninjutsu, Founded by Iga Heinaizaemon No Jo Ienaga in the Mid 1500’s
Hatsumi Sensei and Pedro Henrique Shidoshi at Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in 2013
Hatsumi Sensei and Pedro Henrique Shidoshi at Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in 2013

What is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (武神館武道体術)? | Bujinkan Web Site | O que é Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu?
Takamatsu Sensei | Pedro Henrique Shidoshi

Practicing the Art of Soke Hatsumi

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