Soke Masaaki Hatsumi

Soke Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi was born Dec 2, 1931 in Noda City, Japan. He began training in the martial arts at the age of 7. In the late 1950s he was introduced to a Budo master named Toshitsugu Takamatsu, 33rd Soke of Togakure ryu ninjutsu (d. 1972).

Inspired by Takamatsuís Budo presence, Hatsumi continued to make weekend trips across Japan to receive the training with this exceptional master.

In the early 70s Hatsumi was pronounced the heir of the 9 traditions of which Takamatsu was grandmaster. With respects to Takamatsu, Hatsumi named the collaboration of the 9 ryuha as the Bujinkan. Please click on the links below for more information on both Soke Hatsumi and Soke Takamatsu.

The folow links take you to Bujinkan smith dojo, Sydney Australia.


Toshitsugu Takamatsu information

Masaaki Hatsumi information

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"The essence of the ninja's spirit is fortitude. Perseverance of mind, body and spririt. It is the power that one must develop by training hard. This leads to the ability to receive any insult and throw it away together with any traces of resentment.

The true meaning of "Nin" is having a heart as peaceful, joyful and lovely as that of a flower (kajo waraku). One should never place the blade before the heart."

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