This website is meant to provide basic information about ninjutsu, Bujinkan Budo, our group and myself. We welcome students of all levels, including beginners and invite you to join us for training, Sundays, 11am @ Franklin Canyon Park. I also wanted to share a few personal words about my own experience, training in this martial art for 33 years. For Wednesday 7pm training location see Griffith Park Bujinkan website.
A lot has changed since ninjutsu, under Soke's Bujinkan Budo grow from humble beginnings in the 1970s to a worldwide organization with thousands of practitioners in dozens of countries. The internet too has changed how this martial art is thought, or perceived by the general public. Once a secretive art, available only to select few - many of the techniques are now available on YouTube. Yet even with readily available materials online the challenge of learning hasn't changed and can be strenuous, both physically and mentally. But the patient, persistent and curious student will find the journey thorough this complex, multilayered martial art fascinating and rewarding.
Bujinkan's Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi said: "There are so many misconceptions about the ninja; especially in the West where they are characterized in sensational movies, television shows and books as little more than a ruthless assassins and spies for hire. They are portrayed as black clad magicians with supernatural powers who can appear and disappear at will; who can swim like fish or fly like a bird; who can walk on water or predict the future. There are, of course, those ninjas who can execute their craft so well that they give an appearance of being able to perform these super human feats; but appearances, as you must know, can be deceiving. Nimpo is science, not black magic."