Chattanooga Bujinkan Dojo
Who are we?
The Chattanooga Bujinkan Dojo has been in operation for about 17 years. We are under the direction of Ed Martin, 15th Dan of the Pennsylvania Bujinkan Dojo. We are a private, not for profit dojo choosing to focus on the real meaning of the word warrior. This group is also part of the "collective". We train with many instructors from many different Dojo's, such as Thom Humphreys of Texas, Angie Smith of Illinois, Blake Murphy of NC, Jeff Walker of Arkansas, Ira Lively from Cherokee NC, and Craig Carrol of Tennessee, thus gaining in our martial knowledge, and doing as Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi Sensei has indicated all practitioners in this art should do. We have regular weekly training sessions which are guided by Shidoshi Christopher Sanders, or our other dan level; Matt McKinney. Just as we train with other instructors from other schools, we also have the other dan levels in the group teach so we have a wide base of taijutsu experience to pull from. Not everyone moves the same, however, the foundation is the same, that is the nature of taijutsu.
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
Budo Taijutsu is a collection of ancient martial arts under Grandmaster Dr Masaaki Hatsumi of Japan. It consists of 6 Samurai Ryuha (or schools)and 3 Ninjutsu/Ninja Ryuha. The arts themselves date back over a thousand years and were developed by Samurai and farmer alike to protect their families and country.This art works; if it didn't, it would have died on the battlefield hundreds of years ago. Some people may be intimidated to train in a warrior art, however, the reality is, that it was designed by people like you and us with all our strengths and weaknesses. Thin, overweight, muscular, tall short; it works for all. There is no competition thus no reason to prove ones self to anyone as each individual proceeds at their own pace.
As practitioners of this art, we are expected to be ladies and gentlemen, exercising control over our lives in everything we do. We always try to do better today than we did yesterday, thus making our tomorrows a better place to live for everyone.
"It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."
Father Dennis O'Brien, Sergeant, USMC
Gives thanks and offer up prayer for the safety of those who fight for us that our families may live free.
Chris and Miguel
This is Chris training with Miguel in Harlingen Texas with shuko. The theme for the year is "Kihon Happo" come and see what it is and learn with us.