Colorado Springs Bujinkan


The Colorado Springs Bujinkan is a training group dedicated to the study of martial arts and self defense mainly centering around the methods and techniques of the Bujinkan. The Bujinkan is a Japanese association housing several traditions such as ninjutsu, kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship) and other related arts. The Bujinkan is headed by Masaaki Hatsumi, best known for being the 34th Soke (head of tradition) of Togakure ryu ninjutsu.

The name of these arts collectively is known as taijutsu, which means “techniques for the body.” It has also been called Bujinkan Ninpo and Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.

The theme of training is to learn from the past to apply the lessons to the future. While things like swords are taught, the emphasis is on being able to get home in one piece after a violent attack. The use of sticks, knives and pistols are taught alongside classical weaponry with the goal of learning the core skills that do not change over time even if the applications do.

Students will learn things as diverse as how to fight with an axe, how to recognize and avoid danger and how to shoot a firearm. Most of the training revolves around empty hand skills.

The movements are designed to be usable by a wide variety of people. Students are encouraged to keep as fit as they can, but there is no need to be covered in muscles in order to do well.

There are no flashy moves or catering to those seeking fantasy. Only serious students willing to make a commitment to excellence will be accepted.

Our standards are high. The knowledge is too easily abused to risk teaching to the wrong people. Training dates and times will be told only after an interview and possible background check.

Despite this, we take the training seriously, not ourselves.

A sense of humor and an ability to poke fun at yourself is needed.

Those that think they can pass the requirements to join should contact the head instructor, Don Roley, at


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