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Something that’s concerning me recently is the rise in the amount of Bujinkan Dojos that are struggling with student numbers at the moment. It seems like more and more dojos are downsizing and slowly closing their doors or moving to training in private with a small dedicated number of students. The Bujinkan is an incredible art with a vast amount of knowledge in the curriculum but i think the current issues dojos are experiencing are happening for a number of reasons.  My dojo is going strong personally but we have had to adapt so much from the old ways of...

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When it comes to training in martial arts there are so many different styles to choose from that it’s often hard to know which path to take and whats worth pursuing. I often talk about how martial arts need updating for modern application online, especially when it comes to the Bujinkan as I have experienced firsthand where the pitfalls are in our particular art.  It’s easy to think that because things have been done one way for generations that tradition dictates that we maintain the lineage and don’t make any changes. Sometimes even in the face of logic such as...

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A blog post detailing where to start when your ready to teach and want to run your own dojo. This is part 1 of what will be several blog posts.

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A question I commonly get asked in the dojo is what is a Sageo 下げ緒 for and how do you tie one? This is usually after a student has bought their first Iaito and undone the Sageo not realising that they have no idea how to put it back into it original position. In this post i’m going to break it down into an easy guide so that its never an issue for anyone again. The first thing you need to do it understand what your working with, the diagram below will outline all of the parts of the Katana and...

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On the 16th of August 2019 we hosted a cross training seminar with Sabeomnim Rob Howarth and the guys from Outlaw Martial Arts – Hybrid Hapkido looking at Japanese Kenjutsu and Korean Kumdo (Swordsmanship). This was a great seminar that gave us the opportunity to compare two completely differing sword styles but it raised some interesting points. We focused primarily on teaching the Kuden (basics) of Kukishin (Kukishinden) Ryu Hikejutsu and a few of my favourite techniques as obviously we have limited time to compare techniques at a 3 hour seminar. Sabeomnim Rob Howarth explained about the application of Korean...

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