Soke Masaaki Hatsumi
The Bujinkan Teisatsu Dojo is an official branch of the International Bujinkan Dojo under Soke (Grandmaster) Masaaki Hatsumi.
The instructor for the Bujinkan Teisatsu Dojo is Brad Meng. In addition to teaching martial arts Mr. Meng also instructs a female self-defense course titled Fightback , is a Close Quarter Combat instructor for the Military, and a Less Than Lethal Trainer for Law Enforcement. Mr. Meng began studying in the martial arts at the age of seven. He has over thirty five years of martial arts experience, and holds multiple black belts in different martial art styles. In 1997 he began studying Ninpo Taijutsu in the Bujinkan, earning his Shodan in 2003. In Japan in February of 2008 he earned his Godan (5th degree black belt). Currently Mr. Meng holds a sixth degree black belt earned in Japan. He is fond of the saying:
To those that much is given, much will be required. Mr. Meng tries to use his teaching to better society as a whole, one person at a time.
If you would like further information please contact Mr. Meng via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in the email your full name, date of birth, an explanation of why you want to train, any martial arts experience, and over-all health (detail any injuries and health problems). If you have any type of criminal record do not apply for entrance into the dojo. Expect a background check to be conducted before being invited into the dojo. There are times when we all miss a class here or there, but as a rule one should expect to attend class on a regular basis. If you are going to study martial arts, then plan to show up. The dojo trains at Mr. Meng's house, so expect a couple of back and forth emails before you gain our location. The Teisatsu Dojo is looking for a few dedicated students.
Like our art, our dojo (training hall) is flexible. We train in daylight and darkness, indoors and outdoors. Training is held in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin with occasional field trips to different training locations throughout the mid-west. As you progress in your study of the Bujinkan plan on traveling once or twice a year with the dojo for these weekend seminars. Training is offered two nights a week (Tuesday and Thursdays) here in the Madison area. There are no monetary contracts and payment is done on a monthly basis. As a student you will be expected to buy a training uniform after a couple of months of study, and your own training weapons after a year of study. Where you buy your equipment is up to you. I am not trying to make money on the training, but to pass on what I have learned. Training at the Bujinkan Teisatsu Dojo is directly affiliated with the Bujinkan in Japan.
Society today is no longer feudal. Things are civilized, safe, and sane today, aren't they? Hmmm - perhaps not. We have laws and police to curtail crime, and military force to prevent international aggression. Yet a glance at any daily newspaper might suggest that there still exists a need for skillful means of protection for self and family to enjoy life in modern society. Ninpo, with its warrior heritage intact, remains the perfect vehicle by which one may learn to take true responsibility for his or her actions. Many people begin training in the Bujinkan for self-defense, and learn through time to defend their families, and eventually any within their sphere of influence.
At this time, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan is the only known head of an authentic ninja tradition. No other alleged representative historic school has been able to produce the hereditary makimono and densho scrolls containing the methods and techniques and transferring authority from one grand master to the next down through the centuries. Any authentic instructor will be able to tell you who his teacher is and how to contact him, and that teacher will be able to refer you to his teacher, all the way back to Hatsumi Sensei. An authentic instructor will have a rank certificate from the Bujinkan in Japan, dated and signed by Hatsumi Sensei.
Ninpo, like Aikido, uses relaxed natural movement and distance to overcome speed and strength. Movement is refined for grace and naturalness in all actions until power results from mere movement and evasiveness results from simple adjustment of position. Unlike Aikido, Ninpo is not limited to circular movements, but incorporates strikes, punches, kicks, locks, throws, rolls, tumbling, numerous weaponry, stalking, meditation, spiritual empowerment, and much more. The four key components of Taijutsu that are studied are Balance, Distance, Timing, and Flow. All aspects of your martial training should build on perfecting these four elements. The Teisatsu dojo also looks at other common martial arts studied today in an effort to understand them, and how the Bujinkan could be used to over-come them should the need arise.
Historically, most martial arts were created as methods of fighting. For numerous reasons most of these fighting styles have progressed into more sport oriented activities. The Bujinkan Teisatsu Dojo practices a martial form called Taijutsu (body combat skills), and is one of very few arts left in the world that has remained true and committed to its origin. The Bujinkan is comprised of nine different ryu's (schools or martial traditions) the eldest of which is over 900 years old.
It appeals to the community's modern day warriors such as police officers, all branches of the military, and others that are interested in protecting the well being of Wisconsin's finest: the residents. The reason the Bujinkan Teisatsu Dojo is so attractive to so many types of people is because it leaves no area of combat or personal growth untouched.
The interesting thing about this art as compared to others is that it requires no physical strength to be successful; the more relaxed you are in doing the technique, the more powerful it becomes. Everything is based on timing, angling, distance, and a working knowledge of body mechanics, which is developed naturally through the training.
The techniques taught are only the top layer of what the dojo has to offer. A common misconception of martial arts is that it is used strictly for fighting, but in reality it emphasizes self-control, relaxation, and survival; qualities that can be used in every-day life. Students are taught to open their hearts and minds to this new culture and its teachings. Bujinkan Teisatsu Dojo does not teach people how to kill, it teaches how to become better people, family members, and how to better serve their loved ones.
The Nine Ryu's of the BujinkanTogakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu - Hidden Door School
Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu - Jeweled Tiger School
Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu - Nine Demons School
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu - Tiger Knocking Down School
Shindenfudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu - Immovable Heart School
Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu - High Tree, Raised Heart School
Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu - Truth, Loyalty, and Justice School
Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo - Jeweled Heart School
Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo - Hiding in the Clouds School
The Warrior's Creed
everyone is a little bit safer because I am there.
Wherever I am,
anyone in need has a friend.
Whenever I return home,
everyone is happy I am there.
by Robert L. Humphrey
1. The Bujinkan shall be open to only those who agree with and uphold the guidelines of the Bujinkan Dojo. Those not doing so shall not be allowed to join. Specifically: Only those who have read and agreed with these guidelines shall be allowed to participate.
2. Only those able to exercise true patience, self-control, and dedication shall be allowed to participate. A physician's examination report shall be required. Specifically, individuals with mental illness, drug addiction, or mental instability shall be barred from joining. The necessity of such a report concerns individuals who may present a danger to others, for example, those with infectious diseases or illnesses, individuals with clinically abnormal personalities or physiology, and individuals lacking self-control.
3. Individuals with criminal records shall be turned away. Trouble makers, those who commit crimes, and those living in Japan who break domestic laws shall be turned away.
4. Those not upholding the guidelines of the Bujinkan, either as practitioners or as members of society, by committing disgraceful or reproachable acts shall be expelled. Until now, the Bujinkan was open to large numbers of people who came to Japan. Among them, unfortunately, were those committing violent drunken acts, the mentally ill, and trouble makers who thought only of themselves and failed to see how their actions might adversely affect others. Through their actions, such people were discarding the traditional righteous heart of the Bujinkan. From this day forward, all such people shall be expelled.
5. Regarding accidents occurring during training (both inside and outside the dojo), one should not cause trouble to the Bujinkan. This is an extremely important point. Those unwilling to take personal responsibility for accidents occurring during Bujinkan training shall not be admitted. Reiterating for clarity, the Bujinkan shall not take responsibility for any accidents happening in the course of training, regardless of the location.
6. All those joining the Bujinkan must get an annual membership card. This card not only preserves the honor of the Bujinkan members, it indicates you are part of a larger whole--one whose members come together with warrior hearts to better themselves through training and friendship. It evinces the glory of warrior virtue, and embodies both loyalty and brotherly love.
7. The tradition of the Bujinkan recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware of that which flows naturally between the two parts:
- "The secret principle of Taijutsu is to know the foundations of peace.
- To study is the path to the immovable heart (fudoshin)."
Recently, the Bujinkan has become truly international. Just as there are various time zones, so exist various taboos among the world's peoples and nations. We must respect each other, striving to avoid such taboos. We must put the heart of the warrior first, working together for self-improvement and for the betterment of the Bujinkan.
Those not upholding the above-mentioned guidelines shall be forced out of the Bujinkan.
Masaaki Hatsumi - Soke