What we're about
Interested in learning a traditional Japanese martial art, with a focus on practical application? We meet up on a weekly basis to practice “old school” Japanese jujutsu and kenjutsu, the roots of modern Judo and Kendo, as taught in the Bujinkan The Bujinkan (武神館) is an international martial arts organization based in Japan and headed by Masaaki Hatsumi. The system taught in the Bujinkan is based on nine separate ryu-ha, or traditions, many of which were practiced by samurai from the Iga region (now Mie Prefecture) of Japan. Dojo members begin by learning basics common to all nine ryu-ha, before going deeper into each. At the Bujinkan Ryusui Dojo, Honolulu, we train to cultivate the ability to live life more fully, fearlessly, and freely. These traditions were initially developed as a way to promote security and well-being in the community, not as a way to practice violence; the world needs more protectors, not more predators. We practice physical skills, beginning with yoga-like conditioning, rolling, and armed and unarmed techniques combining evasion, striking, joint manipulation, and throwing skills. Additionally, we work to understand the underlying principles and strategies that make these techniques effective, and how those principles can be applied in daily life. The main purpose of the Bujinkan Ryusui Dojo is to develop practical application of armed and unarmed protection skills, while simultaneously transmitting a centuries old Japanese cultural tradition to each dojo member. Training in the Bujinkan Ryusui Dojo is non-competitive; winning tournaments is not our goal, our dojo members are our trophies. CLASS FLOW Training follows a nine phase curriculum from white belt to black belt, with training focused on skill familiarization, development, and practical application. While training is tailored to each dojo member, class structure moves through the following pattern: 0. 礼儀作法 (Reigi Saho) “Bowing in” 1. 柔軟体操 (Junan Taiso) Stretching and Strengthening Exercises 2. 受身体変術 (Ukemi Taihenjutsu) Rolling, Breakfalls, and Coordination Drills 3. 当身之鍛錬 (Atemi no Tanren) Strike Conditioning 4. 型の練習 (Kata no renshu) Pattern Practice 5. 実用訓練 (Jitsuyo Kunren) Practical Exercises INSTRUCTOR Richard Maloof holds instructor level certification in the Bujinkan, and has over 20 years of experience training in Chinese and Japanese martial arts. Richard spent nine years in Japan, and is a direct student of Masaaki Hatsumi, as well as his top students, Oguri Junichi, Someya Kenichi, and Toshiro Nagato. In addition to “old school” jujutsu, Richard also studied judo with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, as well as kendo and kenjutsu with well-known teachers while in Japan. TIME, LOCATION, PARKING & FEES The Bujinkan Ryusui Dojo meets every Monday night from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Chinese Cultural Plaza, Chinatown, Honolulu. Please contact Meetup Organizer （日本語でもどうぞ）, for details. Parking is available in the garage under the Chinese Cultural Plaza (entrance on Manauakea Street), across the street in the parking garage on Beretania Street, as well as nearby metered street parking. Men and women of all experience and fitness levels are welcome. Dojo membership fees are $60 a month in order to maintain training space and reimburse instructor for time. SPECIAL NOTE Prospective dojo members must agree to a criminal background check, and must not be suffering from mental illness, or communicable diseases.