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Since 1995, The Hidden Mountain Bujinkan Dojo has been providing instruction in the Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in the Durham, NC area. The dojo is a subsidiary of the Bujinkan Hombu of Japan of Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi and provides direction and support for many dojo/shibu throughout the US.
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What Are Martial Arts?
A Martial Art can be defined as a system of techniques - physical and mental exercises developed as a successful means for self-defense, both armed and unarmed.
Techniques, skills and abilities that are martial in nature but do not benefit the practitioner and their community are generally not considered martial arts. Mutual benefit must be a component. Martial arts utilize a variety of combat methods. Some fighting styles emphasize weaponless techniques while others teach the use of weapons. Some styles focus on grappling while others put their emphasis on striking. Weaponless systems use hand, arm, foot, shin, and knee striking and blocking techniques. Some weapons that may be used are the staff, sword, knife, dagger and chain.
Not all forms of self-defense are actually considered to be martial arts. Some argue that unless warriors were using a fighting system in actual combat, it was not truly a martial art. Additionally, there is a difference between martial art and martial sport; the sport application of a combat system is not a martial art. Not all activities designated as martial arts are martial or artistic.
While some developed from warrior combat, other martial arts developed as a means for spiritual and physical development. Strictly defined, martial arts are combat arts, methods for killing an opponent in battle. Martial ways, or, those arts that have a spiritual component, go beyond combat effectiveness.
Today, the martial arts are practiced for health and fitness, sport, law enforcement, spiritual benefits as well as for self-defense.
Is this a Traditional Art or A New Style?
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a martial art stemming from 9 traditional Japanese ryu, or martial schools. Six of these ryu were originally Samurai ryu, while three originated with the legendary Ninja warriors. These ryu date back to as far as the 1200's and were taught with actual combat in mind. Although the traditional techniques remain in practice, variations of the techniques are also adapted for use with modern weaponry. This ability to adapt to current weaponry has allowed the art to survive while maintaining a continual link with its roots.
Is this a Tournament Style?
No. Due to the emphasis on effective technique and actual combat, tournaments are not a part of the training. Actual application of the techniques practiced could result in serious injury or death if done at speed. In the initial stages of training, all practice is performed at slow speeds until the student is comfortable with the movement. As skill progresses, speed and power are added to provide more realism to the movement. However, since all techniques are practiced with a partner, students must maintain control in order to avoid causing serious injury to their training partner. Although bruising is common in training, serious injuries are rare.