Shihan Jeffrey Prather

Try Five Classes - Just $20

Call - 520-241-7690

Email - Info@BujinkanUSA.com

4518 East Broadway

Arizona's Oldest Ninja Dojo

America's Highest Ranked Master
Master Prather and his teacher Grandmaster Hatsumi

Our art is 900 years old and is the original mixed martial art. Ideal for self defense and protection others, the Bujinkan incorporates strikes, kicks, grappling, and a myriad of weapons into one organic, intuitive system that utilizes timing, distance and flow instead of speed and strength. Elements of  MMA, judo, jujutsu, karate martial arts are all found in our non-competitive self defense system.

Bujinkan USA was founded in 1990 by Shihan (Master) Jeffrey Prather and is the oldest, most authentic  Ninja School in Arizona. Others may teach Bujinkan Budo in Tucson, Az now, but originally they all studied with Prather Shihan. 

Stephen Hayes first brought Bujinkan Ninjutsu to the the US and Prather Shihan was one his first students in 1980. In 1982 Prather Shihan met and trained under Bujinkan Soke (Grandmaster) Masaaki Hatsumi Soke during his first US visit.  In 1984 Prather Shihan traveled to Noda, Japan where Soke Hatsumi made him his personal student. 

Prather Shihan stayed with Soke and the other Japanese Shihans' in their homes, and his classes back then were one on one. As ushi deshi (inside student)  Prather Shihan has an intimate relationship with Hatsumi Soke that those who later followed in the hundreds will never experience.

Grandmaster Hatsumi and  Lieutenant  Prather in Japan, 1984

Hatsumi Soke has only trusted a very few senior Shihan to host his annual, worldwide Taikais (Grand Gathering) where six hundred students from throughout the US and world would gather to train with the Grand master. Now he no longer travels abroad.   Prather Shihan has twice hosted Soke's USA Taikai, first in 1995 then in 1999. Prior to Taikais  some of the Japanese Shihan would in turn stay in Prather Shihan's home.  

Shihan Prather has been inducted many times into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame, as well the Shinja  Martial Arts Hall of Fame, is published and featured in both U.S. and Japan’s most prestigious martial arts magazines, and his books and DVDs sell worldwide, and in past years were a staple in Army Air Force Exchange Stores.  He has trained tens of thousands of US military, intelligence and police in combatives, sometimes as many as six hundred at once.

Shihan Prather was awarded a second tenth dan rank by Soke Hatsumi in Shinkengata (real life combat) and has been awarded the prestigious Dragon Gold Medal by Soke twice. He was third in the US to receive Jugodan (15th degree black belt) rank from Soke.  Hatsumi Soke has awarded Prather Shihan many times but none is perhaps more important than the one of a kind, Bujinden (Throne) Guardian Spirit menkyo to guard and preserve the true teachings of Bujinkan Budo!

Ninja martial arts kid climbing our wall

Kids Climbing Wall!

Ninja were famous for their climbing and wall running skills. Now our dojo kids class can practice those same skill sets inside. Our wall is so much more than just a conventional kids climbing gym class. Shihan Prather teaches authentic ninja climbing, wall and tree running that Hatsumi Soke the Grandmaster and founder of the international Bujinkan taught him years ago. 

Monday: Tots Class 5:30 - 6:00 pm, 
Kids Class 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
Open Mat Practice - 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday: Adults Class 7- 8:30 pm

Wednesday: Adults Class 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Thursday: Kids Class 6:00 - 7:00 pm, 
Adults Class 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Saturday: Kids class 8:30 - 9:30 am,
 Adults Class 9:30 - 11:00 am

We share tea or sake after adults class for about 30 minutes but if you need to run no worries.


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