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.
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!
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.
BUJINKAN USA CHAPTERS NATIONWIDE
Yamaneko Dojo, 4518 E Broadway, Tucson AZ, 520-241-7690, BujinkanUSA.com
Scottsdale Shibu, 9170 E Thunderbird Rd. Scottsdale, AZ, BujinkanScottsdale.com
Fargo Shibu, Fargo ND, 928-925-2787
Showlow Shibu, 1152 East Deuce of Clubs, Showlow, AZ
Las Vegas Shibu, L'Oracle Gymnastics 7020 Warm Springs Rd. Suite 170. Las Vegas, NV
Reno Shibu, 4842 Meadow Springs Dr, Reno, NV, Bujinkan.webs.com
Fudomyo Shibu, 7710 Menaul BLVD NE Suite C, Albuquerque, NM, FudomyoDojo.com
Socorro Shibu, Soccorro, NM, 575-418-7947
New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology Shibu, Socorro, NM, 505-720-3045
Lemitar Shibu, Lemitar, NM, 505-838-7167
Alabama Shibu, US 431, Brownsboro, AL, 256-200-6797
Ohio Shibu, 1791 West Second Street, Xenia, OH, 520-818-4510
Northern Arizona University, Prescott, AZ 520-256-9433, BujinkanUSA.com