BUJINKAN USA

Shihan Jeffrey Prather

Ideal Self Defense


Limitless Weapons 


Speed and Strength Irrelevant


Timing, Distance, Physics


Questions? Call Us at 520-241-7690 

Jutaijutsu is the original form of judo the sport.

We are family oriented with many students with us for decades

We are a Dojo, not a studio.  A studio focuses on the competitive aspects of sport martial art and can be readily identified by trophy displays. The Bujinkan (warrior spirit school) Yamaneko Dojo (Mountain Cat Training Hall) has no trophies. 


We emphasize traditional training for real life situations. At the beginning and end of every class we perform what is called rei-ho (dojo etiquette,) bowing in and out to the Kamidana. 


The Kamidana or Kamiza (spirit house or spirit shelf) is the spiritual seat of the traditional martial arts school. The Kamidana consists of a small house holding a calligraphy, photo or sculpture by or of the art's founder. 


This is not religious worship, but a sign of reverence for the tradition of our art.  If this practice conflicts with personal, religious, or cultural beliefs you do not have to participate in rei-ho.

Our art works without speed or strength


Teachers and students also exchange mutual bows of respect. There are never arguments with the referee as with sport-based martial arts competitions, because there are no competitions possible in our way. 


Our system is much older than the popular judo, karate, or tae kwon do arts, and retains its warrior heritage intact. Our 800 year old tradition is ideal for actual personal defense since it requires no speed or strength, but relies on instinctive and natural movements.


The Bujinkan has nine ryu-ha or martial arts systems and a myriad of weapons. Hatsumi Soke has trained Prather Shihan in all of these, and he faithfully teaches the ryu-ha and weapons each year. Many newer and younger teachers have not be so trained and therefore cannot so teach. 


Further, having spent his entire career in the traditional ninja warrior roles as a soldier, intelligence officer and federal special agent, the breadth of Prather Shihan's experience is unique. As for teaching kids and tots, Prather Shihan is four times a father and has taught from the kindergarten to college and every grade in between. He has also taught many disabled and disadvantaged students. 


We teach live sword cutting annually every year



Adult Training Schedule


Monday - Open mat 7 pm, Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday at our indoor dojo located at 4518 East Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716.  7- 8:30 pm (Wed 730- 9 pm).



When you join our dojo you will also become a member of Hatsumi Soke's international Bujinkan Dojo.

You will receive your official Bujinkan membership card, one side in English the other in Japanese, certifying that you are an active member of Hatsumi Soke's worldwide martial art school! 

You will also receive your Bujinkan USA Yamaneko member handbook, which details, dojo manners, testing, history, ryu-ha and much more. annual dues are $50, separate from monthly fees. Membership is annual and mandatory.