We are a dojo, not a studio. There is a difference, and it is significant. A studio focuses on the competitive aspects of sport martial arts, and can be readily identified by trophy displays. Our students are our trophies, as they grow into fine human beings.
An authentic dojo has no real counterpart in western culture. It is part school, part church and part gym. For many our dojo is a ladder out of a pit of despair.
Real sensei are even more rare. They are part teacher, part mentor, part parent, part spiritual counselor, part coach. Dai Shihan Prather and our dojo sensei have been credited for saving many lives, and even more souls. Not in the conventional Christian sense. But the first of the traditional ninja skills is seishintekki kyyo, or spiritual refinement. Becoming the best human being one can by training together to defend self, and protect the defenseless.
Competition focuses on who is first, second and third place. We emphasize traditional training for real life. The physical lessons learned inside the dojo, are applied a hundred fold beyond the dojo in a lifetime!
Our system is much older than the popular judo, karate, or tae kwon do arts, and retains its warrior heritage intact.
Our 900 year old tradition is ideal for actual personal defense since it requires no speed or strength, but relies on instinctive and natural movements.
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.
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.
Having spent his entire career in the traditional ninja warrior roles as a special operations 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.
Monday - Open mat 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Tuesday - Open mat 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday - Shinken Gata - Real World Defense 7:30-9:00 pm
Thursday - 6 - 7:30 pm
Friday - Open Mat 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday - 9:30-11:30 am
4518 East Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716