WHY DO WE TRAIN?
Ninjutsu is more than a self-defence system, it is a way of life that develops and teaches how to live, enjoy and experience all that life has to offer but it can take a very long time to get to the point of mastery and just when you think it is mastered is when you realise you are back to the start again.
Having said this, the basic forms of ninjutsu are advanced forms of other martial arts. There are realistic and practical forms to give a chance of better outcomes in a crisis situation. There is also within the art the development of a state of heightened awareness, so that dangerous situations can be avoided and where that cannot happen, courage to be heroic.
Health development in Bujinkan training will develop strategies to support resilience both physical resilience and mental resilience. It develops a sense of determination, confidence and achievement.
Within the ancient traditions there is a strong connection between the health of the physical body, in conjunction to the mental and spiritual one. Bujinkan has the potential to support and improve all of those aspects but it is important to keep training!
Another aspect worth mentioning is the ‘buyu’ (community) of the Bujinkan. It is a great social activity to train within the Bujinkan and develops social skills and connection to people from all over the world. This will open up opportunities to travel and see distant and interesting places!
The Bujinkan encourages each student to take responsibility for their training and development, this includes their own level of fitness. As part of training within the class, a student will develop physical fitness, body resilience and flexibility but, as in all things learnt in the dojo, the real training is during the students own personal time.
The dojo is a meeting point to be introduced to the way of ninja but it is up to each individual to harness that way and integrate it within their own lives.
A class will usually beginning with a traditional Bujinkan ninjutsu stretching called Junan Taiso, with shares similarities with Yoga and Tabata, power, strength and endurance training.