Budo Taijutsu at the Bujinkan Shingitai-Ichi Dojo – Before the death of his teacher in 1972, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, head of the Bujinkan Dojo of Japan, inherited nine martial lineages, dating back thousands of years. These schools constitute a vast array of information, much of it esoteric.
The Gyokko Ryu, Koto Ryu, and Gikan Ryu represent some of the oldest teachings and base their strategies on shaping protective positions under adversity while undermining an opponent’s. The Shinden Fudo Ryu, Kukishinden Ryu, and Takagi Yoshin Ryu are of samurai decent and contain forms for striking, Jujutsu-type techniques, weapons, and utilizing armor. The Togakure Ryu, Kumogakure Ryu, and Gyokushin Ryu represent what are generally recognized as the only surviving schools of Ninpo, the art of the oft-misunderstood ninja. The ancient methods they perceived established warriorship not only as a path to martial ability, but a search for the moral-physical philosophy to activate it ethically.
Today, students are not expected to memorize the techniques of each school as this would be a vain attempt to answer real-life threats in a stylized manner. Instead, our training philosophy dictates just the opposite – mastering shared principles creates an all-encompassing art of universal truths.
Our method is Shin Gi Tai I Chi – intuitive “agreement” of the heart, technique, and body – replacing static, imitation of technique with a direct connection to the ebb and flow of martial principles in constant flux. This focus results in contextual and effective tactical insight for protection of self and others – all others, even enemies, if possible – and fosters the creative adaptability necessary to “be” skilled today, instead of always training to “become” skilled. Through this warrior art we can unlock our potential, calibrate our moral compass, coach others in its ways, and save lives.
About the Instructor
Training is led by James Morganelli, a Chicago-based writer, consultant, teacher, and trainer. James has studied martial arts for more than 30 years, including Eastern and Western styles, and lived and trained in Tokyo, Japan for three years. He has a Master of Arts in Social Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, with a concentration in Applied Ethics and Natural Law. He holds certification in Verbal Defense and Influence from the Verbal Judo Institute, is a master instructor in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, and is a staff member at Resolution Group International, professional conflict resolution experts dedicated to teaching ethical, verbal, and physical skills to civilians, law enforcement, and the military.