News From Japan

Congratulations to Piero Darteni of The Bujinkan Namiryu Dōjō Shibu in Vicenza, Italy who passed his godan  test in the Hombu Dōjō recently. Also well done to Plamena Antanasova who was promoted to Nidan and Brian Martin who was promoted to Shodan.

In other news, there are plans to release another book featuring paintings by Hatsumi Soke. Dōjō Giga, Volume 1: Heaven will be available to pre-order via Kickstarter from Aug 15th, 2017. More details are available here.

Beginners’ Course

The next beginners’ course starts on the 27th February. This course will serve as an introduction to Bujinkan Dōjō Budō Taijutsu and give anyone interested in training a flavour of what training in the Dōjō is like.  The classes are shorter than regular classes and are aimed at giving participants a good grounding in the basics.

Course content

The course is intended to provide a basic introduction to Bujinkan Dōjō Budō Taijutsu. Classes include instruction in:

Stretching/warm up exercises

Rei-ho (etiquette)

Ukemi (rolling and breakfalls)

Kamae (postures)

Basic unarmed techniques

Introduction to hanbo (three-foot staff)

How to apply

There is a Facebook Page for the event here You can list yourself as attending.

Alternatively, you can contact or phone me on 087-2492951.

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Beginners’ Course and Upcoming Seminars

The beginners’ course started yesterday but it’s not too late to join if you wish. I’d be delighted if we had more people training so if you’re interested please let me know.

Holger Kunzmann  Shihan is teaching a seminar this weekend in the Bujinkan Meehan dojo. The theme is koppojutsu and biken. It will be excellent so I’d like all my students to make an effort to be there. More info at

Alan Butler Shihan is teaching a taijutsu seminar in Galway on the 24th July. It’s in Alan’s Dojo in Oranmore. It’s only about an hour an a half from Dublin and it will be a great day’s training.

Alex Meehan Shihan is teaching a one day seminar on the Ten Chi Jin Tyaku no Maki on Saturday the 6th of August and again I’d ask all my students to make a very special effort to attend.


New Dōjō, Kihon Happō Workshop, Budocamp, Beginners’ Course.

The Bujinkan Kiso Dōjō is opening in Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday the 29th June at 8 p.m. The Dōjō is being run by Shidoshi Shane Duggan, a student of  Shihan Alex Meehan. There has always been a strong training relationship between the Meehan Dōjō and the Jishin Dōjō so I would encourage as many of my students as possible to support Shane. Further details of the Dōjō can be found here.

Another of Alex Meehan’s students, Matthew Harvey is teaching a two week intensive Budo Camp this summer. The Camp is aimed at 14-18 year olds and will take in the Harold’s Cross Dōjō. Further details can be found here.

Shihan Alex Meehan is teaching a one day workshop on  Kihon Happō in the Harold’s Cross Dōjō. Alex is just back from Japan so it should be a really great workshop. To book your place go to the event’s Facebook Page.

Finally, one for ourselves, we have a new beginners’ course starting on the 4th of July. The course is intended to serve as an introduction to Bujinkan Dōjō Budo Taijutsu. There is more information about the course here and you can sign up for the course via Facebook.

New Dojo

Congratulations to Shidoshi Matt Harvey on the opening of his new dojo. The Bujinkan Shugyou Dojo is located in the Taney Parish Centre, Dundrum. Training is on Tuesdays from seven until nine. I would encourage any of my students to take classes with Matt when they can.