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What does it take to earn a black belt?

Posted by in Blog on July 26, 2016

We have two new black belts in our dojo and every time students trade in their worn green belts for shiny new black ones, I reflect on what it takes to get there. After all, 98% of people who start a martial arts program do not achieve this. No two journeys to black belt are


Building blocks for beginners

Posted by in Blog on April 6, 2016

If you have thought about learning Ninjutsu but lacked the confidence to do so then our Beginners Classes might be what you are looking for. They are designed not only to teach you the basics but they are also lessons in learning how to learn as you progress. Traditionally, our art has been taught in


Five reasons to learn Ninjutsu

Posted by in Blog on March 1, 2016

Here are the 5 top reasons you should learn Ninjutsu. Self defence: Most martial arts are really sports but Ninjutsu was developed for just one purpose – to stay safe – meaning it is purpose-built for self defence in a way that few other arts are. Boost confidence: How can your confidence not grow when


Self defence complexities

Posted by in Blog on February 9, 2016

I am revisiting an old theme here but I think it’s important to do so because someone has asked me the following: My martial arts teacher told me that in a real self defence situation, if you feel threatened you should throw the first punch. Is that right? Is that true? It is a good


5 unique ninja skills

Posted by in Blog on February 3, 2016

Ninjutsu really is different to other martial arts. Here are 5 truly unique ninja skills. Silent walking: Avoiding detection was once a core ninja skill and among the most famous ways they achieved this was by walking silently. There are different methods for walking on different surfaces. Shuriken-jutsu: Everyone loves ninja starts but there is


Reality or the Matrix?

Posted by in Blog on January 5, 2016

One of my favourite movie scenes is in The Matrix when Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) has a brain download and promptly declares “I know Kung Fu” and then shows that he does indeed now know Kung Fu. How cool would that be to be able to download a martial art into yourself the way


Why Ninjutsu is fun

Posted by in Blog on December 3, 2015

Ninjutsu is fun to learn is because it does not involve much boring repetition. If you’ve ever been put off learning a martial art because you fear you will be standing in line punching the air and counting in a foreign language then Ninjutsu is going to be a revelation. Ninjutsu is taught differently. We


A review of Rory Miller’s new book

Posted by in Blog on November 30, 2015

I have just finished reading Rory Miller’s new book titled Conflict Communication: A New Paradigm in Conflict Communication. For those who are not familiar with Rory Miller, he is a martial artist who spent almost two decades working as a prison guard. He shot to a kind of overnight fame in martial arts and self


Warrior wisdom

Posted by in Blog on September 8, 2015

Martial artists are fond of talking about how training has improved their lives and themselves but they are not very good at explaining just how that is so. All the talk about confidence, focus, discipline, commitment, persistence and the like is real enough but it actually undersells the benefits. The Bujinkan arts can be a


Get real

Posted by in Blog on August 31, 2015

“80% of fights go to the ground” “70% of armed assaults involve a knife” Did you believe these common self defence claims? If so you’ve been misled. We have no idea percentage of “fights” go to the ground or what percentage involves a knife (or any weapon) for that matter. These statements should sound like