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My name is Mats Hjelm and I have been training Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu under Masaaki Hatsumi Sōke for the past 35 years or so. Read more about me here.

All the time since I started training I’ve been keeping notes that progressively became manuals and then books. First they was for myself, then to my students and now I thought it is time to make it public.

So here is the first book coming, it is all about the basics, something I wish I had when I started training. Bujinkan is a huge system with many schools (ryū-ha (traditions)) and it would be impossible to cover everything in a book. Hatsumi Sōke published many books, videos and publications (I collected and have almost all of them). Every time I learned something new I added it to my own notes. The purpose of this book is to be a training guide, reference and help for everyone training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, from beginners up to 5’th Dan.

What is covered in this book is

Etiquette and traditions that will help everyone to get comfortable in the Dōjō, from what are we saying in the starting and closing ceremony and what does it mean and why. What is the official uniform, how do I tie the belt so it looks like I’m a pro. How do I bow not looking like Karate Kid. Understanding the Rules of the Bujinkan. How to not look like a fool in front of others in the Dōjō and. And much more.


The whole Ten-Chi-Jin Ryaku no maki which is the three levels of techniques most Bujinkan Dōjō use. There have been a few different versions through all the years. I have included all of them and rearranged some, and even added a few more techniques to make it more representative. For example there was only one Muto-dori technique (I added two more), there was only three seated techniques (I added two more). There is a concept of Kihon technique which is the basic way of doing a described technique, sometimes they added 1-5 Ura-Waza to each Kihon technique to add more examples. I added two Ura-waza to each Kihon Happy technique, and a few other techniques to give beter understanding to the techniques. This is not to be confused with Henka which is never written down in the Densho. Henka is more spontaneous techniques you do because you have to, it is like adjusting because what you started doing will not work. There are thousands Henka to each technique and pointless to even try to describe.

When and if the book is released I will add the full content list here.

But first I will show Hatsumi Sōke on my next trip in January 2018 what I’ve done and ask for his permission to release the book. I can understand if he says no, I’ve put 35 years into this book and maybe you don’t deserve to get everything so easy. Maybe it will trap you in my way of thinking and it is better if everyone evolve without too much influence (I don’t know). Anyway it is the correct way I think.

I’ll keep you updated here and on twitter.

Happy Training!



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Dean taught Kihon happo techniques with “shinken kata style”, realistic fighting applications. He first taught unarmed basic and then quickly moved on to do it more realistic, covering all kinds of weapons.

Dean Rostohar teaches Kihon happo techniques with “shinken kata style”. Unarmed also knife and pistol techniques at Kaigozan Dojo from September 2007.

We also added a few clips from his shooting videos so you can see how it is done with a real gun against targets.

Who is Dean Rostohar

Dean Shihan has a lot of experience from real fighting in the independence war of Croatia, and also from his time in the police force. He was born 1965 and started training Martial Arts at the age of 10. He have experience from many martial arts styles but he was not completely satisfied with them until he found the warrior art – Bujinkan Ninjutsu/Ninpo Taijutsu. For his full resume, check out his websites. http://www.bujinkan.hr http://www.specwog.bujinkan.hr

If you want to sponsor a seminar or course, please don’t hesitate to contact him. For more information see his web site http://www.kesshi.com


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We had Duncan Stewart here in Stockholm for a seminar in the beginning of April 2010. We filmed all the trainings and release them on two separate DVDs, each one is 2 hours long, we also released another DVD from the extra training where he taught Kihon Happo.


Kihon Happō is the most fundamental and important unarmed fighting techniques in the Bujinkan system.

On this DVD Duncan show the basic techniques, henka and more advanced. Without weapons and with weapons, also the connection to this years theme Rokkon-shoujou.

Mats Hjelm Shihan from Sweden and Jukka Nummenranta Shihan from Finland also contributed to this training.

Budo is not about instruction. It is about learning to teach yourself. This is the first thing I want people who attend the Bushinden Kai to understand. We are all on our own Shugyo. We must take responsibility for ourselves, while developing the heart and compassion of the Bujinkan Bugeisha.

Who is Duncan Stewart

Duncan Stewart has been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu since 1988 and is ranked Judan Kugyo. He has lived in Japan since 2004 and trains consistently with Hatsumi Soke, Nagato Shihan, Noguchi Shihan, Someya Shihan and Someya Shihan. He is often uke and asked to demonstrate at classes.
Duncan was Nagato Shihans sole uke at the Bujinkan Honbu for two years when studying direct from the Gyokko Ryu Densho and the Kukishinden Ryu.

If you want to sponsor a seminar or course, please don’t hesitate to contact him. For more information see his web site tazziedevil.wordpress.com


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Kihon Happō is the most fundamental and important unarmed fighting techniques in the Bujinkan system.

On video Mats show the basic techniques. Each technique have two ura-waza and many henka. Included is for example Oni-kudaki, Muso-dori, Ō-gyaku and more as ura-waza techniques on this movie.

Please note that Mats added two techniques as ura-waza to each Kihon-happo technique, this is not common practice in the Bujinkan,.. yet?

The techniques in Kihon Happo is…


- ICHIMONJI (+ two ura waza & henka)
- HICHŌ (+ two ura waza & henka)
- JŪMONJI (+ two ura waza & henka)


- OMOTE GYAKU DORI (+ two ura waza & henka)
- OMOTE GYAKU KEN SABAKI (+ two ura waza & henka)
- URA GYAKU DORI (+ two ura waza & henka)
- MUSHA DORI (+ two ura waza & henka)
- GANSEKI NAGE (+ two ura waza & henka)

The video is 100 minutes long. Instruction was in Swedish, but Mats added comments in English to each explanation in the video.

Who is Mats Hjelm

Mats Hjelm started training in Bujinkan for the first time around 1983, but it wasn’t until 1986 he had the opportunity to start training more seriously under a Shidôshi. He met Hatsumi Sôke for the first time in 1988. He attends around 20 seminars, go to Japan 2-3 times every year. Since he started training he never had a training break. He takes his budo training very seriously!

If you want to sponsor a seminar or course, please don’t hesitate to contact him. For more information see his web site http://www.kesshi.com


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Title: Bujinkan Kihon #2
Instructors: Holger Kunzmann, Bujinkan Shihan
Theme: Kihon Happo ans Sanshin no Kata with the feeling of Togakure-ryu Ninpo
Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden February 2008
140 Minutes playing time top quality
Language: English

In February 2008 he came to visit us in Stockholm, Sweden to give a seminar on this years theme. This is from the extra training and first hours from the seminar where he teach Kihon Happo and Sanshin no kata.

Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden February 2008

Who is Holger Kunzmann?

Holger’s main interest in Bujinkan is the basics. And he has become quite famous for his excellent taijutsu and very good knowledge and skill of the basics in Bujinkan.
Holger’s web site… http://www.bkd-reutlingen.de/