In 70s, the door of Togakure ryu ninjutsu was opened to the world. It was introduced to public. Togakure ryu, School of the Hidden Door, founded during the Oho period (1161–1162) by Daisuke Nishina (Togakure). The art was transmited by soke (head of the family) of each generation to this day.
The current soke of Togakure ryu ninjutsu is Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi who is 34th soke of the Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu. Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu becomes a well-known. However, there are nine tradition martial arts which Hatsumi soke have inherited the position of soke. Bujinkan Dojo was founded in Noda, Japan to teach the nine schools to disciples.
The Bujinkan (House of the Divine Warrior), or more properly the Bujinkan Dojo is a tradition martial art organization. At this moment, Bujinkan dojo can be found all over the world.
Hatsumi soke received his initiation into the ways and psyche of the ninja and samurai. Eventually Hatsumi soke inherited from Toshitsugu Takamatsu the ultimate authority and the standing of Grandmaster (Soke) of the following combat systems.
34th Soke of the Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu.
28th Soke of the Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu
28th Soke of the Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hiken
26th Soke of the Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu
21st Soke of the Gyokushin Ryu Ninjutsu
18th Soke of the Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
18th Soke of the Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu
17th Soke of the Tagaki Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
14th Soke of the Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo
Soke’s calligraphy:Bujinkan Tai Okoku Dojo
Bujinkan Thailand Dojo
(Thai:โรงฝึกบูจินกันประเทศไทย; Japanese: Bujinkan Tai Okoku Dojo)
Bujinkan Thailand Dojo was founded in late 90s by Ake Osothongs sensei. We are the first official trainning group of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in Thailand. The training started as a small training group which under support from Doug Wilson Shihan from Japan. The name of Bujinkan Thailand Training group had been received from Hatsumi Masaaki Soke.
Ake passed the sakki test and be the first shidoshi in Thailand in 2004. So, the training group have changed the name to Bujinkan Thailand Dojo.
We offer instruction in martial arts of the Bujinkan Dojo. We train in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, taijutsu (ninjutsu) and the many weapons that are included in the Bujinkan’s repertoire.
Please read Soke Hatsumi’s rules of the Bujinkan. (Bujinkan Guildline)
Head Instructor :
Flt.Lt. Ake Osothongs, Ph.D.
Dai Shihan, Judan Kugyo (Jugodan, 15th dan),
Bugo : Niji ryu
Ake Osothongs is a military officer in Military of Defence, Thailand. He is a disciple of Shiraishi Isamu Shihan. He had experienced in many styles of martial arts before started and selected Bujinkan’s training.
If you went to Hombu dojo during 2013-2017, you may recognize him in Soke’s class in Hombu dojo. He was promoted to Jugodan, the highest rank of Bujinkan and received Golden Dragon Award in 2013. In 2015, he was titled as a “Yushu Shihan”. Then, he received “Dai shihan” title in 2018.
Received Golden Dragon Award in 2013
Received a title “Yushu shihan” award in 2015
Shiraishi sensei, Honbu Dojo 2013
(Image source : Akira Hino’s “Kokoro no Katachi “)
Nutthee Rujirachaivej , Shidoshi
Nutthee is a instructor and responsible for the Bujinkan Thailand Dojo during Ake sensei is in Japan. Nutthee started his training in Bujinkan Thailand Training group before it started, almost 20 years ago. He had several background in martial arts such as karate and Japanese Jujutsu. He passed Sakki test in first cut and became a Shidoshi in Hombu dojo, Japan. Currently, he hold Nana dan (7th dan) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
Recommend reading list for new comer from other sources.
- Bujinkan Guideline http://www.bujinkan.com/guidelines.htm
- Basic manner and Dojo http://fudoan.cdx.jp/english/bugei_e/thought/bugei_phy3.htm
- Budo Etiqutte http://tanukidojo.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/budo-etiquette/
For Bujinkan visitor from other countries
The main class is on Sunday 13.00-15.00 in Thai Army Club, Bangkok.
Bujinkan Thailand dojo is a private dojo. Please contact us before come to the dojo. You can send email to us to confirm training schedule. Please include short introduction about yourself. (please include your rank, dojo name and experience in Bujinkan )
Unfortunately, If you come to visit us as a guest or short time visitor, we cannot promote any rank to you. You should keep contact and train with your direct instructor. (It is a manner in Japanese tradition and also in Thai tradition.)
If you want to join us as a regular student (Plan to move to Thailand), please ask a permission from your instructor before come to the class. That is etiquette and manner. Otherwise, we cannot promote your new rank during the training in Thailand. To continue your next rank, you have to show your Bujinkan’s official rank certificate before join our dojo. Any certificates which is not official bujinkan certificate from soke cannot be accepted. In case you come from other organizations, you have to start from mukyu (white belt).
>>> For new joiner, please bring your t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms when you come to the class. (Do not wear shorts.) Usually students will buy a new uniform after few classes.
In our dojo, we have a prerequisite participants must be 15 years old or above. (Require parental permission for those under 18 years old.)
Information for other dojo in Thailand
Some Bujinkan Thailand Dojo’s members passed sakki test in Japan and received the shidoshi licences. They have been trained in Bujinkan Thailand Dojo for a long times and opened their trainning group for several years. After they received a shidoshi position (fully licensed instructor), their training groups had been changed to dojo which the name of dojo directly received from Soke. (Four dojo’s names based on demon’s names (oni) in the Sorcery of Fujiwara Chikata who started war with the imperial court and command four demons to distress the imperial armies. The four devils were said to have been the original prototype for the ninja.)
If you interest to visit these dojo, please contact the instructor of each dojo directly. Their dojo details and websites are:
1. Bujinkan Ongyoki Dojo (Bujinkan Thonburi Dojo)
Address : Phet Kasem Soi 92, Bangkok (Thonburi Area)
Website : http://www.bujinkan-thonburi.com
2. Bujinkan Oni Dojo (Bujinkan Laksi Dojo)
Address: Chaengwattana Rd., Nonthaburi
Website : http://www.bujinkan-onidojo.com
3. Bujinkan Fuki Dojo (Bujinkan Samutprakan Dojo)
Address: Thanon Thepharak, Samutprakan
Website : http://bujinkan-samutprakan.com
4. Bujinkan Suiki Dojo (Bujinkan Siamsquare Dojo)
Address: Siamsquare, Bangkok
Website : http://bujinkan-suikidojo.com/
5. Bujinkan Ingyoen Dojo (Bujinkan Chonburi Dojo) Address: Siamsquare, Bangkok
Website : http://bujinkan-ingyoendojo.com
For South East Asian countries (ASEAN) visitor
Even if Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu becomes well-known in many countries, it is still new in ASEAN. We received E-mails from ASEAN friends about joining our training and some want to open a training group in their countries.
Let’s me explain it here.
Firstly, if you can follow Bujinkan guidelines, you can join our training. However, you have to train in regular class. There are many classes that you can attend in a week in the dojo and several dojo in Thailand.
Our dojo does not provide any special course/instructor course/private course with any special certificates. If you be promoted to any rank in regular training session, it is an official certificate from Bujinkan. In Thailand, we never charge for rank testing. You just pay for your certificate which it will order directly to Hombu dojo in Japan. (Same as in Japan)
The concept of teaching of martial art can different in each country. So, martial art dojo in many countries become a teaching business. However, our dojo still uses a traditional system which is same with in Japan, we are not business dojo.
Each instructor in our dojo has his own career and does not teach the fighting art for living. So, each instructor can select and teach the art to good students.
Secondly, I understand situations about Bujinkan / Ninjutsu training in South-East Asia. It is different from other regions because we are lacking of the number of certified instructors. (Shidoshi) Also, it is difficult to request Japan’s visa to go to Japan for training. That is not same as citizen in some countries who easily go to Japan without Japan visa. If, your country didn’t have any local Bujinkan dojo, it is still possible for you to training. We recommend you to come and train. There is no short cut in our dojo. It will take few years to reach Shodan (1th degree blackbelt.)
Bujinkan rule allows member to open a training group under the supervision of a certified instructor (shidoshi). The training group is a possible way to keep training, when you cannot find a shidoshi in your area. It is a place for people who interest in Bujinkan, you can train with friends in local area. The person who leads the training group can be a black belt (Dan level), a green belt (Kyu level). However, We recommend that you should have enough experience in your training before open a training group.
We recommend this solution because I had the same experience in past. In Thailand, we started from a small training group.
Now we have more than 20 people who are in black belt level and more than 5 people who are shidoshi. However, it is slow development. We developed it slowly.
Please send email to us if you are from ASEAN and interest in the training.
We do not recommend the video training. It is expensive when you compare with the training cost in the dojo. Then, it cannot transmits the knowledge to students effectively. You need a dojo to train! (We have some students who had experiences in video training. When they come to us, we have to teach them from the starting again. It is more difficult when you stuck with some incorrect understanding and habits.)
What are different between Dojo and Training group ?
– Dojo is a training place run by shidoshi(5th dan of above).
– Training group is a training group that run by any member who could have a black-belt , a green belt or have no rank(Mukyu).
The group leader (1th – 4th dan ) cannot gives the rank to group members in training group by himself.