Martial arts are not about fighting they are about not fighting. The best fight is the one that does not occur. Often people training in the martial arts are only looking for an efficient way to injure somebody under the pretext of “self defense”.
In the Bujinkan we focus much more on the Tactical defense vs self defense. A tactical defense will let you know the risks before you reach a situation where you will have to fight.
The Bujinkan system is led by Sôke Hatsumi Masaaki in Japan and regroups 9 old martial systems (ryû) going back through the centuries to the early times of warfare in Japan. The main aspect of fighting developed in Japan during the Muromachi period that preceded the famous Edo period where warfare was not allowed anymore. Everything we know about the samurai and the ninja comes from this recent period of japanese history. What we practice in our dôjô took place a hundred years before the peace time.
All modern Gendai Budô where created after the Edo period during the Meiji restauration (end of 19th century). They developed later into sport systems and are known today as the martial arts. But in reality they are far away from the attitude of the martial ways of the old days. There is no judgement of value here simply the Bujinkan offers another way to look at Budô.
I have training more than 40 years in “martial arts” including 26 years in the Bujinkan. Being a Daishihan of the Bujinkan I give seminars all over the world and travels three times a year to Japan to train under the Sôke (more than 70 trips so far, and counting).
I will do my best to write here as often as possible and I hope that by sharing my experiences I will help other to find their own way.
The name “Shiro Kuma” (polar bear), is a nickname given by Sôke back in 1986.
Bujinkan Shihan, Menkyo Kaiden Tachi Waza