The Fightshop Welcomes Shidoshi Brian Johnson & Bujinkan!
Shidoshi Brian Johnson Brian started his martial arts training in Tae kwon do where he trained for four years & was an assistant instructor. Later he also trained briefly in Gracie jujitsu but became bored with the sport oriented side of martial arts. In 1995 he began his training as one of the original students of Shihan Jim Geary. He stayed under Sensei Geary's watchful eye until Jim's early death in December of 2005. Brian Passed his Godan test in March 2005 at Hombu Dojo where he tested under Soke Hatsumi. He works as a lineman for AT&T and teaches every Tuesday night.
Darrell Pope Shidoshi - ho
Darrell began training in 2005 & has become an excellent martial artist. He has an uncanny ability to feel holes and weaknesses in techniques which makes him a great instructor. His military background and flow from one technique to another has made his taijutsu a valuable asset to our group. He works as a fiber optic specialist for Jackson Energy Authority & teaches every Monday night.
What is the Bujinkan?
The Bujinkan is an international martial arts organization created by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. It is a collection of nine Japanese ryuha (schools or traditions). Six of the nine schools are traditional samurai arts, and three are ninja arts. Hatsumi Sensei inherited these ryuha from his teacher, the late Toshitsugu Takamatsu, in 1972.
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu translates as “Warrior Way Body Skills.” The art was formerly known as Ninjutsu, but Hatsumi Sensei renamed it, possibly due to inaccurate ideas many people associated with the previous name. Budo Taijutsu emphasizes natural, relaxed movement. In training, one learns to use proper alignment, timing, and distancing to defeat opponents, rather than strength or speed. Taijutsu (unarmed combat) training uses the entire body moving together to provide power. The subtle destruction of the attacker’s balance and rhythm is a primary focus. These principles allow even smaller practitioners to defeat larger and stronger opponents.
The international Bujinkan Dojo is supervised directly by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. Presently, Hatsumi Sensei lives and trains in Noda City, Japan. He teaches at the Ayase Budokan in northern Tokyo, and at the Bujinkan Honbu Dojo in Noda. Hatsumi Sensei is recognized worldwide for his martial arts abilities and his expertise in ancient samurai and ninja arts. The Bujinkan Dojo has hundreds of schools and training groups spread all over the world
"These are a great group of guys to train with. They will welcome you with open arms, no ego and no judgement. Whether you have trained in another art or a beginner they will treat you with respect and will be patient training you."