Bujinkan KyôShin Dojo.
武神館 鏡心道場
Much more than your average martial arts club! 

The Bujinkan Dojo. 

Based in Noda City, Japan, the Bujinkan is the dojo of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, linear Grandmaster of 9 living warrior traditions, or "Ryu", some dating back to the 11th century.

These systems of combat have survived the centuries, as they have always adapted to the times, and remain just as relevent now in the 21st century. The focus is on avoidance of danger, but dealing with confrontation swiftly and efficiently. This is not an art diluted by sports, but a true set of practical battlefield and civilian protection methods. We practice both the historical forms and modern applications, in unarmed and armed methods.

There is much more to our training than this, as we strive to develop a healthy body, calm mind, and strong spirit which can cope with whatever life throws at us. Budo / Ninpo is much more than fighting, it is a way of living powerfully and in harmony with nature, and seeing life and obstacles as a challenge.

Hatsumi Soke retired from teaching in 2020 and has passed the 9 schools to his senior students, while remaining overall Bujinkan Soke. 

Pictures; Hatsumi Soke demonstrating healing methods and armoured combat methods. 

Bujinkan Kyoshin Dojo


We are a small, freindly dojo practicing Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, based in Morley, near Leeds, UK as part of the Bujinkan Dojo.

The club Dojo-Cho is Jenn Fletcher, Shidoshi. Sensei Jenn has been training in both European and Eastern martial arts since 1986. She has trained with many master instructors in Japan, North America and Europe and passed the famous Bujinkan 5th dan test in 2018 in Honbu Dojo, Nodashi. 

Training in Kyoshin Dojo focusses not just on combat skills, but also traditional Japanese ways of holistic balance including Meisôgata (meditation), Kikô (Qigong), Junan taiso (Japanese Yoga), Seishoku Sieikatsu (Nutrition and lifestyle) and Amatsu traditional medicine. We train both inside and outside, in all weathers, as learning about surviving our environment is part and parcel of training. 

We are not storefront Karate, and grades must be earned with hard work, sweat and brains. 


Pictures; L; training with Daishihan Andrew Young. R; Shidoshi Jenn with Soke and Daishihan Paul Masse. 

What is Taijutsu? 

Taijutsu literally means "body science". Taijutsu is a hands on combat art and involves giving and receiving strikes, locks, throws, massage, and weapons use. We study anatomy and physiology, which naturally leads to healing and life sustaining aspects.

Budo training will challenge you mentally, socially and emotionally. If you are not ready to sweat, cry, grow, fall down, get up, laugh, adapt, overcome and change to become a more amazing person, it's not for you!

Beginners start off relatively gently and training increases in challenge level as you progress.
The more you put into this art, the more it gives back; although you can just come to class once a week, if you want to get the most from it then 90% of training is done in your own time. This includes daily stretching, meditation, nutrition, reading and study. It's a simple but powerful integrated lifestyle approach which has been practiced for hundreds of years.

We aim to be happier, healthier and better protected and have the confidence and courage to love and live life in a harmonious manner.  

Training includes; 

  • Self protection; protecting yourself, family and environment.
  • Dodging, rolling, evasion, escape.
  • Unarmed and armed combat skills- locks, strikes, throws, tool use, etc.
  • Traditional and modern tools and weapons.
  • Martial, civilian and life strategies.
  • Meditation, yoga and ki for flexability and strength in body, mind and spirit.
  • Personal and spiritual development
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Principles and application of Japanese medicine.
  • Nutrition, lifestyle and community
  • Strategy, psychology and conflict resolution.
    And much, much more!

    We take our training seriously, but have a lot of fun growing and learning together- our classes are relativeley informal bar safety and traditional Japanese courtesy.

    Instructors and students are insured through the British Combat Association.  

If this sounds like fun to you, please enquire for a chat to work out if Budo is right for you and you are right for our group. Students must be 18+ to join. 

Covid Update; if you would like to join, we are accepting new memebers for try outs and hope to be back to our usual syllabus at some stage. Keeping ourselves safe, and protecting others is paramout, so please note new members are expected to show proof of up to date covid vaccination for acceptance and adhere to dojo hygeine protocols.

For enquieries and more information, please go to our Facebook Page. 

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