Our purpose is to give value for time and effort in the arena of martial arts. This Martial art is Ninjutsu.
The Ninjutsu we study and teach is presented to us by Grand Master Masaaki Hatsumi. This art is serious self defense and never a sport. It evolved over a period of one thousand years from experiences on the battlefield. Only the survivors were able to teach what had kept then alive. It was critical for every member of the group to be as skilled as possible because the survival of each individual depended upon the skills of all. Their training was a cooperative effort for mutual benefit. As it was centuries ago, our ART today is able to adapt to each time and situation.
All Dojos will be closely supervised by at least one Shidoshi. A Shidoshi is defined as a person with a 5th degree black belt or higher. It shall be the responsibility of all Shidoshi to insure that the correct, beneficial philosophy is used within the dojo. It is also the Shidoshi's responsibility to insure the quality of training-- the two can not be separated.
Our purpose is to create an environment of close friendship and trust, a family, in which the techniques and philosophy of Ninjutsu can be taught with the highest degree of safety. The importance of fostering this close family atmosphere cannot be over-emphasized.
Any and all attitudes that would hinder this atmosphere must be kept out of the dojo or other training areas. Training must always be keyed to the level of competence of the student. There should never be a feeling of intimidation. It is therefore recommended that the speed used in the practice of a technique should always be slower than expected. If an error is to be made, let it be made on the side of safety. Since cooperation is essential to learning this art, a competitive attitude directed at others within the dojo should be viewed with grave concern.
Our instructors have invested heavily their time, effort, and money in order to attain understanding of this art. It is right and proper that the student also invest in his/her learning and growth with time, effort, and a reasonable financial commitment. In fact, the student must invest his or her time and effort in order to learn.
If you feel you can listen, evaluate, and learn; if you are willing to discipline yourself to work with others for mutual benefit, then welcome.
WELCOME TO THE PENNSYLVANIA BUJINKAN DOJO.
Eric Garner, Merry Martin
Mike Leskin, Jim Foley
Dolly Martin, Gale Sterner
Ed Martin, Greg Stough
Mike Cooper, Bruce MacDaniel