Musei Tora Bujinkan Shibu

Styles Taught: Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu

Musei Tora Bujinkan Shibu is a very small and private, non-profit study group for the community of Knoxville offering Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu as delivered by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Budo is the Japanese term for combat or warfare and taijutsu means skill of the body; Budo Taijutsu means simply, using the body for combat. While this is a military martial art honed to perfection in secrecy and on the battlefield, training is kept serious, but in a playful and relaxed manner.

Budo Taijutsu training incorporates classical armed and unarmed samurai methods of fighting. This includes traditional and modern tools as well. Because of the effectiveness of the art using shinkengata (actual combat skill), participation in tournaments and contests is strictly prohibited. The techniques were developed to be used in a time of imminent life and death survival and not for a match in a ring.

Budo Taijutsu consists of many different ryu (styles) which are rich in culture and history; and are the great great grandfathers of other Japanese arts such as judo, kendo and aikido. With this history, each ryu has a training specialty/feel: one may focus on attacking the skeletal system while another attacks the muscular or nervous system and another focuses on short or long-range weapons, etc. Any speed, power, or physical effort when used in applications, means the art is being performed incorrectly as taijutsu is not being utilized, but rather, individual selected muscles.

To continue additional education outside of class, members are certified in: AHA CPR, Firearm Safety, Basic/Advanced Tactical Firearms, Patrol Rifle, F.A.T.S. (Firearms Training System), Tactical Shotgun, Taser, Advanced/Tactical Swim Methods

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