BUJINKAN BRISBANE NINJUTSU : SHINKEN DOJO
Adult and Kids Martial Arts
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat do I need to do if I am interested in joining? Please contact us first and you are welcome along to one of our scheduled classes on Thursday or Saturday. If you have little or no previous experience, one of our senior students will help you on your first few classes to take you through the basics until you are at a level to join in with the regular classes.
We recommend participating in a few classes before joining as a member. Are there any restrictions on age? You will need to be age 15 or over to join an adult class. There is no upper age limit.
Kids need to be at least 4 years old to start. Can I train despite previous injuries, mobility issues and/or disabilities? Your training will be modified to take into account any previous injuries and mobility issues or disabilities you may have. What do I or my child need to bring to my first session? To start out wear loose, comfortable sportswear – you can train in bare feet. If you have a martial arts uniform of another style or club you can wear that too. You should also bring water and a towel. Can I just come and watch a session? Yes, absolutely you can just watch a session to get an idea of the class. However you will get a better idea of our training if you participate.
Parents are welcome to bring their kids along to watch if they are keen. Can I organise private lessons with you? No, sorry we currently don’t offer private sessions. Can I train in another Bujinkan dojo at the same time as I train here? Yes that is fine to train at another dojo. Can I train in another martial art at the same time as I train here? Yes just be aware of the different styles and requirements. What is the uniform of your club? The uniform of our dojo for adults and kids is a black gi (training suit). Male kyu ranks wear a green belt and female kyu ranks may wear a green or red belt.
A club t-shirt can be purchased to wear under your gi. In summer just the club t-shirt is worn with gi pants and belt.
Thin-soled footwear such as tabi, (martial arts shoes) or joggers may also be worn at the dojo.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
With regular training it takes about two to five years at our club.
Can I keep my rank from another Bujinkan dojo or do I have to start again?
Yes, we recognise your previous rank.
Is there study of meditation or “spiritual” training?
No, although there may be value in pursuing this we are solely martial arts school and training is based around the study of Japanese martial arts only.
Do you sell equipment and / or uniforms?
A gi can be purchased from either Queensland Martial Arts Supplies in Spring Hill. Or RMR at Mt Gravatt.
The club t-shirt can be purchased from the dojo
Equipment can be purchased through the dojo from a supplier based in Nerang
What is the Bujinkan ranking system?
The system of menkyo (diploma) in the Bujinkan is
unique. Menkyo are given in Bujinkan Dojo Budo Taijutsu and are
issued from Japan.
Kyu Levels – Beginners
1st Dan to 4th Dan – Ten (Heaven) / Shoden (Lower Level)
5th Dan to 9th Dan – Chi (Earth) / Chuden (Middle Level)
10th Dan to 15th Dan – Jin (Man) / Okuden (Advanced Level)
The 11th to 15th Dan are broken into Chi (earth), Sui (water), Ka (fire), Fu
(wind) and Ku (void).
The 5th Dan test is to avoid a training sword cut at you from behind by a 15th
Dan. The test must be performed under the supervision of the grandmaster. Once
a person is 5th Dan they may be issued with a shidoshi
menkyo (teaching license).
Is this a school of ninjutsu?
The Bujinkan is often thought of as a school of ninjutsu and many people
enquire who are interested in the ninja and ninjutsu. Hatsumi-sensei describes
the name “ninjutsu” as only a nickname and a great deal of his media work in
TV, film, magazines and books has focussed on the topic of ninjutsu. Also
within the nine schools of the Bujinkan three of them contain the name “ninpo”.
Even so it should be made clear from the start that our school is a school of
“Ko-budō / Ko-bujutsu” (traditional Japanese martial art) and not a “ninja