The Bujinkan New York Dojo (武神館 ニューヨーク道場) was founded in 1987 by Joe Maurantonio, a native New Yorker. Located in Westchester (NY), Our martial arts school is dedicated to the Bujinkan tradition of sharing authentic samurai jujutsu and ninja taijutsu (ninjutsu) arts.
Budo taijutsu (ninjutsu) uses relaxed, natural movement, timing and control of distance to overcome an opponent's speed and strength. Movement is refined for grace and naturalness in all action until power results from mere movement, and evasion from a simple adjustment of position. Weaponry, striking, grappling, choking and throwing as well as methods of leaping and rolling are all disciplines incorporated into our curriculum. This training is one of the rare martial arts undiluted by emphasis on sport competition or artificial rules. Our training emphasizes shinken gata - combat survival techniques.
Bujinkan Dojo Training
The Bujinkan Dojo, or "Warrior Spirit Training Hall," was organized in the mid-1970's by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. This international organization is comprised of nine distinct schools of ancient Japanese samurai and ninja martial arts which trace their lineage back to the ninth century. The Bujinkan Dojo Hombu (main office) is directly supervised by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi from his home in Noda City, Japan. He is recognized as one of the premiere martial artists alive today.
The Bujinkan is a collection of nine martial art family lineages, called ryuha. These ryuha are: Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術), Koto-ryu Koppojutsu (虎倒流骨法術), Kukishinden Happo Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術), Shinden Fudo-ryu Dakentaijutsu (神傳不動流打拳体術), Takagi Yoshin-ryu Jutaijutsu (高木揚心流柔体術), Gikan-ryu Koppojutsu (義鑑流骨法術), Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法體術), Gyokushin-ryu Ninpo (玉心流忍法), and Kumogakure-ryu Ninpo (雲隠流忍法).
The Bujinkan New York Dojo, currently located in Bronxville and Yonkers, is one of the oldest of the International Bujinkan Dojo schools located in the USA. Training focuses on traditional Japanese samurai and ninja martial arts. We offer instruction in these traditional arts of the Bujinkan Dojo under the authority of Joe Maurantonio (Shidoshi) as taught by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi in Noda, Japan.
Ninjutsu In New York
In the early 1980s there were four main NY training groups (called "shibu") authorized by the Stephen Hayes, who was the leading Bujinkan instructor in the USA. Each of these NY groups had a green belt leader and a black belt sponsor. The group leader's job was to share lessons learned from Hayes and his black belts. The black belt sponsor was tasked with mentoring the group and providing clear direction. These New York groups were located in Brooklyn [Jean Pierre S. (leader); Ken Brooks (BB sponsor)], Queens [Robert G. (leader); Dan Johnson (BB sponsor)], Bronx [Phil M. (leader); Darryl Caldwell (BB sponsor)] and upstate New York [Kevin H. (leader); Bud Malmstrom (BB sponsor)]. In 1983, Joe Maurantonio co-founded the Bronx group which trained at Lehman College, Fordham University and nearby environs. In 1986-1987, under the Joe-sensei's leadership, the Bronx group changed their name to Bujinkan New York Dojo.
Masaaki Hatsumi, soke
Masaaki Hatsumi (初見良昭, 2 Dec 1931 - ) is the founder and current head of the Bujinkan Dojo martial arts organization. He currently resides and teaches in Noda, Chiba Prefecture (Japan). He grew up with an avid love of the martial arts.
In 1957, he began making regular (15 hour train rides) trips to learn from Takamatsu. For over fifteen years Hatsumi-soke trained under the supervision of Toshitsugu Takamatsu and in 1972, with the death of his teacher, Hatsumi Sensei became the heir to our authentic ninja tradition.
Hatsumi has written numerous books and articles on philosophy and martial arts that have been translated into many languages. He wrote a weekly column for his newspaper and was the recurring subject of a major Japanese martial arts magazine, Hiden. An accomplished actor and director of both movies and television, he starred in the TV series, coached and directed notable martial arts film stars and spread the martial arts of the Bujinkan throughout the world. He has been recognized by many governments, private organizations and distinguished individuals.
Toshitsugu Takamatsu, previous soke
Toshitsugu Takamatsu (高松寿嗣, 10 March 1889 - 2 April 1972), At age nine, joined his grandfather's dojo. Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu taught him several martial arts, including ninjutsu. From Mizuta Yoshitaro Tadafusa he became menkyo in Hontai Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu and from Ishitani Matsutaro Takakage he mastered Kukishinden Ryu and Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu.
At age 21, he traveled through Mongolia to China, taught martial arts and fought many battles. He taught martial arts at an English school in China and had over 1000 students. He was the bodyguard of the last Chinese Emperor Puyi. He became a Tendai Buddhist priest in 1919. In 1921, he was permitted to copy the Kukishin-ryu and Amatsu Tatara scrolls of the Kuki family. During World War 2, the original scrolls were destroyed. He presented new scrolls to the Kuki family in 1949. He was well known in Japan as a grandmaster of Jujutsu and Bojutsu. He died on 2 April 1972.
Joe Maurantonio, shihan
Maurantonio-sensei was born in New York. After years of martial arts training, he found his passion in ninjutsu. In 1983, he formally began training with Stephen K. Hayes and Darryl Caldwell. In 1986, Joe met Hatsumi-sensei and founded the Bujinkan New York Dojo a year later. In 1991, he was awarded the title of shidoshi (士道師, teacher of the warrior way). He is a senior member of the American Shidoshi Kai, member of the International Bujinkan Hombu and is editor of Ninpo: Wisdom for Life. After 27 years of continuous training, he is ranked as a Ku-i Happo Biken Menkyo Shihan and regularly trains with Hatsumi-soke and other senior Bujinkan instructors from Japan, Australia, Europe, and USA.
Glenn Catania, shidoshi
Catania-sensei is a lifelong New Yorker but moved to Long Island in 2003. He has been training in Togakure ninpo taijutsu since 1986 when he joined a small Bujinkan training group in the Bronx. Catania-sensei first met Hatsumi-soke at the 1991 Texas Taikai. He is the oldest, most senior student of Maurantonio-shihan and currently runs a small training group of his own called the Bujinkan Nassau Dojo. Catania-sensei continues his weekly training at the Bujinkan New York Dojo.
Jesse Lipscher, sensei
Lipscher-sempai joined the Bujinkan New York Dojo in the summer of 2005 after a short hiatus from martial arts training. Discouraged by the commercial nature of most martial arts schools he was drawn to Bujinkan New York Dojo for its authentic martial training and history. Now, years later he enjoys the dojo training and people as much as he did on his first day of class.
John Sarantakos, nidan
Sarantakos-sensei first began karate training in 1987 at the age of 9. It wasn't for him. Five years later, he visited the Bujinkan New York Dojo to watch class with his brother. Though he didn't join, it left enough of a lasting impression that he returned to join in 2003. John was awarded his Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu nidan menkyo in 2014.
Fred Feddeck, shidoshi
Feddeck-sensei lives and works in Westchester, NY. He has been studying the Bujinkan martial arts since 1993 when he began training at the Bujinkan New York Dojo with Maurantonio-shihan. He has been one of the most dedicated students that the BNYD has had since its inception and regularly helps other students dig deep, to find their own way in the martial arts. He received his Shidoshi menkyo in 2003 and continues to train with his sempai. Feddeck-sensei runs the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo.
Don Houle, shidoshi
Houle-sensei began his Bujinkan training in 1986 while living in Massachusetts. After relocating to New Jersey in 1994, he joined the Bujinkan New York Dojo. At the 2003 NJ Tai Kai, he passed the shidoshi test and a year later founded the Bujinkan Happo Dojo (which was a natural outgrowth of his 1995 training group. Don continues his studies in New York with Joe Maurantonio-shihan, in Japan with Hatsumi-soke and takes advantage of the many training opportunities offered by other senior Bujinkan instructors.
Chris Kramer, shodan
More info on Kramer-sensei coming soon.
Bill Lami, nidan
Lami-sensei is a native of New Jersey and began martial arts training in 1985. After 15 years of searching he found the Bujinkan New York Dojo. He first met Hatsumi-soke at the 2001 Tai Kai in Washington, DC. In 2007, enamoured with Bujinkan training, he made his first trip to Japan. Lami-sempai has trained with many senior Bujinkan instructors and often attends seminars in the USA.
Dr. Phil Noto, nidan
Noto-sensei was born in NY and his very first interest was in martial arts. He found and joined the Bujinkan New York Dojo in 1995 at the age of 18. He has trained at a diverse number of Bujinkan events with Hatsumi-soke, shihan and many senior instructors. Noto-sempai is known for his desire to understand the essence of the human condition where medicine and martial arts overlap.
Will Tejera, nidan
Tejera-sensei was born and raised in the NY/NJ area. He started in the Bujinkan back in 1990, and trained with a several instructors before taking time off in 2001 to focus on starting a family and his career. In 2007, he returned to training by joining the Bujinkan New York Dojo.