The curriculum for training up to the level of Shodan (1st Degree black belt) is drawn from the nine martial arts schools that are housed in the Bujinkan organization. The true name for the art that we study today is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, also known as Ninpo Taijutsu – Ninjutsu. This art is a compilation of skills that are drawn from each of these nine traditional martial schools.
Possession of these skills was a necessity for survival in Japan’s turbulent past, and in spite of their age, they still remain extremely practical for today’s use. Much of the curriculum is based upon the Ten Chi Jin no Maki, (Principled book of Heaven, Earth, Man).
Although there is no complete text book available that describes every skill from any of these nine schools, we do recommend that as a member of the Bujinkan, you purchase a copy of the book “Ninjutsu: History and Tradition” by Dr. Massaaki Hatsumi.
You will find that it compliments this training as it is well illustrated with very good descriptions of many of the current and historical aspects of the art.
The nine schools of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu