Rivers Edge Bujinkan Dojo

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Ninjutsu

(with Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu and Modernized Ninjutsu techniques and variations)

Shidoshi Mark Murdock and Doshi Richard Van Donk

This picture was taken after I successfully passed my Godan, 5th Dan test in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 21, 2019.

Rivers Edge Bujinkan Dojo was founded in February 2003.

Head Instructor Shidoshi Mark Murdock, 5th degree black belt Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Ninjutsu.

Rivers Edge Bujinkan Dojo is in the same building as Southern School of Martial Arts. We teach authentic Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu) and techniques from Ninpo Taijutsu and some modernized Ninjutsu technique variations.

The art we teach is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Ninjutsu and it is the historical version of the art. This is the real authentic martial art of the Ninja.

In the real Ninjutsu style, there’s striking, throwing techniques, grappling, joint locks with throws and take downs, weapon techniques and disarms, exotic weapons not normally seen in other martial art styles and the use of stealth and survival training.

This is a great martial art for self defense, self protection and the protection of others.

We’re currently accepting students. Please call 919-753-7964 for more information or to enroll. We do have a free week trial in the class as well as the Ju-Jitsu class.

Currently we’re teaching Ninjutsu on the Ju-Jitsu class nights on a different section of mats. Once we have eight or more Ninjutsu students I’ll schedule those classes at different times on different days.

Here is a better definition of the art. These are the schools (Ryu) that make up the Bujinkan.

There are nine main martial traditions that comprise the Bujinkan Dojo training:

Togakure Ryu
Was founded by Diasuke Nishina who was raised as a vassal of Kiso Yoshinaka in the early 12th century. When Yoshinaka’s army was defeated in battle, Diasuke escaped to Iga. There he learned various martial skills such as kosshijutsu and kenjutsu from Kagakure Doshi. It was initially called Togakure Ryu Happo Biken but has been called by various names since that time. Togakure Ryu is known for its use of tekko, senban nage and shinodake (4-foot breathing tube).

Gyokko Ryu
It is believed that a Chinese person named Ikai introduced this art to Japan in the 8th century. According to Hatsumi Sensei, that person could also be somebody (kai) from a foreign (i) country. It is assumed that this kosshijutsu was based on Chinese martial arts. Although kosshijutsu means “to be able to knock down an enemy with one finger”, it can also signify the “backbone” [spine] of the martial arts.

Kukishinden Ryu
The founder of this tradition was Yakushimaru Kurando Takazane, a palace guard of Emperor Godaigo in the 1330’s. He was awarded the family name of Kuki (nine demons) for his spirited fighting and rescue of the Emperor. In addition to bo, yari, shuriken and unarmed fighting methods, this tradition is well known for its bojutsu and kenjutsu. Due in part to the Kuki family’s activities as suigun (navy) they adapted a low fighting posture that permitted better balance on turbulent waters. This tradition is related to Kukishin Ryu which is well known for its bojutsu.

Shinden Fudo Ryu
This ryu was founded by Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru. A characteristic of this ryu is its recognition of shizen (“natural”) as the only necessary posture of defense. However, in reality, a person imagines a posture of defense in his mind and places himself on guard. This tradition has two sections of fighting (dakentaijutsu & jutaijutsu) as well as the philosophy of not drawing a sword unless absolutely necessary.

Koto Ryu
This art was founded in the middle of the 16th century by Toda Sankyo Ishinsai who had learned Gyokko Ryu from Gyokkan, a Buddhist monk. Koppojutsu originally came from ancient China and was also called Goho, which was characterized by its use of hidden weapons. The first kanji of koppo (kotsu) means bone, but can have the deeper meaning of “knack”.

Gikan Ryu
Founded by Unryu Hangan Gikanbo, Daimyo of Kawachi Province. He developed this art from his lessons in kosshijutsu. The lessons of this tradition are almost totally unknown to the public and many of its secret techniques were handed down from soke to soke only.

Takagi Yoshin Ryu
Traces its lineage back to the 16th century scroll Rinpo Hiden which was studied by Ito Ki-i no Kami. This tradition was founded by Takagi Oriemon Shigenobu. This art developed through the years and has strong links to Takeuchi Ryu, Kukishin Ryu and Hontai Yoshin Ryu. This tradition teaches to always remain calm and flexible like the willow.

Gyokushin Ryu
This art is a branch of kosshijutsu and was founded by Sasaki Goemon Teruyoshi. Characteristics of this tradition include its unique usage of nawa nage (rope throwing) and espionage techniques. The secrets of this tradition have only been hinted about by the current grandmaster.

Kumogakure Ryu
This martial art was founded by Heinaizaemon Ienaga Iga (Kumogakure Hoshi) who was also believed to be the originator of Iga Ryu Ninjutsu. The special skills of this tradition include its use of the kamayari (sickle spear) and kote uchi (forearm striking) techniques. Much of the training in this tradition is said to be likened to the taijutsu and philosophies of escape and evasion techniques in Togakure Ryu.

Other training:
As well as the above mentioned Bujinkan traditions our dojo training also encompasses several other martial traditions as well. For instance, our kusari fundo training comes from Masaaki Ryu, while our daisho sabaki training comes from Takagi Yoshin Ryu, and our black belt level Shinken Gata training is derived from the philosophies and strategies of samurai hundreds of years ago. Some weapon training is derived from Kukishin Ryu and other ryu.