Welcome to the Vancouver Bujinkan Ninjutsu Dojo
The Bujinkan is the world famous school of Ninjutsu; the martial art created, mastered and perfected by the ancient Japanese Ninja.
Training in Ninjutsu encompasses nearly countless scenarios, which is one of the reasons why military and security forces throughout the world have members within our ranks, including the British SAS, Royal Marines, United States Navy SEALS and FBI, to name a few.
What makes Ninjutsu different from most other martial arts is that it is not a sport. There are no contests, no trophies or prizes for memorizing 'kata' or for landing points in a sparring match. Instead, Ninjutsu focuses on real life scenarios, with the emphasis on true effectiveness and applicability in actual combat.
Expect to learn, against both single and multiple opponents: Hand to hand combat, grappling, 'floor' work, escape and evasion, unarmed vs armed, knife, staff, shuriken (and other thrown weapons), rope, spear and exotic weapons specific to the Ninja, and of course, swords.
Note: Only practice weapons are used within our dojo, and safety is always the first priority of any training session.
As a practitioner you will grow in martial skill and ability regardless of your age, sex, fitness, flexibility or experience in other martial arts-in fact, experience in other martial arts has been known to hamper some individuals' learning.
Whether you are young, old, male or female, new to martial arts or consider yourself an experienced veteran, the Vancouver Bujinkan Ninjutsu Dojo welcomes you.
If you have any questions, feel free to browse through our site and check out our FAQ. We look forward to training with you soon!
— Shidoshi John Hasznosi (5th degree black belt, Bujinkan Ninjutsu)
about the bujinkan
Bujinkan Dojo Budo Taijutsu (or 'Taijutsu' as it is currently referred to) is truly an all encompassing martial art, passed down from generations of Ninja over a period of more than 900 years. A common misconception of the Ninja is that they were simply assassins for hire, but a much closer metaphor would be to compare them to modern day special forces. Their training and skill level was extreme, not only in the physical sense but in their application of technology of the time. Unlike many other martial arts known in the world today, a basic underlying principle of Ninjutsu is adaptation and growth. In short, while tradition is respected and important, rigid repetition for the sake of tradition is discarded. Ninja have persevered and survived by adapting and changing to meet the situations presented to them, both in combat and in practice. In effect, Ninjutsu is as important a tool today as it was 900 years ago at its inception. It has grown, adapted and continued its tradition of persevering in the face of any adversity.
While this is a bold statement, we believe Ninjutsu to be the most complete and effective martial art in existence to date. It encompasses an incredible variety of weapons, perhaps more than any other art in the world. The art is a cultivation of the spirit of the combatant, in order that the practitioner survive virtually any situation.
In short, Taijutsu is your source for complete training. Not only is cross training in other martial arts unnecessary, it is strongly discouraged. Don't let a narrow mind and short patience deter you from achieving your training goals.
John Hasznosi was born in Wolverhampton, England, in 1975. At the age of 8 years old he enrolled in a Wado-Ryu Karate school where he put on his first white belt.
After moving to Vancouver Canada, John first learned of the Bujinkan through books at the local library. He read about Masaaki Hatsumi and his training, but there were no teachers at that time in the Vancouver area.
Before studying Ninjutsu, John tried other martial arts, such as Wing Chun (Chinese Kung Fu) and Thai Kickboxing. Despite enjoying the training, the more he trained, the more questions he had, and the more difficult it became to find answers.
It was not until years later, by stroke of luck, that a friend and training partner mentioned that he'd found a school offering instruction in Bujinkan Ninjutsu. At first skeptical of its authenticity, he and his friend attended a demonstration put on by the school in Vancouver, and John was immediately enthralled. It was exactly what he'd been looking for.
Still a college student, he began his studies in Bujinkan Ninjutsu in 1995, and continued training until the Vancouver location's eventual close just a few years later. Again by stroke of luck, a chance at a trip to Japan had been arranged through a colleague at his part time job. Though he didn't realize at the time, the trip would be a turning point in John's martial arts training-not to mention his life.
To his complete surprise, it was on this trip to Japan where John was able to meet and train with Masaaki Hatsumi himself! Meeting and training with Soke was, in John's words, the most incredible experience of his life. The event was confirmation that anything really is possible if you put your mind to it.
As soon as he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Psychology, John left Canada once again for Japan to continue in his training. Living less than an hour from the dojo, he trained for his 7 year duration with Soke Hatsumi and the Japanese Shihan, including Shiraishi Sensei, Senno Sensei, Noguchi Sensei and many others. He of course also trained with many of the other top practitioners from across the globe, and considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world because of this experience. Few people are granted the opportunity to train with Soke Hatsumi in person, and far fewer still have had the honour of training with him and the other Shihan for more than half a decade.
After passing the Godan Test, and attaining his 5th degree black belt, John became fully qualified to open his own Bujinkan dojo and also has the authority to rank other members up to Yondan (4th degree black belt).
John is currently living and teaching overseas.
Schedule & Fees
- Mondays + Fridays 6 month package
- Mondays + Fridays
- Drop In
- Class Times: Monday and Friday - 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
- First class is free!
- $75 / Month
- $90 / Month
- $50 / Month
- $50 / Month
- $15 / Class
Monthly fees are due upon the student's first class of each month (e.g., should a student choose to start training in the middle of January, the entire monthly fee for January still applies, and expires at the end of January). Instead, student's may opt to pay the drop in fee at any time.
Please note: Missed classes due to any reason are non-refundable and do not carry over to future months.
Bujinkan Membership Fee
- $35 / Year (varies slightly dependent upon currency exchange rates)
- $35 per Kyu Grade (9th kyu to 1st kyu)
- $150 (approx) for Shodan (1st degree black belt). Black belt ranks subject to Japanese fees and may change.
- Contact an instructor for grading schedules.
Uniforms and Equipment
- Uniforms and equipment can be purchased from any martial arts store such as Golden Arrow, Mikado or Bushido.
- Some stores may offer discounts for students of the Vancouver Bujinkan Dojo. Contact an instructor for more information.
Dojo Rules & Guidelines
Please take the time to read through the official Bujinkan Guidelines set out by Masaaki Hatsumi.
In addition, below is a list of guidelines to be followed by members of the Vancouver Bujinkan Ninjutsu Dojo. This is to ensure the safest and most positive atmosphere for all our instructors and students.
- Training in other martial arts within the Vancouver Bujinkan Ninjutsu Dojo is strictly prohibited.
- Communicate with your partner. Only through proper communication can practitioners ensure the safest possible training environment.
- Practice what is being taught. While variation is useful, it should not be used as an excuse to ignore the training being put forward by the instructor.
- Whenever possible, members are to attend class wearing a black, heavy duty do-gi and pants. However, comfortable sports clothes (e.g. sweat pants / t-shirt) are also fine.
- Keep jewelery to a minimum. Wearing finger rings and earrings is potentially very dangerous and to be avoided.
- Please make every effort to wear the appropriate rank to class. If you have questions regarding the appropriate belt/badge, please ask your instructors.
- Come to class with an open mind and be ready to learn.
- Lateness is sometimes unavoidable. If you are late, enter the training area as quietly as possible and try not to disturb others.
- Keep discussion of other martial arts to a minimum. This is very important as it helps with focusing attention to where it is needed most: on your Ninjutsu training.
- Bring to class only those weapons allowed under the Criminal Code of Canada. Examples of prohibited weapons include metal chains, metal Shuriken (throwing stars) & switchblades.
- Body contact is inevitable within the dojo. Members must keep their body, hair and feet clean at all times when attending the dojo.
Vancouver Bujinkan Ninjutsu Dojo – FAQ
- Q. For my first class: Do I need to make an appointment? What equipment / clothes do I need?
- Q. What does ’Bujinkan’ mean?
- Q. What does ’Ninjutsu’ mean?
- Q. What is a Dojo?
- Q. Do I need to be: Experienced in martial arts? Extremely Fit? Flexible??
- Q. Do you sell uniforms or training equipment?
- Q. Are there women in the Bujinkan?
- Q. Are there any contests? Where are all the Bujinkan trophies?
- Q. Do you have kata like other martial arts? How many do I need to remember to get my belt ranks?
- Q. Weren’t Ninja just assassins?
- Q. What’s the point in learning Ninjutsu today? Isn’t it dated? When will I ever come up against a guy with a sword?
- Q. Do Ninja: walk on water; fly; disappear in thin air; turn into cats; use magic; cast spells?
Please contact us with any questions or feedback
Matt Dudzinski is the current instructor at Vancouver Bujinkan, while John is living overseas. Since the school's inception, Matt has been a student, and after receiving his black belt he began teaching. Over the past 20 years, Matt has studied various other martial arts besides Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, including, but not limited to, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun Kung Fu, and Kyudo.
After living in Japan, Matt moved back to Canada and settled in Vancouver. While searching for a new martial art, he discovered Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. He was immediately drawn to the art due to its comprehensive nature. Very few other martial arts combine so many aspects, such as grappling, striking, joint locks and weapons use.
In class, Matt focuses on expressing the holistic nature of the Bujinkan while applying the foundations (Kihon) to all techniques and situations, always with an emphasis on safety.
Parry received his black belt from John in 2013. He particulatly enjoys the concept of "everything goes" in Bujinkan. Ancient ninja had no rules! He encourages students training in different scenarios for open hand / kick / weapon / wrestling / ground-fighting, so they can sharpen their art to be highly applicable in real life.
Parry also trained in other martial art styles like Tibet Lama Kung Fu, Taichi, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Brazilian Jujitsu and Muai Thai for the past 25 years.
Jesse Clinock has been a student of this dojo since 2010 and previously trained in Aikido and Capoeira. Jesse is also a student of mindfulness and is interested in developing confidence through being aware of the natural connection between body, mind and Earth. He has stuck with Taijutsu because of it's emphasis on natural movement, subtlety and right mind.