Soke Masaaki Hatsumi : ~
Dr. Hatsumi unified the nine martial arts systems under one banner, the Bujinkan. Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi has tought thousands of individual students through out the years from all over the world, in addition to instructing hunderds law enforcement agencies. He has been honored and praised from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. He is a professional osteopath by trade, acted in popular Japanese television series, produced many book and DVDs on Ninjustu and Budo, and has for many years been vice chairman of the Japan Literary Artists´ Club.
Masaaki Hatsumi, founder and grandmaster of the Bujinkan martial arts system, was awarded by the Japanese government the International Culture Award. This the highest honor given for cultural exchange, was bestowed on Dr. Hatsumi by a member of the Imperial Household on November 22, 1999.
Instructor of the Year by Blackbelt magazine, Dr. Hatsumi is best known for "opening the doors" to Ninjutsu to non-Japanese. As grandmaster of the Bujinkan dojo, Dr. Hatsumi actively traveled the world for over 20 years sharing the teachings of Budo Ninpo Taijutsu as passed to him by his teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. Each year, Dr. Hatsumi holds an international Daikomyosai (gathering) for training in Japan. Additionally, thousands of eager students from scores of countries also travel to Japan throughout the year for training with Dr. Hatsumi.
a)Ryû-ha School Lineage
b)Togakure Ryû Concealing Door School 34th Grandmaster
c)Gyokko Ryû Jewel Tiger School 28th Grandmaster
d)Kukishinden Ryû 9 Demons Divine Transmission School 28th Grandmaster
e)Shinden Fudô Ryû Divine Transmission Immovable School 26th Grandmaster
f)Gyokushin Ryû Jewel Heart School 21st Grandmaster
g)Kotô Ryû Tiger Knock-down School 18th Grandmaster
h)Takagi Yôshin Ryû High-Tree Raise-Heart School 17th Grandmaster
i)Gikan Ryû Regard for Justice School 15th Grandmaster
j)Kumogakure Ryû Concealing Clouds School 14th Grandmaster
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The Bujinkan Organization, founded by Masaaki Hatsumi in 1978, is one of the many organizations claiming to teach ninjutsu as three of the nine martial art schools of Bujinkan are said to be ninjutsu schools. These claims are opposed by some historians of koryu arts.
In Rekishi dokuhon Masaaki Hatsumi said he was Takashi Ueno's student at age 24, and until age 29 only sometimes wrote letters to Toshitsugu Takamatsu who was then Ueno Takashi's teacher; though the certificate Takamatsu gave Hatsumi naming him 34th head of Togakure ryu is dated March 1958. There are films of them training together over a long period of several years and in interviews with Ryutaro Koyama, Takamatsu confirmed that Hatsumi had been training with him since 1958. Following this, in the Bugeicho (11/1963) Hatsumi states he only trains with Takamatsu once every three months on weekends.
The Bugeicho (11/1963) editor Kiyoshi Watatani states that Hatsumi's ideas and lineage are only his ideas and have no proof to support them, but later in the year independent history scholar and author Ryutaro Koyama published his first book on the Togakure ryu entitledKore wa ninjutsu da! Koyama followed up the following year with an expanded book called Shinsetsu Nihon ninja retsuden,The Kakutogi No Rekishi also lists several of the Bujinkan Ryuha and martial arts authority Yumio Nawa also examined and confirmed the Togakure ryu's historical status in his 1972 book Ninjutsu no kenkyu (Ninchibo Shuppansha). Watatani, editor of the Bugeicho who had said that there was no proof to Hatsumi's claims in 1963 then reverses himself and in his work the Bugei Ryuha Daijiten 1978 from then on treats the Togakure ryu as a historical art.
In the more recent Shinobi no sengokushi (08/2004) Hatsumi states he trained with Toshitsugu Takamatsu for 15 years and became master of 9 systems at age 27. Toshitsugu Takamatsu died in 1972, so this would make the year Hatsumi started training with Takamatsu 1957 or 1958. This statement claims the training with Takamatsu having been two or three years longer than can be concluded from Hatsumi's statements from the Rekishi dokuhon 08/1960" and the Bugeicho 11/1963. However, the statement in Shinobi no sengokushi (08/2004) is consistent with Takamatsu's statements to Koyama and the certificate he wrote. In 1983 Shinji Souya wrote that the historical bookGenpeisuiseki supported the Togakure ryu history.
In the 3rd edition of the Bugei ryuha daijiten, Watatani (who was a friend of Takamatsu) states that Takamatsu's ninjutsu was made up from childhood ninja games. This was retracted in the 4th edition.