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Align With Nature. Embody Truth. Maintain Balance.

This is the Way of the Warrior.

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The Dojo and Martial Art System

The Lehigh Valley Bujinkan Dojo at the Warrior Ways Training Center is a training hall for students in Eastern Pennsylvania seeking authentic training in the ancient Japanese warrior arts of the Samurai and the Ninja (or "Shinobi").

The system of martial arts is comprised of nine lineages, collectively called Bujinkan, which is headed by Masaaki Hatsumi who is the current Soke located in Noda City, Japan (Pictured above)

Training Hall and Atmosphere

The facility is a refurbished barn converted to a martial arts training hall. Our dojo is located on private land and not in a commercial setting. Therefore, attending a training session is by appointment only. Anyone showing up unannounced will not be permitted.

The process for becoming a student is simple:

  1. The student contacts us, expressing interest in the training, and requests an appointment to attend a session (for observation only). It is at this time that details about the tuition, uniforms, membership and training itself will be discussed
  2. If the prospective student has a courteous and respectful attitude, has a demeanor of humility and has no police record of felonies or violent behavior, they are usually permitted to commence training.

The atmosphere in the dojo is very friendly and noncompetitive with a spirit of cooperative learning. We usually have a small class size of anywhere from 4-10 students on a given night. This allows a much more personalized approach for each and every student. Class size is limited to 16 in total.

NOT Your Everyday Martial Arts...

The nature of the Bujinkan martial arts is vast and complex and comes from a time in Japanese history where war was a part of daily life. As a result, the techniques practiced consist of both armed and unarmed methods designed to neutralize a threat. This differs greatly from many martial systems that focus on the competitive/sport concepts centered around winning or losing. "Neutralizing a threat" requires utilizing unconventional tactics to ensure one's survivability, NOT win a contest. This is in no way an implication that modern westernized martial arts are not effective or have tremendous value; it is simply a very different approach and mindset altogether. It is critical that students understand this.

All martial arts, when trained properly and in the right spirit, can be a wonderful way to develop the human self. One must only consider carefully what it is they are looking to get from it.

What To Expect

Classes are a blend of extensive physical drills and body conditioning followed by training in the techniques from the lineages of both the Shinobi ("Ninja") and Samurai traditions which include:

Togakure Ryu Ninpo

Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo

Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo

Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu

Koto Ryu Koppo Taijutsu

Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu

Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu

Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu

Kuki Shinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu

The skills taught from these lineages include but are not limited to:

Taiso (Stretching & Conditioning)

Taijutsu (Unarmed Combat Arts)

Bojutsu (Stick Fighting Arts)

Tantojutsu (Knife Fighting Arts)

Shurikenjutsu (Blade Throwing Arts)

Kenjutsu (Sword Fighting Arts)

Hojutsu (Basic Firearms)

Yarijutsu (Spear Fighting Arts)

Hojojutsu (Rope Tying Arts)

Meiso (Meditation Techniques)

Ninki (Specialized Ninja Tools)

Naginatajutsu (Halberd Fighting Arts)

Juttejutsu (Iron Truncheon Fighting Arts)

Bisento (Battlefield Halberd Fighting Arts)

Gotonpo (Use of Natural Elements for Escape & Evasion)

Kusarifundojutsu (Weighted Chain Fighting Arts)

Kyoketsu Shoge (Dagger, Rope, & Iron Ring Fighting Arts)

Heiho (Combat Strategy)

Training earnestly in these arts not only gives the student tremendous power to be able to survive a physical attack, but even more importantly, it teaches one how to truly live in each moment.

Training Hours

Tuesday and Thursday: 7:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM (Saturday Classes are scheduled from time to time as the need arises and are not regular)

Street Readiness Training