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Where does Budo originate?

The powerful Martial Arts style that we teach here at The Dojo is based on nine historical martial art lineages from ancient Japan. The oldest is nearly 1,000 years old.

What we study is called "Budo", meaning "Martial or Warrior Ways" also known as "Arts of the Peacemaker".

The highest levels of Budo are to avoid conflict and violence, whenever possible.

The timeless principles of discipline, personal strength and success are what we teach every day in our unique Martial Arts school.


Listed are the nine lineages (ryu-ha) that we pull techniques and strategies from. The dates of origin are approximate, according to historical records.

1. Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu | Hidden Door School 1161

2. Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu | Jewel Tiger School 1156

3. Kukishinden Ryu | Nine Spirits School 1336

4. Koto Ryu Koppojutsu | Tiger Knocking Down School 1532

5. Shinden Fudo Ryu | Immovable Heart School 1113

6. Takagi Yoshin Ryu | High Tree, Raised Heart School 1625

7. Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu | Truth, Loyalty, and Justice School 1558

8. Gyokushin Ninpo Taijutsu | Jeweled Heart School 1532

9. Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu | Hiding in the Clouds School 1532


Currently, the Soke (Grandmaster) of the these particular lineages is Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, who lives in Noda City, Japan. He is 85 years old (Born - 12/2/1931).

Although Soke Hatsumi is still semi-active in teaching at his dojo, he no longer travels outside of Japan.

Sensei Norcross first trained with Soke Hatsumi in 1986.

How does this style adapt to modern America?

Another one of our mentors (Black Belt Hall of Fame member Stephen K. Hayes) adapted the old style of martial arts (Koryu) into a modern version of Ninjutsu called To-Shin Do in 1997. An-Shu Mr. and Mrs. Hayes brilliantly evolved ancient self-defense principles into teachable and practical self-protection strategies for the 21st century.

Sensei Norcross began training with An-Shu Hayes in 1985 in Germantown, Ohio.

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