BUJINKAN FOUNDER AND GRANDMASTER Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi is the founder and International Director of the Bujinkan Dojo with it's Hombu Dojo residing in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in an office attached to his home. Dr. Hatsumi is the inheritor of the three Ninjutsu and six Samurai traditions from the late Toshitsugu Takamatsu Soke. Hatsumi Soke is an accomplished painter who's art has been presented to various leaders throughout the world and has received Honorary Doctorates from the USA Human Sciences and Philosophy, Hatsumi Soke was named an honorary Texas Ranger, given the Title of Knight from Germany, was Blackbelt magazine's Instructor of the Year, and was presented the prestegious International Culture Award, the highest honor given for cultural exchange in Japan, and the list continues. For more information please visit Soke's website at www.bujinkan.com. YAMANEKO DOJO FOUNDER Shihan Jeffrey Prather is one of the founding fathers of the Bujinkan in America. For nearly fifty years he has trained in Japanese martial arts. He is one of Soke's most senior and trusted Shihan, and is the third most senior Jugodan (15th degree black belt) in the USA. The Yamaneko Dojo is an official branch of Hatsumi Soke's dojo. Shihan Prather is a double recipient of Hatsumi Soke's Gold Medal. The first was awarded for his development of the Close Quarter Combat course for the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army Special Operations Forces, the second for hosting the 1995 Tai Kai, which he had the honor of hosting a second time in 1999. Shihan Prather also holds a 10th degree blackbelt in Shinkengata (real life combat) and is a repeat inductee in several martial arts halls of fame. He has written books on a variety of subjects and has written articles for Black Belt magazine, SWAT magazine and numerous other publications. He has instructed tens of thousands police, intelligence and military personnel worldwide. FUDO MYO SHIBU FOUNDER Shihan Domonic Lees has trained in the Bujinkan exclusively since 1995. For nearly thirty-five years he has trained in the martial arts. He is Shihan Prather’s most senior student. The Fudo Myo Dojo is an official branch of Prather Shihan’s dojo.
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