What is defense? It is a countermeasure to aggression, an act of protection from danger. ~ Robert Bussey
American Ninjutsu is a dynamic martial art based on Japanese Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu as well other associated arts. American Ninjutsu is a full spectrum martial art that trains strikes, kicks, throws, ground grappling, and the use of weapons to students of all skill levels, and ties it all together with focus and discipline.
American Ninjutsu is considered a "modern" Ninjutsu style. After being brought to the States by Mr. Robert Bussey in 1979, it was then modernized and evolved into Robert Bussey's Warrior International (RBWI) in 1988. In 1997 Robert Bussey retired and disbanded RBWI, from this Personal Protection Concepts (PPC) was born from formal RBWI sanctioned instructors. There is quite a bit of items that separates us from the more "traditional" Ninjutsu styles; First we have removed nearly all of the Japanese terminology and replaced it English terms and phrases, . We focus on practical and realistic training while downplaying the antiquated and esoteric aspects of Ninjutsu. We have improved and evolved the style to fit modern times. Once screened for "fatal tendencies" and tested in the crucible of force-on-force opposition, new material has been integrated into the curriculum. This is not the same Ninjutsu that has been taught for hundreds of years in a country far far away, but has been evolved to fit the modern day. Because of these changes we are not highly viewed in traditional Bujinkan organizations, we view this as a strength for it frees us of restrictions of traditions. You won't see any Kuji Kiri hand signs here.
American Ninjutsu Training
Your life is on the line. Practice well. ~ Masaaki Hatsumi
Each class starts with some stretching and warm up excesses and then right into rolling. We roll at the start of every class for it helps not only to stretch and harden the body but to help get students comfortable with the idea of dynamic movement and with the ground. After rolling we get right into the topic of the week. We break each section of topic into three major sections: Learning, practice and training. In the learning phase, the movement and/or technique is slowly broken down by the instructor into slow simple bite size movements. This allows the student to quickly easily learn the movements and their reasons. From there we go into the practice phase where we start increasing the speed and difficulty, we then add the Laws of retraction and expansion, along with counters and counter striking. The difficulty and complexity is slowly built up until we reach the training/opposition/sparring phase. In the training phase you get to more closely reach real life speed and intensity, here you get to ingrain the movement through oppositional sparring. No lame unrealistic slow katas or "one steps".
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