Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (武神館 武道武道体術)? is the martial art which continues the tradition of nine schools of Soke (grand master 宗家) Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi (初見良昭), who has inherited his title for all nine schools from his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu (高松 寿嗣). Dr. Hatsumi has combined the teachings of all nine schools in one training programme, due to the practical time issue for someone to train in all nine schools individually, and named the school as Bujinkan, which means temple of the divine warrior, in honour of his teacher Tagamatsu Sensei. Bujinkan has been founded in early 1980s and its aim is to develop and enlight the human in harmony with the universe.

From these nine schools (ryu ha 流), the three first mentioned below happen to be the last remaining ninja schools, and therefore Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu many times is simply referred to as Ninjutsu. The nine schools are:

  • Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu 戸隠流忍法 School of the hidden gate Founder: Daisuke Nishina (Togakure Daisuke in), 12th century
  • Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu 雲隠流忍法 School hidden in the clouds Founder: Heinaizaemon Ienaga Iga, 16th century
  • Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu 玉心流忍法 School of the gemstone heart Founder: Sasaki Goeman Teruyoshi, 15th century
  • Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu 義鑑流骨法術 School of truth and justice Founder: Uryu Hangan Gikanbo, 16th century
  • Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hiking Jutsu 九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術 School of the tradition of nine demons Founder: Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru, 12th century
  • Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu 玉虎流骨指術 School of the gemstone tiger Founder: Tozawa Hakuunsai, 12th century
  • Koto Ryu Koppojutsu 虎倒流骨法術 School of the defeated tiger Founder: Sakagami Taro Kunisuge, 16th century
  • Shindenfudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu 神伝不動流打拳体術 School of the immobile heart Founder: Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru, 12th century
  • Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu 高木揚心流柔体術 School of the high tree and the exailed heart Founder: Takagi Oriemon Shingenobu, 17th century

Today Bujinkan is a living combination of traditional and modern effectiveness. The infinity of the system requires the constant evolution of its members in both training and everyday life.