The Shinobi (Ninja) and the Samurai developed combat methods based on actual experiences in battle. Literally born on the battlefield, bujutsu (warrior techniques) were developed during a time when communities depended on the quality of martial skills of their warriors. Some of our styles roots go back over 900-2,000 years. But, they did not remain stagnate. Each was continuously honed and developed as time and technology evolved. The ninja were some of the first warriors to train with firearms when they were introducted to Japan in the 16th century. Society today, of course, is no longer feudal. We do not have Samurai riding through our neighborhood trying to cut us down. Instead we have drive-by shootings, car-jackings, home invasions, gang related crimes, road-rage, school bullies, pedophiles, etc. Ninpo Taijutsu is more suited to today's lifestyle, where there are no rules, no time-keepers, judges, referees, and no weight divisions; just being able to get home safely.
We are a small family owned dojo set into the southern face of the Tortilita Mountains northwest of Tucson in Marana, Arizona.
Desert Dojo Martial Arts fosters an attitude that is one of cheerful openness to the teachings of the martial ways, helpfulness to seniors and peers, and a sincere effort in learning all that is offered.
Shyakunetsu Dojo is dedicated to helping to protect our community by teaching all of its peoples, who so desire, to protect themselves, their loved ones, their community, and their country. Utilizing “Nin” (patience and perseverance), we strive in our daily lives to live by the three traits of the Shinobi, 1) honesty & integrity, 2) interest in everything, 3) and a sincere effort in all that we do.
Employing the ancient credo of Shikin Haramitsu Dai Komyo - powerful light of wisdom, we epitomize the spirit of the Ninniku by:
- Never placing our hearts second to the sword
- Never carrying a grudge when humiliated or denounced
- Possessing a compassionate heart and pursuing peace and harmony.
This ancient style of martial arts is directly transmitted from the legendary masters of the shadow warriors, the Shinobi, of ancient Japan. We here at the Desert Dojo Martial Arts are dedicated to the preservation and continuance of this very rare and special martial art.
Our purpose is to teach effective, age-old secrets of self-protection and self-development to responsible, good-hearted people who have chosen to seek the ancient ways. We strive to faithfully transmit the 18 family schools that make up our bugei.
Desert Dojo Martial Arts fosters an attitude that is one of cheerful openness to the teachings of the martial ways, helpfulness to seniors and peers, and a sincere effort in learning all that is offered. The Desert Dojo/Shyakunetsu Dojo is dedicated to helping to protect our community by teaching all of its peoples, who so desire, to protect themselves, their loved ones, their community, and their country. Utilizing “Nin” ( - patience and perseverance), we strive in our daily lives to live by the three traits of the Shinobi, 1) honesty & integrity, 2) interest in everything, 3) and a sincere effort in all that we do.
Teaching a true martial art as a way of life & self defense to people who desire to learn and live by it.
This Bugei - Martial Way, is not limited to any one ryu; what has been included in this art must be further developed. There are no limits imposed on this original Japanese art of perseverance.
The art of the Ninja, the legendary shadow warriors of Japan, is the primary focus of the International Genbukan Ninpo Bugei organization headed by Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura of Japan. The Genbukan is dedicated to the factual portrayal and teachings of the Ninja arts in the traditional Japanese manner.
The curriculum in the Genbukan is centered on the teaching of the Ninpo Sanjurokkei (36 areas of training) that consists of 18 forms of traditional Japanese martial arts (Bugei Juhappan) in combination with the 18 forms of Ninpo (Ninja Juhakei).
“Ninpo is the art of the true ninja. It is the art of a spiritual warrior. Ninjutsu is a subset of ninpo. It comprises only the physical skills necessary to survive in a hostile world. In totality, it provides perhaps the ultimate self-defense skills.” Kyoshi Gary Giamboi
Associated with the Genbukan, the Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei (KJJR) was established by Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura for the preservation and transmission of authentic Japanese Jujutsu. Unfortunately, today very few jujutsu schools outside of Japan practice what could be considered authentic jujutsu. Having lost the connection with their Japanese roots, they have evolved into eclectic arts. The purpose of the KJJR is to make available training to those who seek traditional jujutsu.
This is where everyone begins and learns the fundamentals of the martial arts. Children (under 12) will learn KJJR until earning Shodan/1st degree black belt before continuing on to Ninpo Taijusu, a much more technical martial art.
Students 12+ will dual track both KJJR and Ninpo, starting with KJJR.
What binds it all together is the Amatsu Tatara.
The words Amatsu Tatara are not well known. However, the knowledge of the secret scrolls and books of the Amatsu Tatara are well known to special Japanese scholars, martial artists and spiritual experts. It is very difficult to explain the Amatsu Tatara because it is traditionally intended for a special grandmaster or special priest. For this reason it has been kept very secret.
Shoto Tanemura is the 58th Grandmaster of Amatsu Tatara Bumon (martial arts) and Shumon (spiritual).
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Tuesday & Thursday: 6pm - 8pm
By appointment only
Closed weekends and most holidays