The Mysterious School of Life, Transformation, and Living

Martial Arts of Distance and Timing


     The Bujinkan Masayoshi Dojo is a Shibu or branch of the Bujinkan Dojo Hombu or home school.  It is led by Shidoshi Mark Norman,  who was given the martial arts name of "Masayoshi" by Grand-Master Masaaki Hatsumi in 1989 after being awarded a Shidoshi-ho license.  Bujin means Supreme Warrior or War God and the school was named after Hatsumi Senseis' teacher; Takamatsu Sensei.  Both worldwide legendary figures: Hatsumi Sensei and Takamatsu Sensei, have been heralded as the greatest warriors and instructors the world has ever seen.  Masayoshi or Righteous Heart (also "Heart of Justice") has taught over 2200 students who were preponderantly military or law enforcement personnel.  Masayoshi emphasizes foundational skills so that whatever waza or technique is utilized, it is efficient, effective, and natural.  Masayoshi has Denshi or student rank requirements that far exceeds those of his peers and ensures that all students have an overall knowledge of the completeness of our systems.  Moreover, Masayoshi leads Denshi to "understanding" which is far better than mere knowledge!  As well as waza or technique, understanding of nuiances and finesse are emphasized. 

       The Bujinkan Dojo has over 1800 Shidoshi or Instructors and Shihan or Masters.  It is the largest single school of true martial arts on the planet!  It is based upon the Nine Traditions or families:  Gikan Ryu, Gyokko Ryu, Gyokushin Ryu, Koto Ryu, Kukishinden Ryu, Kumogyakure Ryu, Shinden Fudo Ryu, Takagi Yoshin Ryu, and Togakure Ryu.  These are the surviving nine families or schools that have a direct lineage of Soke or Grandmasters  from the Japanese feudal "Warring States" period to the present.  Prior to his transition, Takamatsu Sensei transmitted the lineages of the nine schools to Hatsumi Sensei.  Hatsumi Sensei maintains his private and public dojos in Japan and welcomes Bujinkan members to train with him as much as possible.  Hatsumi Sensei's student, Masayoshi, prepares his students to fair favorably among their peers when presented in Japan.  What is taught here are True Bugei or Martial Arts! 

       A true "Bugei" is one which has very successfully been used upon battlefields, over and over throughout centuries of mortal warfare...  What is widely accepted in America as a "Bugei" or Martial Art, simply is not.  Most are not even close.  They are watered down and bastardized ghosts of the schools that predated them.  Among the Japanese arts of Judo, Akido, Jujutsu, Kendo, and Sumo are prime examples.  Others include Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Karate, Kickboxing, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Mui Tai or kick-boxing, and Jeet Kune Do.  It is important to know the differences before choosing your path forward.  If you want to be a good "fighter," perhaps one of the styles listed above will suit you best as they are much easier to learn and gain rank.  But if you choose to grow and become a Bugeisha or true warrior, to be omnipotent giving you the freedom to choose gentleness in lieu of violence, to live a life of exploration and connectedness to all things in harmony and completeness, perhaps you have found your place and may join us in our martial arts family.  The journey is more important than the destination, Live, Love, be safe from harm, and share in all we have to offer.  

       "Into the wind, even the most fierce Tiger can find no place to insert his claws"...  (when the attack arrives where you once were, you are no longer there).  "if your waza (technique) is strained or tiring, you are doing it wrong.  Start over without competition, train in slow motion, and you'll learn the nuisances and  intricacies with understanding".    Actually accomplishing a waza or heiho with success  involves 60% footwork or positioning, 30% breathing or timing, and 10%  waza or heiho.   Understanding this is the source of  strength yields invulnerability and omnipotence.   The Bujinkan martial art is called Budo or Ninpo Taijutsu.  It's core is moving the body or Taihenjutsu.  With proper taihenjutsu, waza may become unnecessary.  It is far better to have understanding of how to move the body than to compile a repository of waza...  There is no number of techniques learned that makes one formidable on the battlefield.  however, if you has a strong foundation of understanding in how to move the body, one could easily become the victor without ever using waza.  This fundamental truth is so very often overlooked by would be "Martial Artist and Instructors" but is the primary focus of the Bujinkan Masayoshi  Dojo!

       "The most accomplished warrior puts away the sword and picks up the poets pen"...   "Live your life in a way in which no enemy appears before you"...    When a small child attacks us with fists we choose to respond with loving kindness.  The reason we respond with gentleness is that we are not in danger and we perceive the child as one who is simply just learning how to conduct themselves appropriately, our love is shared with gentleness.   If we can become invulnerable to attack by would be conquerors, just as in the case of the small child, we can remain calm and choose a gentle response.  That is an auspicious goal indeed, only realized through a lifetime commitment to our austerities.  We choose to develop this invulnerability out of love, not hate, anger, or revenge, that is how the warrior imparts Love and Patience in the face of all adversities.  "Develop an indomitable and immoveable spirit".   

   Most fighting schools concentrate on developing brute strength, speed, and their perspectives of power.  They depend greatly upon physical fitness and muscular development to attain strength, speed and power.  What happens to a soldier trained in these arts if captured and subjected to months or years of brutality, many injuries,  and cramped confinement?  This is a point to answer for yourselves after introspection and thought-out perception.   What is taught by the Bujinkan Masayoshi Dojo are Bugei, these arts were developed to be used for days, non-stop, not just a few moments.  Our arts can be successfully implemented regardless of present states of physical health, level of fatigue, traumas of any kind, or duration of combat.  Thus is the way of the Bugeisha: enduring, true power, timing, distancing, and Harmony in the breath of the moment.  Kokoro no Kokoro; the "Heart Within" is our source, inspiration, anchor and sensei! 

   For those who find themselves inspired by these words, the causation will simply be a recognition of what is already there in their heart of hearts.  We hope to find others to share in our way of living life.  The community built upon what is already in each one's heart, become family and true martial arts friends.  It is a pleasant and fulfilling joy, sharing harmony with others, passing down the well founded traditions to new generations, all in the name of Harmony and Love.  Budo Ikkan  

Traditional Japanese Martial Arts of the Samurai and the Ninja

Bujinkan Masayoshi Dojo

Shidoshi Mark "Masayoshi" Norman

Directions to Masayoshi’s Home  
( Bujinkan Masayoshi Dojo )
In Johnson City, TN…  take State Of Franklin Road to South Greenwood Drive, you will pass the Exxon Station and Marks’ Car Wash then Grace Fellowship facilities, all on your Right, stay Right at the Y intersection and turn Right onto Newbern Drive.  Masayoshi’s home at 3001 Newbern Drive will be on your Right.  Training is done in the back yard regardless of the weather.