Frequently Asked Questions

The Who What Where and How of it all.

How Do I.........?

Find the Pennsylvania Dojo ?

    The Dojo is approximately twelve miles south of the city of Allentown, Pennsylvania.  It is in a semi rural setting and easily accessible from from Harrisburg, New York, or Philadelphia.  Use the Contact section to get in touch with us.  Once we know where you are relative to the Dojo we will e-mail you detailed directions and maps. 

Contact the Dojo Directly ?

     Use the Contact page to e-mail us or call us for more information.  Don't be afraid to ask any martial arts questions you may have.  If we don't have an answer we steer you to someone who does. 

Order the video "Self Defense For Everyone"?

     Click on the video title to go the video page for more information on this excellent introduction to Ninjutsu

Measure advancement in Ninjutsu?:

     Every individual advances at his/her own rate.  Your rate of advancement will depend on a number of factors.  Time available for training and practice, is one factor.  On a more practical level the lessons learned in training can be applied immediately.  Since self defense is an all or nothing proposition, "almost", beating back an attacker or rapist doesn't win you anything, this is the advancement that matters.


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Where can I find ... ?

More Information on Ninjutsu?

     General information is everywhere, but varies in quality.   For an in-depth appraisal one of the books by Masaaki Hatsumi is an excellent resource.  

     A brief outline of Ninjutsu's history can be found here.  For more detailed historical information see our links page for other internet sites that deal with the subject in greater detail or forward your questions to the Dojo.  We welcome any and all questions about Ninjutsu.  If we don't have the answer we can point you to some one who can.

     For those wanting a fail safe introduction to the art we recommend Ed Martin's "Self Defense For Everyone" video tape.  It walks you through some basic moves and holds that can be practiced at home.   An excellent way to grasp how Ninjutsu works.


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Who is ...

Eligible to join the Pennsylvania Bujinkan Dojo?

     Anyone who is serious about the art of self defense.   Age, size, weight, and physical condition is not a factor.  Ninjutsu will adapt itself to you and your environment.  Children's classes are available.

Ed Martin?

Ed is Founder of the Pennsylvania Dojo and student of  Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. 

Dr.  Masaaki Hatsumi (1931-  ) ?

     Dr. Hatsumi is Ninjutsu's greatest living teacher and the last Ninja taught in the old style.

     Only successor to Toshitsugu Takamatsu.  Dr Hatsumi is a life long student of the martial arts.  He sought out Takamatsu when his training in conventional martial arts could go no farther.  For 15 years he was Takamatsu's only student.  Just prior to Takamatsu's death in 1977 the last combat Ninja declared Dr. Hatsumi his only heir in the art.

     Dr Hatsumi has worked for over forty years training men and women in the art of Ninjutsu.  Due to his work Ninjutsu has moves from one Grandmaster with one student to one grandmaster over seeing dozens of senior students, like Ed Martin, who have taught some degree of the art to over 100,000 applicants world wide.

     In addition to his martial arts training Dr. Hatsumi is an osteopathic doctor, has a degree in theater arts, and has received his doctorate.  An accomplished author and artist he has published several titles on subjects ranging from poetry to self defense.  His art work has been displayed world wide.  He is sought after by film and television producers world wide as the authority on Ninjutsu.  In his seventh decade he remains active in the teaching of Ninjutsu.

     His Dojo's website is found at

Toshitsugu "Tiger" Takamatsu:  (1887-1972) ?

Considered the last "combat Ninja" Toshitsugu was born to a family with roots in both the Ninja and the Samurai classes.  As a child he was taught by masters of several ryus, becoming the only person to have completed training in all aspects of Ninjutsu

As a young man he gained notoriety when he single handedly stopped a small riot. As an adult he sought adventure in China and acquired an unmatched reputation for ferocity in battle and personal integrity. 

For most of his adult life he was the only man fully trained in the art of Ninjutsu.  Only after retiring to his village did he take on a single student, Dr. Hatsumi Yoshiaki.  After 15 years of instruction Toshitsugu declared Dr. Hatsumi his only heir in the art of Ninjutsu.

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What is  a... ?

Bo: A six foot walking staff cut to be used as a defensive weapon.  Used correctly it can really ruin someone's day.

Bokken: A wooden practice sword used in training sessions.

Dan:   Dan is another, more accurate term for black belt.  A tenth degree black belt in Ninjutsu is referred to as a 10th Dan.

Dojo: A Dojo is the training area where the lessons are taught.

Hanbo: A walking staff one half the size of the Bo.   Used in the same manner as the Bo.

Jo: A four foot walking staff used in the same manner as the Hanbo.

Ryu: One of the nine schools of self defense that comprise Ninpo.  Of the nine Ryus, six are modified from the martial arts traditions of the Samurai, the other three are Ninjutsu.  Soke Hatsumi teaches all nine as an integrated whole.

Soke: Soke is the Japanese name for Grandmaster.  Modern Ninjutsu has just two grandmasters in the last century.  Both of whom are listed above.

Shidoshi: A Shidoshi is a fifth degree black belt.  This is the lowest level black belt who is allowed to train others. 

Ninjutsu: A form of the martial arts that developed in feudal Japan, Ninjutsu was nearly extinct by the 20th century and is enjoying a global rebirth..

Tai Kai: A yearly, nation wide seminar dedicated to advancing the art of Ninjutsu into American life.  Other nations have their own Tai Kais.      


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