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Masaaki Hatsumi - 初見良昭


Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi (初見良昭 Hatsumi Masaaki, born December 2, 1931) and residing in Japan is the founder and current head of the Bujinkan Dojo martial arts organization.


Beginning in childhood, Masaaki Hatsumi studied many of the more popular martial arts, including judo, karate and western boxing. 

While instructing American soldiers in the art of judo, he noticed that because of their superior size and strength, the Americans were learning in months what typically took a Japanese practitioner years to master.
As a result, he began to question the legitimacy of modern martial arts training. It was after this time, while studying ancient Japanese weaponry that he learnt of a martial artist named Toshitsugu Takamatsu.


In 1957 he began making regular trips to train with his new teacher (who resided at the time in Kashiwabara, in Nara), taking a 15-hour train ride from his hometown of Noda in Chiba.
This one-on-one training continued for 15 years until the passing of Toshitsugu Takamatsu in 1972.

Unlike many martial arts and their instructors, Masaaki Hatsumi focuses the training of the Bujinkan on what he terms the "feeling" of technique, or perhaps more accurately, what he terms the feeling of real situations.

While technical knowledge of an art is considered important, the direction of this feeling-based approach guides the practitioner towards what he considers a "natural understanding" of what links various martial lineages as well as what is most effective in real situations.

He has also served as a martial arts advisor to various films and television productions, including the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice, and in the first film from the highly popular Japanese series Shinobi no Mono. He also appeared in and was the stunt coordinator for the Japanese tokusatsu  television series Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya as the titular hero's mentor and father figure, Tetsuzan Yamaji.

Some of his Awards


  • 1986 – Instructor of the Year, Black Belt magazine
  • 1994 – Hatsumi claims to have received the title of a "Knight", from the German government; however, the concept of nobility has been abolished in Germany in 1919, and there is no  such title given out by the German government
  • 2000 – International Culture Award, Japan Cultural Promoting Association (physically issued by the Japanese Imperial Family
  • 2001 – Lifetime Achievement Award, USMA International Hall of Fame
  • 2013 – Inducted into the CBME's Dutch National Hall of Fame


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