How to Find Dai Shihan Who Study Under Bujinkan Grandmaster Hatsumi

The planet is sprinkled with formal dojos where you can find deeply skilled Bujinkan sensei who were awarded Dai Shihan status in the Bujinkan school. There is a short list of some of the most accessible Dai Shihan below, but you’ll find them at their dojos, or many clubs and taikai seminars all year long. Many also offer online video to share teachings with students who want to study the wisdom and techniques of Bujinkan Grandmaster (Soke), Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.

The home dojo of Soke is located in Chiba, Japan, and is open to members of the Bujinkan. After many decades of training hundreds of serious students around the world, Soke has a global network of highly trained masters, the top rank being “Dai Shihan” (sometimes spelled “Daishihan.”) Nowadays, Hatsumi himself teaches to the Dai Shihan level.

New students can find authorized DaiShihan (the highest rank for a sensei in the Bujinkan) online and at dojos on every continent. Training under any black belt or sensei is a experience you don’t want to miss and Bujinkan sensei’s support on your path is invaluable. But membership in the Bujinkan and a direct link to the Grandmaster flows around through the Dai Shaihan masters.

Dai Shihan patch 2019, Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu

“we have created the Bujinkan dōjō in memory of Takamatsu sensei, and there must be unity amongst its members. No one is above the others, no one is the head of the Bujinkan, we are all at the same level. When people are competing, peace cannot be achieved”. -Soke

How to locate the Highest Ranked Bujinkan Shihan and Dai Shihan

There are more than 800 Dai Shihan (sometimes spelled “daishihan.”) To search, start below with some of the most accessible and well-known leaders. And there are many lists online directing you to various dojos. These days, just do an Internet search that includes your town, state or country, such as “Bujinkan or Ninjutsu dojos in South Africa” to see what recent listings show up. There’s a great Bujinkan dojo map on Ninja Learning Network’s site that updates often, and any sensei, club, dojo or training student can ask to be added.

Nagato, Noguchi, Seno, Oguri & Ishizuka (Japan)

Start searching around for Bujinkan Taikai events all over the world and the name Toshiro Nagato is going to jump out for his teaching all over the world. The October 2019 Taikai in Barcelona Spain is just one example of his passion for the art… he takes real ninja training on the road to share with the world. There’s no website for Shihan Nagato, or for the impressive group of Dai Shihan at the Honbu, but their gravitas is felt throughout the Bujinkan. (It is noted with great sadness and respect that Shihan Seno passed on in 2019.)

Richard Van Donk, Bushindo University Online

Doshi Van Donk produced the most comprehensive video courses and correpsondence training, in concert with famous annual Taikai events in the United States. The complete courses on DVD can help guide students reach the Shodan 1st Degree black belt and even go beyond to the Nidan 2nd Degree black belt and How to Become a Sensei (in concert with hands-on training, naturally.)

Jack Hoban, WINjutsu and Living Values

Shihan Hoban’s military background infuses his teachings with a sense of purpose and a moral warrior creed. Shihan Hoban offers a collections of writings, videos, and famous Bujinkan training seminars all over the world. He also posts resources for the Bujinkan community on the WINjutsu network. Shihan Hoban’s video lessons are available to anyone.

Sheila Haddad and Living the Way, Kunoichi

Sheila Haddad is an instrumental connection to modern Kunoichi (traditional female ‘ninjas’) training and community. She’s created many of the photographs in some of Hatsumi’s publications. Shihan Haddad has been deeply training in Enbukan for decades. She offers Bujinkan classes in Florida, USA and teaches at Taikai and seminars all over the world.


Michael Glenn Santa Monica , CA

Dale Sageo, San Francisco

Markus Behmer, Austria

Jurgen Beiber, Austria

Carol Koch, Kunoichi, Midwest Taikai

Iscovy, Godoy, Heredia, Orrono, Montes de Oca, Argentina

David Garcia, Spain

Sean Askew, Michigan USA

Paul J, Australia

Duncan Stewart, Tasmania

Renan Perpinyà, Spain

Christophe Ayen, France

Harry Mitrou and Antonios Mitrou, Greece

Pete Reynolds, Tokyo, Japan

Brent Earlewine and Dave Fetterman, Pittsburg, PA  

SAŠA KESIĆ and Pedro Fleitas , Bujinkan Aryu Dojos, Europe

Herman Goijman, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Oliver Piskurek, Germany

Peter King, Surrey, UK

Dean Rostohar, Zagreb, Croatia

Lauri Jokinen, Helsinki Finland

Cristian Laiber, Romania

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Who are the Dai Shihan ranked sensei in Hatsumi’s Bujinkan School?

Grandmaster Hatsumi named several hundred sensei from his International Bujinkan school to the highest rank called “Dai Shihan”
A list of names and contact information can be found on Hatsumi.org

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