Born on 2, 1931, in the Japan’s Noda City, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is known as the current and only Ninjutsu authority of the world’s martial traditions. According to Honbu Dojo, we are told that Hatsumi studied with Takamatsu Toshitsugu in the 1950s and 60’s and inherited both the position and the authority of Soke, and became the grandmaster of several martial traditions including Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu, Koto Ryu Koppojutsu, and Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu among others.
Did he have a purpose in opening his martial arts to the world?
Yes, according to Dojo Honbu, we learn that Hatsumi’s aim was to promote both happiness and peace through wisdom. He taught human beings, mostly the lovers of traditional martial arts to become compassionate and be survivors of mentally, physically and spiritually being. This was his prime objective, and he did it through his loyal participation in martial arts. He began this journey with himself and the family, before spreading it to the whole community, the country and eventually the whole world.
Does he still teach Bujinkan Martial Arts
I note that even though he is aging gracefully, he still shows his love of the Martial Arts by teaching at the Bujinkan as well as in Tokyo Budokan, although on special occasions. He is also known to engage the world by teaching this art, which means he still travels for the sake of giving out the true knowledge of the game to the world.
We also learn that he has a rich background; he started martial arts at a tender age of 7 years. He is also known to be a warrior, in reference to his warrior name Yoshikai, Hisamune and Tetzusan. According to Ninjutsu website, he is celebrated as the founder of Bujinkan Dojo. He is also a learned person, holding a major in theater studies, at Meiji University in Tokyo. He is also an osteopathic doctor and enjoys being a bone doctor. He once opened and ran a clinic in his hometown, soon after graduation. This is a clear indication that he also loved studies and that he was a learned person perhaps that is why he is titled as doctor.