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Training at the Bujinkan North Kent Dojo takes the form of paired exercises/practice. Unlike other sports based martial arts, there no is competitive aspect to our training. Rather, the opposite is the norm. In order for training to be safe and productive, there is a need for trust and co-operation from both partners. If you are constantly getting injured during any form of martial arts training, then we are clearly doing something wrong. The practice of any martial art should be to protect, maintain and promote the health of the practitioner’s body, not to damage it.
Classes are comprised of mixed ability students, from beginners to black belts. We do not divide a class into grade, weight or age groups, so you could find yourself training with a complete beginner or one of the senior black belt students. In the Bujinkan, we feel that everyone has something to offer during training, no matter what grade they are. Instruction often takes the form of what is known in Japan as ‘Ishi Shoden’ (person to person/one to one transmission).
Practice during a class can encompasses both armed and un-armed techniques. The un-armed aspect is similar to traditional Japanese Jujutsu and includes techniques such as striking/punching, kicking, joint locking/manipulation and throwing. Some of the most commonly used weapons in training are the Katana (Japanese sword), Rokushaku-bo (6ft staff) and Hanbo (3ft staff).
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This is a wonderful, friendly and inclusive training environment, perfect for teaching the younger generation how to master a classic and current marital art, with safety and having fun while learning at its heart. The instructors are patient, kind and very well skilled in the etiquette and techniques of the Bujinkan as well as having amazing skills in teaching. We look forward to attending next week's class.
Despite being at the very beginning of my journey into Bujinkan, I have already learned many lessons that are revealing a completely new understanding and approach towards life. Slowly but surely, I am starting to use my body and mind in a way that is traditionally not encouraged among women in our society. By being aware of my own strengths and weaknesses, I am able to emotionally restrain and physically protect myself against a stronger individual. This blend of the mental and the physical is moulding me into an independent, confident and compassionate person. We all perceive and interpret the world through our own personal experience and, honestly, I do not know the exact reason that brought me to North Kent Dojo on that summer night, but I am glad it did, because my own growth would have been impossible without David and his amazing students. I have to admit that I have never witnessed such dedication, kindness, patience and thoughtfulness among members of a club as in North Kent Dojo and it is something that I really do not take for granted. I am truly looking forward to every lesson where, in an amazing atmosphere, I can gain knowledge and learn new fighting techniques and tactics through David’s beautifully unique demonstrations. Paula
My children (8, 10, 13) have been enjoying the classes for a few weeks now and are loving their time with Kieran and David, the lessons are balanced just right for their ages. They are learning more and more each week and their confidence is growing all the time. More importantly they are learning how to defend themselves, gaining fitness and learning discipline, Sundays can’t come around fast enough for them. The instructors have a great rapport with the children making the lessons interesting and fun, they are even learning some Japanese and the wonderful culture behind this excellent Martial Art.
David has such enthusiasm for the Bujinkan and his dojo is a great place to experience this.
Excellent martial art supplemented with a great teacher and super helpful senior students. Applications of techniques are taught thoroughly and the class atmosphere is unlike that I have experienced at any other martial arts dojos. All questions are welcome and we are encouraged to build upon our strengths and weaknesses as individuals. Relaxed atmosphere; respect amongst each other, whatever your ability level and ultimately, have lots of fun!
I really enjoy the Bujinkan classes ! David has a vast and in-depth knowledge of the history of the Bujinkan which combined with his experience and unique practice makes this a great class to participate in 10 out of 10 !
Before discovering Bujinkan I had a very basic level of knowledge in the martial arts, knowing close to nothing. I found the Bexley Dojo and made that brave jump in contacting David and turning up for a class. I was instantly made to feel welcome and began my journey into Bujinkan. 2 years on and I'm still enjoying every week, constantly learning new techniques and improving the basics. I highly recommended it. GIVE IT A GO!