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Soke Masaaki Hatsumi

Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Ph.D.
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is a highly accomplished martial artist, doctor and healer, writer, actor, and artist. Dr. Hatsumi, is most noted as the 34th Grandmaster of Budo Taijutsu and founder of the Bujinkan Dojo. Budo Taijutsu encompasses nine ancient martial art traditions of feudal Japan and integrates physical, intellectual and spiritual elements for personal growth and development. It is practiced by more than 10,000 practitioners around the world.

Dr. Hatsumi was born in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, on December 2, 1931. He graduated from Meiji University of Medicine in Tokyo, as a Hone-tsugi (Orthopedic Doctor). He is respected as an accomplished practitioner of the ancient Japanese medical techniques of Seikotsu (natural healing methods). In addition to medicine, Dr. Hatsumi is an accomplished artist of brush and ink in the Nihonga style. His art work has been exhibited at the Nagai Gallery of Tokyo and in Paris, France
Soke - Masaaki Hatsumi
Dr. Hatsumi has written numerous books and articles on philosophy and martial arts that have been translated into many languages. He writes a weekly column for a local Chiba prefecture newspaper and is a recurring subject of the major Japanese martial arts magazine, Hiden. An accomplished actor and director of both movies and television, he starred in the TV series, Jiraiya, for four seasons. He also coached and directed notable martial arts film stars, Sonny Chiba and Toshiro Mifune.

For his efforts to spread the art of the Bujinkan throughout the world, Dr. Hatsumi has been recognized by many governments, private organizations and distinguished individuals. Some of his most notable accomplishments and accolades are as follows:
International Awards and Recognition:

    * Apostolic Blessing awarded by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, the Vatican, April 2001
    * World Cultural Grand Prize: Martial Arts Division for 2000, World Peace and Culture Association
    * Social Cultural Distinguished Service Award for 1999, Japanese Culture Promotion Society
    * Chairman of the International Department, Japan Literary Artists' Club, 1990-1994
    * Professor of Natural Sciences (USA), Trinity College
    * Cross and Sun Medal, presented by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos
    * Blackbelt Magazine's Instructor of the Year award for 1986
    * Awards from the Spanish Secretary of State for the Intelligence Agency, from London Metropolitan Police Headquarters
    * Letters of Thanks from Prince Charles' Secretary, the London Secretary of State for the Environment, the London Ambassador's Secretary, and the Mayor of London
    * Letter of Appreciation from the Premier of South Australia, John Bannon
    * Letters of Appreciation from the Director of the National Security Agency and the FBI Academy, USA
    * Letters of Appreciation and Birthday greetings from US Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton
    * Honorary Member of the Texas Rangers
    * Letters of Thanks from the US State Governors of Texas, Georgia, Maryland, California, New Jersey and Tennessee
    * Honorary Citizen of the State of Texas and the cities of Los Angeles, Atlanta, Gatlinburg, USA; Dublin, Ireland;
    * Jordan Valley, Israel and many others

Bujinkan Dojo Hombu:

    * Togakure-ryu, Ninpo, 34th generation Grandmaster
    * Gyokko-ryu, Kosshijutsu, 28th generation Grandmaster
    * Koto-ryu, Koppojutsu, 18th generation Grandmaster
    * Shidenfudo-ryu, Dakentaijutsu, 26th generation Grandmaster
    * Kukishin-ryu, Taijutsu, 28th generation Grandmaster
    * Takagiyoshin-ryu, Jutaijutsu, 17th generation Grandmaster
    * Kumogakure-ryu, Ninpo, 14th generation Grandmaster
    * Gyokushin-ryu, Ninpo, 21st generation Grandmaster
    * Gikan-ryu, Koppojutsu, 15th generation Grandmaster

Martial Arts Actor, Advisor, Director:

    * Acted as "Yamaji Tetsuzan" on Asahi TV series, Jiraiya
    * Advisor on Shinobi no Mono (The Ninja, starring Ichikawa Raizo), Chokugeki Jigokuken (Direct Hit, Fist from Hell, starring Sony Chiba)
    * Advised or Directed the following TV shows: Yagyu Ichizoku no Inbo (The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy), Kage no Gundan (Shadow Corps, with Sonny Chiba), Kaze no Fujimaru (Fujimaru of the Wind), Onmitsu Kenshi (Spy Swordsman)
    * Advised or directed the following stage and theater productions: Shinobi no Mono, Jinshin no Ran (The Jinshin Rebellion), Akahige (Redbeard), Kuroda Sodo (the Kuroda Disturbances), Sengoku Meimeiden (Tales of the Warring States)

Author* (Books in English):

    * Stick Fighting 1971
    * Ninjutsu History and Tradition 1981
    * The Grandmasterís Book of Ninja Training 1988
    * Essence of Ninjutsu: The Nine Traditions 1988


*Dr. Hatsumi has written more than a dozen other books in Japanese