Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Dojo, Victoria BC Canada

I will not teach you how to fight.
I will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to live.
Everyone has the right to defend their own life and the lives of those around them. The Hakkei Dojo is committed to providing practical tools of self-defence alongside traditional martial arts in a safe and relaxed environment.

Using three basic principles - known as 'ARC' (Awareness, Responsibility, Culpability) - the Hakkei dojo teaches verbal and physical tactical communication through the nine ryu-ha (schools of martial studies) that comprise Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu:

  • Awareness - How individual actions contribute to the outcomes of altercations.
  • Responsibility - Making conscious choices to reduce tension and violence.
  • Culpability - Developing organic/fluid/comprehensive/dynamic plans of action before danger coalesces.
Modern Combat and Koryu Budo (non-sport martial way):
  • Awareness - Using body posture and mental attitude to influence the outcome of events (from the very first moment an aggressor sets sight on you).
  • Responsibility - Understanding the principles of physics (two bodies interacting in space & time) and philosophies of aesthetics (mental attitudes both projected from and hidden within the physical) to develop competency manipulating these principles.
  • Culpability - Developing the ability to choose how much damage is suffered by the self or an aggressor during an altercation (e.g., defence without the infliction of damage, defence wherein an aggressor's actions causes the aggressor's suffering, and defence by offence).
For both self-defence and modern combat, the following factors must always be considered: terrain, footwear, gear, weather, hazards, intent, intended outcome, audience. The Hakkei Dojo teaches students how to evaluate their resources in comparison to the challenges of a situation in order to promote the best possible outcome of every violent or potentially violent encounter.

Training includes both armed and unarmed methods that utilize pressure points, joint manipulations, bone breaking, grappling, ground fighting, throws, striking, modern and traditional weaponry, budo, ninpo and survivalism.

There is no set physicality for participation. This art is suitable for all body types, ages, and genders. Each individual is responsible for evaluating her or his own level of fitness and participating within it. Each individual is also required to inform the instructor of any injury or illness that may affect training.
"Education must be considered most important, for as diseases in the world of bodies are extremely contagious, so, in the same way, qualities of spirit and heart are extremely contagious. Education has a universal influence and the differences caused by it are great."

Every student with a good heart is welcome to train at the Hakkei Dojo. Training at the Hakkei Dojo is provided on a by-donation basis; no student will be turned away on the basis of financial limitation.

Donations: Because we believe that everyone has the right to self-defence, the Hakkei Dojo sponsors local residents of limited means to participate in our classes. Because we want all of our students to succeed, the Hakkei Dojo also sponsors its student base to travel to local seminars.
Kofuku No Shiori (an essay on happiness)
"The way to experience ultimate happiness is to let go of all worries and regrets, and to know that being happy is the most satisfying of life's feelings.

Reflect back on all the progress in your life and allow the positive, creative and joyous thoughts to outshine and overwhelm any sorrow or grief that may linger in the recesses of your mind. Knowing that disease and disaster are natural parts of life is the key to overcoming adversity with a calm and happy spirit.

Happiness is waiting there in front of you.
Only you can decide whether or not you choose to experience it.

Take this to heart."