The San Jose Bujinkan dojo was founded in 2013. Its purpose is to provide residents of the south San Francisco Bay region the opportunity to train in the martial arts of Hatsumi-Sensei's Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. The focus of training is on authentic transmission and application of teachings from the Bujinkan Honbu dojo in Japan. These include:
Taijutsu: Unarmed fighting skills, including Dakentaijutsu (striking), Jutaijutsu (throwing and grappling), and Taihenjutsu (body movement skills)
Bojutsu: Stick fighting skills using Rokushakubo (6-foot staff), Jo (4-foot staff), Hanbo (3-foot staff), and Eda Koppo (handheld stick)
Kenjutsu: Bladed weapon skills using Katana (Japanese sword), Ninja To (Ninja sword), and Tanto (knife)
Shurikenjutsu: Throwing blade skills using Senban shuriken (throwing stars) and Bo shuriken (throwing spikes)
Jissen Goshinjutsu/Shinken Gata: "Real-world" fighting skills and self-protection strategy
The nature of training is rigorous but non-competitive. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of the techniques involved, sparring is discouraged. Instead, the primary emphasis of training lies in the cultivation of a sincere, courageous spirit combined with technical efficiency and mastery.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR | Dr. Alan Poon (14th Dan Shihan) has been training in the Bujinkan continuously since 2002 under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Michael Asuncion (15th Dan Dai-Shihan), based in Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Poon passed the 5th Dan test in August 2004, and obtained 10th Dan certification in December 2012. He continues to travel regularly to Japan to further his own training under Hatsumi-Sensei and the Shihan of the Bujinkan Dojo. The spirit of the San Jose Bujinkan Dojo flows from the Honbu Dojo in Japan and Michigan Dojo in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Poon, M.D., is a board-certified anesthesiologist practicing in the San Jose, CA area. He obtained his undergraduate (B.S. in Biochemistry) and medical degrees from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 2005 and 2009, respectively.