Bushindo University"The Way of the Enlightened Warrior"
“Always have the Courage to Live what you Love, and to Love what you Live”
Grandmaster Richard Van Donk
“Way of the Enlightened Warrior” or the “Enlightened Warrior Path”
Shin– Depending how the kanji is written this can be read as Heart, Mind, Truth, or Highest Aspect of God. In our training we combine all four attributes, using the word “Enlightenment” to describe them. When writing Bushindo we use the kanji character for ‘heart’ because the heart is the center of all the teachings. We begin here and end here in the jeweled heart.
Do– Way or Path of the Bushin (Warrior with heart). Do also means willful clarity of mindful purpose and directing of the divine will.
Master Van Donk reveals his vision and story behind Bushindo
The Bushindo System was founded in order to integrate my martial arts knowledge, my experiences of spiritual awakenings, and brain-mind research, as well as to separate these teachings from those of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu System as taught by Soke Hatsumi in which I invested two decades of study. In the past few years Soke Hatsumi has merged his arts into a kobudo (ancient warrior) fighting system now called Budo Taijutsu. Although I have trained extensively in these fighting arts, both with him and with many other Grandmasters, my heart and the passion that drives my life is the integration of the philosophical and spiritual sides of the sacred temple arts. I am very interested in seeing how far a group of individuals can evolve ourselves as human beings. The studies of brain-mind research, yoga, kundalini research, sound and light activation of consciousness, meditation practices, body healing methods and alternative medicine are foremost in my personal dedication now. Therefore, BushindoTM as a University was born.
Bushindo brings back the temple arts and incorporates a complete system of integrating the human organism to its fullest state of development. Based on ancient sacred teachings that I have studied since I was a young boy, I have synthesized skills of the best of the best from many systems of studies that have transformed the lives of millions and millions of people. I have taught several of these systems to others in the past and achieved great results. By using my 25 years of research into the science of how the brain/mind stores codes and processes information to create and understand paradigms of study and forge modeling processes I am able to help almost anyone duplicate their success at a faster rate of learning by unifying these sacred arts. Even in my martial art teachings I break the studies down into 5 categories of training; Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, and Social. To advance yourself as a martial artist or human being you must enhance each of these levels to lead a positive and balanced life. Martial Arts for me begins and ends in Respect.
Future of Bushindo
Over the next few years we will grow from a web presence offering products, services, and home studies to a full online university to a brain-mind research center to an indoor/outdoor year round BushindoTM Martial Arts training facility to a full live-in Sacred Arts Community of individuals who are committed to making a difference in ourselves and the world around us. Designs and plans are now being completed for funding purposes which may make our dreams a reality sooner.
What about Ninjutsu?
I am still totally actively involved in the Bujinkan system of Soke Hatsumi and train with him at least twice a year and teach this at our dojo regularly. All of our Ninjutsu rankings come directly from the Hombu dojo in Japan, even kyu grades. On Dec 2, 04 (Hatsumi’s Birthday) I received a Ju-Godan menkyo license (equal to 15th dan) in his Budo Taijutsu system from Grandmaster Hatsumi and my wife Linda received her Judan (10th dan) on that day as well. Myself and other high level ABD instructors support our Ninjutsu students worldwide with their Ninjutsu studies with seminars, 3 day camps, Japan trips, and private lessons. I felt it was important to distinguish the other teachings I am doing from Ninjutsu and to offer a wider base of knowledge to students who are interested in improving their lives from my wide base of studies. We love Ninjutsu!
Bushindo as a Martial Arts and Self Empowerment System
In addition to studying with Soke Hatsumi in the arts of Ninjutsu I have been studying and teaching with several councils of Grandmasters. We gather for a few days or more to share each other’s arts. We work on what really works and what doesn’t. We work on what is the same and what is different. Being exposed to these wonderful masters taught me many things, made me think and helped me to become a better martial artist of my own kind. I took the best and threw out the rest. I simplified and made everything flow better and easier. I made it all more accurate and precise. I worked on all the angles, distancing and timings of all these master systems until I discovered a master pattern which I call the Golden Matrix. What I have worked out seems to be the core of all movement systems. This will be revealed in my forthcoming book and video series. BushindoTM is a body-mind-spirit integrated system that will renew, revitalize, and rejuvenate your life while giving you martial art skills second to none. Our mission is to further empower all human beings in their ability to protect and build their freedoms while increasing their humanity.
All the best, Master Richard J. Van Donk
OUR VISION STATEMENT
We at Bushindo University and American Bujinkan Dojo are dedicated to building a better Bujinkan through education and action. We offer every student access to the information they need in order to properly study Ninjutsu / Budo Taijutsu in every format possible, whether that be physically one on one, in group sessions, camps, books, video, web sites, home study courses or trips to Japan to train with Soke Hatsumi. We provide a direct lineage to Soke Hatsumi and the International Bujinkan Dojo in Japan for our students and friends.
We are here to provide an open door to a great adventure and a wealth of information that changes peoples lives. We’ve done our best to become the definitive Source for Ninjutsu training information anywhere in the world. We are always open to your comments and suggestions on how to serve you better. We are in the process of securing an outdoor facility that would be open year round for training and retreats. Let us know if you are interested in attending or helping us build it.