frequently asked questions
This program was made from Densho, which Takamatsu inherited as the 33rd Soke. Densho is a written and drawn book or a scroll which includes the teaching and knowledge of a certain ryuha. In Japan it was used traditionally to pass down the traditions of a ryu from soke to soke. The scrolls were recorded by warriors who thus preserved the knowledge acquired on the battlefield. Only the best survived and left us the best knowledge through scrolls. The program was made in the late 60’s, early 70’s.
Although rumors are circulating that Takamatsu turned down Dr. Hatsumi’s request to make a program, he did it anyway. Takamatsu-den is the only authentic program made by the last living ninja. All other programs are made by people who did not have the experience that Takamatsu had and therefore do not have authenticity. Considered the last “combat Ninja” Toshitsugu was born to a family with roots in both the Ninja and the Samurai classes. As a child he was taught by masters of several ryus, becoming the only person to have completed training in all aspects of Ninjutsu. As a young man he gained notoriety when he single handedly stopped a small riot.
Takamatsu lived in China and Mongolia for 10 years and was named Moko No Tora (Mongolian tiger) because of his way of fighting. He played an active role in the martial arts community in China, and in 1914 he founded Shino, the Japanese Martial Arts Community. To survive, he taught martial arts during his stay in China, and also had many matches with the best masters of the time. Some of them were for life or death, and Takamatsu never lost a single fight. (You can find more info about this legend on the internet)
I trained with a lot of teachers over 10, basically I was just looking for the truth. I went to various seminars with known and unknown teachers. However, when I met David Holt at a seminar in Tivat, everything started to come together and gained a meaning that I had not seen in ninjutsu before. It has never been a problem for me if I see something better to start from scratch to learn, so this time too, the third time it was the Takamatsu-den program.
Twice a month, I traveled from Kragujevac to Budapest to train with Dave for almost seven years. Unfortunately, my teacher was ill and died four years ago. He shared his knowledge with the last atoms of his strength, and as a memory of him, I am sharing that program with the world today. I actually continued where he left off, I opened 10 new clubs, therefore expanding this program, and due to the current situation with the pandemic I started online trainings.
My advice to people who are already practicing ninjutsu is, never find it difficult to start from scratch, it is a sign that you truly love what you do and that the search for truth is ahead of your ego and personal interests. With this program, progress is very fast, and for people who have been in ninjutsu for a long time, it is even faster.
I often heard the sentence, “One man, one program”. Extremely wrong thinking when it comes to a warrior skill like ninjutsu. The program must be authentic, from the source. Everything that someone would create today, who has no experience from that time, can only be the wrong way.
Today’s programs are very limited and “poor”. They have a totally different view of Kihon Happo. Sanshino kata is obscure. Kamae and their understanding are almost non-existent, and the characteristics of the styles are not even mentioned. In the old program, all that is explained and the whole old program relies on a system of 5 elements that no one mentions today. Newer programs are confusing and complicated, the old program is clear, simple and made for practitioners to progress quickly.
The shortest answer is yes.
Not only can you learn the authentic ninja program that Takamatsu passed on to the next generations, on this site you can also take the exam for each KYU and DAN rank.
For each rank there is a certain knowledge that must be mastered for both student and master ranks and these ranks range from 10 KYU to 10 DAN.
Through learning of the 5 elements and 6 fighting styles the program has perfect harmony.
Such a program does not exist in other organizations. Today, getting ranks in most martial arts is extremely commercialized, and there is no answer to the questions of what your topic was for a certain rank, or it is mostly the type that someone there thinks that someone there deserves that rank, which marginalizes the deeper study of this martial art.
This is not the case with us, and in the organization, who wants to become a part of it, there is order and discipline.
In any case, the answer is that you have complete knowledge in one place and a teacher who will follow your every step from student to master rank.
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