Training in the Japanese martial art of Budo Taijutsu.

 

We are part of the international Bujinkan organization, headed by Hatsumi Masaaki.

The Bujinkan incorporates several traditional Japanese schools of combat, taught collectively as Budo Taijutsu.

 

This art emphasizes skills which are applicable for self-defense and combative  applications, rather than for sport.

About The Bujinkan

The Bujinkan Dojo (Divine Warrior Training Hall) is an international martial arts organization based in the outskirts of Tokyo, in Noda City.

 

it is headed by Masaaki Hatsumi, who is the Soke (inheritor) of 9 classical Japanese Ryu (martial traditions)

 

Some of these traditions have histories reaching back to the ninth century, and some pertain to clandestine methods of warfare, and are thus considered the last surviving arts directly linked to Japan's infamous Ninja.

Hatsumi Sensei's teacher was the late Takamatsu Toshitsugu, who was a renown martial artist of his day.  After inheriting these martial traditions in 1972, Hatsumi founded his Bujinkan Dojo in honor of his teacher, whom he felt was a divine warrior.

Budo Taijutsu takes an open-ended survivalist mindset towards martial arts.  The first priority is to keep yourself and your loved ones alive.  Therefore, a "combat" mindset is favored over sport-oriented application, without inherent rules about what's "allowed".  Generally, it takes a pragmatic approach, As long as what yo do works for you.

 

In a truly dangerous situation, you'll often be smaller, weaker, and slower than your opponent. Rather than relying on physical prowess, emphasis is placed on things like positioning, timing, balance, relaxed movements and psychology to prevail.  A heavy emphasis is placed on spontaneous creativity, and the ability to change and adapt to whatever comes your way.

The base techniques are derived from Japanese schools of warfare that date back to the medieval era.  Techniques are trained in a traditional fashion, and their historical context is examined.

 

Then, principles are extracted, to apply to your life in modern society, your body type, and who you are as a person.  As such, training in Budo Taijutsu embodies qualities of both traditional and modern martial arts.

Due to it's roots in warfare, and because humans use tools, weapons usage & disarming is integral.  This begins at day-one, and includes traditional weapons (swords, staffs, and knives), but also considers the use of improvised weapons such as pens, cell phones, clothing and whatever else might be available in a crisis.  Unlike other arts that distinctly separate skill sets (unarmed/weapons or striking/grappling), Budo Taijutsu promotes a holistic view to seamlessly integrate many topics - evasion, avoidance, striking, grappling, pain-compliance, weaponry, etc.

This is a great video by Jeff Christian of the Muzosa Dojo in New York City.

He lays it all out, clear & concise.

Mindset

Ancient & Modern

integrated skill sets

About Budo Taijutsu

The Training

What kind of skills are taught?

  • defense against multiple assailants
  • Safe rolling & falling skills
  • Unarmed - Strikes, kicks, joint locks, throws, chokes, pins
  • Weapons - Knife, staff, sword, rope, handguns, etc
  • Pressure-point / pain-compliance
  • working with teammates to neutralize assailants

what to expect in class?

Rolling/falling skills are practiced at every class to prevent injury in the dojo and out in life.

 

Combat techniques are taught in a hands-on fashion, including contact with your training partners. To prevent injury, techniques are initially trained in a slow & controlled fashion, with speed & intensity increasing as appropriate with the student's skill level.

 

There is no sparring, although there is occasional pressure-testing using free response drills against unknown attacks.

 

A flexible curriculum is followed, but students may explore topics they feel they need for them as an individual.

Students learn at their own rate and are encouraged to take personal stock in what they are learning.

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Sam began learning martial arts when he was 8 yrs old, learning TangSooDo and Hapkido.

Although stopping for many years, it instilled the desire to pursue the martial arts.

 

In college at Purdue University, he studied Judo for a few years. In 2002, his Judo training brought him into contact with the school's Bujinkan group, wherein he finally found the path to martial arts he unwittingly searched for all along.

 

In 2005, Sam began training under Vic Siedleski (10th dan Bujinkan Shihan) of the Shorisha Dojo, whom he continues to actively train with.  In addition, he travels to Japan when possible to receive advanced instruction from Hatsumi Soke and the various Japanese Shihan, and is ranked as a Godan in the Bujinkan.

 

Sam has a career in marketing, and also runs a small side business manufacturing/selling martial arts tools:

Sam Hersee, Shidoshi (instructor)

Bujinkan 5th dan

The Sho-in Dojo is a non-commercial private club in Crystal Lake, IL.  We do not have a store-front facility, and do not operate as a business.

 

Classes are set up as small collaborative group training sessions, with the students' needs in mind.  Things are usually quite informal.

 

While classic Koryu (classic Japanese arts) arts are studied, we always keep an emphasis on realistic application for modern society.  In addition,  we'll also investigates principles from other contemporary styles in order to provide students with a well-rounded perspective of the greater martial arts community.  However, we do not offer formal instruction in other styles.

Instructor

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Schedule

Primary classes are held at our dojo in Crystal Lake, IL near the intersection of Randall & Alexandra roads.

 

We are accessible to the greater McHenry and Lake county areas.

 

The address is not listed here for privacy concerns, but is provided to prospective members.

A supplemental class is held at the Illinois Martial Arts Academy in Lakewood, IL.

 

There is a 1-hr class on weaponry, co-instructed by Sam Hersee & Chuck Masny.  Members of both schools are welcome.

 

This is followed by a 1-hr open training session for Sho-In members.

Sunday

@

The Sho-In Dojo

Crystal Lake, IL

 

10:30am - 12:00pm

Monday

@

Illinois Martial Arts Academy

8505 Redtail Dr, Lakewood, IL

 

7-8pm Weapons & 8-9pm Open Mat

Our Dojo

 

Membership

Because this dojo operates as a club, new members must attend an 8-class trial period.  Then, current active members vote on membership.

Dues:

  • No contracts or pre-payments
  • Dues are collected after classes
  • $5 per class

what's covered:

  • Curriculum material
  • Equipment for the dojo
  • Dojo maintenance

not covered:

  • Student Uniforms
  • Formal international Bujinkan rank certificates
  • Live weapons

 

 

 

 

 

 

interested in a trial run?

  • Must be 18+ years old to join.
  • No experience required!
  • Attend 8 free classes

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