"Sho-In" - Hidden by Laughter

The Sho-in Dojo is a private club in Crystal Lake, IL headed by Sensei Sam Hersee, dedicated to studying the martial arts of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, which incorporates the Japanese combat arts of the Samurai and Ninja. Traditional martial arts are taught with an emphasis on realistic application for the defense of yourself and those around you. Classes are set up as small group training sessions with the students' needs in mind.

The Sho-In Dojo is located in Crystal Lake off Randall road, and is easily accessible to the greater McHenry County area, as well as the surrounding areas of Dekalb County, Kane County and far west Cook County. This dojo is a satellite to the Shorisha Dojo of Elgin, IL headed by Shidoshi Vic Siedleski (www.shorisha.com).

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What is Taught

The style taught is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, as headed by Grandmaster Hatsumi Masaaki of Noda, Japan.  The Bujinkan incorporates several traditional Japanese schools of combat, taught collectively as Budo Taijutsu. Budo Taijutsu utilizes natural and relaxed movements that exploit an opponents weaknesses in order to prevail.

In addition, the Sho-In Dojo also investigates principles from other contemporary styles in order to provide students with a well-rounded perspective of the contemporary martial arts community.



It's been too long since an update's been posted. Here's welcoming Remon to the dojo, and congrats to all the rank promotions!


Hosted at the Shori Bujinkan Dojo
Topic: Maze-koze style (a mix of things)

  • Friday ~ May 4 ~ 7:30 pm - ???
  • Saturday & Sunday ~ May 5&6 ~ 10am - 4pm
  • $65 cash/check at the door... no 1 day fee

For more information:  


Here's welcoming Sara to the dojo!

OK, here are the upcoming seminar postings for the area, in chronological order:

Topic: Gyokko Ryu (part 2)

LUKE MOLITOR - Town & Country, MO
Hosted by the Saint Louis Bujinkan Dojo
Topic: Gyokko Ryu foundation and application

  • Friday, February 24th, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 25th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 26th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
  • $95 for all 3 days (Dojo-cho bringing three or more students train free)
  • For more information, visit the event page here
  • Visit the facebook page

ROB RENNER - Crystal Lake, IL
Hosted by the Brooks Martial Arts Center
Topic: to be announced

DON ROLEY - Madison, WI
Hosted by the Bujinkan Madison Dojo
Topic: Togakure-Ryu Ninjutsu

  • Friday, April 27, 2012 ... 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Satuday, April 28, 2012 ... 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday, April 29, 2012 ... 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • $85 if paid before 3/31, or $95 after
  • For more information, and to register, visit the event page: here
  • Visit the facebook page


Happy New Years! May another stong year of training lie ahead!

As for much belated news:

  • It seems this year's theme will be the Katana, so stay tuned... Let's see what curve-balls Soke throws at us
  • Congrats to all the new green belts, and to Will on his 10th kyu test
  • We now have a book/dvd library checkout system in place, so feel free to check stuff out
  • We are getting closer to having the funds to upgrade our mats, so new flooring is on the horizon

A list of upcoming seminars is in the works, so stay tuned for that as well!


Be advised... The time of Sunday's class is now officially 10:30am!!!

Training will be at Vic's on Thursday, 9/22

Here's welcoming Will to the group!

We will probably do a Tameshigiri session in October at Vic's dojo, so we need to estimate the size of our mat order. Details to follow.