Lehigh Valley Bujinkan Dojo
Martial Arts of the Samurai and Ninja of Ancient Japan - Emmaus, PA
The Dojo and Martial Art System
The Lehigh Valley Bujinkan Dojo, located in Emmaus, PA is a training hall for those students seeking authentic quality training in the ancient Japanese warrior arts of the Samurai and the Ninja. The system of martial arts is actually comprised of 9 lineages collectively called Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu which is headed by Masaaki Hatusmi the current "Soke" located in Noda City Japan. The Sensei for our dojo here in Emmaus is Matt Norton, a 4th Dan Blackbelt in the system and a direct student of 15th Dan Shihan, Kyle Hayes of the Bujinkan Orange County Dojo in Mission Viejo, CA.
Sensei Norton is a licensed Shidoshi (5th degree black belt instructor). He has been training in the Bujinkan system for 18 years and has been instructing for 13 years. In addition to the warrior arts of the Bujinkan he has also trained in Taekwondo, Kung Fu, and Boxing earlier in life and has a broad perspective of the fighting arts. He also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years both active duty and reserve status and draws on that experience frequently when teaching methods of tactics, strategy, firearms and methods of cover and concealment. Sensei Norton also is fortunate to be a husband and father which allows him to appreciate the balance required between family obligations and training demands.
Training Hall and Atmosphere
The Lehigh Valley Bujinkan Dojo is located on private land not in a commercial setting therefore attending a training session is by appointment only. Anyone showing up unannounced will not be permitted. The facility is a refurbished barn converted to a martial arts training hall. The process for becoming a student is simple: the student emails or calls expressing interest in the training; an appointment to attend a training session (for observation only) is established; if the prospective student has a courteous and respectful attitude and no police record of felonies or violent behavior, he or she is usually permitted to commence training. The atmosphere in the dojo is very friendly and non-competitive with a spirit of cooperative learning and usually a small class size of anywhere from 4-10 students on a given night. This allows a much more personalized approach for each and every student. The nature of the Bujinkan martial arts is vast, complex and comes from time in Japanese history where war was a part of daily life. As a result, the techniques practiced consist of both armed and unarmed methods designed to neutralize a threat versus many of the modern styles that focus on "tapping out" or winning a contest. All martial arts when trained properly and in the right spirit can be a wonderful way to develop the human self - one must consider carefully what it is they are looking to get from it.
Training is currently offered at the following times:
Monday (Intermediate Level Training): 7:15pm-9pm
Wednesday (Advanced Level Training): 7:15pm-9pm
Friday (Beginner Level Training): 7:15pm-9pm
Normally the first 45 minutes to an hour center around drills to learn basic movement, posture, striking and evasive maneuvering and the following hour focuses on traditional kata from the different lineages. The kata, although traditional and developed during a time when "fighting" was conducted in a very different manner than today, is the critical element to learning the timeless principles that permeate all martial arts systems. Techniques allow us to study and learn to truly internalize these principles which in turn lead to significantly better ability to survive in a host of different situations, terrain and conditions.
Training earnestly in these arts not only gives the student tremendous power to be able to survive, but even more importantly, teaches one how to truly live. It is one thing to simply survive or stay alive and another to truly LIVE each moment. Therein lies the secret to happiness...
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