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Certification Course Become a Shodan BlackBelt in Ninjutsu/Ninpo Taijutsu!

At the International Bujinkan Dojo Association (IBDA) we learn the arts as a way of life like they were taught in the past. We share the arts in a step-by-step way so that you learn it well enough to teach it. And really hope that one day that you will to help carry the arts on. 

We offer the unlimited skills of a warrior (these arts were developed in actual combat not in a dojo), the mind set of a champion, a better conditioned body, and the inner peace of a monk (when you want it).

The goal is to empower every aspect of your life and life a more harmonious empower life as you follow the martial path.
We invite you to become a student of the Enlightened Warrior Ways with us.

30+ years of offering courses worldwide!! Unparalleled success of Worldwide students. 1st degree Blackbelt Training in Ninjutsu / Ninpo Taijutsu where we take you step by step video, pictures and written  lessons for every level of your journey. You start at 9th kyu and work your way to your Shodan 1st Degree BlackBelt. Time PROVEN System that is designed so that even a brand new beginner can reach BlackBelt Certification in Ninpo Taijutsu in 2.5 to 3 years. If you are a Bujinkan blackbelt from another instructor ask about our accelerated program. To become a teacher with us this course is required. 

Then we have Teachers Training, How to run a dojo, and advanced degree levels to 10th degree Shihan. You will not run out of things to learn. 

Take Charge of Your Training! Earn your Yellow Belt Certification in 30 Days! 

It’s Time To EMPOWER Your LIFE 

With Step-by-Step Guidance we take you from even being even a beginner to a BlackBelt Instructor in the Ninja arts. With over 30+ years of Distance and Dojo learning programs worldwide students we have this down to a science. No one offers you more!
Become a Student and instructor of the Enlightened Warrior Ways!



Learn the Ninjutsu "the art of the Ninja" 
that is no longer taught in Japan anymore.

Learn Ninpo Taijutsu as it was taught by Bujinkan Soke Hatsumi in the 1980's.

Here is what you will learn  Level by Level from Beginner to BlackBelt:

Easy to Learn Instruction!
How Not to get Hit! - Distancing the attack - Quick counters to any Attack- Increasing Your Awareness - Conditioning Your Body - Personal Power - Punching - Kicking - Exotic Weapon Training - Stealth - Postures - Grappling - Rolling - 
Meditation - Inner Power - Sword - Shinobi Iri - Throws ‚Äď Submission ‚Äď ¬†Body Conditioning ‚Äď Chokes ‚Äď Spiritual Refinement and Much, Much More!!

9th Kyu Level

Building your Foundation. ¬† Learn the proper Ninjutsu bowing-in procedures, how to tie your belt, how to warm up and stretch before training. You learn the basic standing postures of Seiza, Hira & Ichimonji no kamae. This dvd teaches you basic forward & backward rolls and breakfalls (how to go to the ground without getting hurt) as well as the basic punches and kicks of Ninjutsu. Covers how to be out of the way of attacks with proper evasion by using your body effectively. ¬† You‚Äôll begin learning the Sanshin no kata, a set of 5 elemental movement forms which teach very important principles of movement and feeling. At 9th Kyu level you‚Äôll learn the basic Chi or earth feeling form of the Sanshin. Intro Level ‚Äď Basic Body conditioning, Belt tying, Bowing, Movement Basics, Natural Postures of Shizen, Seiza & Ichimonji, Earth Form, Evasion, Rolling, Basic Punching and Kicking. 1 hour+

8th Kyu Level

The focus of this Yellow Belt Level is taihenjutsu or basic falling, leaping & evasion skills. The foundation for all of the more advanced techniques you will learn rests upon your ability to move fluidly and go to the ground without fear.   In 8th Kyu you’ll work more on your rolling & body movement skills as well as adding the postures of Hoko, Doko & Jumonji no kamae. You’ll learn Omote & Ura Gyaku (inside and outside basic wrist grabs & reversals) as well as Tehodoki (basic wrist escapes) & basic Hanbo (3 ft staff) movements. Continuing the Sanshin no kata you’ll learn the basic Sui or water feeling form movement.   At 8th kyu you will be introduced to the Kihon Happo movements, the fundamental ways of moving upon which our art and most all of the martial arts are based. From this level on up you will need a partner to work out with. Ichimonji no kata is the first movement drill you will learn from the Kihon Happo.   Wrist grabs – Locks and escapes, Cartwheels, Weapon- Hanbo (3ft wooden staff), Water form, Being a training partner (Uke), Blocks, Escape from grabs, Striking techniques. Jumonji, Hoko and Doko No Kamae. 1 hour+

7th Kyu Level

Emphasis at this Yellow Belt level is on having more flowing body movement with less effort. You need to be able to go to the ground effectively and be able to take your partner off balance using your body movement rather than muscle.   You will learn side rolls, more advanced back rolls, standing, forward, backward & sideways breakfalls. The postures of Kosei, Hicho & Ihen no kamae are covered as well as Shuto (cupped hand) strikes & backward and sideways kicks. More punching drills, Kihon Happo & the Sanshin forms of Ka (fire) & Fu (wind) as well as the Gyaku Waza (wrist reversals) techniques of Omote Oni Kudaki & Hon Gyaku. Basic tanto (knife) techniques are also covered.   Advanced Rolling methods, Breakfalls, Kicks, Fire & Wind feeling forms (Sanshin), Beginning grappling (Kihon Happo), understanding knife attacks, Postures: Ihen, Kosei, & Hicho, Posture flow drill, Oni-kudaki. 1 hour

6th Kyu Level

At this Green Belt level in your taihenjutsu (body movement skills) you should be able to roll without using your hands so that you can either pick up a weapon or take down an attacker as you are rolling.   This dvd covers how to do this as well as Shiho Tenchi Tobi (4-way leaping skills), Shiho Geri (4-way kicking) and Sokoyaku Ken (heel/sole foot dance). You’ll learn the last set of the Sanshin no kata, the Ku or void feeling form. From the Kihon Happo you’ll practice the Jumonji no kata (crossed hand posture movement drill) & Musha Dori.   The Kusari fundo, a weighted chain, is the weapon focus for this level (we always use a rope version for safety when training with a partner).   The importance of meditation & diet are briefly covered as well. Leaping skills in several directions, Thumb striking, Void feeling form, Medium level Grappling, Kusari Fundo- (Rope/Chain) techniques, Advanced kicking including 4-way (Shiho Tenchi Tobi). Meditation, Diet, More Kihon Happo. 1 hour

5th Kyu Level

The focus at this Green Belt level is learning the Kihon Happo movements with efficiency and knowledge of the Japanese names for each technique. This level is a major step and accuracy as well as good body flow is a must.   Advanced kicking & punching methods practiced while going to the ground as well as Muto Dori Gata (empty handed sword evasion forms) are on this dvd. You will learn how to strike using the Boshi Ken (thumb fist) & Shako Ken (claw fist), and to kick using Kakushi Geri & Sampo Geri forms.   Continuing the Kihon Happo you will learn Hicho no kata (flying bird form movement drill) and Ganseki Nage (beginning throwing forms).   Basic grappling forms are also covered at this level and the weapon focus for this level is Shuriken (throwing stars). Sword evasion forms, Medium level Grappling (Kihon Happo), Body grab escapes, Shuriken techniques, Beginning throws (Nage), advanced kicking and punching methods also done while falling. 1 hour

4th Kyu Level

At this Green Belt level you need to be proficient at taking your opponent off balance. This training also reviews how important balance is in your training and in your life. You’ll also find jumping kicks, jumping & diving rolls, running up surfaces, wrist breaking techniques, leg sweeps & how to counter kicks all on this dvd.   The weapon focus for 4th Kyu is the Rokushaku Bo (6ft staff) and you will learn basic strikes & distancing for this weapon. Jumping kicks, Countering Kicking attacks, leg sweeps, wrist breaking techniques, 6ft bo staff training (basic and advanced), Rolls (jumping and diving), Flying techniques.
1 hour

3rd Kyu Level

At this point in your training your attention should be on your partner’s body and the effects that your movement and technique have on your partner. This last Green Belt level reviews the importance of this as well as introducing the sword, including how to hold it, 10 different sword kamae (postures) and the basic movements and cuts from each of the 10 postures.   Advanced Taisabaki (body evasion) is covered on this tape, paying specific attention to distancing & timing, as well as advanced Ganseki Nage (throwing forms), power moves & damaging blows to crush your opponent.   Sword postures (10 different kamae) , basic movement and cutting from each one, Throwing skills of ganseki forms, Silent movement, using nature, Fist and body harmony, power moves, damaging blows crush your opponent. 1 hour 

2nd Kyu Level

2nd Kyu Brown Belt level focuses on advanced falling, leaping, and evasion skills. Kuten (front handspring), Noburi kata (climbing trees, buildings, poles), and Suwari gata (kneeling forms): wrist grabs, reversals, throws and kicks from a kneeling position are shown.   You’ll learn five new strikes: Shuki ken (hand start fist), Sakki ken (foot start fist), Shishin ken (finger needle strike) and Happa ken (eight leaf fist) as well as Tai ken, the use of the whole body as a fist. Koppo jutsu or bone attacks and Shime waza go kata (the five strangle hold/choking techniques) are also taught on this dvd.   Weapon focus on this video is the proper use of Shuko (hand claws) and Kenjutsu Shinobi Iai the art of properly drawing a sword. Short discussion on using dreams as insight into things that are happening in your life. Choking and strangulation holds, Knee and elbow strikes, Bone attacks, Climbing trees skills, How to draw a Sword several ways, Fighting from sitting and kneeling, Hand claws, Dream work. 1 hour

1st Kyu Level

1st Kyu Brown Belt level covers Stealth movement and Gotonpo (body concealment methods using nature to escape). Koshijutsu (organ and muscle attacks) are taught using points on the wrists, arms, shoulders, throat, face, back, chest and legs etc.   Advanced throwing variations (henka) from the Kihon Happo movements of Ura Gyaku, Omote Gyaku, Musha Dori and Ganseki Nage are shown as well as Koshi nage (hip throws), Itami nage (pain throws) and a rare demonstration of Kuki nage (throwing without touching your opponent by using energy and intent only- no body contact).   Weapon focus is the Kyoketsu shoge (long rope with circular ring on one end and a double bladed dagger on the other) and how to use Metsubushi (blinding powder). Stealth, Escaping from danger using nature (Gotonpo), Advanced throws (Nage waza), Organ and muscle attacks of Koshijutsu, Variations of advanced grappling forms, Rare Shoge weapon, Metsubushi blinding powders. 1 hour.

Shodan Level

Knife and gun disarms, how to deal with multiple attackers, Kihon Happo reversing and countering techniques as well as natural taijutsu (body movement) with a gun.
Breaking body balance, flowing from technique to technique, capturing the essence of the techniques, and getting your life to work for you are all covered in this training. If you have really been practicing, by this level of your training your life should be very different than when you first started training. You will be more confident, more relaxed and generally a happier, more aware, and more conscious human being. Knife and gun disarms, Handling multiple attackers, Reversing/countering techniques, Natural Gun shooting, breaking body balance, flowing technique to technique, capturing the feeling, Randori. Now you are ready to really train! 
1 hour. 


Take this Accelerated Path 30 Day Yellow Belt Challenge AND EARN YOUR 9TH KYU YELLOW BELT!

ACTUALLY IT IS VERY EASY if you just follow the Strategic Daily Lesson Guide. Mark off the checklist doing a little more study everyday you can earn your first belt certification and be started on your BlackBelt Journey. Are You in?

Shidoshi Charles Benham

Shihan Charles Benham

“The Black Belt Course demystifies Ninjutsu / Budo Taijutsu. It has been an invaluable resource and has enabled me to realize my goals of black belt and beyond.

Shihan Dan Ordoins

Shihan Dan Ordoins15th Degree BlackBelt Sacramento, CA USA

“The Black Belt Study Course has been an amazing stepping stone for my progression in this wonderful art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu/ Ninjutsu. Just look at my results! Thanks Shihan Van Donk.”
Shihan James Clum

Shihan James Clum

10th Degree BlackBelt Azusa, CA USA

“The BlackBelt Home Study Coursewas my entry point into the world of the Bujinkan and Ninjutsu. It was then and remains today a well thought out curriculum that pieces together what may seem an incomprehensible labyrinth but is in fact an easy to follow path.”
Shihan Luis Bernal

Shihan Luis Bernal

10th Degree BlackBelt, EL SALVADOR

“Ninjutsu Black Belt Course has benefited my physical and spiritual path, it was the most exciting experience in my life, Shihan Van Donk promoted positive energy than enhance my personality and let me growth as a better human being.”

 YOU NOW GET THE COMPLETE COURSE ONLINE in the NINJA DOJO (for Life) and the Physical Binder Manual mailed to you!!! 

When you enroll in a Bushindo University Course YOU GET BOTH the PHYSICAL COURSE BINDER MANUAL (with disks - unless you choose the option to add them - See Below!) and the ONLINE DOJO COMPLETE VIDEO/MANUAL TRAINING at Portal, so that you will Always have the latest teachings for life!  

Again, you get the ONLINE DOJO TRAINING that has all the video lessons and manual pdf's viewable on any computer and on the Phone/Tablet App PLUS you will be mailed the PHYSICAL COURSE BINDER( NO disks will be sent) so that you can hold that in your hands to read it, make notes, and add additional related studies to the Course Binder. 

Your huge Advantage is that Doshi (and shihan Instructors) can easily add additional lesson footage directly to your Online Training Course in minutes. You will always have the latest training. Plus you can ask questions on Any lesson the training in the study portal. Doshi is really excited about being able to add to your training with ease - this is not possible with DVDs.

FYI, Our ONLINE programs at Bushindo University have always been up to date, including PDF's of the Manuals and has had more information in it due to the remastering of and lack of desire for DVD’s by some students. 

ONLINE training still costs the University money to run everything as much as the printed material . Most everyone loves to hold the manuals in their hands, including me. SO NOW YOU GET BOTH. 

Your Binder will be mailed and you will be given access in the Bushindo University Dojo Online Portal.  

MORE TRAINING WILL ALWAYS BE ONLINE- as it is easier to Add!!! 

In the Shodan Training Manual

The Comprehensive and progressive training DVD's are great training tool but a 
step-by-step Ninjutsu training manual with

  • How to Train
  • How to Rank Test
  • History of the Art
  • Main Instructor Bios
  • Ninjutsu Training Concepts
  • Ninpo Philosophy
  • Pressure Point Diagrams
  • Main Posture Posters
  • Spiritual practices and Meditations
  • 9th kyu to Shodan Techniques
  • Terminology Glossary

Dojo Student?? See the dojo study versions of the individual 3 Shodan Manuals in the store.

FREE BONUS #2- Japanese Phrases ONLINE Audio @ $19.95
Japanese is a difficult language to learn and we are learning a Japanese art with lots of terminology in its original language. This is not hard to learn if you are learning a technique at a time with a name attached to it, as you are just naming something. But being able to pronounce it right, Ah,,, I don't know about you but I need some help here. DAISHIHAN Linda Van Donk after hearing some rather interesting training terminology said in a very funny way (can't write it here) sat down and scripted out all the important Japanese words that we use in training up to Shodan. Then She recorded it on an Audio TRACK for the students (many thanks to her!). This Ninjutsu terminology Audio cd says the phase in Japanese and then in English with a slight pause so you can repeat it out loud. What a difference it makes. This normally sells for $19.95 and we threw it in the set for FREE.

FREE BONUS #3- Ranking Registration @ $125.00

In order to receive certified IBDA Certified rank with us you must be a registered student AND have a current Membership. Testing with IBDA is NOT a requirement to get this Shodan course, Everyone is welcome to learn. For those logn distance students without a dojo nearby we want to give the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and we also offer a video testing taijutsu review on what to improve on. Your Bushindo Martial Arts University registration fee establishes you as a student. In your Ninjutsu BlackBelt Course is a FREE enrollment certificate. We register each course in the name of the person purchasing the course (non-transferable).  If you buy a course from e-bay or at a garage sale then you must register that course.  Student registration $125 value FREE Bonus

So Get started Right Now on your Ninjutsu journey with us! Years of training for one small investment.
 See you on the Mat!




Everyone’s journey is different. Choose the right training for you:



LifeTime Immediate Full Access

  • Immediate Access to Entire Course Online _ More than DVD version¬†
  • Free Updates for Life
  • BINDER 365+ page Manual mailed to you. Hold it in your hands.
  • Invite¬†to Private community
  • Bonus- Japanese Phrases Audio
  • Bonus- Ranking Registration ($125)
  • Rank Test Fees Separate
  • Bonus - 30 Day Challenge
  • Bonus - Life of Fun, Safety and Empowerment
  • ¬†Phone / Tablet App / Computer




  • NO TEST FEES - All certification to BlackBelt and Shidoshi License included - Just Train and test when ready!
  • NINJUTSU BLACKBELT COURSE - 11 - One Hour + Lessons - 9 Kyu levels
  • 365+ page in-depth Manual Workbook
  • Invite to Private Community
  • Bonus- Japanese Phrases Audio
  • Bonus-¬†Ranking Registration ($125-)
  • Bonus- 30 Day Challenge
  • Bonus - Life of Fun, Safety and Empowerment



Best of Both Worlds!

  • Immediate Access to Entire Course Online _ More than DVD version¬†
  • BINDER w/DVD's mailed Free Priority Shipping
  • Study Anywhere - Study Anytime
  • Invite to Private Community
  • Bonus- Japanese Phrases Audio
  • Bonus-¬†Ranking Registration ($125)
  • Rank Test Fees Separate
  • Bonus- 30 Day Challenge
  • Bonus - Life of Fun, Safety and Empowerment


Which One Quality of these Ancient Arts Could Change Your Life?

rvd-lanchaI never imagined how my life would change from studying the martial arts. Yes, I expected a lot from it but there is no way that from that first time I entered a dojo I ever thought that I might get to the second level yellow belt, much less get to a Black Belt. In fact it was only after two years of hard training that I saw the glimmer of the possibility of becoming a brown belt. And after achieving that it took a few more years of dedication to reach Black belt in Karate.

Since that time I have traveled the world teaching and training with many great Grandmasters and became a personal student of several of these Grandmasters, including Soke Masaaki Hatsumi who shared with me his wonderful art of Ninjutsu-Ninpo Taijutsu.

I now have at least 100 students who have been promoted to 10th dan (5th level) by him and the International Bujinkan Dojos. All of them starting with THIS Shodan Course. Amazing. My life has been blessed.

Join us on this path and start your journey today. We love what we do and are excited and passionate about it. You’ll soon experience why.

Just imagine what an entire ancient Empowerment system will do.



Learn what it takes to become a Black Belt
in Ninjutsu/Ninpo Taijutsu even in your own home at your own pace!

faq-montageThis revolutionary Ninjutsu / Ninpo Taijutsu Shodan Course pioneered since 1990 by Doshi Richard Van Donk, Bujinkan 15th dan senior DaiShihan - ShinGiTaiIchi Award, is used by high ranking Bujinkan instructors and beginning students alike with great success in over 75 countries worldwide. Seven years, 1000’s of hours of research, lots of blood, sweat and tears, and almost ¼ million miles of travel in about 50 trips to Japan to personally train with Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi and other Shihan teachers went into providing you with this very comprehensive step by step Black Belt curriculum. Then another 20 to refine it. There is none like it anywhere else in the world. The elite World Grandmaster Council (WHFSC) gave us the best top International Videos Award in 1999. Find out why for yourself! Train at home on your own time at your own pace!


Put the techniques you learn into practice during group mentoring sessions. This is a safe place where everyone is working on their own Ninjutsu / Ninpo Taijutsu journey.

Doshi meets with people in his White Tiger Inner Club students at least once a week Mentoring them on every aspect of the Arts.

This not only gives you advance lessons but guides you on anything that you are struggling with. Then are guided all the way. Plus in this program Doshi offers teachings that he feels need to be personally guided, like the inner arts.

Most students find it powerful to learn with others while having their questions answers to overcome any struggles and hear the creative ways others are training.

I really want to connect and help you grow in the arts and life!

DOSHI.... (Means basically shower of the Way or WayShower)