About The Genbukan Organization
The Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation, founded in 1984 by Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura, was created to teach and preserve traditional martial arts. The martial arts taught by the Genbukan organization, which is based in Japan, includes numerous martial lineages (called "Ryu-ha") that have been handed down through history, extends as far back as 58 generations.
To understand the uniqueness of what the Genbukan offers, you must have a basic understanding what the tradition of these lineages are. These Ryu-ha each have their own rich history, some dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Much more than just studying "ju-jutsu" and "ninjutsu", each martial lineage developed out of necessity of use. Some of these uses include: self-defense, body guard methods, law enforcement, military combat, and even spy-craft.
The syllabus of our main martial arts training is derived from these traditions, and include both unarmed and armed defense. The curriculum that is taught is broken down into Japanese Ju-jutsu and Ninpo (Ninjutsu) martial arts, which students practice simultaneously. In addition, students also have the opportunity to learn the actual traditional lineages which each hold their specializations and uniqueness.
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About Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura
Grandmaster (Soke) Shoto Tanemura was born with the name Tsunehisa Tanemura on August 28, in the town of Matsubushi, Japan. Tsunehisa was his given name, but later he took the martial name "Shoto" meaning the "Law of the Sword".
His father was the 17th family head of a Samurai line, and expert in kenjutsu (the art of the sword) and jukenjutsu (the art of the bayonet), as well as, various schools of Jujutsu and Ninjutsu. As a traditional father, his father introduced his son to the martial arts at the age of 9.
Continuing his training, it was in high school that his quest for true martial arts took shape. His training was so concentrated that by the age of 20 he had received his first full mastership (Menkyo Kaiden) in martial arts.
At the age of 22 he began his career as a police officer for the Tokyo Metro Police Department, and eventually given permission to teach martial arts to policeman. Later, he became a professor at the Police Academy. After 15 years of service, and achieving the rank of Lieutenant, he decided to retire from the police.
In 1984, he founded the Genbukan organization to preserve true traditional martial arts. Now, with members in over 25 countries and thousands of students, he travels around the world to teach his instructors and their students.