Judō for several years in my hometown (Lingolsheim, like many kids in France. I have to admit, my first teacher, Guy Jordache, was not really impressed with me, and it took a lot of perseverence to not discard this activity. Over time, I tried other disciplines, including Aikido and Karate, but was always driven off by the competitive aspects of the sports.
In 1996, under the weirdest of circumstances (during a LARP), I discovered Budō Taijutsu. Now, this was not a sport, this was a pure, traditional, battlefield martial art. I started training at the Bujinkan Niten Dōjō of Strasbourg, under Roland Rutyna and Didier Chasserot.
After graduating Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt), I became Shidōshi-Ho (assistant instructor) at Bujinkan UAE for several years, until I passed my Godan (5th Dan), got my Shidōshi (instructor) license and founded my own dōjō in 2016: Bujinkan Fudō-myōō Dōjō. A student of Dai Shihan Arnaud Cousergue, I trained in Japan under Sōke Hatsumi Maasaki and most of the Japanese Dai Shihan (Nagato, Noguchi, Seno, Someya, Furuta, Shiraishi to name a few).
Bujinkan is an international martial arts organization based in Noda, Japan and headed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, 34th Sōke (Grandmaster). Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu refers to the nine traditional Ryūha (schools or martial arts lineages) Dr. Hatsumi inherited from Toshitsugu Takamatsu after his passing in 1972.
Founded in 1974, Bujinkan contains the knowledge of three Ninjutsu Schools, three Samurai Jutsu Schools, one Bone Doctors School, one Bodyguard School and one Pirate School, and has evolved and developed through the centuries, laying down fundamental movements as well as universal philosophies. The techniques, forms and movements have been transmitted from generation to generation via written scrolls for over 900 years, while the way to use them is passed verbally through an unbroken lineage of Grandmasters. Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is the current Grandmaster of the nine Ryūha and the Sōke of Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu.
All in all, Bujinkan promotes a comprehensive and holistic viewpoint on self protection revolving about the exploitation and use of distance, angles and timing to achieve desirable results. As Bujinkan focuses on natural principles and biomechanics, it is applicable and useful to a huge range of people.
We don't participate in competitions or contests. Our approach focuses on gaining compliance through pain and potentially damaging techniques in order to survive dangerous situations. We have no official rules or guidelines to limit actions or techniques used. As a result many of the responses of a Bujinkan practitioner would be inappropriate in most competitions or contest. Our training mainly aims to develop the ability to protect oneself (and others) using techniques that focus on disabling an attacker and/or removing their desire or ability to continue posing a threat as efficiently as possible.