Fred started his journey as a martial artist aged 9, practicing Judō for several years in his hometown. After trying some other disciplines (including Aikido and Karate), he finally discovered Budō Taijutsu and started training at the Bujinkan Niten Dōjō of Strasbourg, France in 1996. After getting his Shidōshi-Ho and teaching at Bujinkan UAE for several years, Fred finally got his Shidōshi license and founded the Bujinkan Fudō-myōō Dōjō in March 2016 in Abu Dhabi. A student of Dai Shihan Arnaud Cousergue, Fred trained with Sōke Hatsumi and many of the Dai Shihans both in Japan and other countries. He currently holds the rank of Godan (5th Dan Black Belt) in Bujinkan.
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.
Each Ryū could stand as a complete martial system on its own: Each of these methods share similarities, but have contextual differences related to when they evolved and what weapons and equipment people were using at that time. Within the training we examine rolling, breakfalling, striking, throwing, locking, balance taking, the use of and defence against weapons, multiple opponents, how to use your surroundings, etc.
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.
The teaching method used serves three purposes: providing a realistic self protection ability; ensuring that the ability taught is appropriate to the student's skill level; and developing an above-average sense of self awareness and self-control in the practitioner.
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.