BUJINKAN IN AUSTRALIA AND WOLLONGONG

One of the first Australians to train in Bujinkan was a Wollongong citizen Laszlo John Abel (1954 – 2009). Mr Abel travelled to Japan in September 1976 to initially train in Kyokushinkai Karate, however Mr Abel ended up in training in Bujinkan under Soke Hatsumi for eight months followed by other Japanese Martial Arts. Mr Abel returned to Wollongong in the Early 1990s as a staff member of the University of Wollongong, but never taught Bujinkan publicly.

The first Australian to teach Bujinkan in an official capacity was a Brisbane-based instructor named Wayne Leslie Roy. Mr Roy moved to Japan in 1980 and trained under Sensei Toshiro Nagato. Mr Roy retuned to Australia and established the first official Bujinkan Schools initially in Brisbane Queensland, and gradually in other Australian states under the banner Bujinkan Roy Dojo. Bujinkan was subsequently established in New Zealand with Michael Gent acting as the first official NZ Bujinkan Sensei.

During the 80s and 90s other Australians journeyed to Japan to train with Soke Hatsumi and the Japanese Shihan. They included Ed Lomax, Andrew McDonald, Stewart Jarvis, Steve Revnac, and Tim Bathurst, who eventually retuned to Australia opening their own Bujinkan Dojos.

The floodgates were opened when Ed Lomax organised the first Australian Taikai in 1991 in Adelaide where Soke Hatsumi and other senior Japanese Masters taught in Australia for the first time. Soke Hatsumi also taught at the final Hatsumi Taikai in 1993 in Sydney.

Bujinkan Wollongong Instructor David Smith began training in Bujinkan in 1990 and his Instructors have included: Maureen Jensen, Dean Gum, Daryl Green, Gillian Booth and Frances Haynes.

David has trained in Japan with Bujinkan Soke Dr Masaaki Hatsumi and the following Shihan (Masters): Sensei Ishizuka, Sensei Shiraishi, Sensei Someya, Sensei Noguchi, Sensei Nagato, Sensei Oguri, Sensei Senou, and Sensei Furuta.

On the 1st of July 2005, David passed the Shinsa (The Trial for Shidoshi Instructor) directly by Soke Hatsumi at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Japan. David has been a member of the Shidoshi-Kai (Instructor Society) of Bujinkan since that date.

To compliment his Bujinkan training, David has also studied and trained in Counter-Terrorism, modern Intelligence Collection and Covert Surveillance in Australia and Britain.

Shidoshi Dylan Chresby began training in 2002 after being introduced to Bujinkan while working in the security industry. His teachers have included Andrew Netes, Mike Hammond, Keith Fitzgerald, and David Smith. On the 29th of March 2016, Dylan passed the Godan test, administered by Sveneric Bogsater in the presence of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi in Noda, Japan.