CLASSES AND FEES

CLASS:

Each Class in Bujinkan Wollongong is conducted in a safe and non-competitive environment. The atmosphere is friendly and fun and is in harmony with the training methods as conducted in Japan. Any non-Japanese Instructor is called by their first name and not Sensei (Teacher) as in other Japanese Martial Arts.

As Bujinkan requires a mutual level of respect and agreement on training expectations, the following Conditions of Membership with Bujinkan Wollongong must be acknowledged:
1. Only persons meeting the following conditions will be accepted.
(a) Applicants must supply a doctor’s certificate of health if requested.
(b) Applicants must not have a criminal record.
2. Applicants are advised that the Bujinkan Dojo training involves physical, and at times, full body contact between the participants, as well as the use of various forms of weaponry. Sessions can also include skills that involve strenuous physical activity and complete concentration in situations quite often involving exposure to danger. Accordingly Bujinkan Dojo and its instructors advise that anyone engaging in training of any kind shall do so at their own risk. Neither the Bujinkan nor its Instructors or Agents will be held responsible for any damage and/or injury occurring, whether physical or otherwise, to any student whether caused by the act or omission of the school, an instructor or another student.
3. The Bujinkan will not tolerate people with socially unacceptable tendencies.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the training content and subject matter, Bujinkan Wollongong will only accept mature-minded and responsible adults. We will not accept anyone under the age of 18 years or those who display an irresponsible demeanour or attitude. (Please refer to the “ETIQUETTE AND RULES OF BUJINKAN”)

Each two-hour Bujinkan training session involves the following:

The above subjects may be supplemented with specialised training depending on the focus of each class.

OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONY

When you attend your first class, you will observe that we conduct a traditional ceremony to begin and end each training session. This opening and closing ceremony derives from the Shinto (Spirit-way) animistic traditions of Japan, and is performed internationally in all Bujinkan Schools.

Opening Ceremony: All students sit in Seiza (kneeling posture) with their hands placed together in a prayer position. The Sensei (Instructor) also sits in the same position in front of the students. All face the Kamiza (Small Shrine) as a focus and symbol of the Warrior ancestors that the Nine Ryu (Traditions) of Bujinkan come from.

Closing Ceremony: All students sit in Seiza (kneeling posture) with their hands placed together in a prayer position. The Sensei (Instructor) also sits in the same position in front of the students. All face the Kamiza (Small Shrine) as a focus and symbol of the Warrior ancestors that the Nine Ryu (Traditions) of Bujinkan come from.

When you first attend a class, you will find that all grades train together on the same techniques, with White Belts training with Green Belts and Black Belts. You will also observe that Japanese terms are used in class for specific techniques. This may be daunting at first, but like all new things, once you keep practicing, the physical application of techniques and the terminology used will become second nature through natural emersion.

Bujinkan techniques are founded on basic unarmed posture-work (the position of the legs and footwork that gives a martial art its form or style) and the use of natural body-weight in fluid motion. Once the basic footwork is learned it is applied to all other weapons and movement so a quick development of skill-level within Bujinkan is possible.

No previous martial arts experience is necessary and training is conducted in a slow and soft manner at beginner level.

Although only an average level of fitness is all that is required to learn Bujinkan, we do ask that you first seek medical advice before attempting any physical activity.

Special beginner training may be on offer to help ease you in to the basics. Please contact us for special beginner class details.

LOCATION AND TRAINING TIMES:

As we train in various venues in Wollongong City and surrounding suburbs, including outdoor locations, we do not publish these for privacy and security reasons.

In general, weekend classes are usually conducted on Saturdays between 10:00 and 13:00.

Weeknight classes are conducted on Thursday nights between 19:00 and 21:00.

We do not train on public holidays or long-weekends.

Please contact us in order to find out our specific training times and locations.

WHAT TO WEAR:

Initially you only require loose-fitting clothes for training. Wear a comfortable T-shirt and jogging pants. We do suggest that you wear a T-shirt that you are willing to subject to wear and tear as Bujinkan does involve techniques that pull and tug on clothing.

Eventually, it is expected that you will purchase a Black Japanese-style Martial Arts Uniform (called a Gi) and White-belt. You may wish to buy a lightweight cheaper alternative initially, but it is recommended in time that you invest in a heavyweight (referred to as Canvass) Black Gi as this is longer lasting and more durable.

If training indoors on a padded floor, please wear socks, bare feet or indoor fabric-soled Tabi (Japanese split-toed footwear) to prevent damage to the training mats. When training outdoors, rubber-soled Tabi or sneakers may be worn.

Please remove (or cover) any rings and/or piercings to prevent injury to yourself and your training partner.

If you have long hair, please tie this securely back before training.

Please ensure that your toenails and fingernails are trimmed to prevent injury to yourself and your training partner.

We also request that you maintain personal hygiene out of respect for you and your training partners.

Please also bring bottled water in order to keep fluids up.

FEES AND ASSOCIATED COSTS:

An Annual Membership Fee is required to cover the costs of membership registration with the Hombu Dojo (Bujinkan Headquarters) in Japan and insurance cover. This fee is usually requested at the start of each new year (January – February). Please note that if you join after the start of the Year (March – December), the total fee will still be required, and the complete Annual Fee will be expected at the start of the following year.

In accordance with training fee policy of Bujinkan in Japan, actual training fee costs cannot be published. You will find that our fee structure is competitive and reasonable for what is covered in each three-hour class.

You may have the option of paying for each class independently or a discounted monthly fee covering all regular classes. Please note that any seminars and special training event conducted outside of regular class schedules are additional and not covered by the monthly fee.

Please contact us in order to find out our training fees.

ADDITIONAL COSTS:

Uniforms, Belts and Tabi footwear are to be purchased at your own expense. The following are an exaggerated generalised price-list for the additional equipment you will require:

Grading fees are also charged and vary depending on the level of rank obtained. As a general rule Kyu level (Green Belt) can cost up to $50 per grade, and Dan levels (Black Belt) can cost up to $500.

PLEASE NOTE: the above costs are exaggerated and are only a general guide so individual budgets can be worked on before committing to training. Most costs are under the above pricing. Most of these fees (such as Uniforms and Weapons) are a one-off costs and are only an initial outlay when starting out.