Tanemura on his Leaving the Bujinkan
Posted to the Genbukan Website May 8, 2007
Hatsumi Yoshiaki (Masa-aki / Byakuryu)
Former-Teacher of Shoto Tanemura
Tanemura Shoto (Tsunehisa) was training in Takamatsu martial arts from April of
1963 (15 years old) to November of 1984 (37 years old) under Hatsumi Yoshiaki (given
name), the president of Bujinkan Dojo and President of Bujinkan Shidoshi Association.
At the time, Tanemura was also the Vice President of the Bujinkan Shidoshi
In March 1984, one of Tanemuraís highest ranked students had to resign and drop
out from Tanemuraís Dojo and the Bujinkan Shidoshi Association, because of serious
problems he had caused.
On the 1st of November 1984, Tanemura found out that Hatsumi had taken care of
this problem student, without Tanemuraís knowledge.
There were many reasons for Tanemuraís decision to leave Hatsumi but the final
decision to separate was a result of being disappointed by Hatsumiís decision to look
after this problem student. Tanemura decided on the 13th November 1984 to resign
from Hatsumi and the Bujinkan Shidoshi Association. On that day Tanemura sent a
letter by registered post to his teacher Hatsumi, explaining his reasons for resigning
and his wish to become independent.
Tanemura went on to establish the Genbukan Ninpo Bugei Dojo on November 28th
1984. He started teaching the Takamatsu Budo that he had mastered and been given
Menkyo Kaiden from his former teacher Hatsumi, as Tanemura-Ha. Tanemura decided
that he will preserve the true spirit and teachings of Takamatsu as Tanemura-Ha
This was a very hard and sad time for Tanemura to leave Hatsumi. However, it was
important for Tanemura to follow his heart and keep alive the martial arts of
After leaving Hatsumi, Tanemura was fortunate to learn and receive
Grandmasterships and Masterships from Takamatsuís highest ranked students;
Kimura Masaji, Sato Kinbei and Ueno Takashiís line Masters.
He has also learned from many other Grandmasters/Masters of different types of
Ryu-Ha and martial arts. And he has received many other