The Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation has training schools across the world. For a full list of training schools, please visit www.genbukan.org and use the Dojo Locator. Our Local Schools are located in Victoria, BC and Calgary, AB.
Soke TSUNEHISA TANEMURA
Soke Tanemura is the Head of the Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation.
Grandmaster Tanemura Tsunehisa Shoto Sensei, whose martial arts names are "Bi Koku Ryu" (Secret Black Dragon), "Ko Gyoku" (Shining Ball), "Fudo Masachika" (Immovable Righteous Man) and "Genju" was born on 28 August 1947 in Matsubushi-Machi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. His given name is Tanemura Tsunehisa Minamoto no Shoto. He took the name Shoto which means "Law of the sword". He is a descendant of Shiro Takatsuna (of the Sasaki family). One of Takatsuna's sons changed his name to Tanemura (to avoid retribution by the warlord) and took his family to the Matsubushi area where they remained for the last few 100 years.
A grandson of Takeda Shingen came to the Matsubushi area and was later adopted by the Tanemura family. He mixed his blood with that of the Tanemura family. The symbol of the Tanemura family is a combination of the Sasaki emblem and the emblem of Takeda. The females of the Tanemura family use a similar emblem which is also used by the women of the Imperial Family of Japan.
His father, Sadatsune Tanemura (5th Dan Onoha Itto Ryu and 17th Family Head of a Samurai line with roots to Emperors Uda and Seiwa) and father's uncle, Kakunosuke Yamazaki (8th Dan Onoha Itto Ryu), introduced him at the age of 9 to the martial arts (Kendo, Juken-Jutsu, Nin-Jutsu and Ju-Jutsu). It was a very hard time for the young Grandmaster who received his first Menkyo Kaiden in Shinden Fudo Ryu and Kukishin Ryu at the age of 21.
He majored in law at Hosei University and at the age of 22 he became a police officer (Lieutenant), later an instructor, at Tokyo 's Metropolitan Police Academy. He was a member of Japan's elite Kidotai Police Unit and involved in hostage, rescue and security operations. After 14 years of service he left the Police Academy to complete his mission : teaching true martial arts to the world.
Grandmaster Tanemura Tsunehisa Shoto has done many demonstrations worldwide and taught Ninpo and Ju-Jutsu to FBI agents, Police, SWAT teams, SAS and other elite-team instructors, etc. ... He was the first Grandmaster of Ninpo ever who left Japan in 1976 to teach in a Western country (USA - Atlanta). He was also the teacher of the first foreigners (Doron Navon, Stephen Hayes, ...) who came to Japan to learn Ninpo in the seventies. Nowadays he is still a much respected Grandmaster all over the world who teaches both Iga Ryu and Koga Ryu Ninpo, who has more then 50 years experience in martial arts (over 23 Ryu-Ha) and who is still studying and learning new styles.
He is now Soke/Soshi (Grandmaster) of not only Ninpo, but also of various Ryu-Ha (Martial Traditions) such as the Amatsu Tatara Bumon & Shumon (Japan's oldest secret school), which has almost disappeared in modern times, and also Chinese martial arts. Currently he teaches Ninpo as the "Art of the martial arts". His schools (Genbukan Ninpo Bugei and Kokusai Ju-Jutsu Renmei Dojo) have their headquarters (Honbu Dojo) at his home where he also maintains the position of Kancho (Head of the association).
For a complete list of all of Soke Tanemura's Grand Masterships, you can visit www.genbukan.org.
dojo cho alan scofield
Dojo Cho Alan Scofield is Head of the Genbukan Daigo Dojo.
Dojo Cho Alan Scofield's Personal Mission Statement:
To support the Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation
To continue to train and grow as a martial artist and as a person
To provide traditional Japanese instruction in Ninpo and Jujutsu martial arts as laid out in the Genbukan syllabus
To lead by example and follow the martial arts and ways of the Genbukan
To encourage and guide personal growth of the students in the dojo in all areas of their lives
To maintain an environment of comradeship, spirit, inclusion, compassion, safety, and good manners at all times
To encourage a high level of commitment, study, and practice
To make a positive difference to the world each and every day
To learn from mistakes, grow from them, and make amends if and when possible
To aid and support local community projects and festivals that bring people together and foster tolerance, equality, and compassion
Dojo Cho Alan Scofield's Genbukan Ranks:
Genbukan Ninpo - 3rd Dan
Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei - 1st Dan
Koto Ryu Koppo Jutsu - Shoden Menkyo
Tenshin Hyoho Kukishin Ryu - Shoden Menkyo
Other Ranks and Certifications:
Traditional Usui Reiki - Master
Traditional Tibetan Reiki - Master
GROUP LEADER RICH O'NEILL
Group Leader Rich O'Neill is the Group Leader for the Genbukan Daigo Dojo Branch located in Victoria, BC, and is a personal student of Dojo Cho Alan Scofield.
A Group Leader is a student who has shown skill and dedication to their direct teacher over a length of time and has been granted the title of Group Leader. This student teacher will continue their own training under the Dojo Cho (Alan Scofield) and help new students with the Genbukan training.
Group Leader Rich O'Neill has trained in martial arts for over ten years. He has experience in Kick-Boxing, traditional White Crane Gung Fu, Genbukan Ninpo Taijutsu and Kokusai Renmei Jujutsu.
Rich's goal is to represent Daigo Dojo in Victoria, and the Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation to the best of his abilities; As well as continue moving forwards in his training under the instruction of his teacher, Dojo Cho Alan Scofield
Group Leader Rich O'Neill's Genbukan Ranks:
Genbukan Ninpo - 1st Kyu
Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei - 7 Kyu
Koto Ryu Koppo Jutsu - Kirigami
Other Ranks and Certifications:
Certified Reiki Master Teacher
Jikiden Reiki - Okuden Practitioner