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Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 12:00 - 14:00

Including a demonstration of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation

Many may think the art of ninja died with the last of the samurai, or remains in the modern world only as relics of a bygone era in distorted forms of martial athletics and entertainment.

FCCJ is happy to learn that the greatest ninja master of them all, a living legacy and promoter of the centuries old traditions, will be visiting the club for an orientation in the ways of the old honour and tradition, as taught to him by his great Master Toshitsugu Takamatsu.   Masaaki Hatsumi returned to his homeland quietly in the 1990s after spending 20 years teaching his art around the world as the 34th Grand Master of the Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu. As holder of eight other titles in a broad range of teachings, he forged a new school which has become the Bujinkan, headquartered in his old hometown in Chiba.

Now 85 years old, Hatsumi could be forgiven a quiet life of retirement with a following of 400,000 students and nearly 50,000 teachers licensed worldwide to carry on the Bujinkan teachings. His students clearly had other plans in mind for him. The elites of the FBI, KGB and Interpol continue to be trained by him, and many a Grand Master's birthday party has been marked by the joyous toasts of them all in attendance together at his Dojo each December. He has been honored for his work in anti-terrorism and law enforcement, and this past year alone has received citations from President Obama and Pope Francis.

Feted in bestselling books, Discovery Channel and NHK documentaries, he is arguably the most celebrated and emulated martial arts practitioner in the world. The reasons for his relative obscurity in Japan are fascinating insights into how the last century changed the nation's values and promoted the disciplines which were deemed more television and Olympics friendly. Come learn from the great Master how the ancient art survived, and now thrives, under his tutelage.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website(still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: baked halibut with mozzarella). Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.


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