Our Story.

The name Bushin Ryu translates from Japanese as “The Authentic and True Methods” or “Authentic and Truthful School” and bespeaks the synergy achieved in the combination of the various martial arts and principles that form the backbone of our martial system.


The system was founded by Dedeuc D’Antonoli Sensei, and professionally credentialed through the Nippon Martial Arts Renmei or Japanese Martial Arts Society.

Although Japanese Martial Arts have existed in various forms within the United States since the 1900’s, over the last century they have become extremely diluted and westernized. We see this particularly after World War II, when the majority of these arts were first imported. Most had to be turned into sports in order to be accepted by the American public. Additionally, whatever was left of the violent nature of these martial arts was removed during the occupation and pacification of Japan by American forces.

While Bushin Ryu is in essence a system of Gendai Bujutsu (Modern Era Martial Arts of War) it places a strong emphasis on the principles found in feudal Japanese Bujutsu; namely the correct use of techniques (waza), body architecture (efficiency of movement and posture), Ki development and intent (energetic studies), strategy (heiho), philosophy (tetsugaku), Healing (Ijutsu).

Bushin Ryu rank is structured in accordance with most modern systems, embracing the fact that modern people (east or west) need a goal to measure progress and skill development. Like many other martial arts, Aiki Bujutsu students start as beginners (White Belt) and progress through increasingly more demanding techniques and studies until they are in a position to reach Shodan, (First Degree Black Belt). This process takes an average of between 3 and 4 years (depending on the Age and Ability of the student in question). Bushin Ryu is not a “certificate mill,” and will only award and recognize grade based on ability, determination, spirit and time in prior grade.

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