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Enlighten Self-protection: Budo for the Real World
Bujinkan Rukasu Budo Dojo

The Bujinkan Rukasu Budo Dojo draws its philosophy from the lineage of martial arts practiced by the samurais since the 16th century and taught since 1970 by master Masaaki Hatsumi as “Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu”. The essence of the teaching focuses on holistic training, by uniting the mind, body and spirit. The Bujinkan practitioner acquires an extensive endurance, perseverance and overall 
a better understanding of the human nature. One essential principle promoted by this martial art and repeated in Hatsumi Sensei’s teachings is the dedication to become a helpful member of the community. Self-defense is not only regarded as a mean to diffuse aggression aimed at one self, but also to keep the community safe and strong. The art of budo can be defined as an overlap of martial arts adapted to the modern world.

Charles Lucas, founder of the Rukasu Budo Dojo, along with his fellow teachers, promotes a style adapted to each student’s experience in martial arts and life-stage. As sensei Lucas explains: “The true philosophy behind my school is to try to find the harmony and balance between all aspects of our lives. For me it is important to always keep a beginners’ mind because we are all heading towards a progression to express ourselves and keep going”. Students in need of school tutoring often find the budo training paired with zen meditation sessions as an extremely beneficial way to tackle their challenges outside of the dojo. Dojo Rukasu will be expanding tutoring sessions for high school students in the year ahead.

During class, the teacher demonstrates practical skills such as katas (forms), rolls, strikes and locks as well as weaponry practice. In addition to a set curriculum, Lucas sensei adapts his teaching to the energy brought by student
 on that day. The group is encouraged to recognize their own limits and learn to overcome them. The practice is made for self-improvement and finds no reward in competition.

Rukasu Budo Dojo welcomes all students wishing to participate in a first
 observational class. Both the prospective student and the teacher then discuss about their goals to determine what pairing will mutually benefit them. The classes meet for about 90minutes, two or three times a week at their Flushing and midtown Manhattan locations.

Bujinkan Rukasu Budo Dojo

25-38 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354
TEL: 917-975-0925 /

We were featured in Chopsticks NY  AUGUST 2016

Rukasu Budo Dojo

The Rukasu Budo Dojo teaches classes of mixed ranks in a teaching environment conducive to each individual’s level in order to allow each student to mold their own Budo way of life.

Lucas-sensei mixes one-on-one training, small classes, and Japanese culture, religion and language lessons into his Dojo, all while keeping a smile.

Disciplining Mixed Martial Arts
A martial arts school that focuses purely on training the mind and soul through the martial arts discipline is a rare sight among many schools in the city which train for tournaments, and self-defense fighting. Returning to the Buddhist teachings, Rukasu Budo Dojo in Flushing, Queens, focuses on understanding the roots of their practiced art and each of its moves.

The Rukasu Budo Dojo takes pride in providing its disciples a well-rounded martial arts education without getting caught up in the competitive mind set. Lessons in Buddhism, Bushido, Japanese language and culture, and respectful manners are all part of daily life at this Dojo. Head of the school, Charles Lucas-Sensei grew up learning many forms of martial arts from his father who had been stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. He employs aspects from the multiple schools he has trained in; such as Gyokko-ryu (Jewel Tiger School) and Togakure-ryu Ninjitsu (School of the Hidden Door). While Gyokko-ryu is steeped heavily in Buddhist traditions and knowing yourself, Togakure-ryu Ninjitsu focuses on understanding your opponent. By combining these schools and others, Lucas-Sensei has created a unique experience at his Dojo, where disciples can form a comprehensive understanding of Martial Arts and life for themselves.

The added lessons in Japanese language and Buddhist philosophy allow disciples to step back in time to understand the roots of the martial art traditions and why they were created. To move well in Martial Arts you must understand your own body, but to truly master the martial arts moves themselves, you must first understand the background and motivation behind the origin of the moves.

The combination of such different schools is a rare find in dojos around the world. Lucas-Sensei warns, “The complexity of melding schools together and mastering yourself takes a lot of time and patience. It is something that needs to become your way of life, and not just something you practice a few times a week.” For this reason, he has primarily taught teens and up throughout his career.

Bujinkan Rukasu Budo Dojo
25-38 Parson Blvd., (bet. 25th Dr. & Willets Point Blvd.), Flushing, NY 11354
TEL: 917-975-0925 /