About Our Dojo

What is a dojo?

do·jo, ˈdōˌjō/
noun: dojo; plural noun: dojosa room or hall in which judo and other martial arts are practiced.

Japanese, from dō ‘way, pursuit’ + jō ‘a place.’

A dojo (道場 dōjō?) is a Japanese term which literally means "place of the way". Initially, dōjōs were adjunct to temples

In the Western World, the term dōjō primarily refers to a training place specifically for Japanese martial arts such as aikido, judo, karate, or samurai; [1]in Japan, any physical training facility, including professional wrestling schools, may be called dōjō because of its close martial arts roots.[2] The term can also refer to a formal training place for any of the Japanese arts ending in "do", meaning "way".

A proper Japanese martial arts dōjō is considered special and is well cared for by its users. Shoes are not worn in a dōjō. In many styles it is traditional to conduct a ritual cleaning (sōji) of the dōjō at the beginning and/or end of each training session. Besides the obvious hygienic benefits of regular cleaning it also serves to reinforce the fact that dōjō are supposed to be supported and managed by the student body (or by special students, e.g., uchi-deshi), not the school's instructional staff.
This attitude has become lost in many modern dōjō that are founded and run by a small group of people or instructors.[citation needed] In fact, it is not uncommon that in traditional schools (koryu), dōjō are rarely used for training at all, instead being reserved for more symbolic or formal occasions. The actual training is conducted typically outdoors or in a less formal area.

Many traditional dōjō follow a prescribed pattern with shomen ("front") and various entrances that are used based on student and instructor rank laid out precisely. Typically students will enter in the lower-left corner of the dōjō (in reference to the shomen) with instructors in the upper right corner. Shomen typically contains a Shintō shrine with a sculpture, flo
wer arrangement, or other artifacts. The term kamiza means "place of honor" and a related term, kamidana refers to the shrine itself. Other artifacts may be displayed throughout the dōjō, such as kanban that authorize the school in a style or strategy, and items such as taiko drums or armor (yoroi). It is not uncommon to find the name of the dōjō and the dōjō kun (roughly "dōjōrules") displayed prominently at shomen as well. Visitors may have a special place reserved, depending on their rank and station. Weapons and other training gear will normally be found on the back wall.

The term dōjō is sometimes used to describe the meditation halls where Zen Buddhists practice zazen meditation.

The alternative term "zendo" is more specific, and more widely used. European Sōtō Zen groups affiliated with the International Zen Association prefer to use "dōjō" instead of zendo to describe their meditation halls as did their founding master, Taisen Deshimaru.


The Bujinkan Rukasu Budo Dojo 武神館 ルーカス 武道道場 is a Home Dojo ( a private dojo in someones home). The dojo training and workout space is design for the purpose of training, study, and practice of Martial Arts. The dojo is a fully licensed dojo under the insight, support and guidance of the Bujinkan Dojo, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.

The was opened originally in 1999 to sharing, practice, study, training in budo and ninpo taijutsu as well as to study and practice true budo arts. We practice as well as to study the principles teachings of the 武神館 Bujinkan Dojo. We are located in Flushing (Queens), New York. All training and dojo visitors must have an appointment to view classes. We provide a friendly atmosphere for seasoned, as well as beginning martial arts practitioners. Our members to study and practice Budo & Ninpo Taijutsu.

Mission Statement

This dojo was created for exploring, studying, practicing, and training in japanese budo arts. The training and Practice sessions are non–competitive and our members do not participate in tournaments. Safety is of utmost importance during training and students are never forced to do something they do not feel comfortable with doing. Everyone works at their own level and ability.

Our school is committed to the ideas, concepts, teachings, and transmission of the essence Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi's Budo and Ninpo Arts.

Reach for the The Tatsujin!

The Tatsujin (true or full Potential) is understanding and learning balance and harmony ( Japanese: In/Yo = Chinese: Yin/Yang), which are the three hearts (sanshin) to the martial arts. 

Physical training means you can develop the Tatsujin in effective and efficient fighting skills and (Kihon-Basics). The 900 year old systems of the ninja and samurai were developed and tested in the battlefields of the warring states period of Japan (戦国時代 Sengoku Jidai) were fighting was for your life was an everyday occurrence. It 's the basis on efficiency in motion (or economy of motion), which is essential when a person of any size, physical ability or age has the need to succeed.

The Tatsujin in body conditioning with traditional and modern, scientifically proven methods of strength and aerobic training. The use Dynamic tension exercises (traditional) and Plyometrics strengthening exercises (scientific) maximizes the results of exercise time. The aerobic body movements in the training increase endurance.

The Tatsujin in grace and speed. The martial art training methods of the ninja and samurai develop good muscle coordination. Combined with Junan Taiso and PNF Stretching routine for Tatsujin flexibility. The training method makes you the physically The Tatsujin.

Mental training means you can apply the principles of learning your fighting scenarios directly to the career and relationships situations. These ancient means of solving conflicts are based on the five element system (earth, water, fire, wind, and void: the potential for everything and anything, natural, nature). You gain The Tatsujin in focus and concentration.

Spiritual (energy) training means stress reduction through mental exploration, relaxation, and focus; as well as ki (Chinese: Chi or Qi) training. Training includes visualization, meditation, and breathing exercises. Appropriate for anyones personal belief system.

The combination of this complete method can help make you The Tatsujin.