Adelaide Ninjutsu

About Training

Training at Adelaide Ninjutsu is conducted by Judan (10th Dan) and above “Shihan” under BNAD’s Headmaster, Yuushu Shihan (Excellent High Ranking 15th Dan) Darren Horvath. An entrepreneur and businessman, Shihan Horvath retired at the age of 33 to live and train full time in Japan with the Grandmaster, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi Soke, 15 years ago. He is one of the most recognised and respected foreign Shihan living in Japan and the only one who teaches in the Hombu dojo. 

The Adelaide Shihan are in daily contact with Shihan Horvath, and Shihan Horvath regularly returns to Australia where Australian students can benefit from the direct transmission of Soke’s current teaching in Japan. Additionally, the Adelaide Shihan travel to Japan at least four times a year each, making for a natural, living, immediate, transmission of Soke’s teaching. Because of our connection with Shihan Horvath we enjoy a level of experience that is most unusual and elite amongst the world’s best in the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Dojo!

We hold Basic Classes for everyone including new students, Advanced Classes for students who have reached a particular stage in development, and Special Spiritual Martial Arts Classes. 

The dojo is in a private space in central Adelaide. Access is strictly by invitation only. For information about booking a trial lesson, or if you want to get started in you ninjutsu study, go here.


All Ninjutsu is based in Taijutsu, or body movement, and our art is often called “Ninpo Taijutsu”. It is studied through the forms of San Shin no Kata and Kihon Happo. There are 5 “san shin no kata” – chi (earth), sui (water), ka (fire), fu (air) and ku (void). And, there are 8 basic forms of Kihon Happo. These 13 “waza” form “10,000 variations, no surprises” and are the basis of “Ninpo Taijutsu”.

Taijutsu study and practice through San Shin no Kata and Kihon Happo, taihenjutsu (ninja style athletic movements), ukemi (absorbing, remaining safe, and basic rolling and breakfalls), and the basics of effective punching, kicking, and striking, make up the bulk of the Basic Classes offered to new students.

The Bujinkan consists of nine schools, each with variations of kihon happo, and each with their own particular waza. The nine schools are studied in detail in the “Advanced” classes open to 5th kyu students and above.


Ninja’s use a lot of weapons, and interchange weapons freely. Katana, touchi, wakasachi, tanto, various types of knives, and larger bladed weapons such as naganato, spears, halberd, and yari. Unexpected weapons like kuni, rope, small chained weapons, shiriken of various type, other throwing tools, and other little surprises! Then there are the bo and jo, and variations on staff weapons, some with hidden chains and blades, often disguised, and the nui bo, battle axe and other large weapons.

Basic Classes cover some weapons handling such as spinning the bo, weapon kamae (postures), and taijutsu with weapons.

Advanced classes explore weapon use and the free interplay of having weapons and not having weapons.

Spiritual Martial Arts

This is a spiritual martial art which dates back to the Mesopotamian empire around 5000 BC. It has been handed down through the generations over vast amounts of time. The knowledge and practice has been gathered and accumulated through the eons, moulded and shaped as a rock that has a small but constant dripping of water upon it.

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Yoroi (Armour)

Many of the traditional forms of Ninjutsu are derived from times in history when Samurai wore armour called Yoroi. Training in Yoroi is very important for your taijutsu. Its also a lot of fun. We like to train in armour often!

Advanced students are often invited to train in Yoroi.

Outdoor Training

BNAD trains outdoors in the natural environment on a regular basis. Utilising uneven ground, natural features, and the elements to accelerate your taijutsu! Who has the sun in their eyes, who is on the higher ground, who can climb a tree, or jump from a height and roll to safety? Archery, flying fox, large weapons and other fun!

Special Events

Regular seminars held by various Shihan as they arrive back from Japan – this is the best chance to have the feeling from Japan transmitted to you!
– Regular outdoor training.
– Regular long seminars and an annual training camp
– Annual “Daikomyosai” black tie dinner.
– Seniors (5th kyu and above) can attend special opportunities for more in-depth study into the philosophy and strategy of Bujinkan. (These events are by invitation only.)

Training in Japan

With Adelaide Ninjutsu dojo so closely connected to Japan and the Hombu Dojo, visiting Japan for training becomes a natural and well facilitated “expectation” for our students. If you are interested in furthering your studies with a visit to Japan, please speak with your instructors – they can assist you the most – both with where, what and how, but also what might be expected of you, how to behave, what to be aware of, and more! As a member of the Adelaide Ninjutsu dojo you should be very aware of “who” you represent at all times! 

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