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Genbukan Ninpo Bugei

In 1984, the Genbukan Ninpo Bugei was established in order for Soke Tanemura to accomplish his mission of teaching the ancient ninja martial arts in a traditional Japanese manner, replicating the etiquette and discipline instilled in him by his own teachers.

Today, the Genbukan Ninpo Bugei and its associated organisations span the world, with over 150 Dojo. And the organisation is still growing.

The syllabus taught in the Genbukan has evolved from the many traditional schools (Ryu-Ha) which Soke Tanemura has mastered. Thus, incorporates 10 Kyu levels (below black belt) and 10 Dan levels (Black belt). In addition, members have to opportunity to be licensed in specific Ryu-Ha and weapons, such as Bojutsu and Kenjutsu.

Soke Tanemura (Grandmaster)

Soke Tanemura began training in the martial arts at the age of nine. Initially taught by his uncle and father, whom were highly regarded in the arts of Ninjutsu, Jujutsu and Kenjutsu. Soke Tanemura’s  training was very intensive, and by the age of twenty he had already achieved mastery (Menkyo Kaiden) of Shinden Fudo Ryu and Kukishin Ryu.

As a law student at Hosei University, Soke Tanemura  began training in Takagi Yoshin Ryu, Gikan Ryu and Hontai Kukishin Ryu under the direction of Dr Sato Sensei. In 1989 Soke Tanemura was named as the next generation Grandmaster (Soke) of these Ryu.

Soke Tanemura’s  desire to understand the true meaning of Budo brought him in to contact with many teachers, a number directly connected to Takamatsu Sensei. Subsequently, Soke Tanemura  has gone on to achieve Menkyo Kaiden in over 20 Ryu and now teaches some of these as Tanemura-Ha (Tanemura linage).

Instructor Kevin Chapman

Genbukan Kenshu Dojo UK instructor (Dojo-Cho) Kevin Chapman joined the Genbukan in 1988 travelling throughout the UK, Europe and Japan to train with Genbukan Grandmaster Soke Tanemura and his senior instructors.

In 1998 Kevin was given permission to open the Kettering branch of the Genbukan Kenshu Dojo UK and now runs classes in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

In 2003 Kevin moved to Japan and became an Uchi Deshi (live-in student) at the Honbu Dojo (Genbukan Head Quarters). During this time Kevin developed a deep understanding of Japanese culture and how this influences traditional martial arts training. He recognised the importance of trust and loyalty which develops with one’s teacher over time, thus allowing the transmission of both martial (Bumon) and spiritual (Shumon) knowledge to be shared.

Martial Arts Qualifications

Genbukan Dojo-Cho
4th Dan Ninpo Taijutsu
4th Dan Kokusai Jujutsu
5th Kyu Biken Jutsu
Chu Kyu Bojutsu
3rd Kyu Hakkesho
Shoden Menkyo Asa Yama Ichiden Ryu
Shoden Menkyo Shinden Fudo Ryu
Shoden Menkyo Kukishin Ryu
Shoden Menkyo Togakure Ryu
Shoden Menkyo Kijin Chosui Ryu
Shoden Menkyo Takagi Yoshin Ryu
Shoden Menkyo Gikan Ryu
Shoden Menkyo Daito Ryu
Shoden Menkyo Mugen Shinto Ryu


Training at the Genbukan Kenshu Dojo UK follows a syllabus which has been specially developed by Grandmaster Tanemura Soke and focuses around the four main pillars of Ninjutsu (Ninpo Taijutsu), Jujutsu (Samurai martial arts), Bikenjutsu (Samurai sword) and Bojutsu (Pole arms).

In addition special classes are held teaching weapons such as Yari (spear), Naginata (helberd), kusari fundo (weighted chain) and Shuriken (throwing darts).

The training at the Dojo accommodates beginner to advanced levels ages 15+. The system allows students to advance through 10 Kyu (below blackbelt) grades before training in the more advanced Dan (blackbelt) levels.

On top of this students also have the opportunity to study the historic martial art traditions (Ryu Ha) in there original form such as Togakure Ryu, Kukishin Ryu, Takagi Yoshin Ryu and Asa Yama Ichiden Ryu to name but a few.

Training Application Form (click to download)

Ninpo Taijutsu (忍法体術)

Ninpo Taijutsu is a collection of martial arts techniques and philosophies which emerged from the Iga and Koga regions of Japan over many centuries. Ninpo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu) teaches defensive techniques utilising natural body movement which are not reliant on speed or power to overcome an adversary. The curriculum includes:

Evasion techniques, including break-falls, jumps and rolls, used to avoid an assailant’s attack.

Punching and kicking methods which utilise the whole body to generate maximum power and efficiency.

Kosshi-jutsu / Koppo-jutsu
Applies knowledge of anatomical weak points in order to defend against a stronger attacker.

Includes joint locking, throws and chokes, as well as their escape methods.


Jujutsu (国際柔術)

Jujutsu was originally developed by the warrior class, known as Samurai, to enforce the laws of differing domains within Japan. As each area developed their own techniques, numerous styles of Jujutsu emerged. Over time less effective styles became obsolete leaving those that had been tried and tested in real combat to survive.

In comparison to Ninpo, Jujutsu focuses mainly on unarmed techniques which can be both defensive and offensive, allowing the practitioner to utilise the situation accordingly. Many techniques result in an opponent being restrained, hence why modern law enforcement agencies still practice Jujutsu techniques today.

Bōjutsu (棒術)

Bōjutsu is the art of using a staff called a Bō (6ft Length) or Hanbō (3ft Length).
Techniques involve slashing, swinging, and stabbing with the staff.

Others involve twirling the Bō at high speeds to catch the opponent off guard, and then using the momentum to strike.

Biken-jutsu (秘剣術)

Biken-jutsu (secret sword art) initially begins with a wooden sword, although, more advanced practitioners may use real swords (iaito/shinken).

Training incorporates Kenjutsu (剣術) patterns with sword already unsheathed, Iaijutsu (居術), the art of drawing the sword quickly from the scabbard, and Battōjutsu (抜術) drawing and cutting at the same time.



Thorpe Malsor Village Hall, Church Way, Thorpe Malsor, NN14 1JS


10:00am to 12:00pm (midday)


Joseph Whitaker Sports Academy, Warsop Lane, Rainworth, NG21 0AG


7:30pm to 9:00pm


The UK Government gave permission for indoor sports venues and facilities to re-open from 12th April 2021. In order to do this sports clubs must develop new procedures that adhere to Government Guidelines, and produce Covid-19 specific risk assessments in order to ensure a safe training environment for all participants.

It has been a major undertaking to ensure we are doing everything we need to do to continue the training at the different locations, each with its own unique set of challenges.

The UK Government lifted all legal restrictions imposed during the Covid 19 pandemic on the 19th July 2021 as part of its roadmap to recovery plan. This means where possible training has returned to a level previously experienced. However, we remain optimistically cautious. Hand gel/cleanser and venue ventilation will continue to be observed. In addition we ask that members who display symptoms such as a loss in taste/smell, high temperature or persistent cough do not attend until they have completed a negative lateral flow test or PCR.

You will find attached links to the risk assessment for the individual locations we train at. We have also included the Covid IPC procedures as a reference should we need to reinstate these in the future.





(Click a link below to download)

Risk Assessment

Kettering Dojo

Mansfield Dojo

Infection Prevention Control

Kettering Dojo

Mansfield Dojo


Taikai memories

First Time in Japan

My First Time in Honbu, Japan The dream to visit the country that spawned the rise of the legendary ninja had been growing since my first encounter with Grandmaster Tanemura Soke some years earlier. The reality of this dream was about to be realised as I boarded my flight from London Heathrow in May 1998.…


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