Genbukan Ninpo Bugei
The art of the Ninja, the legendary shadow warriors of Japan, is the primary focus of the International Genbukan Ninpo Bugei organization headed by Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura of Matsubishi Japan. In the interests of maintaining the integrity of the ancient Ninja tradition, Grandmaster Tanemura founded the Genbukan in November of 1984.
The Genbukan is dedicated to the factual portrayal and teaching of the Ninja arts in the traditional Japanese manner. The curriculum in the Genbukan is centered on the teaching of the Ninpo Sanjurokkei (36 areas of training) that consists of 18 forms of traditional Japanese martial arts (Bugei Juhappan) in combination with the 18 forms of Ninpo (Ninja Juhakei).
The Genbukan Ninpo Bugei is not limited to one style (ryu), but rather includes many historical ryu in its teachings. Among these are: Togakure ryu, Kumogakure ryu, Kukishin ryu, Gyokko ryu, Koto ryu, Gyokushin ryu, and many others.
The name Genbukan translates as "the place that nurtures the martial art professionals; the place radiating with an exquisite martial art". 'Gen' can also means black, and thus the Genbukan can be said to mean a place for the practice of martial arts which are both mysterious and marvelous.