Welcome to the Bujinkan Roselle Dojo.   Our system of martial arts are collectively called Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, it is comprised of nine schools of old Japanese martial arts dating back nearly 900 years (three Ninja/ Ninjutsu  related, and Six Samurai Koryu.

At the Bujinkan Roselle Dojo we offer classes for Kids starting at five years old, and adult classes starting at seventeen years old.

Classes include:

  • Rolling, Flips, break falls
  • Striking, Kicking
  • Grappling, throws
  • Staff, Sword, Chain, throwing weapons, and many other weapons
  • Japanese Culture, and Japanese Lessons

Class Hours are:

Mondays 7-9pm

Wednesdays 7-9pm

Thursdays 7-9pm

Fridays 7-9pm

Saturdays 9:30am – 3pm

Kids Classes are 7pm-8pm Mon, Wed, Thurs and 9:30am – 10:30am on Sat.

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About Kids Classes:

Bujinkan Roselle Dojo, isn’t just another place for after school activities for students.  It is a place to further education, develop character, and build discipline.  Unlike school sports, martial arts are personal physical activities that can be enjoyed and practiced throughout life.  In the Bujinkan, our grandmaster is 87 years old and still actively teaching. Sports are great, but martial arts are special type of practice and activity.

For children, training in the Bujinkan is exciting, classes develop their attention and improve their ability to learn. They will be taught a sense of morality and ethics, how to treat and interact with others as well as developing confidence.  Students will be empowered by a sense of accomplishment.

Moral education is taught in a Japanese way, they will foster values of respect, courtesy, honesty, perseverance, sincerity, and integrity.  These values are taught through both physical training and through stories. Students will learn to think about others and themselves and their place in society. A dojo is a community, not just a place for martial arts.

Your child will learn to endure and persevere.  Your child will develop a never-give-up attitude to overcome obstacles and increase their capacity.  Students will become future leaders, lifting not only themselves up, but those around them. They will grow in mind and body able to meet any adversity head-on and overcome it.  They will become natural goal setters and achievers.


On Drilling and Practice

t is the utmost importance to drill the basics, or kihon. Without drilling, drilling, and drilling some more you will never strike oil, or expect them to be there in any significant way during an actual confrontation or even available when doing kata. There is no excuse not to drill the kihon. Absolutely none. If you aren’t drilling in class, you aren’t training. Drilling should be a part of every class. In this article, I will outline some aspects on how to approach drilling practice, as well as what you should be drilling in general.

構えは何ですか: What is Kamae?

Kamae “構え” basically means stance, yet there are several ways to approach kamae. In Japanese, we have the verb form of Kamae, which is “構える“Kamaeru, which has several meanings as well, which it means; to prepare, to adopt a posture, to be ready and so forth. Without going too deep into a Japanese lesson, let’s discuss the finer details about Kamae in general.

中心: Balance

Everyone seems to be acquainted with balance at least on the surface since walking, standing, sitting, and running all require balance. While we can basically keep our balance in our everyday lives, but are we really all that balanced? You could argue that, “we don’t fall over so we must be balanced, right?” Well, you could argue that, yet people slip and fall, people run into things, people have back problems and sore knees. To have balance isn’t as simple as failing to fall over, it is something a bit deeper than that. For taijutsu, it is crucial to develop a better sense of balance, a maximal sense of balance. Just to remain standing and failing to fall over isn’t enough. We need to control both our own balance as well as the opponents balance. However, we must start with our own balance. So, what does it mean to be balanced?


Robert J. Hartung III | Dojo-Cho/ Instructor 

Robert J. Hartung III (Rob) began his training in 1993 under Rick Spangler.  In March of 2005, he passed his go-dan test administered by Hatsumi Sensei. Shortly after, he moved to Japan to continue studying and training with Hatsumi sensei and Noguchi Sensei.  Shortly there after, with the help of a senior member of the Noguchi dojo, Rob became a student of Noguchi sensei and member of the Noguchi dojo.

His training also included studying with various other Shihan as well, most notably Oguri sensei, (Oguri Sensei has since passed).  While in Japan, Rob also studied other martial arts including kendo and other koryu schools of kenjutsu and jujutsu.

In August 2010, Rob moved back to the U.S. in the spring of 2018 he partnered up with Kevin Clarke to help create the Bujinkan Roselle Dojo.

Rob feels privileged to have had a chance to study and train with some of the best martial artists Japan has to offer.  He is also indebted to those who helped him on his way while living in Japan. Without the help and care of senior members of the Noguchi Dojo and others, he would not have been able to learn and grow as he did.  He will continue to train and grow with this in mind.  Rob continues his study by traveling to Japan and visiting senior members of the Bujinkan that come to the states.

Rob is happily married, and an active volunteer and member of several Japanese organizations in the Chicagoland area.  He enjoys teaching both kids and adults, his passion for teaching is a result of living in Japan teaching kids English.  He believes in studying for studying sake.

Kevin Clarke | Instructor 

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