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Who are we and why do you NEED to train?  Watch this short video for the answers to these important questions

Guidelines for
at the
Kazoku Dojo



Here at the Kazoku Dojo, ALL Bujinkan rank comes from the Hombu Dojo in Japan and bares Soke's seal.  These formal, Japanese certificates are given by licensed teachers in the Bujinkan to students who make it to their Kyu levels beginning with their 9th (first grade, Green Belt) Kyu, and each subsequent rank after that.

Outside of the curriculum of the Bujinkan, that is to say in addition to, we also award accompanying rank from our school, The Kazoku Dojo for techniques and kata based on MODERN forms of self defense.  Often times, these techniques include but are not limited to defense against Guns, Knives, Bats, Pool Sticks, Lead Pipes and the like.  We implement scenario-based training and testing through randori and various situations of what we consider relevant events that we may encounter, today.

We do this based on 35 years of experience outside of the Bujinkan which includes rank in other disciplines.  However, we DO NOT change or deviate from Soke's vision or the curriculum of our Dai Shihan, Arnaud Cousergue regarding any and all Bujinkan rank.

Shidoshi Eric Wolford
Head Instructor and Dai Dojo-cho
The Kazoku Dojo


Take a Virtual Tour of the BRAND NEW Kazoku Dojo!  Our building was built in 1880 and has a TON of character!  It's one of the most peaceful places you'll ever enter!

"Within this Dojo there is Healing and Pain...You'll receive both...Regularly"


Imagine a fighting system - battle tested over 900 Years of war & conflict - one that can teach you to deliver devastating techniques with precision, accuracy and minimal effort - a system that teaches you to use any ordinary object for your defense. Stop Imagining...That system is here.


The Kazoku Dojo offers the techniques and concepts taught internationally by the Bujinkan Dojo led by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.  Centuries of trial and error, triumph and defeat have cultivated the martial arts of the Bujinkan Dojo into the combat effective fighting system it is today. At the Kazoku Dojo we offer the multifaceted combat concepts necessary to survive in today's exceedingly dangerous environment.  Shidoshi Wolford also incorporates his decades of experience as a 3rd Dan in Shorinryu Karate to toughen up the body and blend devastating strikes and blocks to end fights often before they would get a chance to start.


We offer more than just one-on-one weaponless techniques. Ours is a comprehensive system including unarmed combat strategies, a variety of traditional and modern weaponry applications as well as multiple attacker options, team defensive techniques and basic observation safety skills.


If you are searching for a well-rounded martial system, then look no further.  The Kazoku Bujinkan Dojo is the place for you.


In the adult classes, we will accept candidates based on their good nature, indomitable  spirit and willingness to train. 

What is the Bujinkan?

The Bujinkan (武神館) is an international martial arts organization based in Japan and headed by Masaaki Hatsumi. The combat system taught by this organization comprises nine separate ryūha, or schools, which are collectively referred to as Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu. The Bujinkan is most commonly associated with ninjutsu . However, Masaaki Hatsumi uses the term Budo (meaning martial way) as he says the ryūha are descended from historical samurai schools that teach samurai martial tactics and ninjutsu schools that teach ninja tactics.


The Bujinkan organization incorporates the teachings of the martial arts lineages (ryūha) that Masaaki Hatsumi learned from Takamatsu Toshitsugu under the banner of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. These are:


Togakure-ryū Ninpō Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術)


Gyokko ryū Kosshi jutsu (玉虎流骨指術)


Kuki Shinden Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術)


Koto Ryū Koppō jutsu (虎倒流骨法術)


Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentai jutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術)


Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtai jutsu (高木揚心流柔体術)


Gikan Ryū Koppō jutsu (義鑑流骨法術)


Gyokushin-ryū Ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法)


Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法)


Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu training does not include participation in competitions or contests, as the school's training aims to develop the ability to protect oneself and others using techniques that focus on disabling an attacker (or removing their desire/ability to continue) as efficiently as possible.


what are our parents & students saying?

"Getting Brianna involved here was one of the best things to happen to her.  Her confidence has improved so much from the time she started in November.  Sensei Eric is very patient with her and the other kids."
"Tylor has been at the Dojo for about a month now.  He has learned soooo much in that short time and we were both welcomed with open arms like we have been there for years! He has shown more respect at home then he did before he started there. He loves to help out whether it be at the Dojo or at home.  I feel this is one of the best decisions I could have made for Tylor and he loves it. It is a win for us both!  Thank you Sensei Eric!"
"Our son joined at the beginning of this year.  In these few months we’ve seen him really 'come out of his shell'. His confidence levels have boosted tremendously.  Especially with the self defense skills.  We are so pleased with these classes and will continue to watch our son learn the skills that everyone should know!"

7 N High St

Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
(Above Harvest Moon Restaurant)

Tel  740-530-DOJO (3656)


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