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
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).