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BujinkanUSA.com kids show their ninja skills!

Our Kids are our most important students because they are our future.  We are a non competitive martial arts because our kids are our trophies.

How to protect a loved one or friend from a stabbing attack!

Modern Defense Class

In this class we always work on solving current self defense concerns. We take violent events in the news, and breakdown how you would survive different situations, such as active shooters, home invasions and more.  We also talk about the ethics of each of these situations.

In this video Master Prather is walking with a friend who is attacked by a knife. Here, Master Prather places himself between good and evil, as any true American warrior should.

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5 Year Old Gains Physical Capabilities... Testimonial

“My 5 year old son has a neurological genetic condition. After training with the dojo for only a few weeks his physical therapist reported a dramatic improvement in his physical capabilities.” – Dojo Parent

7 Year Old Learns Self Control and Self Discipline... Testimonial

“My 7 year old son is also much better behaved in less than a month of training. He really enjoys the class, especially the climbing wall. The kids class keeps his attention and is teaching him valuable skills while he is having fun and learning to respect himself and others.” Dojo Parent

Adult Attains The Warrior Spirit... Testimonial

“If you are looking for a traditional martial arts dojo that grows warriors young and old, in body, mind, and spirit, this is the place you are looking for.” -Andrew Benton, USAF

Dojo Mom Says, "any man who tries to mess with my daughter (11) will be so, so very sorry"

“Many of you know my KIDDOS train at this amazing Ninja Dojo, but the crazy thing is, there is not a day that goes by where some aspect of their (our) practice isn’t replicated elsewhere in MY life. As a mother, I am reassured knowing that any man who tries to mess with my daughter (11) will be so, so very sorry. She is testing into the adults class which is INSANE to know that she will soon be on THAT level. I look at her in awe, and sometimes I catch her eye.
Dojo Mom

Father joins the rest of the family and achieves...

“My husband Mario had his first rank test this month. It’s quite difficult to get on that mat and start doing these physical, complex movements WITHOUT having gone through what he has gone through these past 16 months. But he did it. He worked hard, studied, suffered a bit physically (growing pains within his body), but he persevered and confirmed for our watching children that you can overcome anything if you work hard. I cried. Duh. The kids were so proud when daddy ranked that they wanted to be in the photo as well.” -Mario’s wife and also a student

Dojo Mom Talks About Community...

“Beyond grateful to be a part of this Yamaneko Dojo Family! They challenge you to grow, concerned when you’re unwell, there to support you when on hard times. We text, we email, we have a mom group, we do yoga, birthday parties, we pray, we talk politics, we learn horsemanship, how to be good mothers; fathers, children, wives, husbands, and friends, we look after one another and we do it CONSTANTLY! We rise by lifting others.” Dojo Mom

We were desperate for help with our son…

“He is a beautiful, endearing, intelligent boy but we were being tested. His school behavior was impulsive but not malicious and with what seemed as an unwillingness to help, we felt betrayed by the schools and in need of guidance… we sought doctors, did tests, tried medications, routines at home, chores, no chores, diet, etc. and while some had few positive effects, we simply were not sold on any solution yet.  Enter the dojo. I won’t try to sell you on ALL of the HOWs of this process but I can assure you that now, almost 2 years later, our beautiful, endearing and intelligent boy is ALSO articulate, curious, happy, calm, respectful, helpful, sweet, nurturing, active, engaged, excelling in school, reading well above grade level, is learning to speak Japanese, and has the most creative brain. Our son has done an unimaginable 180 and is thriving in the dojo, in school, and at home! The people (at the dojo) who started out as strangers are now some of my closest and deepest friends. I have leaned on them and they have helped me through some of the most difficult moments in my life. It has been a beautiful journey and I know we are only getting started! “ -Lisa M.

What we teach Introductory Video!


Our art is 900 years old and is the original mixed martial art. Ideal for self defense and protection others, the Bujinkan incorporates strikes, kicks, grappling, and a myriad of weapons into one organic, intuitive system that utilizes timing, distance and flow instead of speed and strength. Elements of  MMA, judo, jujutsu, karate martial arts are all found in our non-competitive system.

Bujinkan USA was founded in 1990 by Dai Shihan (Great Master) Jeffrey Prather and is the oldest, most authentic  Ninja School in Arizona, and one of the first in the US.

Others teach Bujinkan Budo in Tucson, Az now, but originally they all studied with Prather Shihan. 


Stephen Hayes first brought Bujinkan Ninjutsu to the the US and Prather Shihan was one his first students in 1980. In 1982 Prather Shihan met and trained under Bujinkan Soke (Grandmaster) Masaaki Hatsumi Soke during his first US visit.  In 1984 Prather Shihan traveled to Noda, Japan where Soke Hatsumi made him his personal student.

Prather Shihan stayed with Soke and the other Japanese Shihans’ in their homes, and his classes back then were one on one.

As ushi deshi (inside student)  Prather Shihan has an intimate relationship with Hatsumi Soke that those who later followed in the hundreds will never experience.

Real World

Dai Shihan Prather is also a nationally recognized combatives, self defense, and firearms instructor. He has trained over 20,000 US Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, as well as FBI, DIA, NSA, US Marshals, and many others at times in units as large as 600 per day!

Shihan Prather has been inducted many times into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame, as well the Shinja  Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

He is published and featured in both U.S. and Japan’s most prestigious martial arts magazines, and his books and DVDs sell worldwide, and were an international staple in Army Air Force Exchange Stores.


Hatsumi Soke has only trusted a very few senior Shihan to host his annual, worldwide Taikais (Grand Gathering) where 600 students from throughout the US and world would gather to train with the Grand master. Prather Shihan has twice hosted Soke’s USA Taikai, first in 1995 then in 1999. Prior to Taikais  the Japanese Shihan would in turn stay in Prather Shihan’s home.

Shihan Prather was awarded a second 10th dan rank by Soke Hatsumi in Shinkengata (real life combat). He has been awarded the prestigious Dragon Gold Medal by Soke twice. He was 3rd in the US to receive Jugodan (15th degree black belt).

Soke has awarded Prather Shihan many times but none is more important than the one of a kind, Bujinden Guardian Spirit menkyo to preserve the true teachings of Bujinkan Budo!


Ninja were the original parkour practitioners, famous for their climbing and wall running skills, utilized to infiltrate castles and elude opponents. Our dojo kids class practice these same skill sets. Our wall is so much more than just a conventional kids climbing gym class.

Shihan Prather teaches authentic ninja climbing, wall and tree running that Hatsumi Soke, the Grand-master and founder of the international Bujinkan taught him decades ago. At left a student practices reverse climbing with eyes out. This technique was used to watch for sentries when scaling castle walls. Today kids learn confidence, skill and coordination via these ancient techniques.

Family Focused

We have weekly classes for tots ( ages 3-5), kids (5-12), and adults (12 up). We also have weekly Open Mat Practice, when all ages, and parents can come on the tatami mat, and practice and play together.

Grand master Hatsumi, who has twice visited our Tucson dojo, is famous for saying after demonstrating a technique, “Now play!”

Prather Shihan annually hosts his and Hatsumi Soke’s birthday dinners in his home for all students and their families, just as Soke did for him.

Class Schedule

Kids & Tots Schedule
Tots Class 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Kids Class:  6:00 – 7:00 pm
Open Mat Practice (Open to all ages): 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Kids Class 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday: Kids Class 8:30 – 9:30 am
Adult Schedule
Open Mat Practice (Open to all ages): 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Adults Class 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Adults Class: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Adults Class 9:30 – 11:30 am
We share tea or sake after adults class for about 30 minutes but if you need to run no worries.

The below Shibus (chapter dojos) all sprang from the teaching of Dai Shihan Prather, who is one of the most experienced and most senior students of Bujinkan Soke Masaaki Hatsumi.


Yamaneko Dojo
4518 E Broadway
Tucson AZ,

Alabama Shibu
US 431
Brownsboro, AL

Fargo Shibu
Fargo ND,

Fudomyo Shibu
Albuquerque, NM
Fudomyo Dojo.com

Las Vegas Shibu
Las Vegas, NV

Lemitar Shibu
Lemitar, NM


New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology
Shibu, Socorro, NM,

Northern Dakota Shibu
Fargo, ND

Northern Arizona University
Prescott, AZ

Ohio Shibu
1265 West Second Street
Xenia,  OH

Reno Shibu
4842 Meadow Springs Dr
Reno, NV

Scottsdale Shibu
9170 E Thunderbird Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ

Escondida Shibu
1A Escondida Road
Escondida, NM


Sells Shibu
Tohono O’odam Reservation

Showlow Shibu
1152 East Deuce of Clubs
Showlow, AZ

Sierra Vista Shibu
Sierra vista

Socorro Shibu
Soccorro, NM

To learn more about our school, please contact us today.

Bujinkan USA
4518  East Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85711

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(520) 241-7690

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