Message to the DaiShihan


Yesterday, I asked Soke if he had any instructions or advice for the DaiShihan for the new year 2018. He said, Justice and Peace. He wishes all DaiShihan to bring about Justice and Peace in their own countries or their own areas. He noted that we now have DaiShihan in 55 countries around the world and more all the time. Soke said that each DaiShihan must figure out their own way forward with Justice and Peace. He is offering the DaiShihan awards as examples of his good will. He hopes the DaiShihan will foster the same good will within their own countries and in their own groups.

Hombu training is still Muto dori, Control and No Power for each, as before, but there is also an emphasis on the 5 virtues of the Buddha.

Menkyo promotions still come through hombu, but the DaiShihan can help the Hombu Admin by consolidating dojo orders in their area. This is not something that is required but suggested. Any Shidoshi can still send their promotions directly to hombu, but consolidating them where possible helps the Admins. Also printing in block print helps and including a copy of your Godan menkyo validates you recieving the Shidoshi price. Also for any promotions over 5th dan you must include a copy of the promotees’ Godan certificate so the Admins can find you and the person being promoted.

I am happy to help anyone needing assistance with promotions while I am still living in Japan.

Check out our member website for the latest in training from the senior-most Japanese Dai-Shihan, myself and other recognized seniors from around the world. Nagato Sensei and Noguchi Sensei are now giving me huge support for the website and we will be releasing a ton of their video training sessions over the course of the year. We just released video of both of these Dai-Shihan on our website last week that was captured during train last October. See for yourself why we are considered the very best Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Shinken Taijutsu reference website in the world.

Cheers and best.


Phil Legare

Dai-Shihan Legare is the recipient of 4 Bujinkan Gold Dragon Awards and the Bufu Ikkan lifetime award presented by Hatsumi Soke for martial arts excellence. He is the only recipient of the BuyuSho award from Hatsumi Soke recognizing his benevolent warrior spirit. Additionally, he is a combat veteran having spent more than 44 years of combined service in the USMC and the Department of Defense. Joanne Legare, Phil’s wife and a Dai-Shihan in the Bujinkan who often co-teaches at his seminars, is also the recipient of a Gold Dragon Award. Phil and Joanne lived in Japan off and on for many years. Phil is recently retired and they now reside in Hawaii.