About the Dojo
The Bujinkan Mushinzui Dojo was originally started in 1991 as the Bujinkan Dronfield Dojo. The Bujinkan Dronfield Dojo which was founded and originally headed by the then 5th Dan, Barry Steele, was located in the North Derbyshire town of Dronfield (near Sheffield).
After a relocation in the mid 1990’s to Nottingham and following Barry’s retirement from training, the Bujinkan Dronfield Dojo was run by the current Dojo Head, Daniel; the first student of the Bujinkan Dronfield Dojo.
In 2003 following a work related relocation, the Bujinkan Dronfield Dojo was closed for seven years, during which time Daniel acted as an assistant instructor at the then main Dojo of his teacher, 15th Dan DaiShihan Norman Smithers.
Following Shihan Norman Smithers' relocation to the North of England, in 2010, the Bujinkan Dronfield Dojo was re-opened in Saffron Walden. The dojo was renamed in honour of Daniel’s main teachers Barry and Norman, whom in his view, taught and continue to teach ‘Mu no Shinzui’ - the pith or essence of Bujutsu.
Meet the Team
Meet Our Seniors
When not at the club you might find Sharon dressed in chain mail as part of ‘The Vikings’ crew, helping re-enact key historical battles across the UK. In addition to her depth of old-world knowledge, which she uses to educate the masses in the ways-of-old, Sharon also holds a black-belt in Shotokan Karate. Sharon first began training at the Mushinzui Dojo Martial Arts School at the beginning of 2011. As the Dojo’s most senior student, Sharon currently holds the rank of 1st Kyu, which is the 10th rank of 10 grades, on the journey towards a Budo Taijutsu black-belt.
‘Mr Unbreakable’ – Daam brings a lightness to the training atmosphere at the club, whilst keeping it serious and real. With a head for Japanese martial art terminology, he’s the man to go to if you are trying to remember the names of the techniques we practice at the club. With previous experience in sword fencing at county level, Daam first began training at the Mushinzui Dojo Martial Arts School at the start of 2013. He currently holds the rank of 2nd Kyu.
'Mr Strong' - Sam is the dojo strong man; you know you are doing things properly when they work on Sam. Sam first began training at the Mushinzui Dojo Martial Arts School towards the end of 2011. Sam has a particular fondness for sparring, he particularly enjoys the full contact Kendo-like sparring, where we suit-up in full Kendo armour and defend against attacks with a bamboo sword. Sam currently holds the rank of 3rd Kyu.
Max is the most recent addition to the Mushinzui Dojo core seniors. Max began training at the Mushinzui Dojo Martial Arts School, in 2015 and has been a stalwart of the club ever since. Before the recent global pandemic, prior to Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi Sensei’s retirement from teaching, Max was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Japan and train with Hatsumi Sensei and his senior students. Max currently holds the rank of 3rd Kyu.
'The Joker' – Doug is the dojo’s wild card. Whilst training hard, Doug likes to keep the mood light with his quips and jokes. Together with Sam and a few others, Doug unconsciously catalyses a playful spirit amongst the Dojo members. Doug first began training at the Mushinzui Dojo Martial Arts School towards the end of 2012. He currently holds the rank of 4th Kyu.
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