The Shinden Gokui Dojo is an international association with its headquarters in Japan, founded and directed by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. Masaaki Hatsumi is the Grandmaster of nine classical Japanese military arts and sciences (koryu budo taijutsu and ninjutsu) These martial art schools have their foundation in actual combat and were created before the meiji restoration (1868). The warrior lineages found at the Shinden Gokui Dojo do not rely on strength, size, or speed; rather they seek to resolve conflicts through the utilization of natural principles of movement, awareness, and strategy. These arts have not been watered down for sport or personal refinement, nor do they contain artificial rules. They are authentic battlefield arts that retain their true effective martial capabilities. Through proper integration of the training and teachings, the student becomes a stronger, more powerful, capable individual who can endure the cruelties of life and embrace the preciousness of life.