The History of

American Ninjutsu and

Personal Protection Concepts

 
 

In July of 1997 a new organization was founded by former-RBWI instructors who wanted to maintain their ties with each other, continue teaching practical self-defense within biblical values, and continue to grow and pass along their knowledge.  These instructors named their organization Personal Protection Concepts and their system American Ninjutsu.


Since 1997 PPC has grown beyond American Ninjutsu.  Instructors with backgrounds in other arts and fighting systems have brought a wealth of new techniques and training to the organization.  Once screened for "fatal tendencies" and tested in the crucible of force-on-force combat, new material has been integrated into the curriculum.


Today PPC is an alliance of members who work together towards helping each other achieve competence in all aspects of personal defense and survival. 

American Ninjutsu has roots in in the formative styles of Mr. Robert Bussey.  These include Korean combat arts such as Hap Ki Do (Yong Bi Kwan), Tae Kwon Do (Kuk Ki Won), and Moo Ki Do as well as Japanese Togakure-Ryu Ninjutsu and other Takamatsu-den Schools.

Mr. Bussey began his martial arts training in Korean styles, earning multiple black belts.  After traveling to Korea for additional training, he became the sole American representative of Yong Bi Kwan Hap Ki Do.  Mr. Bussey first went to Japan in 1979 where he joined the Togakure-Ryu Ninjutsu training group.












Under the tutelage of Shihan Toshiro Nagato, Mr. Bussey received his instructor credentials from Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, 34th successor to the Togakure-Ryu Ninjutsu tradition.












Upon his return, Mr. Bussey was an American pioneer of Ninjutsu, being one of the first two men to bring the authentic art to the United States. 











In the United States, Mr. Bussey taught Ninjutsu directly under Soke Masaaki Hatsumi and awarded Dan (blackbelt) rankings in Togakure-Ryu ninjutsu under the endorsement of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi for nearly a decade.  During this time, Mr. Bussey focused his Ninjutsu training on the practical and realistic, while downplaying the antiquated and esoteric aspects of Ninjutsu.  

Mr. Bussey's modernized Ninjutsu was taught at training branches around the world.  The hallmark of his schools was hard sparring, and all fighting methods taught were rigorously tested against resistant opponents.  At the time, this approach to training was revolutionary.
By 1989, Mr. Bussey had completely disassociated himself from traditional Ninjutsu and started the Robert Bussey's Warrior International (RBWI) organization.
 
Mr. Bussey stated he left traditional Ninjutsu for two reasons:
 
-Because of its emphasis on esoteric eastern spiritual beliefs, rather than Christianity.

-Because some of the traditional movements were impractical for a reality-based modern martial art. 

RBWI continued to grow in the 1990s.  In 1994, Mr. Bussey received special recognition at UFC2 for being a pioneer in reality-based fighting.  Later that year an RBWI blackbelt, Steve Jennum, won UFC3.  

Despite the continued growth and success of RBWI, in June 1997 Robert Bussey retired and disbanded his organization.

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