Training in the Japanese martial art of Budo Taijutsu.


We are part of the international Bujinkan organization, founded by Hatsumi Masaaki.

The Bujinkan incorporates several traditional Japanese schools of combat, taught collectively as Budo Taijutsu.


This art emphasizes skills for self-defense and combative applications.

About The Bujinkan

The Bujinkan Dojo (Divine Warrior Training Hall) is an international martial arts organization based in the outskirts of Tokyo, in Noda City.


It was founded by Masaaki Hatsumi, who is the Soke (inheritor) of 9 classical Japanese Ryu (martial traditions)


Some of these traditions have histories reaching back to the ninth century.  They mostly pertain to conventional samurai warfare, but some involve clandestine methods of warfare, and are thus considered the last surviving arts directly linked to the infamous Ninja.

Hatsumi Sensei's teacher was the late Takamatsu Toshitsugu, who was a renown martial artist of his day.  After inheriting these martial traditions in 1972, Hatsumi founded his Bujinkan Dojo in honor of his teacher, whom he felt was a divine warrior.

Budo Taijutsu takes a survivalist mindset towards martial arts.  The first priority is to keep yourself and your loved ones alive. Therefore, a "combat" mindset is favored over sport-oriented application, in which no inherent rules exist about what's "allowed".  Generally, it takes a pragmatic approach, as long as what you do works for you and your goals.


In a truly dangerous situation, you'll often be smaller, weaker, and slower than your opponent. Rather than relying on physical prowess, emphasis is placed on things like positioning, timing, balance, relaxed movements and psychology.  A heavy emphasis is placed on spontaneous creativity, and the ability to change and adapt to whatever comes your way.

The base techniques are derived from Japanese schools of warfare that date back to the medieval era.  Techniques are trained in a traditional fashion, and their historical context is examined.


Then, principles are extracted, to apply to your life in modern society, your body type, and who you are as a person.  As such, training in Budo Taijutsu embodies qualities of both traditional and modern martial arts.

Due to it's roots in warfare, and because humans use tools, weapons usage & disarming is integral.  This begins at day-one, and includes traditional weapons (swords, staffs, and knives), but also considers the use of improvised weapons such as pens, cell phones, clothing and whatever else might be available.  Unlike other arts that distinctly separate skill sets (unarmed vs. weapons or striking vs. grappling), Budo Taijutsu promotes a holistic view that seamlessly integrates many topics under a coherent system.

This is a great video by Jeff Christian of the Muzosa Dojo in New York City.

He lays it all out, clear & concise.


Ancient & Modern

integrated skill sets

About Budo Taijutsu

The Training

What kind of skills are taught?

  • Safe rolling & falling skills
  • Unarmed - Strikes, kicks, joint locks, throws, chokes, pins, pressure-point and pain-compliance.
  • Armed - Knife, staff, sword, rope, handguns, projectiles, etc
  • Defense against multiple assailants, as well as working with teammates to neutralize assailants

what to expect in class?

Rolling/falling skills are practiced at every class to prevent injury in the dojo and out in life.


Techniques are taught in a hands-on fashion, including contact with your training partners.


To prevent injury, techniques are initially trained in a slow & controlled fashion, with speed & intensity increasing with skill level.


There is no sparring, although there is occasional pressure-testing using free response drills against unknown attacks.


A flexible curriculum is followed, but students may explore topics they feel they need for them as an individual.

Students learn at their own rate and are encouraged to take personal stock in what they are learning.

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Sam began learning martial arts when he was 8 yrs old, learning TangSooDo and Hapkido.

Although stopping for many years, it instilled the desire to pursue the martial arts.


In college at Purdue University, he studied Judo for a few years. In 2002, his Judo training brought him into contact with the school's Bujinkan group, wherein he finally found the path to martial arts he unwittingly searched for all along.


In 2005, Sam began training under Vic Siedleski (10th dan Bujinkan Shihan) of the Shorisha Dojo, whom he continues to actively train with.  In addition, he travels to Japan when possible to receive advanced instruction from Hatsumi Soke and the various Japanese Shihan, and is ranked as a Godan in the Bujinkan.


Sam has a career in marketing, and also runs a small side business manufacturing/selling martial arts tools:

Sam Hersee

5th-dan | Shidoshi (instructor)

The Sho-in Dojo is a non-commercial private club in Crystal Lake, IL.  We do not have a store-front facility, and do not operate as a business.


Classes are set up as small collaborative group training sessions, with the students' needs in mind.  Things are usually quite informal.


While classic Koryu (classic Japanese arts) arts are studied, we always keep an emphasis on realistic application for modern society.  In addition,  we'll also investigates principles from other contemporary styles in order to provide students with a well-rounded perspective of the greater martial arts community.  However, we do not offer formal instruction in other styles.




We are accessible to the greater Kane county area.


Classes are held at a private residence in Gilberts, IL.  The address is not listed here for privacy concerns.



The Sho-In Dojo

Gilberts, IL


10:00am - 12:00pm



The Sho-In Dojo

Gilberts, IL


8 - 9:30pm

Our Dojo



This dojo operates as a private club, not as a business.


Prospective members must attend an 8-class trial period, after which current active members informally vote on admission.


  • No contracts or pre-payments
  • Dues collected after classes
  • $5 per class

what's covered:

  • Curriculum material
  • Equipment for the dojo
  • Dojo maintenance

not covered:

  • Student Uniforms
  • Formal rank certificates from the
    International Bujinkan Dojo in Japan
  • Live weapons







interested in membership?

  • Must be 18+ years old to join.
  • No experience required
  • Attend 8 free classes

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