Seminar with Doug Wilson Shihan

February 5, 2008

Seminar with Doug Wilson Shihan

The Bujinkan Meehan Dojo is proud to present a two day seminar with Doug Wilson, Bujinkan Hombu Dojo Shihan focusing on Ninpo Taijutsu and Bikenjutsu, the study of the Japanese sword.


Date: Saturday & Sunday May 24th &25th, 2008
Location: The Scout Hall, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Dublin
Cost: 100 euro

This instructor is travelling from Japan specially to conduct this seminar for us, and so we have to make the best of the limited time he has available.

Training will take place on Saturday from 11am to 5pm, with an hour for lunch, focusing on ninpo taijutsu and on Sunday morning from 9.30am to 12.30am, focusing on bikenjutsu.

There is also a special class happening on Friday night at the Rathmines dojo, which is discounted in cost for those attending all three sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). You can read about that class here.

About Doug Wilson Shihan

Doug is an American that has lived in Japan and trained at the hombu dojo under Hatsumi Sensei for many years. He holds the rank of Judan Ku-gyo Happo Biken Menkyo (aka 15th Dan) and has an extremely good understanding of Hatsumi Sensei’s Budo. He regularly acts as translator for Hatsumi Sensei at training both at the Hombu Dojo in Noda and also at Soke’s Tuesday night Ayase training. If you have attended a Daikomyosai training event in Japan or watched a DVD in the last 10 years, you have heard Doug’s translations.

Doug also worked very closely with Soke on the translations of the best selling books “Advanced Stick Fighting”, “Japanese Sword Fighting” and the soon to be released “Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai” book – all published by Kodansha International and available in most large bookshops throughout the world.

He has been involved in martial arts for more than 27 years and apart from his training experience with Hatsumi Soke, Doug has also experienced training with the majority of the Bujinkan Shihan both Japanese and foreign. Of particular note was the chance he had to train with Oguri Shihan for the period of one year, learning the characteristics of Takagi Yoshin Ryu (Oguri Shihan is highly regarded in the Bujinkan dojo for is ability in Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu).

Before living in Japan, Doug had the experience of training for several years under the guidance of Bill Atkins. While training here, he operated a branch of the Bujinkan Ten Chi Jin dojo in San Diego, California where he lived and taught for six years. (The Ten Chi Jin Dojo is recognized by the Hombu Dojo and Hatsumi Soke.)

Here, Doug had the experience of teaching members of the Navy Seals, local law enforcement agencies, private investigators and bounty hunters. He also developed and ran a martial arts program for children at the US Navy base Miramar, focusing on motor development skills using the taihenjutsu skills of the Bujinkan dojo.

Doug has experience teaching seminars throughout the US as well as Australia and Thailand and hopes to be able to offer a direct transmission of the teachings of Hatsumi Soke, bringing the training flavor of Japan to attendees at this seminar.

In the last year has launched the definitive Bujinkan blog at henka.wordpress.com which now receives thousands of daily visits from budoka around the world.

You can download a registration form for this seminar by right clicking and saving on this link.

Accommodation information for those visiting Dublin for this seminar

Firstly, this course is not being held at the dojo in Rathmines as that is too small. Because of this, the training will be held in a sports hall in Clondalkin, a suburb of the city about 20 minutes/25 minutes from the centre of town by car.

As a result it’s not possible to sleep at the dojo as it’s too far away from the actual training venue. (It’s also pretty basic so you probably wouldn’t want to!)

That leaves you with two choices, the first is to stay in Clondalkin Village itself and the second is to stay in Dublin city. Clondalkin is a nice enough but unremarkable town so you may find there’s not much to do at night other than go to the pub. However, staying here will mean less of a commute in the morning for the two days to the training venue.

Staying in the city centre will mean more access to different restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, and may be a little cheaper, but you will have to get to the venue in the morning. If you let us know what your plans are, we can probably arrange to have you collected and brought to the venue.

Regarding specific hotels, there are two fairly standard hotels in Clondalkin:

Bewleys Hotel

Ibis Hotel

. . .and there are one or two Bed & Breakfast facilities in the town – try searching online at (www.ireland.ie) Expect to pay between 75 euro and 100 euro per night for hotels, but bare in mind that this is usually chargeable per room, so if you organise to share with someone, you can bring the cost down.

Even so, if cost is a big factor for you, you could also try http://www.laterooms.com where you can often find a bargain. Remember to search for a hotel in Dublin City or Clondalkin. It might be a good idea to drop us a mail with the hotel you are thinking of booking into so I can let you know if it’s practical for collection purposes.



  1. […] this blog, Japan-resident Bujinkan shihan Doug Wilson will be in Ireland in a few weeks time to teach a seminar at my invitation. He’s been good enough to write some kind words about the course on his own […]

  2. Hi Alex.
    You may not remember me butI’ve been in Japan a few times when you have been over there. I normally travel with Simon Gaunt. Anyway, I’m looking at attend the seminar but need some questions answering if poss.
    1/ How far is it from the dojo to the airport, Miles,Time, Taxi cost please?
    2/ Is it possible to sleep within the dojo? there will be 2 of us.

    if you can get back to me asap as flights are becoming rare.
    Many Thanks

  3. Hi Andy,

    Of course I remember you! I’ve just sent you a mail to your e-mail address. Hope to see you for the course!


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