Origins of Taka-Seigi

The Taka-Seigi Dojo was started in 1987 by appointment of Hatsumi Soke, Grandmaster of the nine schools of the Bujinkan, to help bring Americans together in budo fellowship and to transmit Soke’s martial arts directly to America.

Taka (Hawk): exemplifies these ideals.
Seigi (Justice): the result of these ideals.

The philosophy of the Taka-Seigi Dojo is to help individuals, families, communities and countries come together in budo spirit to meet their needs and counter the threats of today by combining historical martial arts and practical combat applications.

Shinkengata (real combat methods) was originally developed by Takamatsu Soke and then refined by Hatsumi Soke.

In 1997, through Menkyo Kaiden, Shinkengata was given to the Taka-Seigi Dojo Founder, Phillip Legare, for the purpose of further developed it into Shinken Taijutsu to be a relavent art in the 21st century.

ShinkenTaijutsu was formed from the Shinken of Shinkengata, the Taijutsu of the Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and the modern applications of many combat methods.

Phillip Legare

Phillip Legare, Shihan, is the senior instructor and founder of the Bujinkan Taka Seigi Dojo, headquartered in Westminster, Maryland. Legare Shihan started his martial arts training in 1969 under SiLum Kung Fu Sifu Jerry Gibson. He started training in the Bujinkan in 1982 and has been a personal student of Soke Hatsumi since the summer of 1987. He is currently a Judan-Go (15th degree black belt) and licensed master instructor of Budo Taijutsu, in the Bujinkan Dojo, under Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Soke Hatsumi also awarded Mr. Legare a Judan Menkyo Kaiden (master’s license) in Shinken Taijutsu (modern warfare).