Genbukan Honbu (headquarters) was founded on 28 November 1984 in Japan by Grandmaster Tanemura Tsunehisa Shoto Sensei. It consists of 4 organisations:
• Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation (GWNBF) - since 1984
• Kokusai Ju-Jutsu Renmei (KJJR) - since 1991
• Japan Kobudo/Koryu Bujutsu World Federation (JKWF) - since 2004
• Amatsu Tatara World Federation (ATWF) - since 2006
These organisations all share the same purpose: to continue to hand down traditional Japanese martial arts, developing them further and spread them to next generations by nurturing future instructors. Not only physical techniques are being taught, the traditional spiritual learnings are also very important to live a balanced life!
Genbukan literally means: "The place that nurtures the martial art professionals; the place radiating with an exquisite martial art. A place of practice for techniques which are mysterious, strange and marvellous. The one who masters Ninpo gives light to the (outer) world of darkness!". The Buddhist indomitable sacred wheel, the eight-spoked Chakra, is the symbol of Genbukan. The Chakra (Horin) was originally an ancient weapon of India, later adopted for rituals in Tantric Buddhism. It symbolizes the destruction of evil and all that comes in the way of Dharma (the law and order of the Universe). In the center is a sacred mirror manifesting the oneness of the divine spirit and soul. With the character "Nin" (perseverance), we express our desire to attain this oneness.
The Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation and Kokusai Ju-Jutsu Renmei have many branches in America, Europe and Asia. There are about 5000 students over 120 Dojo in more than 30 countries at this moment.
Grandmaster Tanemura Tsunehisa Shoto Sensei opened the new Genbukan Honbu Dojo on his 58th birthday on 28 August 2005, next to the old Genbukan Honbu Dojo.