Dai-Shihan Simon Gaunt (15th dan) has been training in Martial Arts for 42 years - with 33 years solely dedicated to Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. His martial arts journey has led him to Japan annually since the mid 90's to train with the Grandmaster of the art: Masaaki Hatsumi Soke and the Japanese Dai-Shihan.
Awarded 10th dan in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
Awarded 15th dan in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
Awarded Bujinkan Gold Dragon medal
Administered the Godan Test in New Zealand with authority from Soke Masaaki Hatsumi
Featured in the remake of Quest DVD Shinden Fudo Ryu
Bufu Ikkan Sho - Award for Long Service
Elected in as President of the NZMAI
Bujinkan Hiryu Dojo (Bugo - Fire Dragon)
Our dojo follows the traditional way of the
Bujinden Honbu Dojo
Noda City - Japan
Under the guidance and direction of
Soke Hatsumi Masaaki
Simon Gaunt was appointed Chief Instructor of Australasia in S.I.S Security Integral System - a Police Self Defense Training system. The system was founded by Cesar Pelegrin.
In his earlier years Simon studied Yawara Ryu Jiujutsu under Paul Lloyd Davies. Paul was one of the first pioneers to bring MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) in the form of Knockdown Sport Budo to both the U.K and New Zealand.
Simon is an avid collector of Japanese Manuscripts, weapons and antiques of the Samurai and Shinobu.
He published a children`s book in 2017 called
`The Spirit of the Ninja`
"Martial Arts is a journey of which one partakes alone. There are no shortcuts: just an arduous path of self-discovery and reflection. It is not for everyone as it is littered with hardship, self-sacrifice and internal honesty. A true budoka will follow the path of peace and justice and seek the immovable heart."
Simon Gaunt Bujinkan Dai-Shihan