Hi I'm considering of checking out a local Bujinkan Dojo, and I was wondering if it would be any good for me. A bit of my background. I have fenced (both as a competitor and as an amateur instructor) for 18 years. I have boxed for almost four (not competed but I do do some heavy sparring, so I have punched and taken a few in return as well). I also have done Chen style Taijiquan - 3 years, and though I have done some push hands practice and some applications work, while the art has fascinated me, I've never been particulary good at it. Fencing has always been my first love, and because I have responsibilities teaching in it to my local community its what take up most of my time. I wished I learnt boxing earlier as, but I learnt (too late!) that I had an aptitude for it. Problem is at 34, beyond the possibility of white collar bouts its really just to keep fit and the joy of slugging it in a ring. However when I was at Uni I had the opportunity to join a Ninpo Taijutsu club and I never took it for various reasons, I discovered recently that there is one nearby. The thing is i am just curious really of what I missed out over a decade ago. I am fully aware of how difficult it is to transition from one discipline to another. It took me ages to learn the subtle shifts in footwork and waist in Taijiquan, and as for Boxing its a totally different type of power generation from fencing footwork, not to mention about actually learning to punch properly. I must stress that Im not after being a Togakure ninja or some dark avenger of the deadly st33ts. I gather that Gyokko Ryu and its Kihon Happo are the kind of basics that underpin what is taught initially (i've been doing some research...) Im not really even after being a blackbelt. Just an insight, but know full well that you are never going to get it from books or DVD's To boil it down to simple questions 1) What will the experience in the Bujinkan give me that I may not find in other martial disciplines? 2) Is it like Taijiquan where you have to train in subtleties for years before practical applications become useful? 3) Is its good for cross training? What can it bring to a persons martial knowledge, or its its body alignment structurem/ philosophy of engagement too different for other exponents to draw any positives. 4) Where does it lie on the Soft/Hard axis? A couple of disclaimers: Yes, I am aware of the Bujinkan lineage issues: Not interested. I'm more intestested in Bujinkan as it is in 2015 than what it was prior to 1950's Yes, I understand that boxing and fencing are Combat sports and not strictly Martial arts, and have limited applicability. This isnt a comparison thread. Im just trying to make my mind up if I should give Bujinkan a try and if my background makes its too difficult to learn anything at this stage of my life. I would paticulary be intestested in hearing from people who have cross trained in the Bujinkan from other disciplines, or those from the Bujinkan who have trained outside their own discipline.. Thanks for reading this thread. Apologies in advance if its been answered elsewhere. Also this is my very first post. Regards Botta Dritta.