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The term Koryu, along with the terms Kobudo, Kobujutsu and Bugei, is used in Japan so that a difference can be made between classical and modern martial arts (gendai budo).
Koryu is consisted of two ideograms (kanji): Ko 古 – old, ancient, and Ryu 流 – tradition, school. A rough translation would be „old school“ or „ancient tradition“.
Kobudo is consisted of three kanji: 古武道 and the loose translation would be „old martial ways“.
We would translate kobujutsu 古武術 as „ancient martial sciences or crafts“.
Bugei 武芸  is translated as „martial arts“.
In any case, these terms point to the classical Japanese martial styles that were used before the modernization of Japan (before 1868), when actually the samurai class was forbidden and removed as a remainder of the feudal period.
During the feudal reign in Japan, the martial schools (ryu-ha) were developed so they can secure the survival or a better position of the warriors (bushi) that were in the service of several principalities (han) led by a daimyo (the rulers of a land). At the beginning, the arts often were otome-ryu (a tradition that is transferred in the home), although later they were frequently taught to other samurai in the principality, so that survival of the whole community can be guaranteed. 
Finally, with the beginning of the Meiji period (1868), when many of the descendants of the schools remained unemployed as a result of the rejection of the samurai class, the arts started to be publicly taught as one of the ways to survive in those conditions. Precisely for that reason, many ryu-ha endured through the time, so today we have the opportunity to learn and feel the samurai spirit from feudal Japan.


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Our teacher for Daito ryu Aikibudo, Antonino Cherta shihan, on 18-19 April (2015) will hold a seminar in Macedonia. The seminar will be open to all practitioners of Japanese martial arts, regardless of style or title.

As is already known, sensei Certa is teacher of instructor Igor Dovezenski, who, in turn, is representative of our country for the international organization DaitoKai. Certa Shihan each year comes in Macedonia, in order to transfer a portion of his knowledge of this ancient and noble samurai martial art, in the same way as he studied from his teacher Tokimune Takeda in legendary dojo Daitokan in Abashiri (Japan).

Anyone interested in this event, can contact Igor Dovezenski (shidoin) via e-mail: daito_macedonia@yahoo.com

Theme: Sankajo

Teacher: Antonino Certa Shihan

Time: 18 – 19 April, 2015 (Saturday and Sunday from 11-13 pm / 16-18 pm)

Place: Taiyou e no Michi (Hombu Dojo)

Koryu Camp

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Six years in a row we were building the image persistently of our „Summer Ninja Camp“. The attendance, the dynamics, and the quality made this event legendary and well-known for a short time.
But now it is time to climb higher. From now on we are growing into an International „Summer Koryu Camp“.
Summer Koryu Camp
Spend this summer with us in our koryu camp. We guarantee you that you will never forget it. Located in an ideal clean and ecological environment, 25 kilometers from the nearest town, in the valley of the mountain Lipac, 150 meters from the river Kriva Reka.
In our camp:
– we sleep in the dojo, and two tents are available for the fans of the open sky
– we have two training sessions daily + research expeditions, night ninja actions, samurai battles
– we consume healthy food, three home cooked meals prepared traditionally per day, from domestic and local products
– two sweet snacks are included, fruits and vegetables freshly picked directly from the garden
– camp fire is lit, followed by a guitar and songs; showers are taken under the bright sky; a swim in the river; stargazing in the night
– outside latrine; jokes and acting
For the participants from abroad, we organize a meeting at the airport and a free transfer to the camp.
Nine days – eight nights for 180 euro* (all included)
* (transportation from Skopje and back + accommodation + food + training + unforgettable company)
– departure from Skopje on 04.08.2016 at 09.00 o’clock (arrival at 10.00) 
– return for Skopje on 12.08.2016 at 18.00 o’clock (arrival at 19.00)
Only our dojo works in August.
Change the everyday biorhythm and spend one unforgettable and different summer with us.
Subject for 2016:
 Takagi Yoshin ryu Jutaijutsu / Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujutsu
e-mail: daito_macedonia@yahoo.com
e-mail: bujinkan_macedonia@yahoo.com
tel: 00389 (0)75 564 011 (from 09.00 to 15.00)
P.S. All those who are not interested in training at this camp, but want to spend time with us or enjoy the healthy food and the clean air in the valley of the river Kriva Reka, can take participation too.

Ninja Camp

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Are you bored every summer to go on vacation by the sea? To plan where, when and with who? To spend lots of money, and still Your memories to fade away quickly?
Spend this summer with us in our ninja camp. We guarantee you that you will never forget it. Located in an ideal clean and ecological environment, 25 kilometers from the nearest town, in the valley of the mountain Lipac, 150 meters from the river Kriva Reka.
In our camp:
– we sleep in the dojo, and two tents are available for the fans of the open sky
– two training daily are held + research expeditions, night ninja actions, samurai battles
– healthy food is consumed, three home cooked meals prepared traditionally per day, from domestic and local products
– two sweet snacks are included, fruits and vegetables freshly picked directly from the garden
– camp fire is lit, followed by a guitar and songs; showers are taken under the bright sky; a swim in the river; stargazing in the night
– outside latrine; jokes and acting
Is it enough? Do we have your attention?
See why Bujinkan Macedonia is a leader for outdoor seminars and survivals.
Would you like to take someone with you? Someone who likes to rest and not train?
No problem. He can play chess 🙂       (cards too, or read a book)
For the participants from abroad, we organize meeting at the airport and free transfer to the camp.
Nine days – eight nights for 160 euro* (all inclusive)
* (transportation from Skopje and back + accommodation + food + training + unforgettable company)
Have you had cheaper and more exciting vacation? We don’t believe You!
– departure from Skopje on 04.08.2014 at 09.00 o’clock (arrival at 10.00) 
– return for Skopje on 12.08.2014 at 18.00 o’clock (arrival at 19.00)
Limited capacity, so we follow the principle: First in – first acquired or „the early bird catches the worm“
Apply on time or you will have to go and roast on some sunny sea beach.
Summer 2014 – Train like a man!
Only our dojo works in August.
Subject for 2014: Gyokko ryu Koshijutsu + kenjutsu + kodachi
e-mail: daito_macedonia@yahoo.com
e-mail: bujinkan_macedonia@yahoo.com
tel: 00389 (0)75 564 011 (from 09.00 to 15.00)
Starting from 2015, we grow into an International “Summer Koryu Camp”. 
Here is a summary of the topics that we worked over the past years: 
2009 – Koto ryu Koppojutsu
2010 – Shinden Fudo ryu Dakentaijutsu
2011 – Gyokko ryu Koshijutsu
2012 – Togakure ryu Ninjutsu
2013 – Kukishinden ryu Happo Bikenjutsu
2014 – Asayama Ichiden ryu Taijutsu
2015 – Shinden Fudo ryu Jutaijutsu


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Survival in Nature®

Shidoshi Igor Dovezenski often said that anyone can practice martial arts anywhere. He said that the safety the atmosphere in the dojo offers doesn’t make one call himself a warrior. And most importantly, Dovezenski always claimed that ninjutsu can be trained only with a close contact with nature and with testing the endurance. 
In 2007, Igor Dovezenski for the first time organized a seminar titled „Survival in Nature“, where the members of Bujinkan Macedonia could test the limits of their will power and endurance. As the years passed, the standards and the challenges were greater, but that made the event to gain almost cult like status amongst the members of the dojo. On the last two-three seminars, only a small group remained consistent and fearlessly entered this dangerous adventure. Because of that, shidoshi Dovezenski in 2013 decided, seven years after the first seminar, to organize the last „Survival in Nature“.
To understand what event this is, it is enough to read the announcement for the seminars that were put on three weeks before:
For the brave, for the dignified.

Two hellish days, far from civilization, without food and only liter and a half water, without additional clothing and hygienic means. Two days training, meditation and bare survival.

Location: S’mkneno (26 km. to the nearest town and hospital / desert-like conditions)

Date: last weekend of July
Application until 18th of July, with purpose to avoid the calculation of the weather conditions.

Start: 07.00 hours (Saturday)

Return: 16.00 hours (as long as you survive, otherwise Your equipment will be shared among us)

Read carefully and think!!!

Macedonia is known for the hellish summer temperatures caused by the so called „African waves“. It is hottest in the last days of July, when the temperature rises above 45 Celsius, and the UV index is on its maximum.

Before the seminar, every participant on his own should make appropriate medical examinations and to get an oral or written confirmation from the doctor that he is psycho-physical healthy and completely ready for a two-day extreme effort (under the hot summer sun), without food and water, followed by a hard training and a three hours of sleep.

Allowed equipment: sleeping bag, ground cover, army uniform (pants and a shirt), one t-shirt, hat, one pair of underwear (loose), one pair of socks, rope, knife and a bottle of a liter and a half (empty).

Important: the seminar is meant only for tough guys and girls. The training conditions will be extremely hard with an iron discipline. Those who do not feel psycho-physically ready to „enter the hell“ and who are not ready to kill their own ego, we ask them not to apply to this seminar. Bear in mind that the temperature might rise above 45 degrees Celsius. Sitting is forbidden during the seminar (on the two days) and supporting on all four limbs at the same time. Only three hours of sleep, the rest of the time – training.

Whining, excuses and crying are forbidden during the seminar.

Clarification: Allowed quantity of water for drinking during the two days: 1.5 liters.

Several times until now we’ve heard „when a liter and a half of water is allowed, it’s not that bad“. We ought to clarify to You, that quantity of water, during the hot sun is lost in the first few hours of the training. The fluids in Your body evaporate through sweating, breathing and talking. You during those two days will constantly have activities that cause you to sweat, and at the same time you mustn’t sit even for a moment and rest. There will be no shadows, no additional quantities of water. Think well!!!

We see each other soon in the „hole“.
The Path of Shugenja®

This feat was also instituted by Igor Dovezenski in 2007, so that the warriors of Bujinkan Macedonia could test their will power and endurance. This spiritual journey, as it was called by the founder, traditionally was held at the last week of the month September. After seven years of the first march, shidoshi Dovezenski decided that it is time this event to go in the „history“ and to join the other feats that Bujinkan Macedonia is famous for.
What exactly this is about, you can see from the announcement that was put on three weeks before the seminar:

The warriors from the dojo for traditional Japanese martial arts Bujinkan Macedonia this year again will depart on the spiritual journey called „The Path of Shugenja“.

Twenty days before this event, instructor Dovezenski lays out a geographic map of Macedonia on the ground, and then with tied eyes points to a specific place. Then with a ruler a direction is drawn from the start to the finish point. Afterwards the participants on the seminar follow that route, regardless of the terrain conditions. On average, the route that is walked is 60 kilometers, and the record was set in 2009, when the members of Bujinkan Macedonia walked 80 kilometers in 15 hours and 40 minutes.

Shugendo is an ancient Japanese method that researches the relation between the man and nature. Shugendo means a „Path through training and testing“, in other words it’s an ascetic discipline that has the purpose to achieve self-improvement through retreat in a mountain, meditation under waterfalls and cold rivers, breathing exercises on unreachable terrain, everything to achieve incredible feats through testing the physical and mental endurance. Those who practice this method are known under the name of Shugenja, and the teaching is practiced in Japan to this day.

As the founder of the teaching is considered En no Gyoja, who lived near Kyoto in the 7th century a.d. The other name that these followers are known for, is Yamabushi or Mountain Warriors. They cruised the mountains visiting and protecting the many shrines. Some scholars believe that exactly these people, joined with the deserted Chinese generals after the fall of the dynasty Tang, are considered to be the founders of the art Ninjutsu.

Subject: The Path of Shugenja / Spiritual Journey 

Date: the last week of September

Location: Lipac – Kokino (for 2009, although every year we choose difference route)

07.00 hours – departure from Skopje
08.00 hours – arrival and start of the march
Return – only God knows!

Equipment: Take whatever you want. Everything is on Your responsibility and conscience.

P.S. Encounter with wild animals, rain, storm and other unforeseen things are not excluded. Everyone comes at his own risk. Before you apply, check the information on the website from the previous years.


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The membership and participation in the most respected organizations for classical Japanese martial arts, allows us to organize international seminars with the best and most respected koryu masters.
Several times so far we’ve been hosts to Svenerik Bogsater (Bujinkan), Antonino Cherta (European Daito Organization), Erik Louw (Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu), Mario De Mol (Jinenkan), as well as many other known experts for koryu and budo.
In the past, we’ve organized up to three international seminars during the year, but in the last years their number decreased to twice a year.
Our dedication to the martial arts promise many more international events in our country. You can follow the announcements for the seminars —> here


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Outdoor seminars are a trademark of our Dojo for classical Japanese martial arts Bujinkan Macedonia and of the organization Taiyou e no Michi long ago. No one can claim that has more experience than us, for the fact that so far we’ve had organized more than 300 events of this type.
The outdoor seminars are a great opportunity for the students to enrich and test their knowledge, as well as to increase their psycho-physical condition. Among other things, they allow the students an interaction with the five natural elements (godai), as well as reaching harmony with nature.
The benefits we get from nature should be mentioned, such as: clean air, natural humidity and sunshine. The open space, far from the city surroundings, allows sharpening of the senses, improving the health condition, purification of the body from the toxins…
With participation in an outdoor seminar, at least one day you will forget the free radicals, positive ions and negative emissions, caused by the urban everyday life and electronic devices.
(To follow the outdoor seminar announcements, visit our website frequently: http://www.bujinkan.org.mk/index.php?lang=eng)


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The Intensive seminars are held every weekend in the Hombu Dojo of Taiyou e no Michi. They are meant for the serious koryu practitioners because they offer deep research of the kata and intensive training for the tiniest details of the arts. In case you want to learn all the essential values of one ryu-ha, the intensive training are the best way to achieve that.
During two days it is practiced for 10 hours, on a subject given ahead. The training is most often about some of the Japanese martial arts that are taught in our organization (taijutsu) or some traditional Japanese weapon (bukijutsu). For all participants a free accommodation is provided in the dojo. 
Timetable during the Intensive Seminars:
– first training; 10.30 – 12.30
– second training: 14.30 – 15.30
– third training: 18.30 – 20.30
– first training; 09.30 – 11.30
– second training: 11.30 – 12.30
– third training: 15.30 – 17.30
The members of Taiyou e no Michi receive the list of subjects for the Intensive Seminars ahead of time every month. If you are not a member of our organization, and you want to participate on these seminars, send a request by our official e-mail: daito_macedonia@yahoo.com. 


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The Organization for teaching traditional Japanese martial arts Taiyou e no Michi, in 2012 built its first traditional Japanese dojo in Macedonia, also first on the Balkan Peninsula.
The Hombu* Dojo was built in an ecologically clean environment, with personal funds, without donations. To achieve his dream, instructor Igor Dovezenski bought land in the valley under the mountain Lipac, 62 kilometers away from Skopje, and with the help from his whole family, brick by brick, following his own blueprint, and with his own hands, built the dojo from scratch.
In the construction were used materials that fulfil the highest environmental standards. The dojo is consisted of 100 m2 training area on the ground floor (with tatami) and 100 m2 for accommodation on the first floor.
In the Hombu Dojo, the organization Taiyou e no Michi has regular training during the weekends, and in August, the well-known Summer Ninja Camp is organized and held there.
  • Hombu = headquarters, core


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Igor Dovezenski was born in 1974 in Skopje. At seven years of age, he started training karate, followed by other martial arts (gendai budo), that he trained until his fourteenth year. In 1986, he received a video recorder and a single VHS tape from his father with the movie „Revenge of the Ninja“. The same night his life was destined. All that started as a child game and a fantasy, would trace his Path forever.
When he was 14 (1988), Dovezenski found out of the organization Bujinkan and its leader Masaaki Hatsumi and started creating his first contacts with known European masters of ninjutsu at that time. At the same time he ceased with training karate and decided to devote himself fully to koryu bujutsu.
At the beginning of 1994, Dovezenski was recruited by the Military Police of the Army of Republic of Macedonia, and at the end of the training he was selected by the most elite squad in that time, called the AT Squad (Anti-Terrorist Squad).
In 1995, Igor Dovezenski founded the Organization for teaching traditional Japanese martial arts Taiyou e no Michi, and at the same year (2nd July) opened the first ninjutsu dojo in Macedonia. At that time, he was one of the youngest instructors for martial arts in his country.
With the course of time, his interest for classical schools grows even more, and the love for martial arts makes him go travelling more often and participating in many seminars throughout Europe. Since 1995, until today, Dovezenski had participated in more than 200 seminars, intensive courses and workshops for traditional and modern martial arts. As an instructor, he had organized and taught to over three hundred seminars, intensive courses and workshops, among the most famous are his outdoor seminars that are the trademark of his dojo. He is known for several feats, such as „Survival in nature“ and „The Path of Shugenja“, that tested his endurance and his will.
In 2005, Igor Dovezenski started achieving his first contacts with several instructors of Daito ryu Aikijujutsu, but he met the real teacher in 2010, when he left for Italy to the dojo of the only non-Japanese shihan for this art, Antonino Certa. After the return of the instructors’ training in Italy, Igor Dovezenski at first opened a section that with time grew into a dojo. In 2013, he successfully passed the master level (shodan) and earned the title shidoin (instructor) and shibu cho (leader of a branch) or representative of Daito Kai for Macedonia.
During the participation on BuYu Kai in Germany (2011), in front of more than twenty shihans from around the world, Dovezenski successfully passed the so called „sakki“ test or the test of the „deadly intent“. With that, he became the first Macedonian with a degree godan (5th dan) and the first carrier of the title „shidoshi“ for the arts of Bujinkan in our country.
Unfortunately, the same year (November), in a fall of a cliff during free climbing, shidoshi Dovezenski suffered a spine and pelvis injury, where the doctors were concerned about the prognosis of his future and the possibility for continuing training. Determined never to give up the martial arts, Dovezenski didn’t follow their advice for stopping physical activities and started researching the work and the functioning of the human organism in more detail. With the help of the traditional Japanese techniques for stretching and strengthening of the body, he managed to overcome the pain that arose during training, as well as to return his mobility and successfully to continue with everyday training. 
The restless spirit and the love for traditional Japanese martial arts guide him to the oldest documented koryu school „Tenshi Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujutsu“. At the beginning of 2013, Igor Dovezenski left for Netherlands and became a student of shidosha Erik Louw, and several month later gave a blood oath (keppan) in front of the shihan of the art, Nobutoshi Otake. In September, the same year, with permission and mentorship of shidosha Louw, with work begins „Katori Shinto ryu Macedonia“ – the third dojo in Taiyou e no Michi.
In 2014, Igor Dovezenski leaves for Japan where he trains directly with the descendants of the martial arts that he represents in Macedonia. At the same time, he visits other traditional dojos, where he trains with the other teachers for classical Japanese martial arts, with purpose to understand their history and principles better.
During one of the training sessions in the Hombu Dojo of Bujinkan, as an acknowledgement for the quality work and the long-term dedication to his work, the leader of „Taiyou e no Michi“ earns hachidan (8th dan) directly from soke Masaaki Hatsumi.
Igor Dovezenski is the first Macedonian of Republic of Macedonia that trained in the dojo of Dr. Hatsumi, as well as the dojos of his oldest students who are respected shihans in the organization of Bujinkan today. He is the first Macedonian that learned directly from the legendary heir of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujutsu – shihan Risuke Otake, at his Shimbukan Dojo. In addition, Dovezenski is the only Macedonian that trained Daito ryu Aikijujutsu in Japan, along with other classical martial arts that came from the Land of the Rising Sun.
On 14th of September 2015, at the Faculty Counsel at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, the members of the board unanimously approved the project proposal of Igor Dovezenski to open a „Laboratory for Eastern Cultures“ within the Institute, and for the first time in Macedonia, classical Japanese martial arts are taken to the academic level. With that, the students from the department IEA for the subjects „Ethnology of Asia“ and „Ethnology of Japan“ are going to have mandatory classes where through exercises, they will study the theory, as well as the techniques of the arts that are taught in the Organization „Taiyou e no Michi“.
Shidoshi Igor Dovezenski never had the intention for expansion and personal glory. He never trained so he could „gather“ diplomas and titles. The attempts of several of his „colleagues“ to present themselves as great masters or creators of their styles, always seemed petty to him. During his carrier, to this day, as a martial artist, he was always led by the great love for the Japanese traditional martial schools. His sacrifice on that field is great, and because of that he is very respected by his students. Igor Dovezenski never collaborated and never participated in anonymous organizations where titles and degrees are received with payment of monetary resources, in contrary, he collaborates and participates the most respected world organizations led by proven masters and koryu descendants.  
Although his life is dedicated to the traditional martial systems, Dovezenski respects the training and the discipline of the fighters in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) greatly and several times he helped them giving lessons for specific subjects in his dojo.
Igor Dovezenski is an ethnologist by profession and at the moment works at the State University „Ss. Cyril and Methodius“ in Skopje. He loves his country and tries to transfer that love of this little piece of land, called Macedonia since the beginning of time, to all of the people surrounding him.
He is a husband and a father of three children that follow his footsteps already. He spends his free time with his family on his country property far from the city noise, where he tries to restore the harmony with nature as much as he can.