Student Organizations

The Ursinus Budo Taijutsu Club (Self-Defense Club)

This Ursinus Budo Taijutsu Club is about promoting self-defense awareness in both men and women, as well as the in depth study of the Japanese martial art of Budo Taijutsu.

We provide free, practical self defense classes. We want to provide the opportunity to study in depth and progress in a full and holistic martial art; access to material currently being studied by the highest levels in Japan; and to promote and protect the study of Shiraishi Sensei style Budo Taijutsu, with special attention paid to Shiraishi Sensei’s core principles, techniques, and unique emphasis on the art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. This organization is open to anyone of any skill level that has an interest in studying a martial art. We meet 3-4 days a week for 3 hours currently, though that will soon change to 3 days a week for about 2 hours.

We teach skills necessary to handle any sort of attack in a manner which is efficient and requires only proper body movement using principles that originated in Japan over 1,000 years ago. The art focuses on the study of balance manipulation rather than the use of force, strength, or speed to defuse a violent altercation. Students should be aware that absolutely no experience in martial arts is necessary to join, and that we welcome students of all fitness and experience levels. 

The official class schedule is dependent on the availability of the students and instructors, and varies from semester to semester. Class times and locations will be posted on the organization’s Facebook page ( with advance notice, so be sure to check the page if you’re interested in attending.

Students often can only make parts of class, which is perfectly acceptable. As is the case with learning any new skill, the more time you put into learning, the more quickly you will advance, so making more classes and staying for longer periods of time will of course be beneficial to your learning. That being said, we’re aware that everyone has busy schedules, and there is absolutely no obligation to show up to any number of classes, or to stay for any period of time when attending a class, unless we happen to be hosting a special event of some kind.