Hatsumi Sensei was born in Noda, Japan on December 2, 1931. When he was 26 years old he met Toshisugu Takamatsu, the man who would become his lifelong instructor. In the mid-20th century, Hatsumi Sensei formed the Bujinkan Organization to preserve and pass-on the lessons transmitted to him by his teacher.
Sensei is an accomplished writer, painter and musician. His art work has been exhibited at the Nagai Gallery of Tokyo and in Paris, France. Among his many honors are Honorary Doctorate degrees in both Human Sciences and Philosophy, Honorary Texas Ranger, and numerous Honorable Citizenship awards from Los Angeles, California to Dublin, Ireland. Sensei's work has also been recognized by numerous government and law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI and the NSA. In 1999, Sensei was awarded the International Culture Award, the highest honor given for cultural exchange in Japan. Blackbelt magazines 1986 Instructor of the Year, Sensei is best known for opening the doors of ninjutsu to the world.