Shihan Ilan Gattegno
Ilan Gattegno joined Bujinkan in November 1974, when
he became the first student of Doron Navon, who came back from
In 1975 he hosted Ishizuka-Shihan, who came for a
visit and had the privilege of getting personal tutoring from him.
During the first few years at the Israeli dojo he was assisting
Doron in his classes and by taking over the classes in Doron's
absence. They both formed the Bujinkan Israel Association, while
Doron is the Chairman
and Ilan is the Secretary.
In 1975 he joined the Tel Aviv University Judo Team
and in 1976 was Captain of the team, which took the Inter-University
Cup of that year. He was then awarded Sportsman of the Year Award
at Tel Aviv University.
In 1980 he traveled to Japan for a month and studied with Ishizuka-Shihan and
Tanemura-Shihan, and met Hatsumi-Sensei who was not teaching at the time. He
also practiced Judo at the Kodokan in morning classes held for
In 1983 he led the Israeli delegation to the first Gashuko in Yumoa-Mura, which
followed a month of training topped by the Tai-Kai with Hatsumi-Sensei. He
witnessed Doron Navon's 5-Dan test (Hajime gai-jin) and at the request of Hatsumi
Sensei wrote about the saki-test ("tell the
world") in Black Belt magazine and in Ninja magazine.
His contributions to the publicity of Bujinkan are enormous. The first article
featured Doron and was published in Yedioth Ahronoth Weekly Supplement, telling
the world about the existence of Bujinkan and telling the story of Takamatsu
Sensei and Hatsumi Sensei. The title of that pioneering article, which appeared
on February 25th 1975 was "The Mongolian Tiger". His articles in
Black Belt Magazine and in Ninja magazine brought a lot of attention to the
true nature of Bujinkan.
In 1983 he received Shidoshi-ho title while in Japan, and immediately after
coming back to Israel he started teaching his own group and was the first student
from Doron's Dojo who had his own classes. He had been teaching ever since
and helped form the Bujinkan Organization in Israel. He also travelled abroad
extensively and helped form some of the most prominent clubs today, especially
those in London where he helped Peter King in his first steps and in Toronto
Canada, where he helped the local people acquire knowledge in the Densho. He
also gave seminars in the USA, formed a club in Reno, Nevada and gave seminars
in San Francisco area, arranged by Mark Hodel. All these seminars centered
on basics and the teaching methods which he focuses on in his academic studies.
He also wrote a book (in Hebrew) "The Art of Learning" where he shared
his experiences and understanding of three Master Teachers, Dr. Hatsumi Masaaki,
Dr. Moses Feldenkrais and
his great-uncle Dr. Caleb Gattegno.
In 1987, in the Tai-Kai in London, he passed the 5-Dan test.
In 1989 he was in the organizing body of the Jerusalem
Tai-Kai and also arranged the 1992 Tai-Kai at the sea of Galilee.
Immediately afterwords he went to Japan for two weeks for business
where he took all his free time to attend Hatsumi Sensei's classes
and other Shihan's classes. He also attended the Tokyo Dai-Komio-Sai
in 1994, the Tucson Arizona Tai-Kai in 1995, the Paris and Barcelona
Tai-Kai in 1997, where he was awarded 10-Dan rank. In August 1998
he took part in the Stockholm Tai-Kai.
When Doron Navon decided
to let the next generation take the lead in Bujinkn Israel, he
helped Moti Nativ regroup all the teachers and students in Israel
and organize the first and the second Teaching Courses, under the guidance
of Wingate Institute of Physical Education. He also holds an Instructors'
certificate of that institute. He also chairs the presidency of
the International Budo
Academy, and together with Moti Nativ represents the Bujinkan in various
Martial Arts activities. He is one of the few instructors who are
always welcome in
other schools, where they see him as a Martial Friend. He was also chosen
to represent U.W.F.I, the organization of professional wrestlers
from Japan, and
promoted their show and other educational activities in Israel.
As a senior journalist in the leading Daily newspaper in Israel, Yedioth
Ahronoth. he is considered an authority in the Martial Arts and is often
he local press in matters that involve the subject.
Rank Date: November 1997 (at the Barcelona Taikai)
Shidoshi (Saki Test) Date: October 1987
Shidoshi-Ho Date: October 1983
Joining Date: November 1974
Regular Dojo Classes
Bujinkan Givataim Dojo
14 Sde-Boker St.
Monday, Wednesday 19:30-21:30, Friday 14:00-16:00
Tai Kai attendance
1983 - Yumoa Mura, Japan
1987 - London, England
1989 - Jerusalem, Israel
1992 - Tiberias, Israel
1994 - Daikomyo Sai, Ayase, Japan
1995 - Tucson AZ, USA
1997 - Paris, France
1997 - Barcelona, Spain
1998 - Stockholm, Sweden
1999 - London, England
2000 - Daikomyo Sai, Ayase
Training Trips to Japan
1998 November - NYC (Sponsored by Dedi Grinberg)
1998 November - Reno, NV (Sponsored by Larry Cary)
1997 January - Stocton, CA (Sponsored by Mark Hodel)
1996 January - Reno, NV (Sponsored by Larry Cary)
1995 January - Stockton, CA (Sponsored by Mark Hodel)
1994 January - Reno (Sponsored by Larry Cary)
1988 April - Toronto, Canada (Sponsored by Alan Bresgi & Troy Wideman)
1987 October - Toronto, Canada (Sponsored by Alan Bresgi & Troy Wideman)
1987 October - Wales (Sponsored by Dave Evans)
1987 April - Wales (Sponsored by Dave Evans)
1986 October - Wales (Sponsored by Dave Evans)
1985 November - Wales (Sponsored by Dave Evans)
1985 Septembet - London (Sponsored by Dave Hill)
1985 June - London (Sponsored by Peter King)
1985 April - London (Sponsored by Keith Lebihan)
1996 - Member, International Budo Academy Presidency, media adviser.
Articles in Ura & Omote Newsletter
The Gentle Giant
- About Shihan Toshiro Nagato/Ocrober 1995
Back to Basics
Source of Inspiration/
on Requirements/ August 1996
Requirements/ September 1996
A Quest for
Responsibility/ January 1997