Ilan GattegnoIlan Gattegno joined Bujinkan in November 1974, when he became the first student of Doron Navon, who came back from Japan.

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.

Ilan Gattegno and Doron Navon Dojo 1976

In 1980 Ilan Gattegno 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 foreigners.

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.

Ilan Gattegno 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.

Ilan Gattegno and Doron Navon

In 1983 Ilan Gattegno 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.

Ilan Gattegno 1987 Godan Advancement

In 1987, in the Tai-Kai in London, Ilan Gattegno passed the 5-Dan test.

In 1989 Ilan Gattegno 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, Ilan Gattegno 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 he 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 consulted by he local press in matters that involve the subject.

Bujinkan Dojo
Teacher: Doron Navon, shihan
Rank: 10-Dan
Rank Date: November 1997 (at the Barcelona Taikai)
Shidoshi (Saki Test) Date: October 1987
Shidoshi-Ho Date: October 1983
Joining Date: November 1974

Bujinkan Israel

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
1980 December
1983 October
1992 February
1994 November
1998 June
2000 November

International Seminars
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.

Bujinkan Links


Articles in Ura & Omote Newsletter
The Gentle Giant – About Shihan Toshiro Nagato/Ocrober 1995
Back to Basics / June1996
Source of Inspiration/ July 1996
Getting Tough on Requirements/ August 1996
Resetting the Requirements/ September 1996
A Quest for Responsibility/ January 1997