Phillip Legare Shihan is the senior instructor and founder of the Bujinkan Taka Seigi Dojo (BTSD), formerly headquarted in Tokyo, Japan. He started training in Budo Taijutsu under Shoen Fukuda in 1977, and formally in the Bujinkan in 1982. He has been a personal student of soke Hatsumi since the summer of 1987. In 2003 he was awarded the highest rank in the Bujinkan, Judan-Go (15th degree black belt), in 2014 he was one of the few to receive the title Dai-Shihan by Hatsumi Soke, and is a licensed master instructor of Budo Taijutsu under Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Hatsumi Soke also awarded Legare Shihan a Menkyo Kaiden (master’s license) in Shinken Taijustu (modern warfare) in recognition for developing a moder combative system for US government civilians who travel to high threat countries, for law enforcement in counter-terrorism related situations, and for military deployers to fight in the global war on terror. Shihan Legare’s Budo warrior name is, “Taka Seigi” which means “Hawk Justice”.
Shihan Legare is the recipient of four Bujinkan Gold Dragon Awards presented by Hatsumi Soke for martial arts excellence. Joanne Legare, Phil’s wife and a Judan in the Bujinkan who often co-teaches at his seminars, is also the recipient of a Gold Dragon Award. Both Shihan(s) Phil and Joanne lived in Japan for four years, training at Hombu with Hatsumi Soke on a weekly basis.
Over the years, Phil hosted Three highly successful TaiKai’s in the USA (’93, ’98 and ’01) with the 2001 Washington TaiKai DVD winning the prestigious Japan Literary Guild award for Best Sports Film of the Year 2001.
Mr. Legare has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from New York State University and a Masters degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University. He has written numerous articles that have appeared in martial arts magazines over the years. He is a sought after speaker and lecturer on personal protection and the Warrior Ethos. He has lectured at the US Naval Academy and in Japan at the American Club in Tokyo, Japan. Legare Shihan has authored several Budo Taijutsu Instructor Manuals, as well as produced numerous instructional Budo Taijutsu and Shinken Taijutsu DVD’s.
A combat veteran, Master Sergeant Legare retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1996, with more than 22 years of honorable service. Mr. Legare now works for the Department of Defense.
Phil is married to the former Ms. Joanne Thacker and has twin boys, Matthew and Joshua. The BTSD Hombu is currently located near Washington, DC.