Our head instructor is Shane Sensei, a licensed Shidoshi in the Bujinkan and member of the Shidoshi-Kai. He began his martial arts training in 1992 in Karate, eventually leaving to find a more complete martial art system. He explored several other martial arts without finding what he was looking for. Finally, in 1998, Shane began training in the Bujinkan, an art that offered the complete martial arts system he was searching for.
Shane fully devoted his martial arts training and study to the Bujinkan in the years since. He travels to Japan regularly to further his own training and is a member of the Shidoshi-Kai as a licensed Shidoshi in the Bujinkan. To contact him about training and to get more information you may use email email@example.com or telephone (208) 991-2382.
Additionally, Shane is an Eagle Scout and has served as a volunteer Scout leader, has worked as a junior high school ELL teacher and substitute teacher, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boise State University in English with an emphasis in writing, currently works as a grant writer for non-profit organizations, taught martial arts at the Caldwell YMCA to kids and teens for several years, and makes high very high quality custom wood training tools. He is a husband and father and enjoys spending time with family.
Jamie is an assistant instructor at the Living-Warrior Dojo and teaches fundamentals of Taijutsu and Ukemi. Prior to training in the Bujinkan through our dojo, he trained in Kempo Karate, To-Shin-do, Brazillian Jiujitsu, Kali, Muay Thai, and Japanese Jujutsu. Jamie was a gymnast for 20 years and was a 5 times Men’s Jr. National Gymnastics qualifier, Michigan State University student athlete-1999-2001, the Ohio State University Student-Athlete -2001-2004, the Ohio State Team Captain 2004, Big-Ten Team Champions 2001, Academic All-Big Ten Team 2004, Ohio State Scholar Athlete 2002-2004.
Jamie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences Criminology/Sociology and a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security from the American Military University. Jamie is a member of the United States Air Force and has been serving our country since 2007. He is also a husband and father and enjoys spending his free time with family.
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Soke
Before meeting his teacher, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, Masaaki Hatsumi studied various martial arts, earning teaching level ranks in most of them. These include Judo, Shito Ryu Karate, and Aikido. When Takamatsu Toshitsugu bestowed upon Dr. Hatsumi the title of Soke (head of a martial tradition, or gradmaster) of the nine Kobudo schools, Dr. Hatsumi Founded the Bujinkan organization as a method to teach the nine schools. Dr. Hatsumi is a bone doctor, and has also served as a martial arts advisor to various films and television productions, including the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice, and in the first film from the highly popular Japanese series Shinobi no Mono. He also appeared in and was the stunt coordinator for the Japanese tokusatsu television series Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya as the hero's mentor and father figure, Tetsuzan Yamaji.
Dr. Hatsumi has a non-standoffish teaching approach, leading Black Belt magazine to call him "wild, funny, unpredictable, and a cross between Charlie Chaplin and Obi-Wan Kenobi."
Dr. Hatsumi's awards and recognitions are quite impressive, a sampling of them is listed below:
– Instructor of the Year, Black Belt magazine
– International Culture Award, issued by the Japanese Imperial Family
– Lifetime Achievement Award, USMA International Hall of Fame
– Inducted into the CBME's Dutch National Hall of Fame
- First martial artist in history to receive an Apostolic Blessing by the Vatican