Rich, Shidoshi. Godan (5th Dan)
Lead instructor and owner/operator of Tactical Budo Bujinkan Dojo.
A little about myself: I have over 20 years of experience in martial arts. Beginning with Aikido, I was an Uchi Deshi (full time live in student) at New York Aikikai in the late 90’s. This is a traditional Japanese martial arts school where all Uchi Deshi were required to train 3 times per day and also to do chores around the dojo as well as teach beginners.
My Aikido sensei was Yamada sensei who is a direct student of the founder of Aikido: O Sensei. New York Aikikai had many other great sensei such as Sugano sensei who was also a direct student of the founder.
Eventually I moved out of New York City and then I wasn’t able to find any Aikido quite as great as what we were doing in New York, so I branched out into studying other martial arts.
After spending some time in Wing Chun Kung Fu I finally found the martial art that spoke to me best: Ninpo Taijutsu.
I began studying in the Genbukan Ninpo Taijutsu/Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei organization before moving to Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
I was drawn to Ninpo Taijutsu by how vast the curriculum is, and yet the movements still feel very natural. This is an art meant to cover the widest possible range of scenarios that you might find yourself in. All types of weapons are studied as well as strategy, philosophy, and even history.
I have been fortunate to study with many great sensei within the Bujinkan. I have studied in several states including TX, NV, CO, WA and OR.
My sensei now is Rob Bascue, Daishihan Jugodan (15th dan.)
I train with Rob Sensei and Mark Vandehey (15th dan) at Northwest Bujinkan at their seminars usually 4 or 5 times throughout the year.
I am pleased to bring back what I have learned and share it with my students in Spokane Valley, WA.