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At Rugby Ninjutsu we pride ourselves on providing the highest possible standard of martial arts tuition available, due to this the expectations of our instructors are much higher than conventional sports martial arts systems. After all we aren’t training to score points in a controlled arena but training to survive the often harsh realities of modern society.

So how do we differ from other martial arts schools?

Each of our instructors has earned their place! Racking up thousands of hours of study and training over the years! Ranks are never given out freely but are strived for and achieved with hard work and dedication!

We expect our instructors to have comprehensive knowledge of 9 schools of unarmed combat (Ku Ryuha), 18 skills (Bugei Juhappen), the use and application a huge variety of traditional Japanese weaponry, strategy and tactics, mixed martial arts, understand and teach complex Japanese, the law and much more. Most of the Bujinkan Shihan (15th Dan) have been training for over 30 years.

This doesn’t mean it’s unobtainable but you definitely earn your black belt (Shodan/1st Dan) and the right to be called a Ninja!

The key difference is our lesson times are longer, We train harder and expect more from our students but keep lessons fun, engaging and energetic.

We don’t just claim to train mini ninjas, we actually do! The results speak for themselves! We have some exceptional students!

All instructors are fully qualified insured and DBS checked to work with children. A copy of our safeguarding policy can be found in the lessons section of the website.

If you like the sound of what we do, book in for your two free taster sessions today via the contact us page!

If you enjoy you two free taster sessions, your first month of lessons is included with your membership and you also receive a free uniform, free belt and free copy of our book (The Principles of Heaven, Earth and Ninja available on Amazon).

So who wil be teaching in the dojo?

 

Shidoshi Ho Jamie Seal 4th Dan Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu - Founder and Owner of Rugby Ninjutsu.

Shidoshi Jamie Seal has over 23 years experience training in various martial arts including Judo, Jujutsu, Aikido and Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (a.k.a. Ninjutsu).
Jamie started training in martial arts at the age of 10 years old starting with Judo before moving into traditional Japanese Jujutsu and obtaining his Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in 2002. Jamie then started training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (a.k.a. Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu) under the BBD at WarriorCrafts in Portsmouth.
During this time he also cross trained in Aikido under Sensei Fabiano Lemes and Mixed Martial Arts with Renee Levy.
In 2011 Jamie moved to Newbury in Berkshire and started training under Shihan Dave Giddings (10th Dan) owner of the Bujinkan Newbury Dojo. Jamie obtained his Shodan (1st Dan) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in 2013 and then shortly after moved to Rugby, Warwickshire.
At this point due to their being no Bujinkan Dojo in Rugby, He started travelling up and down the UK to meet and train with different Shihan (10th - 15th Dan Masters) to attend lessons and continue his training.
In 2015 Jamie was awarded his 2nd Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt) by Shihan Trevor Robinson founder of the Tesshin Ryu Dojo with the focus being on Koto Ryu Koppojutsu.
In 2016 Jamie secured the backing of the Princes Trust and opened the Bujinkan Rugby Dojo (Rugby Ninjutsu) and shortly after that set up the shop Ningu - Blade Addicts which specialises in building bespoke Nihonto (Japanese Swords) and historical restoration.
In 2017 Jamie was awarded his 3rd Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) by Shihan Stephen Boulton and Shihan Colyn Ball founders of the Kanmuri Dojo in Chester. Jamie also qualified as an Archery instructor under Archery GB to enable him to teach the Japanese art of Kyujutsu as a standalone art.
In 2018 Jamie set up the Mushin Shurikenjutsu Renshu Kai (Now Shinobi Shurikenjutsu) which is a combination of western knife throwing techniques taught by KATTA (The Knife And Tomahawk Throwing Association) and Japanese Shurikenjutsu techniques taught in Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu. The Mushin Shurikenjutsu Renshu Kai focused on rotation throwing, half spin throwing and no spin throwing. Jamie also taught alongside well known KATTA knife thrower Mark Bond at the Kaizen Martial Arts Expo 2018 hosted in Nottingham.
In January 2019 Jamie was awarded his 4th Dan (4th Degree Black Belt) by Shihan Stephen Boulton of the Kanmuri Dojo for his study of Kukishinden Ryu. Jamie also launched the Real Mini Ninjas, Shadow Warriors and Shinobi Shurikenjutsu (Formerly the Mushin Shurikenjutsu Renshu Kai). The Rugby Ninjutsu team also taught a wide variety of weapons skills at the Kaizen Martial Arts Expo 2019 and taught Shurikenjutsu at both SwordPunk 9 and SwordPunk X.
Aside from his experience in martial arts Jamie Seal is also a qualified solicitor and qualified support worker for people living with mental illness but since securing the backing of the Princes Trust in 2016 works full time on the Rugby Ninjutsu Dojo, Real Mini Ninjas, Shadow Warriors, Shinobi Shurikenjutsu and Ningu - Blade Addicts.

Steven Kuc 1st Kyu - Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu - Black Snow Dojo and Rugby Ninjutsu

 

Steven Kuc (1st Kyu) is our resident assisant instructor and has extensive experience teaching Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. He started his training at the Black Snow Dojo in Chichester, Hampshire and then transfered to Rugby Ninjutsu due to relocating to Coventry. Steven is due to become a Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) this year.

 

Gary Hallett 1st Dan - Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu - Mahoutsukai Dojo and Rugby Ninjutsu

 

Gary Hallett is a Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu who orginally started training under Shidoshi Ho Jamie Seal over 10 years ago whilst in the Army. Since then Gary has trained with various Bujinkan Shihan in the UK and is an assistant instructor at Rugby Ninjutsu. Gary was awarded his 1st Dan by Shidoshi Ho Jamie Seal in 2017. He is an extremely talented instructor with a lot of knowledge to impart.

 

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