Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) November 17, 2009
Once secret, genuine ninja training is now a reality for mainstream martial arts students, especially at http://www.Ninja-Learning-Network.com. In recent years, movies like “Ninja Assassin” with Rain and Sung Kang have sparked hundreds of people to learn the once secret martial art formally known as "ninjutsu" or "bujinkan." From people who have never studied any form of self defense, to those who have worked hard on a lifelong pursuit of other martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, MMA, and Karate, they are discovering that they can engage in serious study from a small number of genuine ninjutsu instructors teaching around the world. Released from generations of secrecy by current Bujinkan Grand Master Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan, real ninjutsu instruction is now available to almost anyone. Ninjutsu techniques are even visible online now at the new weekly "Ninja Training Video Blog" produced by some of Hatsumi's highly ranked students.
This month the video blog project starts posting high quality, free video lessons weekly that focus on the basics of ninjutsu study. Designed for beginning and novice students, the new video blog will transmit the wisdom of Grand Master Hatsumi through the video teachings of some of his students who formed the web resource. Sensei Mark Roemke, a 10th dan practitioner and 16 year student of Hatsumi's Bujinkan teachings, leads the effort with his personal mission to educate people about how ninjutsu training can be a path toward enlightenment, self improvement and self defense safety. Founder of the 10 year old Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo in California, Roemke directs and instructs the weekly video blog which introduces highlight concepts from his dojo's curriculum "Basics of Ninja Training" including technique, weapons, gear, history, conditioning, events, everyday self defense concepts and general advice. Other guest experts will also contribute videos and articles to the project.
The "vlog" project is an effort from http://www.Ninja-Learning-Network.com which went live this summer to serve as a growing hub for free basic instructional material, downloads of intensive ninjutsu lessons, information about global resources, ways to connect with other ninjutsu students and certified bujinkan instructors and much more. The project strives to share the formal aspects of study appreciated by serious students who may someday earn their black belt in the art. Roemke secured sponsor partners that help him provide detailed lessons through downloads and DVDs very cheaply or free. He also gathered affiliated sponsor companies who agreed to help provide high quality and affordable gear, books, training weapons and more. “We want to introduce high quality information and resources that help students achieve a sound base from which to grow into highly accomplished bujinkan black belts, although we advocate that students only engage in training directly with a qualified sensei for safety reasons. Our video blog helps people understand the basic concepts involved in such training and offers review material for those who are not close to a bujinkan dojo. The better you are at achieving honed skills grounded in the basics, the more effective your self defense performance will be anyway. That's why our subject matter focuses on the forms, techniques and weapons that we learn directly from the Bujinkan's grand master Soke Hatsumi when we train with him in Japan," says Roemke.
All of Ninja Learning Network's Ninjutsu video blog entries are archived and accessible to the global public with no membership requirements or any other strings attached.
About the project and Shihan Mark Roemke:
"Where all martial arts enthusiasts can learn about the ancient art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (also known as Ninjutsu) and share resources that enhance the training experience for both beginners and advanced students."
Sensei Mark Roemke has studied Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for 16 years and is licensed to teach by Soke Hatsumi. A 10th Dan practitioner, he created the Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo over a decade ago. He specializes in all weapons and is trained in weapon specific arts such as Enshin Itto Ryu Battojutsu and DeCuerdas Eskrima. A former New York state Tae Kwon Do Champion, Roemke is also trained in Kenpo Kung Fu, Seibukan Jujutsu and military fighting tactics of the Army 10th Mountain Infantry. He founded the 10 year old dojo which also sponsors the Budo Club at University of California Santa Cruz.