Bujinkan Ninjutsu Classes

Warrior God Training Hall, Perseverance Art

The Bujinkan organization was founded by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi in the early 1970’s as a way to integrate 9 separate Japanese combat systems that are based on historical Samurai and Ninjutsu schools. This hybrid system is sometimes called Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu (Warrior God Training Hall, Martial Way, Body Art).

Aspects of hand-to-hand combat skills, weapon skills, awareness training, and war strategy of the Japanese warriors is taught in all classes. At advanced levels individual exploration into the separate Japanese combat systems of Bujinkan and warrior craft from around the world is encouraged.

A full curriculum is available for the adult, youth programs (ages 8-14) and kids programs (ages 4-7).

Adults Classes

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a comprehensive martial art derived from the deep traditions and practices of Japanese and Chinese self-defense and self-discipline. This is the art of the ninja. Based on the necessary skills of the ninjas of old, it encompasses a wide array of disciplines and techniques. Our Bujinkan classes apply the tried and true methods of traditional martial arts to the demands of the modern world.

The Bujinkan curriculum consists of a challenging and empowering set of skills based on the teachings from 9 separate martial disciplines or schools as taught by the Grandmaster in Japan, Masaaki Hatsumi of Nodashi. Students of Bujinkan will go over scenario training for a vast multitude of potential situations and will learn to employ both unarmed combat techniques and weapons-based training. Students will also learn the value of environmental awareness, awareness of self, and self-confidence as important aspects of self-defense.

In addition to training in the dojo, students will also have the option to participate in Ninjas in Nature, our new nature-based training program where students learn and practice the essential survival skills that were traditionally part of the ninja’s training. These classes are taught at our beautiful Ninja’s NEST location in the Santa Cruz mountains (click here for more details).

Youth

Ages 8-14

A disciplined curriculum based on a formal ranking system similar to the adult classes.

Fun and challenging drill work, designed to build strength, endurance, body control, and skills, continues to be emphasized and expanded upon. A wider array of weapons will be introduced, with a focus on the range, purpose, technique, and safety aspects of each weapon.

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Kids

Ages 4–7

Learn confidence-boosting skills and self-discipline while training their bodies. Classes instill values of respect for oneself and others, self-control, patience, cooperation, and many other character-building attributes. Basic striking and body movement skills, as well as basic weapons work, is the focus of the curriculum, which is regulated through a skills-based ranking system. Energetic and fun ninja drills will keep the children active and engaged throughout the class.

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Bujinkan Ninjutsu Private Training

Top Ten Reasons to do Personal Training Sessions in Ninjutsu

Motivation – Pathways instructors wear many hats, serving not only as coaches, but as educators, confidants, role models and as a major source of motivation and encouragement as well.

Consistency – Do you find it difficult to stick to your curriculum? Scheduling regular appointments with your Pathways Instructor helps eliminate any excuses you might come up with for not training.

Safety – Unsure about how to perform certain techniques or can't get your deepest questions answered. Pathways instructors will show you how to train safely (including which ways of movement to avoid in Ninjutsu) and instruct you on the proper and safe use of ancient weapons.

Individualized Instruction – What works for one person, may not work for another when it comes to choosing a Pathways program. A personal session will develop the most effective program for you based on your personal goals. Beginners in particular benefit from instruction on how to perform specific exercises and program planning.

Effective Training – Today's hectic lifestyles mean you don't have time to waste on ineffective exercise routines. Focusing on the correct routine for you will help maximize your time by providing class sessions designed to meet your goals quickly and efficiently.

Supervision – Personal attention during a private session is the primary function your personal instructor. Need someone to throw or put arm locks on? Looking for feedback on your Waza and form? No problem-that's what your personal session is for-to observe, assist and, if necessary, correct as needed.

Weapons Training – Many amateur and professional athletes work with a personal trainers during the off-season to prepare themselves for in-season competition. Whether you want to get the basics of Ninjutsu down or get your Black Belt as soon as possible, a Pathways instructor can tailor your class to fit your needs.

Undoing Bad Habits – Ninjutsu is meant to be a natural martial art. A lot of people have trained in some other martial art before they get to ninjutsu, or have never trained at all. With a personal session you will quickly understand how ninjutsu differs in movement and style from previous arts you may have seen or studied.

Special-needs Training – Research confirms that individuals with health challenges such as diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis or heart disease benefit greatly from regular physical activity in the martial arts. These conditions, however, can make exercising safely a challenge. The Pathways Team is experienced in designing programs that address the special needs of these and other conditions.

Ego Boost – It's a fact-feeling good makes you look good, and vice versa. Not only can your Pathways instructor help you achieve your health and fitness goals, they provide you with positive feedback on your performance and bolster your confidence to take on new challenges. Your instructor will show you how to train safely (including which ways of movement to avoid in Ninjutsu) and instruct you on the proper and safe use of ancient weapons.

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Ninjas in Nature

Over the years we have heard people say...

"I want more than the superficial skills offered by most dojos out there"
"I want to become fully engaged and deeper connected to the world around me"
"I want to learn survival skills and how to thrive in the natural world"
"I want to turn all my senses fully on"
"I want to optimize my full human potential"

We have the tools and techniques that could help. Within the tradition of Ninjutsu, there are 18 nature-based arts. These skills are grounded in the natural world, and include techniques in camouflage, tracking, plant knowledge, concealment, stealthy movement, and many more. Our intention is to reclaim these skills as part of the complete training in the art of Ninjutsu.

These tools are the "lost arts”of Ninjutsu and are found by reconnecting Ninjas to nature. We welcome you to join us on this path. NinjasInNature.com

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Mission Statement

The mission of Pathways Dojo is to encourage and guide individuals toward their fullest potential physically, mentally,and spiritually. Through the discipline, depth, and dynamism of the martial arts, we seek to provide quality instruction and products that are geared towards the development of these essential human elements.

Our programs are designed for individuals across a broad spectrum of capability, from children, to fitness and law enforcement professionals, to those simply seeking greater confidence and the knowledge of self-awareness and self-defense.

Above all, we strive to accomplish our goals within a safe environment where patience, community, and mutual respect are core values.

Pathways Dojo History

Pathways Dojo began in early 2013 with the intention of creating a dojo (school) that would combine the martial and healing arts under one roof. Our vision—to emphasize the healing arts in conjunction with the martial arts—stems from a desire to accentuate a more holistic approach to the warrior stereotype. We realized that, especially in the context of a modern society, the path towards self-improvement was a necessary developmental goal of both of these arts.

Training began with Ninjutsu classes (the art of the ninja) and Qi Gong, as well as workshops and private studies in various arts. Classes were held in several different locations until, after a lengthy search for a permanent home, Pathways settled in its current location in early 2015. In our new location we have a large, fully padded training space and a smaller room for healing arts and private instruction.

We have also developed an exciting new Ninjas in Nature program designed to get adults and children out into nature, training in martial arts, bushcraft, nature awareness, and traditional survival skills. Our Ninjas in Nature training takes place in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains.

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Mark Roemke

Head Instructor

Known for his contagious positive energy and enthusiasm to live life to the fullest, Sensei Mark Roemke has been passionate about martial arts since before he started formal training at age 7.

As a youngster he was the New York State Tae Kwon Do champion and began study of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu as a young adult. He currently holds a 15th Dan rank with a license to teach from Grand Master Masaaki Hatsumi. Sensei Roemke believes strongly in keeping an open mind when it comes to martial arts training. As a result, he continues to learn new techniques and styles whenever possible.

His open minded “no ego” philosophy has enabled him to study extensively in numerous other martial arts including Enshin Itto Ryu Battojutsu (the art of sword drawing and cutting), Kenpo Kung Fu, DeCuerdas Eskrima, Seibukan Jujutsu and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. As an instructor, Sensei Roemke has a gift for conveying the knowledge and learning skills he’s acquired through decades of enthusiastic study and training.

Those who know Sensei Roemke will tell you that he is always stoked with a true passion for learning, sharing and life in general. Most recently, through a cooperative effort with a community of gifted mentors who share Sensei Roemke’s belief that connecting people, especially children, to nature is key, the 18 “lost” skills of the Ninja are now being taught at Pathways Dojo and in our abundant natural surroundings.

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Brandon Brown

5th Dan

Brandon is a really hard working Ninja to the core. His relentless study of the arts ancient knowledge brings depth to his classes. He has a degree in anthropology which is why research of the old weapons and techniques comes naturally to him. He is a great instructor and a master at the Rokushaku Bo.

Brian Alexakis

4th Dan

Brian Alexakis first started training under Sensei Mark Roemke with the student group at UCSC in 2006. In Brian's words "I've been addicted ever since."

Kyle Connally

4th Dan

Kyle Connally, has been studying martial arts for 20+ years with experience in Kenpo, Aikido, Jujitsu, Filipino stick and knife fighting, Bujinkan Ninjutsu, as well as Chi Kung energy work. He has been studying Tai Chi Chuan for 15 years and is familiar with many different family styles.

MARTIAL ARTS

Aspects of hand-to-hand combat skills, weapon skills, awareness training, and war strategy of the Japanese warriors as taught by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi.
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HEALING ARTS

Healing and self-protection go hand in hand with the development of Tai Chi Chuan movement theory and energy work.
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NATURE ARTS

Get outside and reconnect to nature by blending bushcrafting, awareness and survival skills with traditional ninja arts.
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Community

Come join a safe envrionment where respect, preserverance, awareness and connection are core values.

Dojo Schedule

2724 Soquel Ave, Ste D/E Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
6:00 am
Private Lessons
6:00 am
8:00 am
Private Lessons
6:00 am
8:00 am
6:30 am
Open
Bujinkan
6:30 am
8:30 am
Open
6:30 am
8:30 am
Open
6:30 am
8:30 am

Women
8:00 am
9:00 am
7:00 am
7:30 am
8:00 am
8:30 am
9:30 am
Open
9:30 am
11:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
12:00 pm
Yoga
Fusion
12:00 pm
1:00 am
3:30 pm
Ninja Squirrels
Age 3-5 - with Sensei's Permission
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Kids
Age 4-7
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Youth
Age 7+
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Kids
Age 4-7
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Youth
Age 7+
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
Basics
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Basics
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Open
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
Open
6:00 pm
7:00 pm

QiGong
Basics - Dr.Tyler Cole
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Open
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Open
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Weapons
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
QiGong
Medical - Dr.Tyler Cole
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
Waza
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
7:30 pm

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

  • 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Sunday

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
6:00 am
Private Lessons
6:00 am
8:00 am
Private Lessons
6:00 am
8:00 am
6:30 am
Open
Bujinkan
6:30 am
8:30 am
Open
6:30 am
8:30 am
Open
6:30 am
8:30 am

Women
8:00 am
9:00 am
7:00 am
7:30 am
8:00 am
8:30 am
9:30 am
Open
9:30 am
11:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
5:00 pm
Basics
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Basics
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Open
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
Open
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Open
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Open
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Weapons
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
Waza
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
7:30 pm

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

  • 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
3:30 pm
Ninja Squirrels
Age 3-5 - with Sensei's Permission
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Kids
Age 4-7
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Youth
Age 7+
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Kids
Age 4-7
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Youth
Age 7+
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
4:30 pm

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
12:00 pm
Yoga
Fusion
12:00 pm
1:00 am
6:00 pm
QiGong
Basics - Dr.Tyler Cole
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
QiGong
Medical - Dr.Tyler Cole
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
7:30 pm

Monday

Sunday

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
No events available!

Contact Us

(831) 465-8236
2724 Soquel Ave, Ste D/E
Santa Cruz, CA 95062