Frequently Asked Questions
What do you teach?
We teach actual Ninjutsu. Many dojos in the Bujinkan only teach Taijutsu, and even refer to themselves as Budo Taijutsu, but then say they teach Ninjutsu when they don't really. We teach the complete system.
What is Taijutsu?
Taijutsu is the unarmed combat aspect of Ninjutsu (or at least the unarmed and armed combat aspects, when in reality, it only refers to unarmed combat).
What is Ninjutsu?
Ninjutsu is a huge umbrella term that refers to a group of skills for survival against man or catastrophe. It includes various types of combat, survival, herbs, psychology, health, intelligence gathering, horseback riding, blacksmithing, communication, prepping, escape, evasion, spirituality, distractions, explosives, invisibility, concealment, law, firearms, tracking, lock picking, food growing and storage, geography...and hundreds more. The list is truly exhaustive.
When is it free?
Every Monday our classes are free. Always. For everyone. No expiration. Any other days we train are not free and are for those who want to get more out of it. Mondays are the best choice for beginners, but not exclusively.
What's the catch?
No catch. This gives everyone an equal opportunity to learn life saving skills. When I was younger, I had no money and had a very hard time with this. I promised I would make a way for those who cannot afford it.
Where is it?
It's in the Basement at the St John the Baptist Anglican Church at 28 Woolridge St., Riverview, NB, Canada. They have wonderful facilities. On very warm days, we hold the class outside at the same location. Saturdays can be at various locations, so it's best to ask.
When is it?
Monday's classes are at for Adults aged 13 and over at 6:45pm for 2 hours. Friday and Saturday are adults only. Saturdays can be at various locations, so just ask. Everything else is at the primary location.
Can I watch a class?
Yes. You can watch any of the days, actually. Monday is the best day to do so as it will probably have more information you can relate to.
What do I wear?
You can come wearing something comfortable and flexible. You can wear sneakers on the mat. If you have an old uniform from another style, you can wear that for now.
Can I bring a friend? Can they watch me/you?
Yes! That would be most welcome.
Are there many women there?
Yes. About half the class is made up of women.
Is this for sport?
No. The techniques are designed to survive a life and death encounter. They are too dangerous to be used in a sports setting. But the training itself is very safe.
How long have you been training in this?
I have been studying Ninjutsu since 1985. Wow, time flies!
I'm too out of shape or injured to do this, I think.
Honestly, no one starts this "in shape" or injury free, necessarily. It will get you into shape slowly, and if you have an injury that affects your movements, what better way to learn how to work with it in order to protect yourself? In fact, many people who have injuries or illnesses say it actually improves with training!
How long will it take to get a black belt?
If you put in an honest amount of dedication, you might expect to reach black belt in 4 years or so. It could be a little faster, maybe longer, depending on many factors.
How much do the other classes cost (other than the free ones)?
As I write this, about $32 per month. Every other family member that comes also in the same house is half the cost of the previous (ie. $16 for the 2nd member, $8 for the 3rd, and so on...)
Should I eventually get a uniform? Can I get one from you?
You should, yes, but you don't have to. You can get one from me, but you don't have to.
How do I/my kids sign up?
No need! Just show up!
Is this free program still available? I saw an ad.
Yes! It has been running for about 3 years and there is no plans to stop. Mondays are always free!
Do I need any equipment?
No. Usually, there is enough training equipment to go around, but you can certainly get things as you go, if you wish, through me, or anyone else.
Can I/my kids come this Monday?
Yes! You can start right away.
How long will the free Monday be offered?
As it stands, forever! There are no plans to stop it.
Is your website up to date?
Yes. Changes, if any, are usually made within the week, or even within the day.
Is this similar to things like karate and judo?
Relatively similar. Karate and Judo are both Japanese styles so they would be more similar than non-Japanese styles like Tae Kwon Do or Kung Fu. But remember that many styles today are for sport and are based on rules and competition where they should not be injured. Our style is for survival and made to be very quick and effective in reality combat and the enemy will not be uninjured, although practice is very safe.