About Nami Bujutsu

I have decided to give what I do a distinct name, Nami bujutsu, because my experiences and training methods cross many martial arts lineages and purposes, and so it does not easily fit any current label of which I am aware.  "Nami" means wave, and is a reference to the ocean and its waves, which provide me with inspiration on many levels; hence, its use as a symbol and name for this method. "Bujutsu" is most easily translated as "martial arts", but can be more accurately understood as "martial techniques". It is an umbrella term for the combative arts originating from Japan. I chose to use a Japanese name as a nod to my primary disciplines of Jujutsu, Shotokan and Kyokushin, all of which originate in Japan.  

This site attempts, on the whole, to paint a holistic picture of what nami bujutsu is. Sometimes, though, it is more beneficial to try and describe something succinctly. And so, I will define nami bujutsu briefly as:

A system of training for self-protection and self-refinement using the universal principles of combat as expressed across all accessible martial systems.

Isn't that just mixed martial arts (MMA) or Jeet Kun Do (JKD), I hear you say? I argue that it is not for several reasons. First, MMA and JKD have both become wide spread and well-regulated into fairly standardized styles. Both are generally practiced in a way that focuses on sport or martial artist vs. martial artist matches. Though both are excellent philosophies and provide me inspiration for what I do, I simply do not feel as though I am a part of either community or comply with their training methods. 

The nami bujutsu curriculum is divided into 5 levels, each of the first 4 levels contain 3 stages. These first 12 stages are technical in nature and develop a comprehensive skill set for complete self-defense. The 5th level, Air, is reserved for the lifetime cultivation of self, including developing a "soft" art, and the extended study of martial arts. Each level has a specific focus and each stage works on progressive goals to develop the required skill sets in that focus. No practitioner is required to move on from any stage or level, but should they choose to complete the entire curriculum it must be completed in order. The only requirement for moving on to the next stage is the ability to successfully demonstrate competency in the required skills.

Below, you will find a complete outline of the levels and their stages, each linking to its own page. I plan to provide extensive written and video based explanations for each stage on these pages. While it may not include all of the training methods, it will include the techniques. This will take time, so check back often for updates!


  1. Introduction: The Ocean as a Muse
  2. Level 1: Fire
    1. Pre-fight Systems
    2. Fundamental Self-Defense
    3. Close Quarters Combat
    4. Form 1: White Crane Pattern
    5. Form 2: Kasai 
  3. Level 2: Desert
    1. Karate & Jujutsu
    2. Kun Khmer
    3. Environmentally Specific Self-Defense
  4. Level 3: Forest
    1. Multiple Attackers & Improvised Weapons
    2. Knives
    3. Guns
  5. Level 4: Ocean
    1. Throws and Takedowns
    2. Pain Compliance
    3. Groundfighting
  6. Level 5: Air
    1. The Empty Whole
  7. Miscellaneous
    1. Martial Fitness & Conditioning
    2. Controlling the Opponent
    3. Types of Power & Power Generation
    4. Upper Body Techniques