Each student receives individualized instruction at each stage of their training. The methods to achieve the objectives of each stage will be based on the student's specific needs, strengths and weaknesses. 


Training is completed under stress to simulate real-life scenarios. This realistic training environment proves if the self-defense techniques are truly effective. 


Self-defense is different from combat and sport. We aim to identify and avoid conflicts, resolving them with the least amount of violence possible and with respect to our legal environment.

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Mentality, Fitness and Technique

Mentality, Fitness and Technique make up the three sides of balanced self-defense. Too much or too little of any one of them will result in trouble. Each stage of a student's training places equal emphasis on the development of all three aspects.


For self-protection training to be effective it must be natural for the practitioner. That means that while the skills of self-protection are universal, the methods of execution and training must be based on each individual's physical and mental attributes. This is the origin of "styles". 

Nami bujutsu is a "style-less" system. The goal of training is to find exactly the right blend of martial methods that allow you to most effectively execute the required steps for self-protection.


Practice doesn't make perfect, it makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect. 

We attempt to mimic the stresses, physical and psychological, situations and responses of self-defense situations. By training in these as-close-to-real environments as possible we develop good defensive habits that allow us to train what we practice. This is the way that we ensure our ability to protect ourselves should the need arise. 

Practice and Training

Navigating the maze of martial training methods is difficult. However, I believe in balance and that a combination of traditional-style practice and realistic training are most effective in developing "second-nature" skills.

Practice is the controlled, repetitive act required to consistently execute a skill correctly. During practice body mechanics, breathing, psychology and other nuances are studied thoroughly. 

Training is the application of that skill in as many varied and challenging situations as possible. Training is performed in stressful situations against a non-compliant opponent. We often film these engagements to review what happened and find specific areas that require additional practice. 

Progression and Reinforcement

Learning is best accomplished one step at a time. The Nami Bujutsu curriculum is built so that each level's 3 stages form a smooth progression of skills. Further, each level is a natural progression from the previous. Constant reinforcement of fundamentals while relating new knowledge with old is critical to the mastery of a skill.


Styles are codified ways of practicing martial arts as defined by a certain culture and time period designed for a specific purpose. 

All styles have many valuable components, but no style can be perfect. Nami Bujutsu is a system of training that seeks to empower personal development and encourage the exploration of all methods of self-defense. It is my hope that no two level 5 practitioners will ever be exactly the same.

Perfection in self-defense and martial arts is a personal experience that should be encouraged. Or, as Po (Kung Fu Panda) says, "I'm not teaching you to be me, I'm teaching you to be you!" 

Simple and Effective

Everything we do should be simple and effective. In self-defense we cannot rely on things that take time to set up or rely on a certain reaction from the aggressor. 

Nami bujutsu practitioners dedicate themselves to asking "Is this simple (and natural)?" and "Is this effective?" when exploring self-protection methods. These questions are often answered during our realistic training and sparring sessions; the process makes sure each student is using what works best for them.  

Ethical Behavior

We understand that martial training creates an increased responsibility for ethical behavior. As self-defense martial artists, the tools we develop, if used inappropriately, can seriously harm people. As such, Nami bujutsu students are expected to be upright in their behavior.

A general guide has been passed down to us in the martial tradition by Funakoshi Gichin:

  • Seek Perfection of Character
  • Be Faithful
  • Endeavor
  • Respect Others
  • Refrain from Violent Behavior

Character traits we value are:

  • Integrity
  • Sincerity
  • Courage
  • Honor
  • Loyalty
  • Compassion
  • Respect