Unify​ Mind and Body

What Will You Learn?

Below is a brief description of the levels of training in Nami Bujutsu, my Self-Protection System. The specific content of each stage is somewhat fluid as age, fitness level and purpose of training varies between individuals. You can read more about the curriculum here


Group classes are offered Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 6;00-7:00 AM. 


Private lessons are also available.

Goals of Practice

Nami Bujutsu practice will empower students with the mental and physical skills to take back their...

FREEDOM.

Freedom from STRESS.

Freedom from FEAR.

Freedom from ANXIETY.

Freedom from POOR HEALTH.


Nami Bujutsu training unifies the Mind & Body through a unique combination of fitness, martial arts, and Zen meditation.

How Will You Be Taught?​

Nami Bujutsu incorporates a wide variety of training methods to keep class interesting and challenging. In general, each class is divided into three sections.

  •  Fitness: We practice a wide variety of calisthenics, HIIT, stretching, light weights, yoga and more. (15 min)
  • Skill Development: Whatever it takes for you to acquir​e the skills you are currently training (35 min)
  • Meditation: Zen Meditation and discussion regarding class or Zen teachings. (10 min) 

Nami Bujutsu is an individualized training curriculum, which means that the fitness routines and the way skills are taught change according to each individual. I am training YOU to be YOU the way YOU need to be trained. Everyone is a little different and that's OK! There are no physical fitness or experience requirements to join this program. 


More specific information on the structure of our curriculum can be found below and in the section titled Nami Bujutsu Curriculum. For more information regarding the principles that guide our martial practice, please read our Guiding Principles. I also suggest you watch some of the Videos and check out my podcast, Totally Zensible, on your favorite podcast app!


Level 1: Fire

Our journey begins in fire. We are in code red, a dangerous situation, and we must escape to survive.


In level 1, students learn important fundamentals of awareness, decision making, pre-fight systems and close quarters combat with the goal to "survive and escape". 

Level 2: Desert

With level 1 skills obtained we've moved from the fire to the harsh desert of a prolonged altercation.


In level 2, students learn ranged unarmed combatives. When escape is not an option we must fight to survive.

Level 3: Forest

Further removed from the chaos but still in grave danger, our journey continues into the forest of advanced self-defense. Skills learned in Fire and Desert provide the confidence and fundamentals for more sophisticated study.


Level 3 teaches students how to defend themselves against multiple attackers as well as defense against knives and guns, including a technical understanding of their offensive use.

Level 4: Ocean

We are now at the ocean. A warrior spirit in possession of serene power and capable of handling any situation.


In level 4 throws, grappling and joint manipulations are explored to provide less destructive alternatives for pain-compliance and self-preservation.

Level 5: Air

Level 5 practitioners train their skills until they become as natural as breathing. They discover new methods of training and defense to incorporate into Nami Bujutsu. They embrace their freedom and bring forth a new world through their loving, caring actions. 


Level 5 practitioners contribute to the defense and order of all that is right, actively engaged in the community and in the growth of others.

Why Practice Zen for Nami Bujutsu

Zen practice develops several key mental skills that are crucial for martial arts. Many of these skills have overlapping names, but I believe the core consists of:

  • Mindfulness (also called presence or awareness)
  • Equanimity (also called immovable heart/mind)
  • Non-attachment
  • Focus and Concentration
  • Working in the Space Between Thoughts
  • Compassion

Each of these topics has entire books written on it, so below is simply the briefest statements to indicate our direction of thought. 


Mindfulness is a characteristic of complete presence and deliberate action. Senpai Justin Goldman has a great analogy for it that I will steal here. Mindfulness is the complete care and presence one uses when washing a newborn infant for the very first time. Every element of the bath, from the water temperature to the pressure of the wash cloth and the amount of soap is carefully considered. Firm enough, gently enough, with complete compassion and no room for any distractions. As martial artists, we attempt to cultivate this same attitude of mindfulness into every aspect of our life. 


Equanimity is the ability to stand, unperturbed, in the face of any challenge. We are not controlled by our environment, but instead make measured, mindful responses to it according to our values and training. Equanimity gives us the ability to face conflict resolutely and calmly, relying on our training and self-understanding to achieve the desired result. 


Non-attachment is acceptance of the moment as it is, and knowing that each moment is only as it can be. Non-attachment frees our mind to adjust to the constant change of our environment, freeing us from the responding to the success or failure of certain tactics. Non-attachment frees us from patterns of behavior driven by our self-referencing narrative, which is often the cause of our troubles.


Focus and Concentration. Focus is a single point of emphasis while concentration is the gathering together of all our senses to process our environment. Through Zen practice and martial training we develop the ability to quickly transition our focus in the context of our greater concentration. There are obviously great benefits of being able to focus and concentrate for extended periods in all aspects of our life. Being able to do so under the stress of combat can be as important as life or death.


Working in the Space Between Thoughts sounds very esoteric and mystical. However, it is simply the complete result of the four previous characteristics. When we are able to stay mindful and non-attached while in a state of concentration and equanimity it feels as though the world around us slows down. We become capable of witnessing our thoughts and senses as pieces of information about an exact moment in time and can calmly choose the course of action that gives us the desired results. 


Compassion, sympathetic consciousness of suffering and a desire to alleviate it, is a result of the deep insights gained through Zen practice. This compassion manifests itself in our curriculum as a recurring and persistent theme of avoidance of conflict through awareness, emphasis on de-escalation, and a foundation in non-destructive protection methods. Nami Bujutsu practitioners understand that violence creates suffering and will seek any alternate means of self-protection. 


The result of cultivating these skills is the ability to project serene power in combat and, more importantly, to truly enjoy life with confidence and compassion, acting wisely and skillfully. 

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