Randa Richards and Mike Jones 3rd Dan Instructors Randa Richards and Mike Jones 3rd Dan Instructors

Instructors

Michael Jones, Judan (10th Dan) instructor

Michael Jones

Michael has been training in Ninjutsu for over 15 years. After dabbling in other forms of self defence, Michael's attention was brought to Ninjutsu and has been dedicating his time to it ever since. It wasn't that other disciplines were bad, it was just that Ninjutsu was that good. "It was as if the 'martial arts rulebook' had been thrown out of the window and I was given a glimpse of what I could be capable of if I was willing to work at it. How hard I could punch or how high I could kick were no longer relevant. Those questions were now replaced with, how can I exploit weaknesses? And how quickly can I do it?"

In 2008 and 2017, in an effort to further his understanding of Ninjutsu, Michael travelled to Japan in order to train with some of the leading practitioners of Bujinkan Ninjutsu. On his travels he was able to learn from some of the leading authorities on martial arts in the world, such as Shihan Toshiro Nagato, Shiraishi and not least, Masaaki Hatsumi (34th Grandmaster)

Michael was recently awarded his Judan (10th Dan) while training at the Honbu dojo in Japan (Under the guidance of Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi). A feat that he largely accredits to Shidoshi Ryan Hobbs and Shihan Marc Moor, who each played major roles in arming him with the skills needed to continue his martial arts education at a higher level and share his knowledge with new students.

Randa Richards, Judan (10th Dan) instructor

Randa Richards

Randa has been training in martial arts for over 17 years. Her introduction into the martial arts fraternity came through Shotokan Karate where she trained from a young age and would later earn her first martial arts black belt. Not until the age of 17 did Randa discover Ninjutsu where she would then multi train and divide her time between Karate and Ninjutsu. As the years went on, Randa found herself spending more and more time in various Ninjutsu dojo's across South Wales and England and began leaning more towards the subtlety and realism of Ninjutsu as opposed to the sporting aspects of Karate.

Like Michael, Randa too sought to enhance her abilities in Japan. In 2009 and 2017 she travelled to Japan and scarcely left the Honbu (Soke Masaaki Hatsumi's dojo). Whilst not seeing a great deal of Japan, she devoted her time to training under the Japanese Shihans. Randa was also recently awarded her Judan (10th Dan) while training at the Honbu dojo in Japan (Under the guidance of Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi).

Randa and Mike are qualified Ninjutsu instructors under Budo Warrior Schools – the largest organisation in the UK, directly under the Bujinkan.