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.