Martial Arts Instructors
The Martial Arts Instructors of Todai Bujinkan Dojo
We are dedicated to our students. After all each of our martial arts instructors are students as well. Meet some of the instructors that teach our Martial Art Classes.
Matthew Woodard, Shihan
10th dan, 5th level – Founder of Todai Dojo
Matthew Woodard has been training in Martial Arts for over 30 years, and has several black belts from various arts. He has specifically dedicated the last 20 years to his pursuit of Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu, and has the highest rank attainable for a Martial Arts Instructor in our art: Judan Kugyo Happo Biken (10th degree – 5th level black belt).
He is also a former law enforcement officer and was a member of a Criminal Apprehension Team. After his years in law enforcement, he began a career of Executive Protection – working for celebrities, politicians and other public figures – including the Dali Lama. He is currently a member of one the world’s premier Executive Protection Agencies, traveling the globe.
In his absence his Uchi Deshi (“Inner/personal students”) continue his legacy and lineage at Todai.
Scott W. Hamilton, Shidoshi
5th Dan – Owner/Head Martial Arts Instructor
Scott Hamilton has been training at Todai for the better part of the last decade. He was able to achieve his 1st dan in a year and travels regularly to Japan as well as to visit Shihan Woodard to train. In 2012 he passed his Godan test to recieve the rank of Shidoshi (“Teacher of the Warrior Ways”) to become fully recognized as an official Martial Arts instructor by the Bujinkan.
Shidoshi Hamilton has also recieved in depth weapons and shooting training from Shihan Woodard and others. He also speaks conversational Spanish and Japanese.
Other Martial Arts Instructors
Our other instructors are comprised of Shihan Matthew Woodard’s Uchi Deshi (“Personal/Inner Students”). Each one has their own style of teaching and are dedicated to their students and the Bujinkan. We are very fortunate to have such a team of outstanding practitioners and teachers at our school.
Fred Felten, Shidoshi – 5th Dan
Kevin Hunt, Shidoshi-Ho – 4th Dan
Merlin Allen, Shidoshi-Ho – 4th Dan
Manon Franklin, Shidoshi-Ho – 2nd Dan
Michael Singer, Shidoshi-Ho – 2nd Dan
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