Head Instructor Shidoshi Mark Murdock, began learning Ninjutsu in the mid eighties from his Ju-Jitsu Sensei John Casarez. Sensei Casarez traveled to Dayton, Ohio and trained with Stephen K. Hayes back in the early 80’s and brought several Ninjutsu techniques back to his dojo and taught them to his students. Stephen K Hayes at that time was a direct student of Hatusmi Sensei.
Shidoshi Murdock officially began training in the Bujinkan in early 1995 through DaiShihan Richard Van Donk’s American Bujinkan Dojo, now known as the IBDA. Shidoshi Murdock also trained four years (1998 to 2001) at the Chapel Hill Quest Center in Stephen K Hayes art of To-shin-do. Beyond 2001 Shidoshi trained solely in the Bujinkan. In 2005 though 2008 Shidoshi trained with the late great Shihan Ed Martin. Shidoshi Murdock has been a direct student and member of the IBDA for nearly 25 years and an official member of the IBDA Shidoshi Council since 2014. Shidoshi Murdock is currently a 5th degree black belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Ninjutsu and a Rokudan Candidate.
In the 25 years training in the Bujinkan I’ve had the opportunity to train with several high ranking Bujinkan Shihan. I had the opportunity to train with Hatsumi Sensei and several top Bujinkan Shihan including Jack Hoban, Shihan Bud Malstrom, Shihan Van Donk, Shihan Ed Martin any many more while at the 2000 Atlanta Tai-Kai.
I plan to continue training in the Bujinkan and continue ranking higher in the art to better understand the essence of the art.