At Seal Martial Arts we pride ourselves on providing the highest possible standard of martial arts tuition available, due to this the expectations of our instructors are much higher than conventional sports martial arts systems. After all we aren’t training to score points in a controlled arena but training to survive the often harsh realities of modern society.
So how do we differ from other martial arts schools?
Each of our instructors has earned their place! Racking up thousands of hours of study and training over the years! Ranks are never given out freely but are strived for and achieved with hard work and dedication!
We expect our instructors to have comprehensive knowledge of 9 schools of unarmed combat (Ku Ryuha), 18 skills (Bugei Juhappen), the use and application a huge variety of traditional Japanese weaponry, strategy and tactics, mixed martial arts, understand and teach complex Japanese, the law and much more. Most of the Bujinkan Shihan (15th Dan) have been training for over 30 years.
This doesn’t mean it’s unobtainable but you definitely earn your black belt (Shodan/1st Dan) and the right to be called a Ninja!
We train hard and expect more from our students but keep lessons fun, engaging and energetic.
We don’t just claim to train mini ninjas, we actually do! The results speak for themselves! We have some exceptional students!
All instructors are fully qualified insured and DBS checked to work with children. A copy of our safeguarding policy can be found on the website.
So who wil be teaching in the dojo?
Shidoshi Ho Jamie Seal - 4th Dan Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu - Founder and Owner of Seal Martial Arts.
Shidoshi Jamie Seal has over 24 years experience training in various martial arts including Judo, Jujutsu, Aikido and Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (a.k.a. Ninjutsu).
Jamie started training in martial arts at the age of 10 years old starting with Judo before moving into traditional Japanese Jujutsu. Jamie then started training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (a.k.a. Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu) under the BBD at WarriorCrafts in Portsmouth.
During this time he also cross trained in Aikido under Sensei Fabiano Lemes and Mixed Martial Arts with Buzz Levy.
In 2011 Jamie moved to Newbury in Berkshire and started training under Shihan Dave Giddings (10th Dan) owner of the Bujinkan Newbury Dojo. Jamie obtained his Shodan (1st Dan) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in 2013 and then shortly after moved to Rugby, Warwickshire.
At this point due to their being no Bujinkan Dojo in Rugby, He started travelling up and down the UK to meet and train with different Shihan (10th - 15th Dan Masters) to attend lessons and continue his training.
In 2015 Jamie was awarded his 2nd Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt) by Shihan Trevor Robinson founder of the Tesshin Ryu Dojo with the focus being on Koto Ryu Koppojutsu.
In 2016 Jamie secured the backing of the Princes Trust and opened the Bujinkan Rugby Dojo (Seal Martial Arts) and shortly after that set up the shop Ningu UK which specialises in building bespoke Nihonto (Japanese Swords) and historical restoration.
In 2017 Jamie was awarded his 3rd Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) by Shihan Stephen Boulton and Shihan Colyn Ball founders of the Kanmuri Dojo in Chester.
In 2018 Jamie set up the Mushin Shurikenjutsu Renshu Kai (Now Shinobi Shurikenjutsu) which is a combination of western knife throwing techniques taught by KATTA (The Knife And Tomahawk Throwing Association) and Japanese Shurikenjutsu techniques taught in Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu. The Mushin Shurikenjutsu Renshu Kai focused on rotation throwing, half spin throwing and no spin throwing. Jamie also taught alongside well known KATTA knife thrower Mark Bond at the Kaizen Martial Arts Expo 2018 hosted in Nottingham.
In January 2019 Jamie was awarded his 4th Dan (4th Degree Black Belt) by Shihan Stephen Boulton of the Kanmuri Dojo for his study of Kukishinden Ryu. Jamie also launched the Real Mini Ninjas, Shadow Warriors and Shinobi Shurikenjutsu (Formerly the Mushin Shurikenjutsu Renshu Kai). The Seal Martial Arts team also taught a wide variety of weapons skills at the Kaizen Martial Arts Expo 2019 and taught Shurikenjutsu at both SwordPunk 9 and SwordPunk X.
Aside from his experience in martial arts Jamie Seal is also a qualified solicitor and qualified support worker for people living with mental illness but since securing the backing of the Princes Trust in 2016 works full time on the Seal Martial Arts Dojo.
Gary Hallett - 3rd Dan - Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu - Black Mountain Combat Concepts
Gary Hallett is a Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu who orginally started training under Shidoshi Ho Jamie Seal over 10 years ago whilst in the Army. Since then Gary has trained with various Bujinkan Shihan in the UK and is an assistant instructor at Seal Martial Arts. Gary was awarded his 1st Dan by Shidoshi Ho Jamie Seal in 2017. He is an extremely talented instructor with a lot of knowledge to impart.
Buzz Levy - 1st Dan - Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Mixed Martial Arts - Seal Martial Arts
Buzz Levy is a Shodan in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu who originally started training with Shidoshi Ho Jamie Seal in Portsmouth over 20 years ago! Buzz has a wealth of knowledge about Ninjutsu and Mixed Martial Arts and is an exceptional teacher and fitness fanatic. Buzz has trained with some amazing instructors over the years and was awarded his 1st Dan by Shidoshi Ho Jamie Seal in July of 2021.
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