Instructor


Gabriel Tamaya
Head Instructor – Shidoshi

I began training in martial arts from an early age – starting off in Judo and then moving on to a competitive form of Kung Fu. Whilst I enjoyed both at the time, they were both missing a practical element and real life application that I was looking for.

I first started training in the Bujinkan in 1992 after seeing a flyer for a class in my local martial art shop. I was hooked from the first lesson! The thing that I recall impressing me most is how practical, flexible and applicable this art is. I particularly liked the fact that it was alright to make ‘mistakes’ in training, (such as when my partner moved in a way I hadn’t expected or I got the technique totally wrong!), this being likely to happen in a ‘real life’ situation, with the emphasis being on what you did with the ‘mistakes’ whilst staying in a safe, strategic space.

I have been training in the Bujinkan for 20+ years. In 2008 I travelled out to Japan with my instructor to train with Soke (Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi) and the Japanese Shihan, and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take and pass my godan (5th dan) test.

In 2010 I founded Bujinkan Ipswich Dojo which I ran for 6+ years, until I took a years sabbatical and went travelling with my family. I have since relocated to Brecon (Mid Wales.) 

I count myself as having been very fortunate in my training, having always found sincere and highly skilled instructors and buyu (both within the Bujinkan and outside of it) as I have moved around the country.

Training continues to enrich my life in all areas, as well as challenging me on a daily basis to keep growing. I take great enjoyment in sharing Soke’s budo along with what I have learned from my teachers over the years and look forward to exploring further where the budo path may lead me.”

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