Lance Kumm, C.S.C.S. – Head Instructor – 15th Dan
He has been involved in the martial arts for over 25 years. He started his martial arts training in Santa Barbara studying Tang Soo Do. At Cal State Long Beach he studied Shotokan and Hwa Rang Do. In 1992 Lance started his training in the Bujinkan where he studied under Kevin Millis at the Shibu West Dojo in Irvine, California. He travels to Japan at least once a year to train with Soke Masaaki Hatsumi and other senior instructors. Lance was given the rank of 15th Dan by Nagato Sensei in June 2013. This is the highest rank one can achieve in the Bujinkan. Lance has a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Long Beach State and holds three patents in the field of Neuro Surgery. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to operating Maru no Ichi Dojo, Lance is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength & Conditioning Association and Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. Lance is fully licensed by Hatsumi Sensei and the Bujinkan Honbu Dojo in Noda, Japan.
Matt Shattuck – Instructor – 13th Dan
Matt Shattuck began training in the Bujinkan in 2002. . He is also He travels to Japan annually for training at the Honbu Dojo with current Masters and senior instructors. Matt is fully licensed by Hatsumi Sensei and the Bujinkan Honbu Dojo in Noda, Japan.
Lenny Schaeffer – Assistant Instructor – 6th Dan
Lenny started training 9 years ago at the Maru no Ichi. He passed his 5th Dan test in the summer of 2015 while in Japan. He is very dedicated to his training. He is aslo fully licensed by Hatsumi Sensei and the Bujinkan Honbu Dojo in Noda, Japan.
Eric Modeen – Assistant Instructor – 3rd Dan
Eric (on the left. With Duncan Stweart, on the right)has been training with us for the last 6 years. He is also a very advanced practitioner of the Bujikan.
Vincent Clarke – Assistant Instructor – 10th Dan
Clarke has been training for the last 15 years. He has been to Japan several times for training. He has a very solid grasp of the principals and practices of Taijutsu