Shidōshi Menkyo Keith Watkin (Godan – 5th Dan)
Keith is a retired plumber and has been practising Ninjutsu for over 35 years. Keith has a wealth of experience in the medical side to Ninjutsu, known as Amatsu. Keith has also trained directly under Soke Hatsumi whilst following him to various Tai Kai’s (training conventions) around the world.
Keith is officially Godan, however, his skill and expertise are actually much higher than this, it is only that he is not able to train with Soke Hatsumi in Japan and receive further grading that prevents his progression in official rank. Bujinkan Iyashi Dōjō is extremely lucky to have such an experienced teacher within its ranks.
Keith passed his Sakki test (Godan – 5th Dan test) with Soke Hatsumi in Japan over 25 years ago.
Shidōshi Menkyo and Dōjō-chô Neil Thomas (Godan – 5th Dan)
Neil is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Medical Acupuncturist and Medical Educator and has been practising Ninjutsu for over 22 years, the past 13 years of which have been spent teaching. Neil started his teaching journey when he left for University to study Chiropractic in 2006, where he taught mainly chiropractic students.
As a chiropractor, Neil has a keen interest in musculoskeletal medicine and joint mechanics and this is reflected in his training where he teaches the application of these elements in a Martial context.
Neil passed his Sakki test (Godan – 5th Dan test) with Dai Shihan Toshiro Nagato.
Keith and Neil are both licensed Shidōshi-Kai members of the Bujinkan Hombu (headquarters) in Japan. This means that they are licensed to teach Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu and can officially rank students and award certificates direct from the Hombu.
Alex Gatenby (Yondan – 4th Dan)
Alex is a graphic designer and has been practising Ninjutsu for around 12 years.
Alex assists in teaching and will occasionally take the class when Keith and Neil are not available.