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Combining almost 150 years of training experience in Budo Taijutsu with various Japanese and American Shihan, our staff has attained a high degree of proficiency in this martial art and enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students. The years spent devoted to training in the martial arts and the expertise attained through their extensive training uniquely qualify them as teachers and mentors. Although each instructor brings his/her own perspective to teaching, all of our instructors continue to view themselves as students as well. This outlook provides for continued growth of both the teacher and student. Here are a few of The Hidden Mountain Bujinkan Dojo's instructors and other staff members, starting with Shihan Karl Koch:

Karl Koch  (Yushu Shihan, Ju-Godan)  Send E-mail to Karl Koch
A personal student of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, Yushu Shihan Karl Koch is a 15th Dan in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu with over thirty years of experience in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Drawn to the martial arts by his interest in ancient and medieval weaponry and armor, Shihan Koch began training in the late 70’s in various western martial arts such as fencing, archery, boxing and medieval infantry techniques. In 1981, he was introduced to Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu through the books by Stephen K. Hayes and has trained in the Bujinkan ever since. In addition to his extensive training with instructors such as Shihan Phillip Legare and Shihan Dick Severance, Shihan Koch travels to Japan annually to train with Soke Hatsumi and the Japanese Shihan.

His training credits are as follows:

  • 1990 - Established the Virginia Tech Ninjutsu Club/Hidden Mountain Bujinkan Shibu
  • 1993 – Assisted Shihan Phillip Legare with Baltimore Tai Kai
  • 1995 - Established the Hidden Mountain Bujinkan Dojo as a subsidiary of the Bujinkan Hombu.
  • 1996 – Successfully passed the Sakki test under Soke Hatsumi at the 1996 Atlanta Tai Kai
  • 1998 – Coordinated the Smokey Mountain Tai Kai with host Shihan Legare
  • 2001 – Aided Shihan Legare with Washington DC Tai Kai
  • 2010 - Awarded 15th Dan by Soke Hatsumi
  • 2011 - Awarded the Golden Dragon Medal for his contributions to the Bujinkan.
  • 2013 – Awarded the Bufu Ikkan award by Soke Hatsumi
Since the mid-90’s, Shihan Koch has sponsored numerous Bujinkan training groups throughout the Southeast and Midwest regions of the US. He continues to travel heavily throughout the US, Europe and Japan to teach and train with students and instructors from around the world in order to share Soke’s art. In 2015, Shihan Koch was awarded the rank of Yushu Shihan by Soke Hatsumi during his annual training trip to Japan.

Karl 2012
Carol Koch  (Shihan, Ju-godan)  Send E-mail to Carol Koch
Shihan Carol Koch is one of only a few women Ju-godan (15th degree black belt) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Having trained in archery and kung fu previously, Carol and her future husband Karl became intrigued with Ninjutsu in 1981 through books by Andrew Adams and Stephen Hayes and began training exclusively in Ninjutsu/ Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in 1983. While on her annual training trip to Japan in October of 2000, she successfully passed her Sakki test administered by Soke and was awarded the rank of Godan. In 2008, Soke awarded her Judan. She was one of the featured instructors at the first Kunoichi Tai Kai, held in Hannover Germany. In September 2013, Soke Hatsumi promoted Carol to Ju-godan and awarded her the Golden Dragon Medal. In addition to training, Carol’s background as a licensed Rolf Practitioner provides unique insights into body motion which aid in conveying the movements of taijutsu to students.

Carol 2014
Sean MacBain  (Shihan, Judan)  Send E-mail to Sean MacBain
A former member of the University of Michigan Bujinkan Dojo, Shihan MacBain has been training in the Bujinkan since 1990. In October of 2000 during a training trip to Japan, Shidoshi MacBain passed his godan test and received his teaching license. While accompanying Shihan Koch to Japan in October 2011, Shihan MacBain was awarded his Judan by Soke Hatsumi.

His other martial arts experience includes judo and arnis. Shidoshi MacBain focuses on healing in his day job as a physical therapist and massage therapist.

Tippu Khan  (Shidoshi, Hachidan)
Shidoshi Khan (Hachidan, 8th degree Black Belt) was originally trained in Budo Taijutsu while attending Perdue University. While performing an internship in Durham, NC, Mr. Khan spent his time training with the Hidden Mountain Bujinkan Dojo and decided to relocate to the area when the opportunity arose. In May of 2008, Mr. Khan became a permanent resident of the area and renewed training at the dojo. On the annual Japan trip in 2008, Mr. Khan passed his Godan test and received his teaching license from Soke Hatsumi. Upon returning from his trip to Japan in February of 2012, Shidoshi Khan was awarded his Hachidan.

For more information about the The Hidden Mountain Bujinkan Dojo staff or training programs, please contact us at 919-819-1719 or by clicking here.

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