The Art of Ninjutsu

Ninjutsu translates as "the art of perseverance". It is the collection of skills and techniques passed down from the historical shinobi-no-mono (aka ninja) of Japan. It is a comprehensive martial system that includes acrobatics, body conditioning, and techniques of striking, grappling, and weapons. We use a variety of training methods, such as solo forms, paired forms, flow drills, weapons sparring, and more.

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Here at Cedar Park Dojo, we study the art of ninjutsu as taught by grandmaster Hatsumi Masaaki of Noda, Japan. There are multiple individual styles within our ninjutsu lineage. In no particular order of importance, those styles are:

Gyokko Ryu

According to oral history, the foundations of Gyokko Ryu were brought to Japan from China in the late Tang Dynasty. A martial arts school of kosshijutsu, its techniques revolve around dexterous movements and the devastating use of fingers and toes to attack the opponent's weak points.

Kukishin Ryu

Kukishin Ryu is a highly influential school in the history of Japan. It is said to have originated with privateers and pirates.

Takagi Yoshin Ryu

Takagi Yoshin Ryu most closely resembles the jujutsu styles of the modern day, with its emphasis on grappling and empty-handed defense against weapons.

Koto Ryu

Koto Ryu is a sister school to Gyokko Ryu. The two are said to have been transmitted together. A school of koppojutsu, one could consider Koto Ryu to be the "yang" to Gyokko Ryu's "yin". The movements are sharp, direct, and harsh.

Shinden Fudo Ryu

Shinden Fudo Ryu is closely associated with nature. Its primary stance, "shizen no kamae", is the natural human standing position.

Togakure Ryu

Togakure Ryu is closely associated with the ninja of the Iga region of Japan. It is known for the use of specialized weapons, such as the "shuko" (hand claws).

The Instructor


Samuel Zavaletta is the owner of Cedar Park Dojo and the head of its ninjutsu training group. With over 20 years of experience in the martial arts, his passion for training has led him to explore a number of arts, including Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Aikido, Tai Chi, Fencing, Ninjutsu, BJJ, Jujutsu, and HEMA. An ardent supporter of cross-training, he believes that all arts have something of value to offer. He holds the rank of 4th degree black belt, granted to him by his mentor, Kacem Zoughari.