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 or cross-train with 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 3rd degree black belt, granted to him by his mentor, Kacem Zoughari.
Samuel Zavaletta <-<- Kacem Zoughari <-<- Ishizuka Tetsuji <-<- Hastumi Masaaki <-<- Takamatsu Toshitsugu
Samuel Zavaletta is the head of the ninjutsu training group here at Cedar Park Dojo. He has over 20 years of experience in the martial arts and holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt in the Bujinkan.
Kacem first began studying ninjutsu at a very young age. Eventually he decided to go to the source of the art, travelling to Japan in order to deepen his practice. It was there that he encountered his mentor of many years, Ishizuka-sensei. In addition to the physical practice of martial techniques, Kacem is a respected scholar in the academic study of classical Japanese martial arts. He holds a PhD from INALCO in Paris.
Ishizuka-sensei has been a devoted student of Hatsumi-soke for many decades. A retired fire-fighter, his strength and dexterity are matched by his joyous nature.
Hatsumi-soke is the founder of the Bujinkan organization, which he created to disseminate the teachings he received from Takamatsu-sensei. Despite being an accomplished martial artist in his own right prior to meeting Takamatsu-sensei, Hatsumi-sensei's encounter with the old ninja fundamentally changed his life.
Takamatsu-sensei is the late grandmaster of the nine arts which make up the Bujinkan. He is said to have been the last active combat ninja. A highly respected martial artist, he was dubbed "The Mongolian Tiger".