Meet the Instructors - Bujinkan
Known for his contagious positive energy and enthusiasm to live life to the fullest, Sensei Mark Roemke has been passionate about martial arts since before he started formal training at age 7. As a youngster he was the New York State Tae Kwon Do champion and began study of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu as a young adult. He currently holds a 15th Dan rank with a license to teach from Grand Master Masaaki Hatsumi. Sensei Roemke believes strongly in keeping an open mind when it comes to martial arts training. As a result, he continues to learn new techniques and styles whenever possible and incorporate them into his teaching. His open-minded “no ego” philosophy has enabled him to study extensively in numerous other martial arts including Enshin Itto Ryu Battojutsu (the art of sword drawing and cutting), Kenpo Kung Fu, DeCuerdas Eskrima, Seibukan Jujutsu,and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
As an instructor, Sensei Roemke has a gift for conveying the knowledge and skills he’s acquired through decades of enthusiastic study and training. Those who know Sensei Roemke will tell you that he is always stoked with a true passion for learning, sharing,and life in general. Most recently, through a cooperative effort with a community of gifted mentors who share Sensei Roemke’s belief that connecting people, especially children, to nature is vital for true health and harmony, the 18 “lost” skills of the ninja are now being taught at Pathways Dojo through the Ninjas in Nature program.
To learn more about the “Art of the Ninja” as taught by Sensei Mark Roemke, click here.
Brian Alexakis first started training under Sensei Mark Roemke with the student group at UCSC in 2006. In Brian's words "I've been addicted ever since".
Brandon is a really hard working Ninja to the core. His relentless study of the arts ancient knowledge brings depth to his classes. He has a degree in anthropology which is why research of the old weapons and techniques comes naturally to him. He is a great instructor and a master at the Rokushaku Bo.
Kyle Connally, has been studying martial arts for 20+ years with experience in Kenpo, Aikido, Jujitsu, Filipino stick and knife fighting, Bujinkan Ninjutsu, as well as Chi Kung energy work. He has been studying Tai Chi Chuan for 15 years and is familiar with many different family styles.