At this time, the following 11 instructors have are confirmed to teach at Kunoichi TaiKai 2016. All instructors are women ranked judan and above (most are jugodans!), and are actively teaching in their own dojos
In alphabetical order:
· Gillian Booth, Australia
· Cinzia Dolcini, Italy
· Sandra Elster, Germany
· Sabine Frohlich, Germany
· Stacey Fox, USA
· Sheila Haddad, USA
· Frances Haynes, Australia
· Angeles Bordón Mendoza, Canary Islands
· Moonshadow, USA
· Beate Nikl, Germany
· Estelle Padeloupe, Canada
|Gillian Booth - 15th Dan, Australia|
|Gillian holds a 15th Dan in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. She has over 35 years experience in martial arts, and is a former Australian judo champion. Gillian trains at least twice yearly in Japan with Hatsumi Sensei, Nagato, Noguchi and Oguri Sensei and other senior shihan.She is a dynamic practitioner and teacher. She has professional qualifications in organisational management and development.
|Cinzia Dolcini - Italy|
|Cinzia has started martial arts since 1990 practicing karate – kumite getting 1st dan. Other martial experiences like Muai Thai are also included in her biography. She entered in Bujinkan in 90’s and she holds the 15th dan rank. She graduated in 2005 with M.A. degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures at Venice University with a specific dissertation related on the history of ninjutsu. Later, she had the opportunity to train, work and live in Japan for five years under the guide of the most famous and important Bujinkan Masters of the international panorama. Particularly, in her whole Bujinkan experience, she is a direct pupil of Daishihan 15th dan Senō Sensei (Chiba ken) and Paco Roldan Belmonte Sensei (Barcelona) and Shihan 15th dan Sakaguchi Sensei (Ōsaka). She attended directly the lessons of Grand Master Sōke Hatsumi Masaaki and she had the honor of translating him in several circumstances, as well as to interview him for the non-profit project Memoro - The Bank of Memories. She came back to Italy and opened her dōjō in Turin in 2011: Bujinkan “Rakuyū dōjō”. She yearly travels to Japan to study under the guide of Bujinkan Sōke and Japanese Shihan.
|Sandra Elster - 15th Dan, Germany|
|Sandra has been training martial arts for over 25 years and began Bujinkan in 1999. She travels to Japan twice a year to train with Sôke Hatsumi and the Japanese Shihan. In 2006, she created the Bujinkan Bonn Yûmoshin Dôjô. She became a student of Arnaud Cousergue shortly after. In 2013 she founded the Kurage Dôjô in Munich where she has been teaching since then. She travels regularly to train with her buyu in India and Dubai. Sandra has a Masters degree in English and Philosophy and works as a Software Test Manager and IT Consultant.
|Sabine Frohlich - 15th Dan, Germany|
|Sabine began in Bujinkan in 1989. Since that time she has been involved in Bujinkan Germany and the Bujinkan Dojo Dietzenbach. She holds the 15th dan rank.Her first Japan training trip to Hombu dojo was in 1991 and since then she has participated in numerous national and international seminars and Taikai’s. She has organized along with her husband, Steffen G. Fröhlich two TaiKai with Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi in Germany in 1994 and 1999 and was distinguished with the Gold Medal twice by him. She is also organizing and part of the annual Buyukai in Germany.Her children, Jacqueline and Robin have trained for years Ninjutsu and one can say the whole family trains not just Budo, but lives Bujinkan also. Sabine also teaches and trains Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Yoga.
|Stacey Fox - USA|
|Stacey Fox has owned a dojo (International Martial Arts Academy) in Plano, Texas for 15 years. She holds the rank of 13th Dan in the Bujinkan (Jigoku Dojo), a 4th Dan in Youn Wha Ryu Tae Kwon Do and a 1st Dan in Aiki Jujutsu. Stacey has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and English from Stephen F. Austin State University. Prior to the ownership of her dojo, Stacey was a U.S. Government teacher at Plano Senior High School (1995--2000) where she was recognized as the school's "Beginning Teacher of the Year." While continuing to head her dojo, Stacey currently teaches U.S. History and Sociology at Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys spending time in her garden (she loves to grow Irises), in the kitchen cooking and at the gun range!|
|Sheila Haddad - 15th Dan, USA|
|Sheila has been training and teaching martial arts internationally since 1989. She holds a 15th degree black belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, and high ranks in several other Japanese style arts. Sheila trains regularly in Japan. In addition she teaches Self Defense workshops of all levels for teenagers and adult women, with focus on the psychological aspects of trauma and abuse, broadening awareness, developing intuition and sensitivities for prevention purposes. Sheila is owner/director of the Seido Institute, an organization devoted to the integration of the warrior, healing and creative arts.Her passion is photography and she has several digital photo books from Bujinkan events in Japan with Soke Hatsumi, as well as having published a photo biography book of Soke Hatsumi, called “Masaaki Hatsumi – A Life in Pictures”. A big promoter of women in martial arts, she has a POD (print on demand) book and a digital version, of many years in the making, women training around the world in Bujinkan, “The Picture Book of Kunoichi Training”.
|Frances Haynes - 15th Dan, Australia|
|Frances is a master level instructor. She has over 25 years martial arts experience and has trained in ninjutsu for over 16 years. Frances also trains regularly in Japan. She is a consultant to government on interpersonal violence and crime prevention. Frances has a particular interest in self-defense and scenario based training.
|Angeles Bordón Mendoza - Canary Islands|
|Angeles Bordon Mendoza, Shihan from the Canary Islands, has practiced Bujinkan since November 1988. She has studied in Japan on different occasions with Hatsumi Sensei and other Shihans. Her first trip was in 1991 and has been back since that time a minimum of once a year. She has participated in various Taikai's with Masaaki Hatsumi in Alicante, Canary Islands and Barcelona as well as various seminars given by different instructors of Bujinkan.|
|Moonshadow - 15th Dan, USA|
|Moonshadow has been training in the Bujinkan since 1991, passed her Godan test, given by Soke Hatsumi in 2003 and became a 15th Dan in 2014. She met Hatsumi Sensei in 1994 when performing at a Battered Women’s Symposium in Tokyo. Training in Japan as often as possible and attending Tai Kai’s over the years prompted deeper study of human anatomy and dynamic movement. Moonshadow is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Somatic Movement Educator and is certified thru the School of Body-Mind Centering as an Embodied Anatomy & Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga Educator. Moonshadow trains and teaches in Tempe Arizona with her husband Peter Crocoll at their dojo.
|Beate Nikl - 15th Dan, Germany|
|Beate Nikl started her Judo training at the age of seven. She trained Kyokushinkai Karate at the same time. At the age of seventeen she experienced Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and
has been training Bujinkan since then without interruption. She has been improving her skills by attending all the European Taikais, training with international instructors and by her periodic attendance of the Honbu Dojo in Japan. In 2005, Beate passed the sakki test at the first go. During the Kunoichi-Taikai in Japan she was awarded with the 15th Dan by Hatsumi Sensei. In 2014 she was honored with the Golden Dragon Medal due to her achievements in long years of training. For several years she trained Nihon Koruy Iajutsu in addition to the normal training. She is leading the Bujinkan Shikin Dojo Berlin independently; one of the oldest Dojos of Berlin. Beate studied ancient Japanese and European Healing arts. She works for the Alliance insurance company as an executive.
|Estelle Padeloup - 15th Dan, Canada|
|Estelle Padeloup||Estelle started practicing Ninjutsu in 1996 and passed her godan test with Soke in 2003. She goes as often as she can to train in Japan and is constantly working to improve her understanding of the basics of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.|