Jake Sharpstone
Jugodan (15th Dan)

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Jake  has practiced Martial Arts since 1973, age 8. Starting with Judo, at a Brighton Judo club, called the Mid Sussex Judo Club, winning medals at championships. He received his Black belt in Judo from the world famous Joe Robinson at the Brighton Martial Art Centre in 1981.

Jake then studied Judo and various other martial arts until he discovered Grandmaster (Soke) Massaki Hatsumi Bujinkan Budo Tai-jutsu (Ninjutsu) from an Instructor in Brighton in 1989. He has trained constantly with the Bujinkan since, training every year with many top Shihan (Master instructors), from around the world and at most Tai-kai (international seminars run by Grandmaster Hatsumi) when they were taking place.

bujinkan-monoHe first travelled to Japan in 1992, to train with Soke Hatsumi and the Japanese Shihan and has done so most years since. Jake says it is very important to train with the Grandmaster regularly as he is the source of our knowledge.

Jake began teaching Ninjutsu in 1993 in Brighton.

In December 1994 Jake started the Bujinkan Cambridge Dojo 

He was awarded his 5th Dan after taking the Sakki test administered by Soke Hatsumi and passing first time at the Madrid Taikai 2001.

On 27th February 2013 Jake started the Bujinkan Brighton Dojo.

Jake was awarded his 15th Dan in January 2014 and also the Bujinkan Gold medal award.

Jake is licenced to teach the following schools:

  1. Togakure-ryu Ninpo Happo Biken
    Founded in the late 1100s by Daisuke Nishina.
  2. Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu Happo Biken
    Founded in the mid  by Tozawa Hakuunsai.
  3. Kukishinden-ryu Taijutsu Happo Biken
    Founded in the mid 1300 by Izumo Kanja Yoshitero.
  4. Shindenfudo-ryu Dakentaijutsu Happo Biken
    Founded in the beginning of 1100 by Izumo Kaja Yoshitero.
  5. Gyokushin-ryu Ninpo Happo Biken
    Founded in the mid 1500 by Sasaki Goemon Teruyoshi.
  6. Koto-ryu Koppojutsu Happo Biken
    Founded in the mid 1500 by Sakagami Taro Kunishige.
  7. Gikan-ryu Koppo Taijutsu Happo Biken
    Founded in the mid 1500 by Uryu Hangan Gikanbo.
  8. Takagiyoshin-ryu Jutaijutsu Happo Biken
    Founded in the beginning of 1600 by Takagi Oriuemon Shigenobu.
  9. Kumogakure-ryu Ninpo Happo Biken
    Founded in the mid 1500 by Iga Heinaizaemon No Jo Ienaga.