Shidoshi Michael Tucker is the chief instructor at Magic City Dojo, is currently ranked at 6th degree black belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, and holds a Shinken Taijutsu (real combat body skills) Level 1 certification.
Michael Tucker has over 19 years experience in martial arts. He has worked as a Contractor for the US Department of Defense while training soldiers and DOD personnel before deployment to high-threat environments in hand to hand combat, improvised weapons, pistol and carbine shooting, and tactical driving.
Shidoshi Tucker believes if one is teaching martial arts, he must never stop being a student. Thus he travels to Japan each year for advanced training as well as attending and hosting multiple seminars taught by Shihan (master instructor) level guests. He also continues to train with his direct teacher, Shihan Michael Asuncion at least once a year.
Shihan Michael Asuncion
Shihan Asuncion started training in the Bujinkan martial arts in 1985, having first studied the martial arts of the Philippines (Doce Pares Arnis) at the age of ten. He also studied both western boxing and wrestling while at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
As the head instructor of the UM Bujinkan since 1994, he very frequently travels to Japan to continue his personal training with Hatsumi Masaaki Sensei, Bujinkan Soke.
Michael Asuncion is also a trusted, personal student of Nagase Hiroshi Sensei (15th Dan) of Nagareyama, Chiba-Ken Japan. He is grateful to Nagase Sensei for his kindness in the sharing of his feeling, experience, and teachings. The spirit of the Nagase Dojo touches the UM Bujinkan from Japan.
In 2010 he was personally awarded the prestigious Bujinkan Gold Dragon Medal by Hatsumi Sensei in recognition for his personal contributions to the Bujinkan.
Michael Asuncion received his Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Materials Science and Engineering) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and also holds several other academic degrees, including a B.S. degree in Asian Studies (Japanese). Besides his pursuit of budo, he dedicates himself to the studies of Materials Chemistry and Japanese. He also enjoys exercising, researching Japanese texts, and listening to music.
Nagase Hiroshi Sensei holds the rank of 15th Dan (Highest rank in the Bujinkan) of Nagareyama, Chiba-Ken Japan.
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