Shidoshi Michael Tucker is the chief instructor at Magic City Dojo. He is currently ranked at 9th degree black belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, is one of only a handful of Personal Protective Measures Level 1 Instructors in the world, a CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer, has completed Blauer Tactical Systems Personal Defense Readiness™ Fundamentals Coaches Course, and successfully completed and passed I.C.E. Training Company’s Combat Focus Shooting Instructor Development Course.
Michael Tucker has over 24 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. He is the security and safety adviser for the www.StopSexExploitation.com Street Outreach Team. He continually studies how human movement, behavior, psychology, physiology, and training methodology relate to the practice of martial arts and surviving violence.
Shidoshi Tucker believes if one is teaching martial arts, he must never stop being a student. Thus he travels to Japan as often as possible 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.
Michael Asuncion passed the 5th Dan sakki test from Soke in 1995. In May of 2000 he received the 10th Dan and then 15th Dan, the highest rank in the Bujinkan, from Hatsumi Sensei in August of 2006. As a 15th Dan, he has often administered the sakki test in Japan with Hatsumi Sensei in attendance.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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