Dai Shihan (大師範)
Tony Notarianni started Bujinkan training in 1991 in the UK under Sensei Ted Lunn. He attended many seminars in the UK including two UK Taikai (1999 and 2003) where he was able to see and learn from the Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. In 2004 he took his first of several trips to Japan where he observed many high level instructors in the art including the Grandmaster. He then moved to the USA in 2006 and trained at several different locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. In 2006 he started training on a regular basis with Jack Hoban and his students in New Jersey. During the 2008 Daikomyosai in Japan, Tony obtained his Shidoshi license. In 2009 he then formed a training group with Dave Calderwood in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. In 2017 on the 50th year anniversary of the Bujinkan he was awarded the title of Dai Shihan (大師範). He continues to train and learn from his teachers on a continual basis.
4th Dan (Yondan) Shidoshi-ho
Dave started his Bujinkan training in 1984 with Jack Hoban, and continues to learn from him today. He started much like everyone else, wanting to learn self defense. Through the years, he realized there was much more to learn than just punches and kicks. Through training he has met many amazing people and traveled around the world. He took his first trip to Japan in 2007 with Tony Notarianni where he trained at the Hombu Dojo and saw Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi in action at the Daikomyosai. He is currently ranked as 4th Dan and has obtained a Shidoshi-ho (Assistant Instructor) Certification from Japan. He has also obtained a Level 1 Conflict Resoluction Certification from Jack Hoban. He helped to create the Bensalem / Philadelphia Dojo with Tony to share some of the great lessons he learned through the Bujinkan. He looks forward to many years of training with the great people that he has had the pleasure to meet through the Bujinkan!!!