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Shihan Richard Van Donk

JuGoDan 2004 - Shin Gi TaI Award 2014 - Golden Dragon Medal 1991 - Yushu Shihan

Richard Van Donk started formal martial arts training at the age of 17, informal at age 11. GrandMaster Richard Van Donk is the Founder and Director of the IBDA/American Bujinkan Dojos (Ninjutsu) and Bushindo Martial Arts University operating world wide in over 120 countries with its International Dojo Headquarters in Middletown, (Northern) California, U.S.A. His wife, Linda, also a Bujinkan Shihan (15th dan) is the Assistant Director of Training for the American Bujinkan Dojos.

Nin_BujinLogos_RvdGasshoRichard is one of the highest ranking Bujinkan Ninjutsu Shidoshi (Instructors) outside of Japan (10th Dan in Ninjutsu / 15th dan in Budo Taijutsu from Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi) and an internationally acclaimed Eskrima Grandmaster (personal student and inheriting Grandmaster of the late DeCuerdas Grandmaster Gilbert Tenio). Also has been awarded blackbelt levels or above in Karate, Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Muso Tenshin Ryu Iaijutsu (yondan), Aikido, and Enshin Ryu Iaido and BattoJutsu (from Grandmaster Kenshinsai Machida). In 1996 and in 1997 the World Head of Family Sokeship Council awarded Master Van Donk with its most prestigious award of Grandmaster of the Year for his contributions to martial arts. He has been inducted into many Master and Grandmaster councils.




(junior licensed teacher) was granted in 1986.

Personal Student of Soke Hatsumi
in a private ceremony at Shihan Ishizuka’s dojo in Kashiwa. In attendance was Soke, Shihan Ishizuka, and Shihan Nagato.

(fully licensed teacher)
after completion of the Sakki test at Kobiyashi’s Dojo in 1987 becoming one of the first foreigners to pass this once coveted tests.

Golden Dragon Medal
In 1991 Master Van Donk was among the first to be given this award from Soke Hatsumi for his worldwide pioneering efforts.

Shin Gi Tai Award
in 2014 (Unification of Mind/Heart, Skill, and Body)

Yushu Shihan Award
(extraordinary Shihan).
Shihan Richard Van Donk continues to travel to train with Soke Hatsumi in Japan on a regular basis.

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