Mark Wakefield has studied martial arts for over twenty-five years and been studying in the Bujinkan since 2007. He served in the US Marine Corps and has experience with a wide variety of traditional and modern weapons.
Mark travels to Japan regularly to study with the senior instructors in the Bujinkan. Mark attends classes taught by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi and the shihan in Japan, as well as attending seminars with many highly experienced teachers in the US. Outside of training, Mark works as a counselor for people in the correctional system.
Mark does his best to pass on the skills and concepts of the Bujinkan in the most complete and effective way possible, following the example of his Bujinkan teacher – Michael Russell – as well as Soke and the Shihan in Japan.
Mark encourages fellow students to recognize that there is a process to studying the Bujinkan properly and that one must fully participate in that process, without cutting corners, to gain a true and useful grasp of the art. He tries to orient instruction toward a combination of practical application and traditional forms by people with a wide variety of physical strengths, types, and/or limitations.
Josh joined the Bujinkan Madison Dojo in 2007 after ten years of training in Tae-Kwon-Do. He travels to Japan to train every year or two, as well as multiple seminars around the Midwest each year. Outside of training, Josh works as an Ice Core Drill Engineer and frequently travels to the polar regions to operate drilling equipment.