1 Year Ninja Training Course in California

  • Fresno, California, USA

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Ninja Course in California

Eat, drink, and sleep like a ninja with master instructor Rick Tew. Join this instructor training to learn the martial science, as well as how to teach and lead it. You will also have the opportunity to explore the great outdoors and master your mind. Whether you want to be an instructor of the martial arts, get into better shape, get out of the daily grind, or take on a new travel adventure, join this program now to get a life-changing experience.


  • Take modern Ninjutsu training
  • Instructor rank certification in five levels
  • Train for a minimum of two hours each day
  • Outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and rock climbing
  • Learn about management and leadership skills
  • 364 nights accommodation
  • Daily water-based meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 20.

  • 272 days with instruction
  • English
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Because of the low budget and long-term program, only very basic sleeping arrangements are offered. Expect bunkbeds, tents, sleeping bags, and hostel type of arrangements. There are housing upgrades available for those that want more benefits and additional add-ons for the program. For more information, please send NinjaGym an inquiry.

This program focuses on levels training and is designed to teach you not only the skills in all five levels of the system but also how to teach and lead while mastering your training. The program is designed to make you a well-rounded martial artist or athlete. Each day, you will focus on a different area of the martial arts in order to give your brain and body new experiences and time to grow and learn.

You will train for a minimum of two hours each day, Monday through Friday, with weekends off to rest, relax, or manage a personal agenda. This will give you hands-on training and ensure that when you leave the program, you are a well educated and skilled instructor, leader, or manager. All students will be assistants at some point during their training. December, July, and August are off months.

After you register, you have up to one year to begin your program. So it is best to reserve your spot and attend when you are available. You may leave and return to the program at a later date should you only be able to train a few months at a time. This is a very limited program and you need to register now so you can be scheduled in. There is only a certain amount of space each phase and, usually, there is a six-month waiting list.


Most members will be joining the program for training in the martial science or modern Ninjutsu. Since this is the first goal, it is important to meet all students expectations. In order to do this, you will learn about all areas of the martial arts. This will include a variety of training and philosophies.

The martial science or Ninjutsu is a combination of effective, usable principles that makes it into an elite system. This program is available for beginning to advanced students and adventurers alike, no matter what your previous martial arts background is.

The basic techniques of Tew’s martial science encompass a wide range of activities and instruction that are both realistic and effective. Body movements, punches, kicks, rolls, and falls are all integral components of hand-to-hand combat.

There are five levels to the instructor status. Each level includes two skills from the following nine areas of focus: stances, rolls, falls, strikes, kicks, body movement, knowledge, combat and self-defense strategies, and weapons.

This is a martial science and a way of life. Its strength is based on the student having an open mind. You, as the student, will train in many different areas, techniques, and fields under the guidance of mind, body, and spirit. The training you will endure is a vehicle to achieving an improved self-worth.


Even though training in the martial arts offers a high level of joy and excitement, you also need focused mental growth. One of the ways that this focus and growth are provided is through a system Rick Tew has developed and calls Winjitsu, the mental martial art. In the martial arts, you learn self-defense to help prepare yourself for a situation that might be required for survival.

In today’s world, with the challenges being more mental than physical, you are indeed your own worst enemy. In this day and age, your mental skills will take you a lot further than your physical skills. You are going to learn how to reach your full potential and how to be a black belt in what you do. This area of mental training will focus on all the information available today that will help you become the best you can be.

Mr. Tew suggests you learn about balance, mind control, physiology, and the neurosciences. Everything you need to know to gain control of your life and to build self-confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, self-power, self-control, and self-image. Winjitsu also teaches you how to overcome fear, doubt, negativity, stress, and laziness.


Here, spirit is referred to as life-spirit, which means spending quality time with others in the great outdoors. Being part of the NinjaGym program is a lot more than just learning the martial arts. You are encouraged to get together for adventures that include hiking, camping, climbing, travel, multiple terrain training, and more.

A large part of the martial science is devoted to the outdoors and outdoor activities. As children, one spends a lot of time exploring and discovering. The goal is to recapture and maintain that healthy attitude. Life should include fun and games, regular adventures, and new experiences that combine both the world and humanity.

Rock climbing offers a challenge and opportunities for working as a team. This challenge is the healthiest form of competition. You are competing with yourself, not other people. One of the great things about rock climbing is it truly allows for living in the moment. When you are on the side of a rock face, your focus in on exactly what is happening right then and there. It is truly an enlightening experience.

No outdoor adventure program is complete without a moderate amount of hiking and camping. Although camping will be included on a number of other activities, the traditional hike-camp-hike-camp strategy will also be implemented. Some locations of interest will be designated for the group to hike to. The difficulty of each hike will vary in order to include all levels of skill and develop your abilities in an outdoor setting.

There may also be a number of other activities, such as basketball, grape ball, volleyball, swimming, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, picnics, and parties. All activities provide a little adventure and no two programs are the same. The word adventure is used to describe this lifestyle, it means growth, challenge, confidence, discovery, exploration, travel, youthfulness, goals, living naturally, and being happy.

You may begin to understand that adventure is not just a word, but something far more spiritual. If you have the adventure spirit, you will feel right at home with this program. The purpose of this program is to get out and explore with a group while developing life skills through training in the martial arts. Since the focus is on the martial arts, you will be expected to work on adventure trips with other members.

During this instructor program, there are many trips around California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. In past years, there have been excursions to Colorado and Texas, as well as many other locations for adventures.

  • Rick Tew

    Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed teacher in the martial arts, founder of NinjaGym, and author of the personal growth book series, Winjitsu, the mental martial art. He is a certified strategic intervention coach and has been teaching audiences globally for the last 20 years. Utilizing the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal development programs. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential and his principles are on the cutting edge of personal development.

This program is run in Central California, in the Fresno area, which is the gateway to Yosemite.

  • Hiking nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Swimming nearby

During this program, only very basic water-based meals are provided. These meals are not really a part of the fee. They are provided to make life a little easier but students are still expected to manage their own meals so that they are happy.

The meals provided are usually oatmeal for breakfast, a snack for the day, and a group dinner salad or pasta. Due to the very low budget, hearty meat-based meals cannot be offered. Most students also have protein powders and natural healthy greens with them to compensate.

  • 364 nights accommodation
  • All training and classes
  • Daily water-based meals
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

  • Review by Craig Peterson from Iowa, USA

    "I have gained more strength, stamina, and creativity physically, mentally, and spiritually. My ability to communicate clearly and with confidence without being overbearing has also advanced my professional life. "

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  • Review by Kris Butler from Canada

    "Mentally, I learned that there are many different ways of thinking and a strong result of those thoughts are your action and success. Much of what you get out life and what life is going to offer you is dependent on how you think. "

    "Physically, I have learned more than I can put into this response. I suppose to sum it up. I can do things with my body that I never new I could do. I have surprised and surpassed my own expectations many times over. The best part is that the learning never stops and there is always a new level reach and to kick your butt and make you want more. "

    "Spiritually, I have had the chance to be a part of something much bigger than myself. I have been and continue to be a part of a team of people that are dedicated to human development and to getting more out of their lives and themselves. "

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  • Review by Billy Sanders from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

    "I have found I can push myself much harder and farther than I previously thought and my resolve has increased as well."

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  • Review by Bas Bauman from Holland, Netherlands

    "Rick seems to do things that most people would never even consider doing and seems to make them work."

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  • Review by Cedric Cobban from Canada

    "Rick Tew's method of teaching is awesome, very clear, and simple. The way his classes are organized are also fun since they are not repetitive. He is also an overall fun guy and does pretty much everything with the students."

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  • Review by Marco van Der Weijden from the Netherlands

    "Expect to be taught a highly effective form of martial arts. Next, is that you can expect to have a lot of fun doing the outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, and outdoor camping. The unique thing about NinjaGym is that it is open to new ideas and techniques and therefore ever growing; it encompasses a wide range of activities from ground fighting to rock climbing. You can also expect to feel the sense of group spirit when you go through all the experience together."

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  • Review by Otwin Cyrus from the Netherlands

    "It is diverse, but simple, fun, challenging, indoors, and outdoors. It is more than just punching and kicking. You get to travel and see amazing places. You get to develop skills that might never be noticed. You learn to be a team player but have enough space to express your own creativity."

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  • Review by Carlos Puente from Mexico

    "Other martial arts schools only teach a fighting system like a competition and non-realistic self-defense techniques; here, you learn real combat training applied, such as full contact sparring and situations for real self-defense, not to mention weaponry, outdoor training, rock climbing, and more."

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  • Review by Jamien Ousei from California, USA

    "He is very intelligent, very funny, very cool, and very disciplined. This rare combination of attributes makes Rick a dynamo of a person and teacher."

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  • Review by Cedric Cobban from USA

    "It is kind of like mixed martial arts only more, since you do not focus only on one-on-one ring fighting. You will have multiple attackers, weapons, and be involved in the outdoors (dirt, concrete, improvised weapons, etc)."

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  • Review by Seth Thorpe from England

    "Rick is the most dynamic teacher and person that I have had the pleasure to train with and learn from. It has been years and I am still amazed by how his lessons still enrich my life."

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  • Review by Nate Paul Palm Harbor from England

    "Rick is totally dedicated to his students. He is all about giving them all the opportunities he can so they can live the lifestyle that he has. What you want, when you want, where you want, why you want, and with whom you want."

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