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1 Week Mind and Martial Arts Training and Therapy on Samui Island, Thailand

Martial Arts Training Thailand

This program is for men and women that like a rougher workout and martial arts training. This program is for anyone looking to dive into the martial arts and take the time to practice daily in order to master the training provided each week by Master Instructor Rick Tew.


  • Practice NinjaYoga
  • Private group lessons
  • Practice proper breathing techniques
  • Learn a well-rounded martial arts system
  • Increase your flexibility and develop core body strength
  • Learn skill for personal growth and life balance
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will stay on-site or off-site at or near the academy close to the beach on the tropical island of Koh Samui. It is located five minutes walking to the beach.

The center has one dojo and one yoga fitness room with soft mat floors and training and fitness equipment. One is indoor with large mirrors and air conditioning, and the other is outdoor and fan cooled. Other than that, there are several grass training areas. There is an outdoor pool and several lounge areas. There is a common use area and a kitchen. There is high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the center.

Students stay on shared housing basis, or they can rent a private room that meets their needs. This will not be a club med vacation. You will be on a program designed for learning the martial arts and developing your personal attributes. You come to learn the martial science and or experience a unique adventure. So do not expect the same conditions and amenities that you have at home. Flexibility is key.

The center is strict with the rules and regulations. So make sure that you understand these rules prior to your attendance. The academy want to focus on teaching and training.

In the vicinity, there are many restaurants, shops, and other services. The center is a short moped ride to Lamai Town and beach for more options and nightlife.

Rooms are equipped with bunk beds, a shared bathroom (one per room) and are fan-cooled. These rooms have direct access to the shared facilities (swimming pool, kitchen, lounge areas, training areas, etc). Basic bed linen is provided, however, you may want to bring your own sleeping bag or sheets. Towels and toiletries are not included.

The students are required to keep their room and bathroom in a clean state. For those who chose to upgrade their accommodation, private rooms are available. These rooms are equipped with a double bed, bathroom access, and fan or air conditioning. These rooms have direct access to the shared facilities (swimming pool, kitchen, lounge areas, training areas, etc).

Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy Thailand Martiar Arts Training Program

Martial Arts Therapy

Rick Tew is the author of Winjitsu (a 5-Book Mental Martial Art System), certified strategic intervention coach, and just the person to add a little kick to your life. He has been teaching martial arts and speaking to private audiences for more than 25 years. Mr. Tew delivers dynamic principles on motivation, excellence, and self-management.

Rick Tew is focused on providing edutainment (a form of entertainment designed to educate as well as to amuse) by combining his martial arts with his mental arts to form his system of martial arts therapy called Winjitsu. His performances are truly a unique approach to personal excellence. Rick Tew realizes the power of personal achievement. He believes it is through the combination of specific parts that make a stronger whole, whether it is an inner or outer team.

Rick Tew is also an internationally acclaimed sensei or teacher in the martial arts. He has created an entire martial art system to help students follow a step-by-step course that still allows the flexibility to be creative. Rick uses the martial arts as a gateway for personal excellence and you will quickly discover that he has far more to teach than punches and kicks. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential.

As a master of the mind and the martial arts, his concepts are on the cutting edge of personal development. Rick Tew will give you simple principles that can be applied immediately in your life and work. Rick Tew constantly updates his training to stay on the sharper edge of personal growth helping students in these two core areas:

  • Finding balance, emotional control, and fulfilment to live the life of your dreams
  • Staying motivated and taking action on your ideas to master execution

Rick will share effective and easy to apply principles that can be integrated immediately into your life. He has real-life experience, applied proof of concepts that make him the perfect Instructor for your needs. He can teach you the skills needed to improve your martial arts and also to improve your life if you put the want to change and apply the training.

Regardless of your personal situation or background, Rick Tew is the best person to help you kick-start your path to be a black belt in what you do.

In the martial arts, we have learned that there is a mind-body connection. It is why Rick wrote the book series Winjitsu - The Mental Martial Art. This is also what Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy stand behind on in Winjitsu.

The programs are not only about building a stronger body, a flexible body, a stable body or a body that can endure. The focus behind Winjitsu is to provide you a place where we come together to also build a stronger mind, a more flexible mind, a more stable mind, and a mentality to endure. Improving both your body and mind while connecting with great people from around the world.

At Winjitsu, Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy follow the mind and body approach for overall student success. Although physical training in the Martial Science already offers feelings of joy and adventure, you also need routine and focused mental development.

Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy provide this growth through a mental system Rick Tew has developed a mental martial art called, Winjitsu. This training in already integrated into all of Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy other programs. If you are looking for life-coaching or to only learn Winjitsu, then consider the BLAST program or contact Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy for a custom workshop or training program.

With martial arts training, you might learn self-defence and how to be prepared for a physical situation required for survival. But in modern times, with the challenges being more mental than physical, your mind is most likely what needs to be managed and trained. Your mind power will take you a lot further than your physical power. With the system of Winjitsu, Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy teach you how to be a black belt in what you do. The Winjitsu training program and books are broken down into the 5 levels.

About Rick Tew’s Martial Arts System

Rick Tew’s Martial Science (RTMS) is not just another martial art. RTMS is geared towards the enhancement of mind, body, and spirit and it is a lifestyle. Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy focus on developing a strong character, self-esteem, life-enhancing goals, self-confidence, self-discipline, physical conditioning and building knowledge through the martial arts experience.

The Martial Science is an open-minded multi-martial art system that encompasses almost every aspect of the martial arts, with fun entertaining techniques and realistic self-defense tactics to make it a well-rounded program for beginners and advanced students alike.

Rick Tew’s Martial Science is a combination of effective, usable, realistic martial arts principles that make it into its elite system. It is a modern Ninjitsu system. Because students are not expected to conform to an art, they can use a scientific approach to being their best.

A typical martial art can be limited to its tradition, yet RTMS is focused more on the student rather than its master. It is ever changing and it is not limited to the approach of having any labels, set kata’s or “do as I do” training.

The student is in charge of his/her training and self-powered. Nine out of ten participants want to join the program for training in the martial arts or modern American Ninjitsu. Since this is a priority for Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy students, it is important that Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy work hard to meet these expectations. Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy do this by teaching all areas of the martial arts.

This includes a multi-martial arts training and concepts that are:

  • Realistic for use
  • Fun to learn
  • Interesting to do

Rick Tew’s Martial Science and modern American Ninjitsu is a total combination of effective and applicable principles that makes it into a unique system for both beginners and advanced students alike.

The foundation of Rick Tew’s Martial Science includes a wide range of techniques that are both practical and effective. There are five ranking levels of instructor status. Each level includes two skills from the following nine areas of focus:

  • Stances
  • Rolls
  • Falls
  • Strikes
  • Kicks
  • Body movement knowledge (mind)
  • Combat and self-defense strategies
  • Weapons

The martial arts training you will endure is a path to achieving a greater self-worth. Mind 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. Spirit here, the 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.

Training schedule

This program focuses on what is called “levels training” and designed to teach you not only the skills in all five levels of NinjaGym's 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.

At the Rick Tew Academy, you will train five days a week with weekends off and private group classes are three to five hours each day. The schedule usually is focused on a different level of the system each day.

Monday: Level 1

Horse stance, forward roll, flat fall forward, fist strikes, front kicks, duck, RTMS book, natural reactions, stick / tonfa, cat stance, reverse roll, flat back, flat fall back, palm heel strike, low sweep kick, jump, stretching, combat reality, and knife.

Tuesday: Level 2

Defensive stance, side roll, flat fall side, knife hand strike, back kicks, pivot, shuffle, shift, step, mind martial science - ACE, triangulation, chain / rope, power stance, diving roll, rolling fall, jab / cross/ hook / etc., round kicks, cartwheel, mind martial science - MAK, inside / outside defense, and staff.

Wednesday: Level 3

Fighting stance, dropping roll, air fall, finger strikes, sidekicks, kip, mind martial science - MBS, jam, block and run, sword/ half-staff, low defensive stance, superman roll, offensive falls, bent wrist, crescent kicks, hand springs, mind martial science - NRG, phases of combat, and environmental weapons.

Thursday: Level 4

Open / bow stance, table roll, defensive falls, forearm strike, knee, stealthing, mind martial science - CMT, grappling, sai, blade stance, rolling with objects, falling with objects, elbow, reverse heel kick, climbing, elemental meditation, sparring, and nunchaku.

Friday: Level 5

Reactive stance, rolling attack, stunt falls, ridge hand, dropping heel kick, strikes and kicks form, diet and exercise, magnificent 7s, blinding powder, combat stance, rolls form, falls form, knuckle fist, advanced kicks, 1 - 40 form, tic toc, personal security course, and firearms.

How Are Classes Taught?

The classes are taught by Sensei Rick Tew or one of his assistant instructors. Usually, the assistant instructors are higher ranked members from the instructor program or those that have achieved instructor certification already. They have received specific training from Sensei Tew that enables them to teach a specific class or skill.

Teaching class is the final step towards mastery of their skills. Students may also be trained by course instructors that specialize in unique topics (firearms, Muay Thai, Grappling etc.).

Students will get training that they need to focus on and master each week. Remember, self-power is required at all martial art and fitness retreat - Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy do not hold your hand. So those that are serious about the martial arts will still need to put in some of their own disciplined time mastering skills (very often on their own after class).

Although Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy are here to teach, it is up to you to wake up and get to the class. Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy will not hold your hand or constantly be telling you what to do. Your success in this program is up to you and only you. Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy provide the tools, guidance, motivation and Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy will be there to push you - but you need to be pushing too.


The ninja of Ninja-MMA represents the modern American Ninjitsu system that is taught here. If you love the martial arts or if you have always wanted to learn the martial arts, Rick Tew’s Ninja-MMA program has it all. You are not just learning how to kick a bag and do sit-ups. With this ninja training, you are learning to move like a ninja too.

Though many have only experienced ninja training for kids or turtles, this is a realistic and useful self-defense system too. Winjitsu provides both the martial (military practicality) and the arts (fun and exciting) in all of their training. So, you will learn to move like Jackie Chan and also learn combat skills for real-world scenarios.

Mixed Martial Arts

Many people would like to also get a chance to learn grappling or sparring and since this has been a part of Rick Tew's ninja training since day one, they want to make a clear point that they do include full-contact training as an optional part of the multi-martial arts training.

This is still something you can choose not to do too, as many students will prefer to stick to the ninja training which offers a complete and well-rounded system of martial arts.

What will you learn?

You will be introduced to a plethora of martial art skills. Rick Tew's strategy for personal growth has shown to speed up the learning curve by as much as three times. Some of the areas that they will focus on teaching from each level of their program include strikes, kicks, stances, rolls, falls, body movement, weapons, grappling, sparring, self-defense, breathing, flexibility, core training, muscle confusion, bodyweight fitness, and health and diet.

Why should you come?

If you are interested in learning as much as possible about the martial arts, have an interest in modern ninjitsu or Ninja-MMA, or want to try something unique to shake up your life, this program could be the right fit for you. If you have other goals, like losing weight fast or adapting to the ketogenic diet, and just want a place to really focus, Rick Tew's Academy can help.

What are the benefits?

From this training, you will be able to learn a complete well-rounded multi-martial art system, get into better shape and lose weight fast, try a new diet or adjust to a new health plan, get muscle confusion the fun and creative way, learn martial arts management and leadership skills, master mental skills for fulfillment and execution, practice daily deep breathing routines, learn realistic self-defense tactics and personal security, improve your flexibility and fast twitching muscle reaction, and build strength and increase cardio and lung capacity.

What is unique about this program?

What makes this program unique is that you will have the option to train in full-contact sparring and grappling and have weapons training. Furthermore, you will have Winjitsu mind training implemented in lessons, weekly sensei seminars with the master instructor, and time with the founder of Rick Tew's Academy and author of Winjitsu.

This program also provides a complete system in the martial arts, as most programs simply put together various training sessions but fail to provide a full martial arts course from A to Z. Students that want to earn level certification can do this too. If you are interested in teaching or helping to teach the martial arts, then consider their instructors training program.

About NinjaYoga

The beauty of combining martial arts with yoga practice is, that although they sound like polar opposites, they actually are very synergistic and complementary to each other. For example, both are based on teachings of mental and physical development, breathing correctly, respect for self and others, and never-ending improvement.

NinjaYoga is a proprietary form of yoga, developed by Rick Tew. It supports your martial arts practice with advantages like increased flexibility, endurance, core strength, recovery, and balance. And vice versa, martial arts supports your yoga practice with advantages like increased physical intensity, self-confidence, overall body strength, self-defense skills, working with partners, and lots of fun.

Typical training day

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Warm-up / NinjaYoga
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Martial arts training
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Burn out fitness
  • 14:00 -16:00 Break
  • 16:00 -17:00 Review and practice previously learned lessons (self-directed training)

This schedule may be adjusted to suit students/group needs. Outside of these hours, each student is always welcome to use the training facilities to do more workouts (fitness, stretching, martial arts, mental rehearsals, meditation, etc). You can check with the available instructor to get tips and ideas for what to work on and how. In total, you can easily spend eight hours per day training.

All students are taught by either Sensei Tew, assistant instructor, or higher ranked member of the program. Students will also be trained by course instructors that specialize in unique topics (yoga, meditation, nutrition, taichi, etc.). The courses are open to everyone. Martial arts experience is not compulsory. However, it would help if you are a health conscious person and like the outdoors.

Saturday and Sunday are reserved for the students as off days. They can rest after a long week of training and adventure. The weekend is also used to organize personal needs. Most students will spend their time relaxing and preparing for the next week, however, it is still possible to train and practice what you have learned so far.


You are eligible to join if you are at least 16 years of age. You have no health or physical handicaps that keep you from following the program (unless with doctors permission). You have no obligations that keep you from following the program. You get along well with other people and do not have a temper or bad attitude. You are self-motivated, hardworking, and self-disciplined. You are a non-smoker and interested in eating healthy. You have a desire to learn martial arts.


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 arts. 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.


Koh Samui is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, Thailand. It is Thailand's third largest island, with an area of 228.7 square kilometers and a population of over 50,000 (2008). It is rich in natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and coconut trees. It is the most significant island in the Chumphon Archipelago.

The island is surrounded by about sixty other islands, which together compose the Ang Thong Marine National Park (Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park) and include many other popular tourist destinations, including, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao, and Ko Nang Yuan.

The island Ko Samui is situated 496 kilometers south of Bangkok. If you travel by plane from Bangkok it takes about 1 hour to get to Samui.

Nearby places

  • Bangkok, 496 kilometers - 1 hour by plane


As food is not included in the base program, you are free to eat where and what you want. The center has kitchen facilities to prepare your own food. Or try local delicacies at the many many food markets and restaurants nearby. These are very affordable compared to US and European prices. Alternatively, you can inquire about the meal service upgrade option.

Things to do (optional)

You can arrange your own trips to the park for sports, training, or other events such as beach parties, boat trip to other islands, and hiking to hot springs. You can make use of free time to read a book, start training in a new area, focus on home study courses, or spend more time on the mat.

Try mountain biking, motorcycle or moped cruising, motocross riding, movies and restaurants nearby, paintball, river rafting, rock climbing, visiting areas nearby like Pattaya, Khao Yai, and Hua Hin, visiting the town for a movie or travel to a theme park, and visiting local national parks.

Massages and spa treatments are also available at additional cost and upon request.

What's included

  • 5 days of intensive training each week, 3 to 5 hours per day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • RTMS philosophy and system book (digital)
  • Winjitsu book set 1 to 5 (digital)
  • Daily martial arts group training sessions

What's not included

  • Airplane tickets
  • Transportation around the island
  • Weekend trips
  • Training gear
  • Insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments
  • Meals

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Bangkok Air and Thai Airways fly direct from Bangkok to Samui International Airport (USM) several times per day. For a slightly cheaper option, fly to Surat Thani International Airport (URT). From there, just take a bus or taxi to the ferry.

Arrival by bus

If you want a more economical way to travel, take the VIP bus from the well-known Khao San Road or from the southern bus terminal at Boromrat Chonnani Road in Bangkok. The VIP buses are more comfortable than A/C bus. You can buy a ticket in almost every travel agency in Bangkok. The ferry is often included in the price.

Arrival by ferry / boat

The fastest ferry leaves from the two main piers in Donsak on the mainland with operators like Seatran and Racha Ferry. The price is about 150 THB.

Arrival by train

Another great way to travel is the night train from Hualamphong, the Bangkok railway station, to Suratthani. The sleeping cars are comfortable. It is a little more expensive than the bus, but you will get a good sleep. Upper beds are less expensive than the lower ones. A private first class cabin for two persons is also available.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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