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1 Year Ninja Martial Arts Teacher Training, Travel, and Adventure in California, USA

Ninja and Martial Arts Instructor Training USA

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to get an amazing and unique experience training and traveling in America. Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy offer complete martial art system while taking time to hike, climb, and camp in some of the most majestic places in the world. This is for people that love the outdoors and want to improve their mind, body, and spirit. This program will let you to learn martial arts like a ninja, explore the great outdoors, and see the best of the Southwest USA.


  • Develop physical abilities
  • Participate in the operations of NinjaGym
  • Learn how to teach martial arts classes and run a dojo
  • Train and teach in a multi-martial arts Ninja-MMA system
  • Enhance communication and leadership skills through application
  • Achieve certification as a martial arts instructor
  • 359 nights accommodation
  • Daily lunch and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


200 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Fresno Yosemite International Airport (US$50 per person)

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During the program, you stay on shared housing basis, or you can rent a private room that meets your needs. The accommodation is bunk beds hostel style as well as in tents when you are camping and traveling.

You need to bring your own sleeping bag or sheets. Towels and toiletries are not included. The students are required to keep the space around them and bathroom in a clean state.

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

Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy Ninja Training USA Program


NinjaGym offers multi-martial arts camps / ninja training and travel adventure programs that bring balance to your mind (with the mental martial art of Winjitsu), strength to the body (by teaching the martial arts), and fulfillment to the spirit (through outdoor adventure - travel and training). NinjaGym comes with a new way of life and a chance to travel. The purpose is to educate and train motivated individuals via the martial arts and adventure travel.

About the program

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.

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. You will participate in order to get hands-on experience teaching. 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.

You will need to contact Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy for details as this is a very special live-in program that requires you to have an exceptional attitude towards being positive, flexible, and comfortable with groups.

You are able to break up your experience if you cannot attend for a year straight. Most usually attend for one to six months at a time. Monthly programs are more costly when added up so Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy created this long-term program so students could get the best price available.

Please note that you will be in advanced camping for the duration of your program and your schedule will be completely up to Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy unless you are on a break. This will not be like going to a hotel. Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy will plan the trips and it is expected that all students participate equally.

Typically, Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy focus on teaching you all five levels of the system while taking trips to outdoor locations for hiking, climbing, and camping. All of the climbing or adventure activities are optional, but students must still go with Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy when it’s travel time. This is important as it is very normal for Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy to drive from Northern California all the way to Southern California on any given day. This is where the adventure is so amazing and what students remember many years later.

This truly is a life-changing experience but it will require you to give it your all mentally and physically.

Most students are beginners looking to add more value to their lives. So you do not need to train in advance. Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy are health conscious so there is no smoking and Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy have some rules for keeping the peace amongst the group.

Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy usually travel in a 15 passenger van and you will need to have your own camping equipment that meets your needs. Modern camping gear can meet some rather needy standards with the improvement of technology. For those traveling overseas, Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy can work out strategies to help you keep your travel luggage light by preparing gear at the camp for when you arrive.

Not only will you be learning almost everything there is in the martial arts but also can get life coaching, lose weight, improve your fitness, focus your dreams, fine-tune your strategy, learn about teaching as a business, or taking a break from your regular schedule.

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.


The training schedule will adjust according to the needs of the group. Rick Tew reserves the right to adjust the program any way they feel will best support the students as a whole. Training schedules vary greatly and are determined almost on the spot and or set down by the instructors as they see fit.

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, 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 martial arts or fitness.

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.

If you miss more than three classes without permission from Rick Tew or appointed Instructor, you may be removed from the program without refund. You are eligible to join if you are at least 16 years of age or have parental/legal guardian guidance.

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 and live a lifestyle of adventure.


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.


The training will take place based in Fresno, in Northern California near Yosemite National Park in the United States of America.


Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy follow an “intermittent fasting” schedule with the first meal being lunch and dinner several hours later. Students can have their snacks but Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy highly suggest that they research “intermittent fasting” to understand the benefits.

Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy serve very basic (usually water based) meals that are designed to provide some nutrition so you have food to eat while on the program. Your fee is mainly for training so do not expect restaurant-style meals. Instead, you can expect to eat what Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy provide on the budget.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Learning vital business skills
  • Reviews for progress
  • Levels certification
  • Teach practice in order to improve your own skills as an instructor
  • Training in the martial science
  • 2 to 8-hour training a day, 5 days per week
  • 359 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • Training gear

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and then a connecting flight to Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT). You can be picked up from there. You will need to arrange with Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy by sharing your arrival dates so that Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy can provide the best strategy for your arrival airport.

Airport: Fresno Yosemite International Airport Airport transfer available: Fresno Yosemite International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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