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2 Weeks Intensive Multi-Martial Arts & Fitness Retreat Ko Samui Thailand

Rick Tew's Private Group Martial Arts Retreat Thailand

Take charge of your life, your health, and your self-confidence!

Have you always wanted to develop self-defense and martial arts skills, but never felt like a traditional dojo or your average Muay Thai / MMA camp is the right thing for you? Then this program is specifically created just for you. Rick Tew’s Multi-Martial Arts & Fitness Retreat is a well-rounded program for women and men, where you can exercise daily habits into becoming a natural way of life. Learn Martial Arts, eat healthy, work out every day and develop personal skills to realize fulfillment and the power to execute upon your goals.

Do you have a couple weeks to visit Koh Samui Island and train your fitness, health, body, and mind? This program is hosted at our Beach Resort in Ko Samui, Thailand. Train in Modern Ninjitsu and learn a traditional martial art system with realistic concepts for self-defense, body-weight workouts, NinjaYoga, rolls and falls, martial art weapons, mind training, and even life-coaching. This Mind, Body, and Spirit training program is created by Master Instructor Rick Tew.

Rick Tew is the founder of Winjitsu and NinjaGym, he has over 25 years of experience teaching martial arts all over the world, he is the author of the "Winjitsu - Be a Black Belt in what you Do" book series, he is a certified Strategic Intervention Coach, and is a popular public speaker.

No matter who you are, where you come from, how old you are or what your skill level is, this program will leave you with an improved level of fitness, a healthier lifestyle and more self-confidence. This Program is designed for people from all walks of life. We welcome men and women of all (adult) ages. This program is for beginners or professionals looking for a short-term life improvement program built around learning the martial arts and personal development skills. Come by yourself, or come with a friend/partner!

This Program is for students that want to invest time each day into learning multiple martial art skills (strikes, kicks, weapons, self-defense, stances, rolls, falls, etc), and have the option to practice and train in grappling and full-contact sparring (commonly known as mixed martial arts). Founded on the principles of Modern American Ninjitsu as taught by Rick Tew, students will get a complete course in the arts of mind, body and the spirit. The program is designed to work for men and women of all levels of martial arts experience that are looking for an intensive learning opportunity. From highly motivated beginners to highly dedicated advanced students. We mix martial arts with fitness training (HIIT, Interval, Kettlebell, NinjaYoga, etc) and mental training (breathing exercises, visualization techniques, goal setting strategies, etc).

Come and join us at our Beach Resort (5 minutes walk away) for an amazing escape from reality!

Typically our students come to us for a 1 month period. This Program is also available for 1 week to 8 weeks in duration. Please see our other listings on this website if you are looking for a different duration.

Please contact us to inquire about availability on your desired dates, and accurate prices for your desired duration. We will update your order accordingly. We regularly offer special discounts for those that book together with friends or partners. To get all your questions answered, simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send us a message. We look forward to hearing from you!


  • Develop core body strength
  • Get into better shape
  • Learn a multi-martial art system
  • Learn realistic self-defense tactics
  • Option to train in full-contact sparring and grappling
  • Improve your flexibility
  • Master mental skills
  • Enhance longevity through our morning routines
  • Learn realistic self-defense tactics and weapons skills
  • Learn skill for personal growth and life balance
  • Internalize fuel for execution
  • 5 days of training per week (weekends are off)
  • Regular training with Master Instructor Rick Tew
  • Experience NinjaYoga taught by a real ninja
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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You will stay at our Beach Resort on the tropical island of Ko Samui. It is located five minutes walking to the beach. The resort has two dojo's with soft mat floors and training & 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 swimming pool, and several indoor & outdoor relax and lounge areas. Plus a kitchen. There is free WiFi.

Students stay with us 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. We are strict with the rules and regulations. So make sure that you understand these rules prior to your attendance. We want to focus on teaching and training. If you prefer to be on your own, we can also help you find your own place.

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

The Shared Rooms are available at the Beach Resort itself as well. These rooms are equipped with bunk beds, a shared bathroom (1 per room) and are fan-cooled. These rooms have direct access to the shared Beach Resort facilities (swimming pool, kitchen, lounge areas, training areas, etc).

Basic bedlinen 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

Private rooms are available at the Beach Resort itself. These rooms are equipped with a double bed, a private bathroom and air conditioning. These rooms have direct access to the shared Beach Resort facilities (swimming pool, kitchen, lounge areas, training areas, etc).

Private Apartment

Private Apartments are available for clients that wish to have more privacy and luxury before and after class. The private apartments are located right next to the Beach Resort as separate villas or units. Each unit has a bedroom with a double bed, private bathroom, a living room and kitchen, an outdoor lounge area, a small garden, and a private outdoor swimming pool.

Thailand NinjaGym Martial Arts Private Training Program

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 Life-Style. We 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.

9 out of 10 participants want to join our program for training in the Martial Arts or Modern American Ninjitsu. Since this is a priority for our Students, it is important that we work hard to meet these expectations. We 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 is both practical and effective. There are 5 Ranking Levels to Instructor status. Each level includes two skills from the following 9 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.


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 Rick Tew's Academy programs 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 5 levels of RTMS 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 we 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 – we 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 we are here to teach, it is up to you to wake up and get to the class. We 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. We provide the tools, guidance, motivation and we will be there to push you – but you need to be pushing too.

Who is the Ninja-MMA program for?

This 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.


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.

Typically the daily training program looks like this:

  • 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 & ideas for what to work on and how. In total, you can easily spend 8 hours per day training.

Included excursions

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.


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.


Ko Samui

Ko 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 with 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 for about 1 hour to get to Samui.



  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio


  • Free Wi-Fi


As food is not included in the Base Program, you are free to eat where and what you want. The Resort 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)

  • Arranging your own trips to the park for sports, training, or other events
  • Beach parties
  • Boat trip to other islands
  • Elephant riding
  • Hiking to hot springs
  • Making 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
  • Mountain biking
  • Motorcycle or moped cruising
  • Motocross riding
  • Movies and restaurants nearby
  • Paintball parking
  • 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
  • Visiting local national parks

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 5 days of intensive training each week
  • Typically 3 to 5 hours of guided training each day
  • Unlimited hours of self-directed training
  • Access to shared training facilities and swimming pool
  • 14 nights of accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Training Gear
  • Weekend Adventure Trips
  • Transport around the island
  • Towels and Toiletries

How to get there

Travel to Thailand will most likely be by airplane to Bangkok (BKK airport). From there you have several options to get to Ko Samui.

Transport by airplane

You can catch a plane from the Bangkok International Airport, Suvarnabhumi. Bangkok Air and Thai Airways fly direct to Samui Airport, several times per day. For a slightly cheaper option, fly to Suratthani. From there, just take a bus or taxi to the ferry.

Transport 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.

Transport by Ferry

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.

Transport 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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