Join Rick Tew's NinjaGym program and learn the multi-martial arts and modern Ninjitsu basics while working through the five levels of knowledge. The basic techniques of Rick Tew’s martial science encompass a wide range of activities and instruction that are both realistic and effective. Eventually, you will begin to develop your own style that is tailored to your personal strengths and weaknesses. You, as the student, will train in many different areas, techniques, and fields under the guidance of mind, body, and spirit.
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).
The training you will endure in this program is a vehicle to achieving an improved self-worth. The motives are drawn from the desires for happiness, freedom, and adventure. In the system of Rick Tew’s Martial Science, you will learn many skills that are not taught in most martial arts.
It is not limited to the approach of having any number of set kata or self-defense techniques. A typical martial art has already decided what makes up that style. The style, be it Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun, Hapkido, Aikido, or Judo, is already packaged. When the student arrives, it is the job of the instructor to teach him/her this package and have him/her mold to its specifications.
This is the biggest reason this academy is not a martial art. Instead, it’s a science that develops around the package of the student instead of making attempts at creating monotonous warriors.
Tew's total training consists of techniques that teach you how to be prepared. Preparation for a realistic combat situation will not arrive through traditional or old-style martial arts practice. A well-prepared warrior is ready to face all types of situations. How can a martial art call itself a practical form of self-defense when it sets its own limitations?
Most practitioners of martial arts never leave the comfort of the mat, and therefore repeat techniques in a non-changing environment. By doing this, they will be preparing themselves for only a set context. The NinjaGym practitioner, on the other hand, will endure a variety of challenges in many areas, both mental and physical.
Students will find each class unique while still getting the essential growth toward a natural use of mind, body, and spirit. Because of the academy’s versatility, students will not become bored with the necessary and repetitious training. Rick Tew's NinjaGym is not just a combination of many arts that make it into its elite system. Though it has a background in forms such as Ninjitsu, full contact kickboxing, wrestling, and Karate, it surpasses the limitations of these arts.
Rick Tew's NinjaGym is realistic, practical, effective, and fun to learn. There are no limitations such as having a "ninja punch" which would limit the versatility of a total warrior. The total warrior uses information as an instrument for development, not as a rule. It encompasses the best of all skills to benefit the purpose of building mind, body, and spirit.
Although the academy teach almost every aspect of the martial arts, the following list are some key areas that they focus on when developing a student’s potential:
Rick Tew's NinjaGym doesn’t set limitations on its students, they are allowed to develop at a much faster rate. This rate is often three times faster than the average martial art school.
Another key point to bring out into the open is realism. And this goes for Ninjitsu as well as most other martial arts. Rick Tew’s NinjaGym try to maintain a focused realistic approach to training. Thus, you won't find RTMS instructors teaching students to defend against a reverse punch or have them standing in line punching over and over while chanting numbers.
Rick Tew's NinjaGym do have basic training, but it is fun and flexible. Rick Tew's NinjaGym maintain authority and discipline without having to degrade the student. Rick Tew's NinjaGym believe in teaching (or putting back the "self" in) self-discipline. Self-means that you want to do it and not just that someone is screaming at you for more push-ups.
Even though Rick Tew's NinjaGym focus on realism, they also understand the martial arts is a place to have fun. So Rick Tew's NinjaGym will teach techniques that I know won't work in a fight, but they will tell the students beforehand that this is to develop a certain kick or type of body movement. Rick Tew's NinjaGym like to include as much as possible to train a student in all facets of the arts while still getting serious 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.
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 18 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 and live a lifestyle of adventure.
You will be required to sign a training agreement which includes the terms and conditions of your contract with the Rick Tew Winjitsu Academy. Failure to sign this agreement will lead to the annulment of your order without a refund.
Saturday and Sunday are reserved for the students as off days. You can rest after a long week of training. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.