Roy Wilkinson, Chief Instructor
Roy Wilkinson has been training in Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu for 38 years, and is one of the Bujinkan’s most senior Master Instructors outside of Japan. He began as a student of Bud Malmstrom’s at the Bujinkan Atlanta Dojo, and has continued to train with Bud, as well as other Master Teachers from Japan and elsewhere, including the Grandmaster of the art, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. When Mr. Malmstrom retired from active teaching, he passed on the responsibility for the training in Atlanta to Mr. Wilkinson. He is honored to have been entrusted with this responsibility and is proud to carry on the tradition of the first authentic ninjutsu school in the Western Hemisphere.
After over ten years in the art, Mr. Wilkinson successfully passed the sakki test for Godan (5th degree black belt) and was awarded the title of Shidoshi (Teacher of the Warrior Ways of Enlightenment) by the Grandmaster. He currently holds the rank of Judan Kugyo (15th degree black belt) and is the Chief Instructor for the Atlanta Bujinkan Dojo. He is also one of a limited number of recipients of the prestigious Bujinkan Gold Medal, awarded personally by the Grandmaster, for his outstanding contributions to the art, and was one of the first few recipients of the even rarer ‘Shin Gi Tai’ award, formally presented by Hatsumi Soke in Japan in 2011. He has also been twice awarded ‘Yu Shu Shihan’ status by Grandmaster Hatsumi.
Mr. Wilkinson has given numerous seminars around the United States and Europe over the years, both within the Bujinkan and other martial systems, and continues to teach and train regularly at the Atlanta Bujinkan Dojo. Roy is known for having a wealth of knowledge, skill, and experience that’s hard to match for quality and effectiveness, and for the powerful heart and spirit that he brings to the art. He has trained current and former law enforcement, security, and military personnel, in addition to civilians from all walks of life. Roy has presented self-protection and women’s self-defense programs for both professional and collegiate audiences. He has appeared in several European and American martial arts magazines, and has been interviewed for a national television special on ninjutsu. He was also featured in the groundbreaking documentary on ninjutsu, Heart, Sword, Perseverance.
Justin Felker, Instructor
Justin Felker has been training in the Bujinkan for 20+ years. Justin began his martial arts experience as a student of the Bujinkan Atlanta Dojo. Justin currently holds the rank of Nanadan (7th degree black belt) and provides assistance in instructing new and advanced students alike at the dojo. Justin continues to further his training by attending various training groups and seminars hosted by Instructors from around the country.
Tom Reilly, Instructor
Tom Reilly has been training since 1999, and is currently a Godan (5th degree black belt). He has trained in Japan as well as dojo around the southeast. He has participated in TaiKai in Japan and Atlanta, and in Atlanta, he was both a student and a staff member. Tom has a military background and has held certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician 1 and Life Guard. Additionally, Tom has provided executive security during national events, held in the Atlanta area. Tom’s other interests include Alpine Mountaineering, Hiking and most things outdoors.
Bret McKee, Instructor
Bret McKee has been training off and on for about 16 years, and currently holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt). He has trained in Japan, Germany and at various schools in the US. Bret studied German at Georgia State University, and afterwards was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Germany. He currently works in the film / television industry as a set dresser. In Sept 2011, Bret began working with the Stadtstheater in Konstanz, Germany, to learn costume and stage design for German theater. Bret is also a Certified Technical Tree Climbing Instructor. His other hobbies include drawing, painting, photography, digital art, music, reading philosophy and psychology.
Paul Phillips, Instructor
Paul Phillips began his training in the spring of 1995 at the Bujinkan Atlanta Dojo under Bud Malmstrom. Following a 5 year hiatus, he returned to the Atlanta Bujinkan Dojo in January 2003 under Roy Wilkinson, and has been studying consistently since. He currently holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt). By day, Paul works in the Information Technology industry as a Business Analyst and Technical Writer, focusing on process analysis and process improvement. He enjoys all things outdoors and is an avid hunter, camper, hiker, and backpacker.
Gary Cavender, Instructor
Gary has studied a variety of martial arts since the 1970s. He started training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in 2004 and currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt). Gary has a military and police background including special operations, counter terrorism/hostage rescue, S.W.A.T., K-9 and executive protection. Gary is currently retired from a major metropolitan police department where he supervised the protective services and security operations for government facilities and employees. Other areas of interest include playing music, art, philosophy, and outdoor/survival skills.
Dan Almand, Instructor
Dan began his training in the Bujinkan Atlanta Dojo youth class in 1988. After a 17 year hiatus, he started back with the Atlanta dojo under Roy in 2008. A graphic designer and commercial photographer by trade, Dan also holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and a Masters in International Business from Georgia State University. He enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, disc golf, and fiction writing. He presently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt).
David Quinn, Instructor
David has been involved with the martial arts since his adolescent years. He studied Taekwondo, Boxing and Hwarangdo before finding the Bujinkan. He has been involved with the Bujinkan for over 10 years and currently holds the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt). When not at the dojo, David works in the finance industry for a big 4 accounting firm, specializing in the telecom industries. His other hobbies include science fiction, gadgets, video games and kettlebells.
Louie Dang, Instructor
Louie has been training at the Atlanta Bujinkan Dojo for over 5 years. He previously studied Kung Fu before finding the Bujinkan. Professionally, Louie is an engineer with an international firm. He currently holds the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt).
Nisah Mohammed, Instructor
Nisah has been a member of the Atlanta Bujinkan Dojo for over 5 years. She currently holds the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt). Nisah has in the past studied Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu before coming to the Bujinkan. When not training, she works in the medical field as a Doctor in Physical Therapy.