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Testimonials from Leading Martial Arts Instructors
"During more than twenty-years of training in Japan with some of the most respected instructors in the world of Budo, I have come to appreciate the importance of finding the best instructor to direct and lead one's endeavors. Nicklaus Suino Sensei has a unique depth of experience in traditional Japanese martial arts, and personal attributes that place him among the leaders of this field, both today, and in terms of developing the future of the arts."
John B. Gage
Nihon Jujutsu Kyoshi 7-dan
Judo Renshi 5-Dan
Secretary Foreign Section and Official
Kokusai Budoin, IMAF (International Martial Arts Federation), Headquarters Tokyo
Manager - American Embassy Judo Club, Tokyo
"Nicklaus Suino Sensei has set the standards for my study of the martial arts."
Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido 3-dan
Kodokan Judo 2-dan
Nihon Jujutsu 2-dan
Former Owner/Instructor ITAMA Dojo East Lansing, MI
"I hold Nicklaus Suino Sensei in the highest regard. I have seen hundreds of schools in my 20+ years of martial arts training, and met as many teachers. Out of those hundreds of teachers I personally endorse only three. I train with only one, and that is Suino Sensei."
Daniel B. Vigil
4th dan, Master, W.T.F Taekwondo
1st dan, Kenpo Karate
10x Taekwondo State Champion
Collegiate National Champion
AAU Taekwondo Coach, Class B
Owner, "Dan Vigil's Academy of Taekwondo" Northville, MI
"If you are interested in learning classical Martial Arts from a world class instructor then you want Suino Sensei at the Japanese Martial Arts Center in Ann Arbor."
Godan Legacy Shorin Ryu Karate Jutsu - Gary Legacy
Nidan Matsumura Hakutsuru - Anthony Sandoval
Shodan Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido – Nicklaus Suino
*Member of team Canada from 2002 - 2005
*Three Time Canadian Champion Kata, kobudo and kumite.
*2002 WCOAA World Championship Silver Medalist kata. 1st to 3rd dan division. (Venezuela)
*2002 Team Canada most valuable competitor.
*Two time WFMA World Champion Triple Crown Gold Medalist kata, kobudo and kumite, 3rd to 6th dan division. (2004 Dominican Republic - 2005 Panama)
*2004 Team Canada most valuable competitor.
"As an owner of several martial arts clubs I was looking for knowledge and quality teaching. I found this in Suino-Sensei. Once you have had the privilege of seeing Suino-Sensei perform his chosen art, you will be awed as well as convinced that, "this is who you want to train with.""
Hanshi Legacy Shorin Ryu’
Shodan Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido - Nicklaus Suino
Sandan Shorinji Ryu - Richard Kim
Yondan dan Oki Chi Sai Goju - Benny Allen
Godan Shorin Ryu - WKO
Hatchidan Shorin Ryu - OKF
Rokudan through Judan Shorin Ryu - Anthony Sandoval
Judan Matsumura Hakutsuru - Anthony Sandoval
Schools and students:
* 14 Karate Schools - Ontario, BC and California USA
* Over 700 active students
* Graded over 150 students to black belt.
* Over 50 active black belts, 8 active students Yondan through Godan, 6 active students Rokudan through Hachidan
* Trainer of Six world champions.
Awards and Accomplishments:
* Has been training and teaching for 38 years.
* 1975 Canadian black belt champion.
* 2002 - 2005 WFMA Team Canada director and coach.
* 2006 World Karate Union Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award
* 2007 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award
"I have trained with Suino Sensei for many years and count him as one of the finest instructors of iaido today. - In Japan or anywhere else! He embodies the scholar-warrior ideal, combining technical excellence, depth of knowledge and a unique ability to lead by inspiring his students. "
Colin “Max” Roach
Yama Oroshi Dojo: Chief Instructor
Wasatch Academy: Department of Teaching and Learning Administrator
All Kinds of Minds: Schools Attuned Professional Development Facilitator
All Kinds of Minds: National Facilitator Advisory Board Member
"Nicklaus Suino Sensei is an exceptional teacher. His vast knowledge of Judo and martial arts enable him to personalize and adapt his teaching to the unique needs of each individual. Any judo student - beginner or experienced - will benefit greatly by learning from Suino Sensei."
Shodan, Hakko Denshin Ryu Jujutsu