teachers of Raining Spirit Dojo
Sylph is the director and founder of Raining
Spirit Dojo, Melbourne, and has a background in Hoshin
Jutsu, and Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, both forms of what
are effectively Japanese Jujutsu Martial Arts.
Originally studying Hoshin Jutsu in Sydney, under Hoshin
Justu Australia Pacific at the Avalon Beach Dojo and
Bobbinhead Turramurra Dojo, headed by Sensei Geoff Smith
and Sensei Rose Smith, he was an active student, member
and Teacher of Hoshin Australia Pacific for 9 years
and received a Shodan Grade Black Belt (1st Dan) and
Teaching Certificate in the Hoshin Jutsu Ryu.
He has been an active student of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
since 2009, under Shihan Craig Guest in Melbourne, and
holds a Godan Grade Black Belt (5th Dan) in the style,
as well as a Shidoshi License (Teaching License)
He has been an active student and teacher for over 20
years, originally working for Hoshin Jutsu Australia
Pacific as a childrens' and teenagers' teacher. He
worked as a freelance martial arts teacher in Melbourne
at Guests' Martial Arts School across all age groups
while establishing the Raining Spirit Dojo in May 2009,
running weekly Kids, Teens + Adults classes, initially
under the Hoshin Jutsu Aus Pacific banner, then later
branching off to form his own interpretation called
"12-Phases Hoshinden Jutaijutsu" as the main art-form
studied at The Raining Spirit Dojo.
A passion of where oriental philosophy meets western
philosophy in context, as well as the physics of
movement, classes at the Raining Spirit Dojo are fun and
exciting, and you will find Sylph laughing through most
of his teaching.
Reeve has been a key member of the teaching
staff at The Raining Spirit Dojo since 2012, and has run
classes for both groups and individuals across all age
ranges (Kids, Teens, Adults) for the past 9 years.
Reeve currently holds a Nidan grade (2nd Dan Black Belt)
in 12-Phases Hoshinden Jutaijutsu, and is qualified as a
Level 2 Teacher of the art. He has been an active and
passionate student of Sylph Dominic sensei since 2010
enjoying now more than 11 years of study.
A fascination of, and natural talent for patterns and
forms, Reeve sensei's understanding of principals shines
through his interest and study of fundamental Kata
Reeve sensei is a key part of the Black-Belt Dan Grade
level students who help Sylph Dominic sensei run The
Dojo, and manage the expansion of the art, further
exploring variations on current techniques and plowing
deeper into the fundamental principals of the movements
that make things work.
An incredibly important cornerstone of The Raining
Spirit Dojo, Reeve takes over Dojo Administration in
Sensei's absence, and co-runs The Dojo with the other
black belt students when Sensei is away for extended
Steven Leaford sensei
Steven is a class Teacher at The Dojo, and has been a
member of the teaching staff since 2013, after starting
his studies at Raining Spirit Dojo in 2010. Steven's
long background of martial art studies over many decades
include: Aikido, Karate, Hoshin Jutsu and 12-Phases
A passion for sword work (kenjutsu) and the details of
technique he is an invaluable member of the Dojo
teaching staff and holds a Shodan grade (1st Dan Black
Belt) in 12-Phases Hoshinden Jutaijutsu. Steven is an
instrumental part of The Dojo's expansion and growth
over the last 10 years.
He assists Sylph Dominic sensei with Technique creation
and in-depth study of the art, as well as class filming
and documenting of techniques. Steven sensei can
generally be found having fun in his classes. Steven
brings a love of technical points and his interests in
uncanny modern weapons such as walking cane defense.
Ruari McKinnon sensei
Ruari sensei is a Martial Art Teacher and student who
has studied at The Raining Spirit Dojo since 2010.
Alongside the other black-belt students of The Dojo,
Ruari plays a crucial role in the direction that The
Dojo develops in and he helps prepare other students for
their Black Belt exams.
An invaluable member of The Dojo, and the expansion of
the art as a whole, he currently holds a Shodan grade
(1st Level Black Belt) in 12-Phases Hoshinden Jutaijutsu
and a Level 1 Teaching Degree in the art, as well as a
Shodan Grade Black Belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
(Ninjutsu). He studied Hoshin Jutsu for over 3 years
between 2010-2013, in which he holds the rank of Green
Belt under the Hoshin Jutsu Australia Pacific system. He
also holds a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jui-jutsu.
Ruari is passionate about the real world applications of
martial arts including fitness, realistic self defence,
self-confidence and physical self-empowerment. A passion
for ground-work and martial art skills applied on the
ground in street-style fighting scenarios, he brings
these skills to The Dojo and writes techniques to help
the students gain confidence and skills defending
themselves on the ground.
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