Awesome Teaching Crew
@ 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 19
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 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 teaches
Kids', Teens' and Adults' classes throughout the week.
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 Sensei Sylph Dominic's since 2010.
A fascination of, and natural talent for patterns and
forms, Sensei Reeve's understanding of principals shines
through his interest and study of fundamental Kata
Sensei Reeve 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 an Adults' 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 teaches classes
throughout the week and can generally be found having
fun in the general weekly session. Steven brings a love
of technical points and his interests in uncanny modern
weapons such as walking cane defense. If you're after a
serious core and abdominal workout, you better get along
to his classes.
Ruari McKinnon sensei
Ruari sensei is a Martial Art Teacher and student who
has studied at The Raining Spirit Dojo since 2010.
He can usually be found continuing his studies in
Sensei's Friday night Adults classes each week.
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.
Lisa is rather loved by her students for her engaging
and exciting classes. Many, many years of training in
different styles of martial arts has helped Lisa to
develop a well-rounded approach to modern self defence,
looking at defences both from standing and ground
positions, and she expresses this passionately in her
Teens and Adults classes during the week.
currently holds a Purple Belt in 12-Phases Hoshinden
Jutaijutsu as well as a Shodan Grade Black Belt in
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu) and a Blue Belt in
can catch Lisa in different classes throughout the week
you get the chance to pair up with her in class
definitely do so!
will discover a martial artist who has a gold mine of
skills and understanding to pass on.
will be undertaking her Shodan (1st Level Black Belt)
exam in 2021, and, if successful, will be joining the
Black Belt crew as a valued member of the group who give
insight and assistance to Sylph sensei as to the
direction that The Dojo goes in.
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