Instructors

Josh Sager

Tabiji Dōjō founder and head instructor Josh Sager has been training in the martial arts since he was a young child. Starting at age four with Jūdō and Jūjutsu, he studied many different martial arts styles, including Gōjū Ryū, Tang Soo Do, Escrima, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai.

Not feeling completely fulfilled with his previous training, in 1996 and on the advice of a friend Josh attended a seminar of Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu with Mr. Jack Hoban. As a result of that training, Josh found the art he had been searching for and subsequently stopped training in all other arts to become a student of Mr. Hoban.

Josh passed the Godan test (5th degree black belt) in 2001, at which point he became officially licensed to teach by the Bujinkan Hombu Dōjō in Japan. He was promoted to the rank of Jūdan (10th degree) in 2010, and in 2017 was promoted to the rank of Dai Shihan by Hatsumi Sōke via recommendation from Mr. Hoban.

He is not just an instructor, however. Josh continues to be an active member and student of Mr. Hoban's Buyū Dōjō, attending weekly classes, monthly seminars, and teaching a weekly basics class at Mr. Hoban's dōjō. He also travels regularly to Japan to train with Bujinkan grandmaster Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi and other senior Bujinkan instructors.

Josh is also Resolution Group International (RGI) Level 1 Conflict Resolution certified and serves as an RGI staff member.

Josh Sager receiving the rank of Dai Shihan after recommendation from his teacher Jack Hoban Instructor Josh Sager receiving Dai Shihan rank via recommendation from his teacher Jack Hoban.
Bujinkan Tabiji Dojo Instructor Josh Sager Instructor Josh Sager (left) demonstrating body alignment and structure to a student.