Vanessa

Vanessa

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My name is Shibata Vanessa. I'm the head of a ninja-samurai clan named Musashi Ichizoku. If you study a bit of the Japanese history, you'll come across a name "Shibata Katsuie" , my ancestor who fought the Battle of Shizugatake in 1583.

Our ancestors worked for Tokugawa Shogunate Government for 265 years, and we have kept our traditions to this date.
I started a ninja tour to offer international visitors, especially families, a chance to see something authentic and interesting at the same time, in addition to introducing our legacy to the general public in Japan and to giving my young shinobi friends some chances to share their arts and thoughts.
My dojo (training place) is located near a JR station.
At our dojo in Tokyo, you'll see nimpo taijutsu based on my samurai-ninja weapon-smith family legacy of 420 years. We'll show you the very basics skills of a ninja, which are perhaps enough for the general public who want to get a glimpse of our legacy. Coming here, you will find that there are still shinobis in the world today.

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76 Reviews for Vanessa

  • Colleen Colleen

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques Vanessa met us at the Tabata Station, which was easy to get to using the JR Yamanote Line and she brought us to her Dojo (training studio). She explained the history of her ancestors on our short walk to the Dojo. Upon arriving, it was a bit intimidating at first as the Dojo was dark and we were greeted by our instructor as we arrived. We began with meditation, followed by a demonstration from our teacher. As the instructor spoke Vanessa translated everything in English. After the demonstration we put on our ninja gear and began our lessons. Our children, ages 5 and 9, and my husband and I have never had any karate training and had a blast learning to use ninja starts and a blow gun. There was plenty of laughter and cheering during the class portion, that made everyone feel safe and the initial intimidation was over and we all had a wonderful time. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience and we are so glad we did it! Not to be missed! (Family from Chicago, IL)

  • Kylie Kylie

    Try a 90-minute Swordfight "Kata" Workout - Beginners Level

    Try a 90-minute Swordfight "Kata" Workout - Beginners Level We absolutely loved the experience! We would definitely do it again. It was the right mix of demonstration and practical experience. Vanessa is very knowledgeable and speaks English fluently. We highly recommend this!!

  • Mads Mads

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques In general a great experience
    After being picked up at the station during a short walk to the authentic dojo. We we told the family story about the Ninja history.
    Apon arrival to the dojo a masked ninja waited. There were a ceremony in almost darkness, and a "show" where the ninja showed some of his skills.
    We changed clothes to "gi at were introduced to several ninja weapons.
    Her after we learned to use some technics and weapons.
    We recommend the this were authentic experience to people like us. Who wanted to try and feel the ninja culture.
    -Belmina and Mads (Denmark)

  • Michael Michael

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques I bought the ninja workshop as a birthday present for my Husband. He loved it. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and very professional. Highly recommend this dojo.

  • Sven Sven

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques Don't miss out on this when in Tokyo! The concept is truly genuine and informative without holding back on hands-on exercises. I would recommend this to anyone travelling to Tokyo.