Mark Wakefield has studied martial arts for over 25 years and been training in the Bujinkan since 2007. He served in the US Marine Corps and has experience with a wide variety of traditional and modern weapons.
Mark travels to Japan regularly to study with the senior instructors of the Bujinkan Dojo. He and other BMD students attend classes taught by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi and the shihan in Japan, as well as seminars with many highly experienced teachers in the US. Outside of training, Mark works as a counselor for people in the correctional system.
Mark does his best to pass on the skills and concepts of the Bujinkan Dojo in the most complete and effective way possible, building on the foundation of the basics of this art. In this approach he follows the example of his Bujinkan teacher – Michael Russell of Sonoma Bujinkan Dojo in Santa Rosa, CA – as well as Soke and the Shihan in Japan.
Mark encourages fellow students to recognize that there is a process to studying the Bujinkan properly and that one must fully participate in that process, without cutting corners, to gain a true and useful grasp of the art. He tries to orient instruction toward a combination of practical application and traditional forms by people with a wide variety of physical strengths, types, and/or limitations.