• Duff Culp – Bujinkan Sanami Dojo Austin, TX


Austin, TX! What a beautiful and diverse city to grow up in. I have lived in Austin all of my life and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to develop in such a great community. I originally taught Aikido and began training in Bujinkan at 17. in 1997. 


I am happily married and have known my wife for 20 years. I have many hobbies that include, carving, pyrography, leather working, bonsai, music, and anything related to art. I enjoy training in firearm proficiency, medical training and enjoy military history.


We have built the dojo from the ground up and it is still growing. The school has been at the location 11 years currently. The space is just a reflection of the passion of the students and would just be an empty building without them. I am grateful to all that have gone before me and hope to help contribute to those who wish to help the art continue to survive for many more centuries.


Hope to see you on the mats!


Duff Culp


Jason Hester – Bujinkan Sanami Dojo Round Rock, TX

While growing up in Houston, TX I was fortunate to meet some serious martial artists at a young age whose inspiration would follow me for life. Taking Karate at the age of 7, I was bitten by the Budo bug.

Jason being thrown by duff with a kusari fundo

Although I was not be able to truly train until much later in my life, I am blessed to now live and work in the Austin area and have met so many great people here with similar interests in the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of martial arts.

During my 20’s I joined the Navy and worked as an Electronics Warfare Technician while forward deployed in the Western Pacific. As I traveled the world, this experience was fundamental in developing the kind of mental and physical strength, determination, and most importantly perseverance through failure that would benefit me on my martial path.

For the better part of the last 15 years I have been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, boxing, firearms, and field trauma with my friend and mentor Duff Culp. Over those years, my understanding of Budo has evolved and cultivated many great benefits to my personal and professional life outside the dojo in addition to the obvious self-defense benefits.

I am currently expanding my application of the teachings culminated over those years with a new study group in Round Rock, TX on Tuesday evenings. I hope as a junior instructor to give back at least a small portion of the gifts that have been shared with me.

See you at the park!

Jason Hester