John Spencer

Martial Arts & Fitness teacher

Based in
Blackpool, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Blackpool and the Fylde

Rates: £5 per session

Make an enquiry Phone: 07846 710935

It's funny how one single event can change you more than you could ever imagine. For me it was a film, and not just any film, it was "Enter the Dragon". I was a 10 year old fat kid getting picked on mercilessly. I had no self esteem, few friends and no direction. I had been allowed to stay up to watch this 70's classic, and I remember clearly one thought," I want to do this".

Within two weeks I had started my path at a Tae Kwon Do class at my local church hall and spent the next two years studying this. My family moved house a lot so I changed school and Dojo regularly. By 16 I had studied Wado Ryu Karate and was competing in Kickboxing, studying in both throughout my A levels. In this period I was training with many friends who were martial artists, boxers, wrestlers and improving skills as a freestyle martial artist. During this time I changed style to Shaolin Kung Fu and spent the next 3-4 years training and competing. In 1999, I moved again and spent the next year in Devon. Martial arts was a little quiet in the village but i found a Fencing school taught by the Sealed Knot and trained there. By December 1999 I had returned to Lancashire, and I was catching up with a friend of mine who lovingly pointed out "You've been training for 15 years, why have you never got a Black belt?" It was a fair point, and I did agree it was a little strange. I picked up the brochure for the newly built sports centre in St Annes, and discovered Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.

I was lucky, in 2000 the Bujinkan was very strong on the Fylde Coast and had been since the 1980s. I started my training under Chris Hastings at St Anne's Dojo and enjoyed the expert tutelage from John Brazier and Martin Cooper. I have always liked that in the Bujinkan students are encouraged to train with as many people as they can. I later understood this is essential to develop your own style. Over the next two years I had attended many seminars and was also training under Paul Wild at Bujinkan Blackpool Dojo. St Annes Dojo was waning, and I was in a position where I would be training in Blackpool and trying to teach what I had learned in St Annes.

2003 was very momentous, it started with me asking Paul Wild to be responsible for my development due to the dissolution of St Annes Dojo. It was also the year of the last UK Taikai, and the mind blowing experience of training under Hatsumi Sensei. It was the year I was awarded 1st Dan. I don't think I slept that night! My path had taken me eighteen years and many styles, and now I had the encouragement to go further and for the next four years I trained, meeting many fantastic people and attending seminars throughout the UK.

In around 2006, it was clear that my sensei was not wishing to continue with teaching. His class was taught by others (myself included) and we were left to think the unthinkable. In July 2007, there were only two attendees to his class. We talked for an hour and I promised to put my money where my mouth was and open my own class. I talked to my sensei about what I had planned and reluctantly took over the responsibility for the Bujinkan in Blackpool. It's funny, I was probably the least likely to take over and by no means was I the senior student.

In September 2007 I opened Bujinkan Thornton with a handful of notes and no students. I was lucky enough to have a small amount of success, enough to cover the costs at least. In January 2008 we officially had a name, Bujinkan Mushin Dojo. The name is a bit of an "in joke" from my teacher's class. Paul used to always try to say movement and motion at the same time, and it would come out as "mooshin". We later discovered it was a deep philosophical concept!

Eventually we relocated to Zen Martial Arts in Blackpool where we have been ever since. Training is my life and I hope to continue to do so for many years.

Ninpo Ikkan.

Group Classes

Adults Class

It's a: 
Moor Park Sports Centre
Bristol avenue, Bispham, Blackpool, FY2 0JG, Blackpool, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30pm
£5 per session


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


please consult the Bujinkan Guidelines on our website.

I reserve the right to refuse training/admission to the dojo.

Make an enquiry Phone: 07846 710935

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