Ninja Academy is home to a team of amazingly talented teachers and instructors from diverse movement backgrounds.
David spent most of his life being cautious and following the “safe” path in life, until one day he decided that he would combine all of his favourite activities with his love of Japanese culture into a single concept – Ninja Academy. Since leaving the behind the life of a Chartered Accountant, he has focused on bringing Ninja Academy to life and being a living example of the training approach he envisaged for students of Ninja Academy.
Personally I want to help people, I want people to realise they can do more with their lives, you can be as fit and healthy as you want to be, it’s not this huge mountain that you have to climb over, you can get there, and you can do it in a fun way, you can enjoy your journey.
Paul Twyman has worked in the health and fitness industry since 2000, but his training techniques have constantly evolved over the years. A major change was introduced when he began studying with the C.H.E.K. Institute in 2007 and has since earned the title of Level 2 C.H.E.K. Practitioner.
Paul added another layer to his training in 2013, when he began online coaching with Ido Portal, the founder of the Ido Portal Movement Culture. Since his inception with Ido’s coaching, Paul has attended two workshops, and an internship in 2014, hosted by Ido Portal. Paul’s online tutelage under Ido spanned two years and he continues to improve his movement and knowledge.
Paul’s vast experience has seen him work with a range of clients from sport specific athletes to end stage rehabilitation. He specialises in helping clients achieve their goals by identifying their specific strengths and weaknesses, and selecting key functional movements to rebalance the body.
Emma Blockey has worked in the health and fitness industry for nine years since falling straight into it during the latter years of high school. In that time she has developed a huge passion for seeing people achieve freedom in their lives by attaining better physical health.
Emma has worked with a range of clients, mainly developing sustainable lifestyle changes to enable and promote the client’s big picture health goals. Emma’s approach to training is grounded in forming a strong foundation built on mastery of the basics. She helps people create a sense for body awareness, resilience and ultimately assist them in taking responsibility of their own health and wellbeing.
Emma has been an avid participant in all sorts of sports without being captured by the competition and has completed Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Mudd Rush, and a number of other obstacle races over the past few years.
Glenn Robson was drawn to the fitness game in 2010 by a strong love of teaching and exploring movement mixed with the firm desire to find happiness in his work. Having built on his 2006 Bachelor of Sport Science with various qualifications in club weightlifting, kettlebell work and personal training, Glenn has a wealth of knowledge stored behind that ever-increasing forehead, which he is set on imparting upon the Ninja Academy faithful.
A stickler for technique and a passionate advocate of performance rather than aesthetic goals, Glenn’s biggest strength is his belief in a positive mindset and a holistic approach to training which helps people develop their understanding of movement. This is underpinned by Glenn’s belief that the body and mind are vehicles to experience the world, which makes him one of the most persistent coaches clients are likely to encounter.
Glenn will always strive to get the best out of people and refuses to let them quit, whether through his vast patience or the use of obscure analogies to get his point across.
Early in Luke’s working career, he was completing an apprenticeship as cabinet maker in the construction industry, while also training full time in mixed martial arts. It was this training that helped Luke discover his passion for helping people to be the best that they could be through health and fitness coaching, which he has done since 2012.
Although he was learning different aspects and disciplines of training with mixed martial arts, he sustained many injuries and suffered from chronic pain. This led him to the decision to learn more about movement to develop a better understanding of body awareness, beginning his training in movement under Ninja Academy coach Jake Lalich in 2013.
It wasn’t long before Luke was hooked on the feeling of moving better and knew right away the difference it had made in his life, and could make in the lives of others. He has the vast knowledge necessary to cater for all ages and ability levels, no matter the goals people have and has experience running a series of highly successful boot-camps. In addition to his focus on movement and well-being, Luke helps develop a positive mindset to support them making profound differences to their lives.
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An exposure to various forms of movement at an early age and a need to create a community of people who shared a passion for moving was what drew TJ to the industry four years ago. Indulging in martial arts, gymnastics and functional anatomy cultivated his unique teaching process and developed his acute eye for solutions to the toughest human puzzles.
TJ’s approach to training is simple – use what works and relieve what doesn’t. Being an avid practitioner of various movement disciplines, he is no stranger to injuries. But it is through these trials and the protocols applied to his students that form the base of his belief: It’s the application of appropriate protocols to relevant goals, that speeds the process of progression.
Furthering his knowledge in movement by studying physiotherapy and continually learning from leading innovators in the industry, TJ intends to lead and encourage his students to walk beside him and explore the world of movement, for all its weird and wonderful experiences.
Drawn to the industry in 2015 by her love of interacting with others, Sue Tippett is the definition of a “people person”. She relishes getting to know people and understanding how she can positively impact their lifestyles. In her short time in the field, Sue has been hard at work adding special training to her basic qualifications, becoming a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, completing the Australian Institute of Kettlebells Level 1 Fundamentals of Kettlebells Training Course and learning at the feet of Ido Portal himself at the Movement X Workshop at Ninja Academy in February 2016.
Her varied experience as a trainer and student has developed her personal approach to training, which is based on reclaiming lost movements like the squat and overhead reach and having a good time doing it! Sue believes that time spent training and strengthening the body should have a positive effect on everyday life with a focus on longevity.
This is rooted in her personal history of chronic shoulder pain caused by heavy lifts with imbalances, which she was able to manage through the more functional approach to training espoused at Ninja Academy. It helped her realise there were different ways to train, without high intensity or maximum lifts, that still achieve results with consistent and controlled efforts. At the same time, she has developed a passion for creative movement patterns such as capoeira, locomotion and just generally exploring the limits of the human body.