WNC Bujinkan Kumogakure Dojo

North Carolina
(828) 497-1478

Bujinkan Kumogakure Dojo
(About Us)

The Bujinkan Kumogakure Dojo was started and is headed by Ira Lively as a way to bring awareness of the Bujinkan arts to Western North Carolina. The term "Kumogakure" (Koo-moe-gah-koo-ray) translates as "Hiding in the Clouds" and is on of the Bujinkans' nine traditions. It was chosen for the name of our dojo because of our location in the "Great Smokey Mountains" of North Carolina. 


Your Instructors


Head Instructor
Ira Lively
holds a Godan, 5th Degree Black Belt in Bujinkan Ninjutsu and a Nidan, Second Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. Ira's family is from the Cherokee Indian Reservation in the Great Smokey Mountains of Western North Carolina. He was also raised in a small town near Myrtle Beach, SC and lived in Austin, TX for a while. Ira is a Guest Hospitality Manager for The Comfort Inn. Ira's interest lay in studying human interaction and life coaching. He is also a practicing Christian.
Ira is a member of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumis' Bujinkan Dojo organization out of Noda City Japan. He has traveled to Japan several times and trained with many master level Bujinkan instructors including Grandmaster Hatsumi. He received permission to start a training group from Shihan (Master instructor) Ed Martin, with whom he trains as regularly as possible. Ira is also a member of the Kasumi Yama Bujinkan Dojo headed by Shidoshi Sean Kennedy and Mrs.Nesta Kennedy. He has also trained with Mr. Blake Murphy at the Bujinkan Tenshin Shibu. He has trained for a brief time with Mr. Robert Broom and Mr. Hardee Merrit at the North Carolina Quest Center in Chapel Hill.
Ira's personal site: www.facebook.com/bujinira

Asst. Instructors:

Brian Jenkins  holds a Nidan, Second Degree Black Belt in Bujinkan Ninjutsu and a Sgt. in the B.C. Police Dept.

Greg Jenkins  holds a Nidan, Second Degree Black Belt in Bujinkan Ninjutsu.

Adam Woodard holds a Shodan First Degree Black belt in Bujinkan Ninjutsu.

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