Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo

Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo

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Andy Babb

Andy Babb, a dojo member since 2000, has led classes since 2004 and reached the level of 5th degree black belt in 2009. Shidoshi Babb has attended seminars in Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, and California. Hosted by some of the top shihan from around the world, these seminars have focused on various aspects of the art including taijutsu, muto dori, tantojutsu, rokushako bojutsu, and firearms (hojutsu). Each year between 2004 and 2009 and again in 2015, Mr. Babb has been fortunate to travel to Japan for classes at the Hombu Dojo with the top Japanese instructors.

Shidoshi Babb received Kyu dan in 2015.

Outside the dojo, Mr. Babb works with computer and information security.

Dustin Mowery

Received Godan and shidoshi license in 2010.

Shidoshi Mowery received Kyudan in 2015.

Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell began training in the Bujinkan Dojo in 1985 in Merseyside, UK. Russell moved to the US, joined the Army in 1988, and served as a Military Police Officer for 4 years. Assignments included S.R.T., Counter-Sniper, Protective Services, and Patrol - Most of the time serving in and around Central America. Upon leaving the U.S. Army, Russell moved to Ohio and became a full-time civilian Police officer for a central Ohio city, serving for over 12 years. Russell is a state certified Instructor in Defensive Tactics, S.W.A.T., Carbine, SMG, Pistol, Shotgun, Less Lethal, ASP, OC and Patrol procedures. Russell is currently serving as his Department's Special Response Team Leader, Special Topics Instructor and Patrol Officer. Shidoshi Russell, currently leads the Fairfield Country Bujinkan Dojo.

Abraham Hinojosa received the rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) in the Bujinkan Dojo in 2010 and is a member of the International Bujinkan Dojo Organization and Shidoshi-Kai (Instructors Guild) headed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi the Soke (Grandmaster) of the tradition. Abraham began his study of the Bujinkan in 1988 in Michigan but was "briefly" interrupted by starting a family as he attended college in Central Ohio. He resumed his studies in the Bujinkan in 2002 and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since traveling to Japan to train with Soke Hatsumi and other Japanese Shihan. Today, Sensei Hinojosa is an instructor at the Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo holding class every week focusing on the traditional aspects that make up the 9 schools of study.

Shidoshi Hinojosa was promoted to Hachi dan in 2015 and is currently leading the Northern Ohio Bujinkan Dojo.

Abraham Hinojosa

Received Godan and shidoshi license in 2010

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Founding Instructors
Tim Halbakkan

Tim Halbakken is a Shidoshi in the International Bujinkan Dojo who began the training in 1992. Prior to training in the Bujinkan Mr. Halbakken studied various forms of self-defense with the main emphasis on grappling. Mr. Halbakken was a Minnesota High School League State Wrestling Champion, Freestyle state wrestling champion and Greco-Roman state wrestling champion.

Mr. Halbakken currently works as a police officer in the state of Ohio. Mr. Halbakken spent approximately eight years as a uniformed officer, one and a half years as a detective and currently serves as a full time trainer. Mr. Halbakken is a hostage negotiator, police defensive tactics instructor, and firearms instructor. Mr. Halbakken also works in the field of executive protection and sports coach. Mr. Halbakken also holds a sixth degree black belt in Taiho Jutsu.

Shawn Lingofelter

Shawn Lingofelter began studying martial arts at the age of eight when his father enrolled him in combat karate. In 1991 he began Bujinkan training under the tutelage of Kyle Hayes in Indiana. Mr. Lingofelter was promoted to black belt in 1995 making him one of the youngest Bujinkan shodan in Indiana. In 1999 Mr. Lingofelter moved to Columbus Ohio and opened the Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo with his longtime friend and training partner Tim Halbakken. Together the traveled to Japan and were honored with the title of Shidoshi of the Bujinkan dojo by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. Today, Mr. Lingofelter serves as a five-year veteran of a central Ohio police department as a patrol officer and defensive tactics instructor. He also specializes in advanced patrol techniques as well as firearms; high line assault and rope rescue and holds current certification as a Danger Zone Defensive Tactics instructor.

Associated Instructors
Tim Resch is a 7th degree black belt who began his martial arts training in 1991. Mr. Resch began training in Boston, Massachusetts, but has continued his training in Dayton, Ohio and Columbus. He has trained with Soke Masaaki Hatsumi and various shihan at the American Tai Kai's as well as during his several trips to Japan. Mr. Resch has received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently teaches for the University of Dayton in addition to his primary career as a software engineer. Tim Resch

Wayne Dumolt has trained in various martial arts for the last 25 years including Aikido, Alii-Kane TaeKwonDo (black belt at age 18), Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Olympic TaeKwonDo with Olympic medalist Greg Baker and Arnis. He began his Bujinkan training in 1994 through seminars until 1997 when he began training at the Stephen K. Hayes Dayton Quest Center. He then found his home in Bujinkan training at the Central Ohio Bujinkan Dojo in 2000 under his instructors and friends Sensei Halbakken and Sensei Lingofelter. Mr Dumolt is a fully licensed Shidoshi in the Bujinkan Dojo under Soke Masaaki Hatsumi and journies to Japan when able to train with Soke Hatsumi and senior japanese instructors.

Mr. Dumolt has been a certified Law Enforcement officer in south east Ohio since 1992. Current duties include Patrol, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Use of Force trainer for his department. He is also an OPOTA Certified Police Academy and Corrections Academy Instructor having taught hundreds plus officers from all over south eastern Ohio in Defensive Tactics and Use of Force as well as Expandable Baton, Mace/OC, Taser and Scenario Based training. Mr. Dumolt has been invited to give self defense workshops for Professional Companies and Public Service Agencies in the south eastern Ohio region and has developed what is now called the "Surviving A Violent Encounter" (S.A.V.E) program for men and women of all professions dealing with becoming more aware of what it takes to actually survive a life threatening encounter.

Wayne Dumolt
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Tony Leo previously led the Little Warriors Ninjutsu kids program. He is a Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Adaptive Fitness with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). In addition to the ISSA and the Bujinkan, he is a current member of the International Society of Sports Psychology and the World Future Society.

Tony Leo