Today we’d like to introduce you to Master Maui Saito.
Master Maui, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
This a brief story of myself, how and when I started my training. I am one of 12 children, born and raised in Hawaii. As a child, I kept to myself. I was a quiet kid, always curious about everything. The moon, the stars, the ocean, people and when the next meal was going to show up at the table.
I grew up mostly with my step-dad, who was incredibly strict, which taught me to pay attention to details and understand human behavior an early age. Mostly trying to keep me out of trouble. I did not realize it at the time however, that was going to help me understand my families lineage of Ninjitsu Mastery which is the study of human behavior. I studied a few different types of martial arts as a kid and when I was 15 years old I reunited with my birth father to learn a 2000-year-old family art called Ninjitsu Mastery. This journey started for me in Northern California at my Dad’s Dojo. Being that this is a family art, I felt connected, spiritually grounded and spiritual tapped into my ancestors from day one.
I learned 40 different Japanese Martial Arts from my father, most importantly I learn the spiritual aspect of war and peace. I became closer to my spirit and found myself to be more of a peace-keeper. When I achieved the highest rank my father has ever given in our families art… my Dad gave me permission to keep the Art alive, open a Martial Arts School and start teaching in Arizona.
I moved from Hawaii to Arizona in 2006 to start the first of many to come to Saito Bloodline Ninjitsu Dojos. My Dojo has morphed into colors and students and only gotten better over time as I have refined teaching my families Art. My Dojo has changed to more of a movie studio. We are about to launch the biggest online Ninjitsu Training School. Very soon we will be national and international and people, students of good nature will be able to learn and train in my families art for many reasons, for some, it is to find self. For others, it will be to recreate self. For all, they will find a deeper spiritual connection to their souls and inner being. My goal is to help people find and become a better version of themselves.
Our motto… “Peace at all cost… The best way to stop a war…. is before it starts.”
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. Just like everyone in 2008 my business was affected by the financial crash. I was able, during that time, to renegotiate my lease and find a way to keep my business alive as students ebbed and flowed.
And, at times I get discouraged knowing that I am the last of my family lineage to teach this Art. I feel this immense sense of responsibility to ensure that the Art gets captured through movies, pictures, and books, to keep the Art alive beyond my years. It’s a challenge to teach Saito Ninjitsu Mastery 100, 200 and 300 years from today, knowing that I will not always be here to teach in physical form… but I will in the spiritual world.
Please tell us about Saito Bloodline Ninjitsu.
My business is teaching Ninjitsu Mastery through 40 different forms of Japanese Martial Arts. I specialize in teaching self-defense while focusing on the mental and spiritual aspect of the Art, which is to expand your mental capacity to use spiritual energy and spiritual vibration to create confidence, focusing on your life dreams and goals.
What sets us apart is primarily that Saito Ninjitsu Mastery is heavily focused on the spiritual aspect of the art, it’s only 1% physical and 99% spiritual. Don’t get me wrong, 1% doesn’t mean it’s easy, it means that the focus isn’t predominantly physical. It doesn’t mean we sit around meditating, in fact, we mostly do lethal moves. And, in that, I am always teaching how to understand where ones spiritual connection is in relation to the attacker. Let me explain it like this … people think the spirit is something like sparks and magic wands, when really it’s a deep inner knowing, a center within one’s heart and soul that gives you the ability to tap into your surroundings, picking up the energy around yourself to understand what is coming toward you. Is someone coming toward you to attack? You can see it because you’re centered. It’s awareness, it’s being present to the here and now. That is what sets Bloodline Saito Ninjitsu apart from other martial arts. Focusing on the spiritual rather than the physical.
It’s most important to understand human behavior and the spiritual aspect of what each lethal move is intended to do to your opponent. I am most proud of my students, the ones that keep at it every day and especially my Black Belts!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have documented more during the time my father was alive teaching, even my own Dojo. I have started to capture more, through filming, but it would have been nice to start years ago.
- Once a week class = $75/month
- Twice a week class = $125/month
- Address:16585 N. 92TH STREET #112, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
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