Ismael Rodriguez was born in 1950 in Brooklyn, New York, where he grew up with his six sisters and two brothers. At the age of seven, he was in an accident that left him totally blind in his right eye. Knowing that young Ismael would face extra challenges as a result of this injury, his father enrolled him in Judo lessons in order to learn self-defense. Thus began Ismael Rodriguez’ healthy respect for martial arts, which he has passed on to all four of his own children.
For the past fifty years, Sensei Rodriguez has studied with a variety of instructors in many martial disciplines from all around the world, including Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Kendo, just to name a few. He has often obtained black-belt ranking for several of these arts, and he has enjoyed learning all of them. But at the age of twenty-five, he began to study Ninjutsu, and by the time he turned thirty-six, he had discovered his true calling in Ninpo.
Sensei Rodriguez has advanced training in the traditional schools of the Ninpo Bugei and the Jujutsu disciplines Sensei Rodriguez has also attended many of the federation’s courses and seminars in several countries and all over the United States.
With more than 35 years of teaching experience, Sensei Rodriguez has taught the Ninjutsu and Jujutsu disciplines to 500+ students. Currently, he lives in Cary, North Carolina with his two youngest children and his wife, Marcia Rodriguez, who works as a police officer during the day and teaches the Niji no Hashi Dojo’s advanced night classes.
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