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Hi I'm Martin

I'm a ninja instructor. I'm a speaker. I'm a son, a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just your typical guy, with a not so typical life. I am married, and have three wonderful children. All three of my kids happen to be on the Autism spectrum, so "normal" family activities such as shopping for groceries, or going to the movies, become quite the challenge for us. Holding down a conventional job is not possible with my situation, so my career path is about as unconventional as any I know. I grew up being involved heavily in martial arts, and trained in Tae-Kwon-Do for many years. I knew I was looking for something more though, and finally after many years of searching I found it in Ninjutsu. I now run three ninja classes a week, and enjoy being able to teach others the skills they need in a world where traditional values are quickly disintegrating. I utilise my ninja experiences when I speak to groups about developing teamwork, discipline and being open to inspiration and intuition.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but realised when I was a teenager that I didn't know for myself if what the Church taught was true or not. I ended up investigating many other religions, attending many other meetings and studying everything I could lay my hands on. Many of these things left me with more questions than answers, and I'd always leave these meetings feeling hollow, unfulfilled and disappointed. I tried to keep a brave face around my family and friends, but inside I was in turmoil, depressed, and lonely. I could feel my world crashing down around me. During this dark time, I remembered stories I had heard as a child about people receiving answers to prayers. One night, for the first time in a long time, I got down on my knees. All I asked was "Heavenly Father, are you there? Do you love me?" My prayer was answered that night in a very powerful, very real way that I have never been able to forget, and the feelings that washed over me left me in tears of gratitude. A few weeks later, I went back to Church. The moment I walked in the doors I felt the same presence that I had felt that night while I prayed, and I knew I had come back to something special. As I continued in my studies, especially when reading the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, I knew that I had always had the truth, I just needed to find out for myself that it was true.

How I live my faith

I have been involved in many different areas of the Church in my life. I've been everything from a teacher in the Sunday School program, to a scout leader, to a physical facilities representative (in my eyes, a fancy term for a janitor) and through everything I've done, I have found a way to embrace the challenges and grow as a person as a result of my experiences. I live my faith quietly, without fanfare. I go about living my life the best I can, and teach my children principles of love, respect and honour for those around them in the hope that they can be a good influence to their friends. I try to be as open and non-judgemental as possible with everyone I meet, because I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. I teach my ninja students to be prepared physically for challenges that life throws at you, but also being open enough to see beyond the challenge and focus on any potential benefits that may result. I love my wife, I love my children, I try to show that in everything I do and say not only in the home but also out on the street.