Richard Roth

Richard started martial arts when he was 6 years old, joining a local Kodokan club at his school. He practiced Jūdō in South Africa until he was 13, then moved to Sydney, Australia. In Australia he continued to practice Judō until high school. 

After high school, he explored many other Japanese martial arts such as Shorinji Kenpō, Iaidō, Kendō, and Karate, before discovering Budō Taijutsu. In 2005 Richard joined a Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu dōjō and has been training in Budō ever since.

Richard first traveled to Japan in 2006 to meet Grandmaster Hatsumi Masaaki and also trained at the Bujinkan Honbu dōjō (Bujinkan Headquarters). He went back again in 2009 before deciding to live and train in Japan for a year in 2010. During his time in Japan, Richard trained both at the Bujinkan Honbu and at the Kodokan Honbu (Jūdō). Since 2012, Richard has continued to travel to Japan yearly to train. In 2016, he received his 5th degree black belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and the privilege of opening his own dojo. 

Richard is currently a member of the Bujinkan and the Kodokan, and has 23 years experience in the martial arts as well as 4 years experience teaching the martial arts.


Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu - 5th Dan
Judo - 3rd Kyu

Training History:

1993 - 1999: Kano Institute of Judo Johannesburg under Oscar Knoester (6th Dan Judo)
2000 - 2002: Gladesville Judo Club under Tom Morrison (3nd Dan Judo)
2005 ~: Bujinkan Beenleigh Dōjō under Jamie MacAninch (15th Dan Bujinkan)
2006 ~: Bujinkan Honbu Dōjō under Masaaki Hatsumi (Soke Bujinkan) and Toshiro Nagato (15th Dan Bujinkan)
2010 - 2011: Koshigaya Nishi High School Judo Club and Iwatsuki High School Judo Club
2014 - 2015: Judo NSW University Club under Warren Rosser (5th Dan Judo), John Buckley (5th Dan Judo) and Philip McDermott (5th Dan Judo)