Timothy Minnick Owner / Coach / Shidoshi
Christian, Husband, Father, Martial Artist, Artist.
Minnick is an Edwardsville, IL native. He graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1996 and graduated with Bachelor's degree from SIUE in 2002. Minnick has been studying Martial Arts for over 23 years and is currently a 7th degree black belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu/ Ninjutsu, and is a Shidoshi (Internationally recognized instructor).
Minnick has over 12 years of Field Experience as a former Police Sergeant and Undercover Special Agent. In 2015 Minnick ended his career as a Police Officer to follow his dreams and open Shinobi Fitness, a Martial Arts Dojo and Obstacle Course Facility. Minnick has traveled all over the country training and teaching Defensive Tactics to Law Enforcement, Military, and other Government Agencies. Minnick recently (2019) competed on the premier episode of the CBS television show, The Million Dollar Mile. In 2014, Minnick competed on Season 6 of American Ninja Warrior as a walk-on. In 2018 Minnick travelled to Japan to train with the grandmaster (Soke) of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. It was during this trip that Minnick was awarded the rank of 7th degree black belt. The Bujinkan system is based on 9 traditional Japanese schools, a few in particular are Ninja schools. These schools teach ukemi, balance, running up walls, jumping, climbing ropes, trees and buildings, as well as survival tactics. The ninja were the original obstacle masters and teachers. Minnick continues this tradition in a modern obstacle dojo, Shinobi Fitness.
You can follow Minnick on Instagram, @shinobi_tim.