senior instructor & Dai dojo-cho
Eric began his journey into the martial arts at the age of 19 at the legendary Tiger’s Den Shotokan Karate Dojo under Shihan Bobby Kramer. He studied off and on over the years until Sensei Kramer moved his dojo out of Columbus. Taking a break from martial arts in the late 90’s to pursue family and a music career, he landed with Grandmaster Charles Wright of Real World Karate and Self Defense. He received his Shodan (black belt) in Shorinryu Matsubayashi Ryu Karate in 2009 from Master Wright, as well as his Sandan (3rd Degree) in 2014. He still continues to train with Master Wright. While cross-training, he also received his Shodan from Grandmaster Robert “Hawk” Hawkins of the Bantu Karate Federation in 2010 and his Nidan (2nd Degree) in 2012.
In 2010, he was introduced to Soke Masaaki Hatsumi’s Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, based in Japan. Eric currently holds the rank of Yondan (4th Degree) from Dai Shihan Arnaud Cousergue and holds a Shidoshi-ho license to teach within the Bujinkan. He is a member of the Shiro Kuma Bujinkan Dojo and the Bujinkan Shidoshikai (Instructors Guild).
Eric is the senior instructor here at the Kazoku Dojo where he teaches primarily Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu as well as modern applications of those principles and techniques.
Eric is also the senior instructor at MayberrysGone.com, which is a Firearms and Tactics school for Civilian Defense since 2005. He teaches Pistol, Carbine and Shotgun courses to empower civilians as well as Ohio Concealed Carry. He has certifications in pistol and shotgun from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. He is an NRA Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer in good standing (NRA Instructor #153267152) He is a graduate of the Saurez International Close Range Gunfighting program.
Eric also works for a local security company where he offers personal and executive protection as well as armed security for high profile clients and companies.
Eric enjoys spending his spare time with his family and grandchildren at their home in Canal Winchester, Ohio.
instructor - Taiho Jutsu
Chief Portier has been instructing Subject Control classes at local career centers in Groveport and Newark for more than 20 years and continues to be an active Ohio Peace Officer instructor.
Chief Portier received his Shodan (Black Belt) in Taiho Jutsu - Shotakan Ryu from Hanshi Daniel Hect in 2016. In 2016, he was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame Black Belt Association for his continued contribution to the world of Martial Arts and is in good standing. Chief Portier also received his Shodan (Black Belt) in Japan Karate Do by Shihan Chris Stets in 2017.
He has instructed personal self defense classes since the early 2000’s which include a Women’s Self Defense program in Central Ohio, The Fairfield County Emergency Response Team and has participated in “Take Back the Night”. Chief Portier, has been a first responder in three fields - fire, EMS, and police since 1971 and is currently a commissioned police officer here in Ohio.
Chief Portier is passionate about his “Dying in Blue” program. A program which creates and maintains awareness for all first responders and their families and the dangers of the trauma they see each day. He continues to travel throughout different agencies to help other first responders, often several times per week.
DAVe "oni" boyer
instructor - comtac self defense
Dave "Oni" Boyer began his martial arts journey at the age of 7 by studying Shorinryu Karate under Sensei's Paul Keller, Cindy Rockwell and Russ Moore. He also trained in American Kempo Karate under Sensei Peter Galupo. In the early 90's he discovered his true passion and the art that he'd been looking for, Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu. He began training under Sensei Thomas Maienza of the Bujinkan Kage Dojo in Columbus at the age of 13. He submerged himself into several classes a day for several days a week and attended seminars under Stephen K. Hayes. He was placed in Sensei Maienza's Black Celt Club. This club was meant to fast track students to become instructors. In his mid teens, he was given the task of helping beginners and kids in an assistant instructor capacity.
When Sensei Maienza left Columbus in the late 90's, Dave continued to train throughout high school and teach Self Defense to fellow students. He began to teach women's self defense and provide protection services for battered and abused women until 2006. He became head of security for a well-known night club on the Ohio State University Campus where years of training would come into play time and time again. After a brief hiatus from training to focus on his artistic career, Dave returned to his Ninjutsu roots at the Kazoku Dojo where he currently trains and assists in teaching.
Dave currently holds the rank of Shodan (Black Belt) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Gendai Nintaijutsu.
Dave is an artist by trade, specializing in old school pinstriping and sign making.