[ SENSEI PHILIP GIGLER ]
Sensei Philip Gigler (right) with Shihan Alex Mordine (left)
Sensei Philip Gigler began studying and training in the martial arts in 1995, initially training in Shotokan Karate and Aikido/Aiki-Jiujutsu. He became dedicated to the Bujinkan Dojo upon beginning training with Sensei Matt Keiser in the summer of 1998, and was given the title of Dojo Cho and the honor of running the Seattle Bujinkan Dojo in 2000.
Philip shares the Bujinkan philosophy that students should be encouraged to think and adapt techniques to fit themselves, not distort themselves to fit technique. A quote from Sensei Masaaki Hatsumi says "human beings are the only animals that need to be taught to move naturally". By moving past the mentality that one system or style is the most effective we remove the limitations that other systems look to create, and encourage students to use what works for them.
Philip's dojo motto is "Keep It Simple". The techniques and variations (henke) reflect this mentality by not over complicating things for the sake of showmanship. Simple body movement (taijutsu) allows for quick and effective results.