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Youth Instructor Certification Courses

These courses are designed for parents or youth leaders that want to add engaging curriculum to fully activate youth. You don't need any nature or martial arts background to lead these skills. We teach everything for you through training videos and step by step lessons. We believe in teaching from experience. This means that to certify, you simply do the skills first when going through each course. When you access the courses below we give you:

1) Short training videos that explain each skill.

To make the skills easy for you to teach, we have designed the videos so that you can show them to your students.

2) Step by step written instructions

3) 8 -10 lessons per course

4) Short quizzes to test your knowledge and reflect on lessons learned

5) Certificate of completion

6) Access to rank shirts and patches


Our training begins with our NiN Instructor Certification Course below.

Our curriculum is recommend for ages 7 to 13.

Our Curriculum

Our Ninjas in Nature training system combines the elements of the Art of the Ninja (ninjutsu) with nature awareness and survival skills. We have 16 curricular "pathways". The first prerequisite course is our NiN course.

The NiN Ranking System

There are 5 ranks to progress through. Each progressive rank has a required number of courses to complete. When a youth completes the Level 1 NiN course they earn the rank of NiN. When they complete their third course, they earn Kame (turtle). The highest rank is Ryū (dragon) which is awarded upon completion of the final 16th course. Our instructor certification follows a parallel rank. Instructors are certified by rank based on how many courses they complete. Learn more about our NiN Ranks and Regalia.

Level 1 NiN Instructor Certification Course

This is where it all begins!  We teach you all the skills so that you can lead youth through the same curriculum. We cover 4 easy-to-learn skills that form the foundation for all of our subsequent curricular Pathways plus give you a bonus skill.  Cost: $49



Knife Safety Instructor Certification

We do ALOT of woodworking in our youth courses. We take knife use seriously. Without these skills, well...let's just say you probably will want a lot of band aids handy. We cover the "Knife Safety ABC's", hands-on wood carving techniques, and putting together a simple wound first aid kit. Upon completion you can order the knife safety patch (shown above) for your students and receive a certificate of completion. Cost: $39. Student/instructor prerequisite: Level 1 NiN Course.




Chi (Earth) Instructor Certification

This is where things really start to get fun. Chi means "Earth." This is the first of our Elemental Pathways (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void). Along this pathway students take a deep dive into hands on woodworking, ninjutsu, awareness, survival skills and much more. In this course we expand to 15 skills and add the woodworking technique of making an escrima/throwing stick. Cost: $69. Course Prerequisite: Level 1 NiN Pathway



The Turtle Trio!

Access all three certification courses to earn the Level 2 Kame/Turtle Rank Certified Instructor. This package includes NiN, Knife, and Chi Instructor Certifiation.  Over 40% off the combined individual course purchases. Cost: $89


NEW! Ninja Mentor Lesson Plans

Want the secret ninja sauce in snackable lesssons? We've got you covered!

We are rolling out our Ninja Mentoring Lesson Plans as stand-alone games, activities, hands-on skills, survival and awareness training. Each lesson offers a training video, downloadable PDF, and access to our private instructor network to ask questions and provide feedback.

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