Nanatokan is an academy of martial arts located in the city of Santa Cruz. It was established in September of 2004 by José Miguel Rosas. The name, Nanatokan (pronounced nah-nah-toe-kahn), translates from the Japanese to “The House of Seven Gates”. The Logo has a particular meaning: the Japanese characters that spell Nanatokan were used to create the Logo.

Nanatokan offers instruction in four martial arts: Nanatokan Aikijujutsu, Enshin Itto-ryu Battojutsu, Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu), and Aikido. Students that join Nanatokan have the unique opportunity to receive instruction in any or all of the martial arts offered at any level that they want (as leisure or recreational to full time devoted practitioners).


At Nanatokan, a variety of programs have been developed to serve and inspire our community: Children Classes, Junior Classes, Teen Classes, Adult Classes in Nanatokan Aikijujutsu, Nanatokan Battojutsu, Ninjutsu, and Aikido; Self-Defense Workshops for men, women, and children; Uchideshi Program (intensive apprenticeship program).

Other services that we offer are: Life Coaching, Motivational Speaking, Spiritual Refinement, Team Building, Private Instruction, and Consulting Work.

All of the above have been created to offer our community tools of empowerment, development, and growth. We believe that the individual, provided with the right set of encouragements has the ability to achieve greatness. Martial arts training is used to unify the body, mind, and spirit of the individual so as to create balance within themselves and their community.

“Nanatokan is not just an academy of martial arts. To me, it is a dream come true. It is a place where students gather to hone skills for life. It is a place where character is build and outstanding individuals are made.

The name has a particular meaning to me personally. I have devoted my life to the mastery of the seven ways, the seven gates: Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, the Void, Consciousness, and Balance; and to have Nanatokan, The House of Seven Gates, felt like the perfect name for the academy.” José Miguel Rosas – Founder of Nanatokan