Who We Are
Melanie Martinez and Joshua Estep are the co-founders of Coulee Roots Movement and Bujinkan Dojo.
Melanie Martinez became interested in movement and martial arts as a child through gymnastics, judo and karate and continued exploring various other martial art forms into adulthood.
2001-2006 Melanie trained passionately in Capoeira through which she developed new ranges of mobility and coordination. In 2007 Melanie began her journey in Bujinkan, training each winter with Gayle Nielson. In 2010 she knew Bujinkan would become a lifetime art for her and comited to training year round. Melanie is currently ranked as Go Dan (5th degree black belt) and holds a shidoshi (teacher's) license, both received from Masaaki Hatsumi at the Honbu dojo in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.