International Tactical Training Academy (ITTA), Orlando Mancia
I reside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and was recently looking at taking some form of Martial Art and found a place called the International Tactical Training Academy or the ITTA. The first things that drew this place to me was the Close Quarters Combat areas they specialize in and then their self defense.
What the ITTA says they teach is Ninjutsu (7th Degree Black Belt
Certified by Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan).
From what I gathered from going to their dojo and talking with their head instructor Sensei Orlando Mancia is that they have that I like is:
1. A professional looking dojo.
2. An instructor who is not afraid of you asking questions and will answer anything you ask to the best of his knowledge and also really likes showing off his qualifications when you come in to talk with him.
3. An multitude of students from various backgrounds and cultures all who are open to giving a prompt opinion on the place. (Almost all I talked to being a positive and constructive opinion)
4. A wide variety of programs along with the ninjutsu that are one of the reasons I like the place as a whole.
5. When the class starts everyone seems to want to help everyone else do the technique properly and effectively and if its not working to see what wrong.
6. The flow of the techniques when shown and their basis on my past favorite element all techniques should be based on which is PAIN. If it don't hurt it don't work.
7. The availability of classes, about 5 per week of I do believe 2 hours though could be shorter or longer I can not recall the exact length.
The next points are all my cons of the dojo:
1. Contract on all programs for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years with the longer duration being cheaper.
2. The cost and the lower cost of taking both the Ninjutsu and CQC (Close Quarters Combat) and/or the Ken-jutsu classes. The cost being I think around $100/month on a two year contract for just Ninjutsu and $150/month on a one year contract. The CQC and Kenjutsu at $150-$250 a month depending on what it is combined with.
3. The suggestion of not taking just the CQC without the Ninjutsu as previously stated this is what first drew my attention to it.
4. Calling themselves international though after i got back from the introduction class I could not find them anywhere but Canada/Alberta/Calgary.
And then a con or pro: the odd way the class was organized there was no set amount of time on techniques. Just throwing ones after another and counter after counter and hoping some stuck in your head. I particularly didn't like the way this was done because I like to categorize everything, note it down and then practice all later and decide when i have a calm mind.
The school can be found at
The only direct information I could find on the Sensei Orlando Mancia was from their web site mentioned above.
If anyone could have some helpful information on this would be greatly appreciated.