Renshi Laurie Sawtelle was born & raised in Colorado. She became interested
in the martial arts while attending the University of Colorado. She briefly tried Tae Kwon Do at the local rec center, before discovering the Ninpiden Dojo. She began her martial arts studies in earnest with the Chinese art of Tai Chi Chuan. While at the dojo she began watching the Ninpo classes and became interested in participating. She began Ninpo in February of 2001 and achieved the rank of black belt in the summer of 2004.

"Ninpo Tai Jutsu intrigues me because of its versatility, and the emphasis
on useability. Not only is it a beautiful art form, but it is a highly
effective form of self defense as well. I would encourage anyone to participate,
and anyone can." - Renshi Laurie Sawtelle
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