2727 2nd Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201, United States

(313) 744-3701

Private Martial Art School

Art of Life Sanctuary, Kamiza Dojo

Art of Life Sanctuary


 The Art of Life Sanctuary is a private martial art school and not a one size fits all place of learning, it is unlike any other. Why, you ask? Each member has their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Learn to empower yourself with confidence and control of life by exploring your limits and finding the best of your abilities.  All of our classes are private small groups with six students or less. Come take the journey and change your future. 

Be formless and become like the Wind 



Joel Dentoshi Iverson is the founder of the Art of Life Sanctuary, Way of the Shadow Wind. Mr. Iverson's path to the martial arts began in 1970. With various styles of martial art training under his belt, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Muay Thai and several animal arts from the Ta-Merrian Institute, Bujinkan and To-Shin Do Ninjutsu organizations, he has over 47 years of experience in martial arts and Ninjutsu.  

He also has 35 years of experience working in the Criminal Justice Field, where he applied and fine tuned his Shinobi techniques.

Sensei Iverson wanted to show how a person could utilize Shinobi techniques in their daily activities or professional life, both physically and mentally.

License Instructor, Taijutsu unarmed Combat Method To Shin Do Ninjutsu Martial Arts.

Licensed instructor, Kihon To-Shin Do Kasumi-An Kukishinden Ryu Kenjutsu Long Sword.

Licensed instructor, Kihon To-Shin Do Kasumi-An, Bo-jutsu Long Staff Combat Method.

Degree in Criminal Justice specializing in criminal investigations and Security.

Licensed by the State of Michigan to operate in the Criminal Justice Field, in Professional Investigations and Security.

Ninjutsu has become much more than a martial art, it's a way of life. (G)


Art of Life Sanctuary

Meaning behind the name

Art of Life:
The word Art, in this sense, means your creation, and Life means how you decide to live within that creation or in other words, this world.

The Sanctuary is a private dojo where one can come and be guided to develop that self-empowerment through our training; mentally, physically and spiritually.


Art of Life Training Programs

To-Shin Do

To-Shin Do

Ninpo/ Kung Fu

Ninpo/ Kung Fu

Self-Protection martial arts classes

Way of the shadow wind

Ninpo/ Kung Fu

Ninpo/ Kung Fu

Ninpo/ Kung Fu

Learn how to implement the element into your daily life.

Yin/ Yang

Zen Lifestyle

Ninpo/ Kung Fu

Zen Lifestyle

Meditation, Yoga and healthy eating are good ways to create a strong mind and body.

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Art of Life Sanctuary

2727 2nd Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201, United States

(313) 744-3701 theartoflifesanctuary@gmail.com

Office Hours


By Appointment

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 9 pm

Friday- Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Open

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