Like most martial artists, Mike's martial arts adventure was sparked
by Bruce Lee. After seeing Bruce in a couple movies and spending time
in front of a mirror trying to move like him, Mike decided to get
some professional help... in the form of martial arts lessons. Washington,
DC in the early-70's wasn't exactly a martial arts Mecca so he started
training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of twelve. Feeling that TKD was
a little "lacking" (hand techniques and weapons) he began
studying Southern Chinese Gung Fu shortly thereafter. Mike's longtime
love of magic, especially close up magic, soon was displaced with
his growing enthusiasm for the martial arts. Doug Henning and David
Copperfield's meteoric rise was thus assured....
After entering college in Western Pennsylvania (at Geneva College),
where he taught TKD and self-defense classes, he was introduced to
one of his students. After doing some research and talking to some
other instructors, Mike decided to start over again as a ninja-wanna-be...
"Ninja First Class Krivka reporting for training, Sir!"
This started Mike on another martial path that would lead him to train
with (the then relatively unknown) Stephen Hayes and Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi
(Bujinjkan Ninpo Taijutsu Grandmaster). Mike's love for Ninjutsu sent
him to every corner of the United States to receive training and learn
more about this art. The dynamic training and diversity of technique
fascinated Mike and he pursued the information with the zeal of a
fanatic, amassing volumes of notes, videos and documentation on ancient
systems and modern applications. After training under Dr. Hatsumi
for a number of years, Mike looked to Shoto Tanemura, who was the
head of the newly founded Genbukan Ninpo Bugei Dojo, to continue his
Ninpo training. Training under Grandmaster Tanemura was sometimes
severe, as indicated by some of Mike's "war stories" and
video documentation, but the training only led him to want to learn
more and more.