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  The Aikibudokan

A Traditional Dojo Offering Instruction in

Aikibudo & Aikido

Koryu ("old school") Martial Arts

Classical Japanese Samurai Weapons Forms

Practical Self-Defense

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Most Recent Web Site Update

January 2014

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We are a classical school of the martial arts and do not participate in competitions or tournaments; instead we teach Aikido and koryu or old style Aikibudo and weapons forms only.  We do not have children's classes; instead teaching only adults.

We opened our doors in 1998 and over the last 15 years have grown into one of the largest and best known dojo in Houston, attracting students from all over the Houston metroplex.  The instructional staff is one of the most experienced  in the metro-plex.  The Kancho (Head Instructor & Training Hall President) has over 40 years of experience in the martial arts and is 8th Degree Black Belt in Aikido.  He is assisted by the Dojo Cho (Dojo Manager) who is 7th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and several senior instructors who are 4th and 5th Degree Black Belts.

The curriculum is based on classical methods of study and does not include sports or competition.  We think that the classical training concept of Koryu ("Old School") has more value to the serious student of martial arts than sports competition or whatever the current popular fad from movies or popular entertainment might be.  We also believe that this traditional approach results in a more capable, better-rounded and self-confident martial artist; one who has efficient self-defense skills and a greater understanding and appreciation of traditional martial arts and Budo; and of the value of what can be learned and accomplished.

With that said however, as a classical school of martial arts we place great emphasis on self-defense including hand-to-hand, knife defense and basic self-defense (non-competitive) grappling skills in addition to the study of more traditional Samurai forms such as sword fencing and the use of the long and short stick for self-defense.

Another part of old school martial arts is the dojo itself and the training facilities.  In Japan the dojo ("Place for Learning the Way") had a special design that was important for effective training.  If the dojo specialized in weapons forms then it had a wood floor and weapons racks.  If it taught throwing art forms such as Aikido or Judo then it had a padded floor so that the students could be thrown and take falls with a minimal chance of injury.  

Many martial arts schools today do not have a proper training floor and instead of offering the best equipment possible, they may simply buy mats and lay them directly on a wood or concrete floor.  The mats may look soft but are extremely hard when you are thrown down.  Or, the mats are too soft and while affording protection from throws, the mats are too soft to properly walk or train on and ankle and knee injuries occur.

50x50 ft (2,500 sf) training floor, the largest in Houston            Practice weapons used in training classes

Our facilities are unique and our training surface is constructed the same as at the Kodokan in Tokyo (Japan) with Olympic class foam mats on a raised (floating) floor that has over 800 steel springs under it.  The floor is hard enough too walk on without ankle or knee injuries but because the floor is sprung it has enough give to comfortably fall on.  The entire surface is then covered with canvas so that feet do not stick to the surface.  Our training area is one of only two in the state of Texas.

This training area, based on an old design from Japan, is referred to as a "fast" training floor; meaning that it's firm enough to walk and move on but still soft enough to fall on if thrown or taken down.  Our 2,500 square foot training floor is the largest of its' kind in Texas.

We also have separate rest rooms and changing rooms for both men and women and the dojo is fully air conditioned in the summer (so you can train comfortably and not in a sauna) and heated in the winter (so you don't have to train in a deep freeze).  

 Separate changing and rest rooms for men and women          Come as you are, change for training at the dojo

Be sure to click  "How to Find Us And Enroll in Classes  to see how to find the dojo and answers to questions such as class fees, ages of beginning students and available classes

Be sure to click "Questions & Answers About The Classes" for questions that you might have before visiting including the style of Aikido that we teach (yes, there is more than one style out there), the meaning of different ranks and other questions that visitors in the past have asked about the dojo and our classes.

To see our training facilities and some class activities click "Photobucket"for photo-shots of our classes

Visit our You Tube Channel (Aikido at the Aikibudokan) for a view of training classes and some of the techniques and Samurai weapons we teach.

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