Aikido, Budo, and martial arts aren't only about learning to take out the bad guys, and they are not about "sporting around" in your new uniform.
They are a way of life encompassing physical fitness, mental and spiritual development, learning martial skills, building communications and teaching ability, working with others of like mind, and learning about who you are, what you value, and how your world view functions.
WHAT WE TEACH
Aikido is a hand-to-hand martial art form that teaches the strategy of avoiding the attack first, before taking control of their balance and then utilizing a striking or throwing technique, or a joint lock to neutralize and control the attacker. A study of Aikido includes teaching how to use and defend against knives, swords, and staffs. The style of Aikido that we teach has a direct historical link to Daito Ryu Aikijutsu which the Samurai used in combat hundreds of years ago. Aikido is a dynamic martial art, useful for self-defense but safe to practice in the dojo since training for beginners especially is slow, controlled, and intended to gradually build intuitive reflexes and movements. Being able to do the movements slowly and correctly eventually lead to being able to do them at full speed so the beginning of your training is more important than one might think.
Aikido is a martial art form that can include soft, slow, and gentle movements much like the videos seen on the internet. However, when taught the full range of Aikido techniques, many of which can be very dynamic, it becomes obvious that Aikido as a martial art includes very effective self-defense tactics that anyone can learn to apply with proper instruction and enough practice. While there are many ways in which to look at Aikido, such as a means of physical fitness (or the development of body, mind, and spirit) the fact remains that old-style Aikido is amazingly effective as a means by which one can learn self-defense and old-style combat techniques. This is why Aikido is a required part of the training curriculum at the Kaisho (Japanese Police Academy) in Tokyo and why all Japanese police officers have black belts in Aikido.
Old Flow Weapons
Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo ("The Way of the Stick") is documented as being over 400 years old. The Jodo class is taught separately from the Aikido classes and Jodoka are ranked by the Koryu (Old Flow) scroll system by which students are not ranked per se, but instead are given a scroll that indicates overall knowledge and ability. SMR Jodo was developed by Muso Gonnosuke, the only man to beat Miyamoto Mushashi in combat. Originally practiced as a dueling art (where the stick challenged the swordsman) it was considered so effective that it was eventually adopted by today's Japanese Riot Police for crowd control. Fast paced, sophisticated, and intricate in it's practice, it provides a window into how the Samurai fought during the warring periods. The use of the stick and sword teaches very close tolerances as each struggles for control of the other. The ryu (or schoo)l of old flow weapons includes other forms of practice including the use of sword breakers, war fans, and chain and sickle as it teaches the Samurai mindset that was a part of ancient one-on-one combat.
We are one of the oldest continually operating dojo ("Place for Teaching The Way" of martial arts) in the Houston Metroplex. We opened our doors in 1998 as an Elite Academy for instruction in traditional martial arts and ways including Aikido and Old Flow weapons and have now been teaching at our current location for over 20 years. The original goal was and remains that of providing beginner, intermediate and advanced level training to the serious martial artist who is looking for a complete education in Budo (martial arts and ways) and Heiho (martial strategies). An important part of that goal includes training that is specifically directed at the person looking for basic self-defense and physical fitness as taught in a safe and non-competitive atmosphere. We do not engage in tournaments or competitions but instead work to provide a positive training environment where learning is the goal and enjoying the training with other like-minded martial artists one of the benefits.
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CONTACT & VISIT
For any inquiries or questions contact:
Chris deBoisblanc-Senior Sensei
Or fill out and submit the following form. If you submit the form it may take us up to 24 hours to respond. We can generally respond much faster by email since we can receive email on our cell phone while in the field.
Dojo Located At
5701 Bingle, Ste. B-101
Houston, TX 77092
(behind Sterling Banquet Hall)
Beginner & Intermediate Aikido:
Tuesday's - 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Thursday's - 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Saturday's - 10 am to 11:30 am
Koryu Jodo Classes Held:
Thurdsday's - 6:30 to 7:30
Saturday's - 8 am to 10 am
Anyone interested in training can either make an appointment to visit the dojo, or simply stop in during normal class hours.