An effective martial arts study isn't only about learning to take out the bad guys and defeating the opponent.
Martial arts teaches the principles of armed and unarmed combat and explores how these principles make Aikido, Judo, or Koryu weapons arts effective in conflict resolution whether physical or verbal.
Budo and Martial arts training are a way of life that encompasses physical fitness, learning martial skills and effective self-defense, building skill sests in how to more effectively communicate, developing teaching ability by working with others of like mind ............... and learning about who you are, what you value, and how your world view functions.
Become a martial artist and learn a new life skill.
Challenge yourself to become a more confident person and develop your body, mind, and spirit.
WHAT WE TEACH
Aikido is a hand-to-hand martial art form that teaches the strategy of first avoiding and controlling the opponent's attack, before using a striking, throwing, or joint locking technique to neutralize and defeat the attacker.
Aikido is a dynamic martial art, useful for self-defense and used by various police departments but it is safe to practice in the dojo.
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 developing high-level ability in practical self-defense on the street.
Training for beginners is slow, controlled, and intended to gradually build intuitive reflexes and movements. Being able to do the movements slowly and correctly eventually leads to being able to do them at full speed so the beginning of your training is more important than one might think.
A study of Aikido includes learning 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 Aiki-jujutsu which the Samurai used in combat hundreds of years ago and has a strong flavor of Judo.
Judo (literally. "gentle way") is categorized as a modern martial art, which has since evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. The sport was created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano as a physical, mental, and moral educational system in Japan.
With its origins coming from jujutsu, Judo's most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or take down an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.
Strikes as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori, ). Also referred to as Kanō Jiu-Jitsu until its' introduction in the Olympic Games, A judo practitioner is called a judoka and the judo uniform is called "judogi"
The philosophy and subsequent educational system developed for Judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from koryū (traditional schools). Judo also spawned a number of derivative martial arts across the world, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Krav Maga, Sambo.
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 our other classes as a specialized form. SMR Jodo was developed by Muso Gonnosuke, the only man to beat Mushashi (known as "The Sword Saint") in individual combat.
Originally practiced as a dueling art it was considered so effective that it was eventually adopted for use by today's Japanese Riot Police. 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 over the other.
This school 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. SMR Jodo players are not ranked by colored belts but instead are given a scroll that indicates overall knowledge and ability.
We are one of the oldest continually operating martial arts schools in the Houston area. We opened in 1998 as an Elite Academy for instruction in traditional martial arts and ways and we have been teaching at our current location for over 20 years. The 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 practical self-defense and physical fitness as taught in a safe learning environment.
We offer both non-competitive martial arts (Aikido & SMR Jodo) and competition based martial arts (Kodokan Judo) and 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:
L.F. Wilkinson - Kancho - Aikido & SMR Jodo
Chris deBoisblanc - Senior Sensei - Aikido
Felix Robles - Senior Sensei - Kodokan Judo
Brent Zurbriggen - Senior Sensei - Kodokan Judo
Or fill out and submit the following form. If you submit the form please note that it may take us up to 24 hours to respond. If your inquiry is time sensitive, then please call of the Sensei for information on training.
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
Shindo Muso Ryu Koryu Jodo:
Thursday's - 6:30 to 7:30
Saturday's - 8 am to 10 am
Monday's - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday's - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday's - 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Sundays - 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
Taiho Jutsu (police tactics):
Mondays 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Training for Taiho Jutsu students is a class session in addition to the regular Aikido classes
Anyone interested in training can either make an appointment to visit the dojo, or simply stop in during normal class hours.