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Aikijutsu

Aikijutsu is a highly refined martial art derived from the Japanese tradition of jujutsu (sometimes spelled ju-jitsu or jiu-jitsu). The traditions of Aikijutsu trace it’s lineage to the Minamoto clan during the feudal period of Japan – it was only made public in the late 19th century. The art has subsequently undergone generations of refinement based on practical combat application and technical study. The curriculum contains techniques and principles which allow an accomplished practitioner to defeat an opponent with minimal physical effort, making it an especially effective martial art for law enforcement, women, and those who enjoy the challenge of sophisticated technique.

Many combative sports such as Brazilian jujutsu (BJJ), boxing, or wrestling may train with the knowledge that combat will occur in a controlled space against a single, unarmed opponent. As a result these arts focus on sparring or ground fighting. Aikijutsu does not share these assumptions, and students practice to address many different combative situations.

Monday and Wednesday, 7:00pm
Saturday, 9:15am

Adults 14+

Kenjutsu

Kenjutsu is the art of swordsmanship, and considered the most highly respected of all Japanese martial arts. Generations of swordsmen have devoted their lives to the study of every conceivable variation in the use of the weapon. Those swordsmen laid the groundwork for the strategic and philosophical aspects of the art, penetrating to the very core of conflict itself.

Kenjutsu is an art for those who wish to develop themselves both physically and spiritually. It includes an integral study of strategy, which can be applied to many situations in daily life. With ceaseless dedication, the kenjutsu student throws themselves into the grit and necessity of their work, and is enriched with the unique benefits which only few could understand.

Monday and Wednesday, 8:15pm
Saturday, 8:00am

Adults 16+

Advanced Aikijutsu demonstration courtesy of affiliate Itten Dojo – Harrisburg, PA

We have a tradition of doing something unusual or out of the ordinary for the first formal practice of the year. On January 5th, for the hatsu-geiko of the aikikai, I adapted for consistency with Yamate-ryū waza an exercise first taught to us in the late 1990s by Richard Tolson of the Arashi-ryū. This Kansetsu-waza set is intended to teach options when one technique is not working; the ability to flow into an alternative technique. In Mr. Tolson’s art, this basic series of techniques expands to counters, recoveries from being countered, very nasty throws, and eventually what amounts to free-sparring. It’s also a very good way to get the blood pumping.

Posted by Itten Dojo on Friday, January 15, 2016

Advanced Kenjutsu demonstration courtesy of affiliate Kitae Dojo – Joliet, IL

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Instructors

Andrew Stevenson

Head Instructor

Aikijutsu Rokudan
Kenjutsu Kyoshi
Karate Sandan

Richard Gilbert

Senior Instructor

Kenjutsu Kyoshi

Brian Stamps

Senior Instructor

Aikijutsu Sandan
Kenjutsu Renshi
USMC Martial Arts Instructor

Michael Barone

Student Instructor

Aikijutsu Nidan
Kenjutsu Kyosei

Great Falls Budokan is led by Mr. Arvind Rajguru, headmaster of the Itto Tenshin-ryu.

Membership Dues

In traditional dojo, discussion of financial considerations tends to be avoided whenever possible. This practice derives from the fact the samurai regarded money with contempt. Of course, the samurai could afford to take that attitude, since they essentially owned the entire country of Japan and everyone in it… We prefer that potential members of the dojo have a clear understanding of what to expect. Students of a traditional dojo recognize that membership dues support the existence of the dojo, and are not simple payments in exchange for instruction.

Intro Package

$85/3 weeks

  • Unlimited Training
  • Uniform Included*

*Aikijutsu only.

Monthly

$95/month

  • Unlimited Training

Quarterly

$250/quarter

  • Unlimited Training