Academy for Elite Samurai Arts
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A Quick Introduction ...........
We are a classical school of the martial arts.
We do not train for or participate in competitions or tournaments.
We teach Aikido, self-defense and koryu (old flow) Aikibudo-Aikijutsu and elite weapons forms.
We do not have children's classes and only accept students age 14 or older.
We opened our doors in 1998 and have grown into one of the largest and best known dojo in Houston with students from all over the Houston metroplex. 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, and is assisted by several senior instructors who range from 4th to 7th Degree Black Belt.
The curriculum is based on classical methods of study as we believe that the concept of Koryu ("Old Flow") has more value to the serious student of martial arts than sports competition. This traditional approach results in a capable, better-rounded and more self-confident martial artist; one who has efficient self-defense skills and a greater understanding and appreciation of traditional martial arts, Budo, and the value of what can be learned and accomplished.
With that said, 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) fully sprung 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 with Olympic class foam mats on a raised (floating) floor that has over 800 steel springs under it. The floor is hard enough to 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 with a fully sprung floor system and at 2,500 sq. ft. is the largest of its' kind in Texas. This training area 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.
We have separate rest rooms and changing rooms for both men and women. 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 rooms and rest rooms for men and women
Come as you are, change for training at the dojo and put your street clothes back on before going home
Click "Enrolling" for information on finding the dojo, class fees and class schedules.
Click "Q & A's" for answers to questions regarding the style of Aikido that we teach (yes, there is more than one style out there), promotions and other questions that past have asked.
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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