Academy for Elite Samurai Arts
Find the Dojo And Enroll In Classes
Beginner and Intermediate Class Schedule:
Advanced classes are available to black belt students.
Our classes Are Held At:
The business park is on the north/west side of Bingle between Highway 290 and Tidwell and is located between the Mustang Caterpillar used equipment dealership and the Public Storage facility. The main building that faces the street is two stories tall and is Crown Door Business Park. On the facade facing the street is a blue sign that says "Sterling Banquet Hall". At night it is lit-up and easy to see from the street. Drive around to the right side of the front building and to the building directly behind it. There we are. Look for the sign over the door.
For a map and driving directions go to YAHOO MAPS and enter the dojo address for directions.
We're actually pretty easy to access from just about anywhere in the Houston Metroplex with drive times of 30 - 45 minutes or less from Katy, Downtown, Uptown, The Heights, Spring and Jersey Village, Bear Creek/529 and Sugar Land, First Colony and New Territory.
TO START YOUR TRAINING:
PRIOR MARTIAL ARTS EXPERIENCE:
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES ARE OFFERED FOR ALL LEVELS OF STUDENTS:
LEARNING THE WEAPONS OF THE SAMURAI:
Aikido has its own forms of weapons training including defending against a knife attack and using (and defending against) a stick or wooden sword so Aikido students will learn to use these three primary weapons (knife, stick and sword). However, the use of these weapons is from the Aikido viewpoint and are not necessarily a "full" view of their usage and do not fully explore the use of swords, long staff or short stick so we are one of only two dojo in Texas that offer classes in an old form of weapons known as Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo (which means "Way of the Stick"). It is well-documented 400 year old school of classical martial arts known as "Sogo Bujutsu" or "complete martial science". Jodo teaches the use of several weapons that the Samurai commonly used including:
This very old, very classical weapons art form is available for any of our Aikido players who wish to add an additional study of weapons to their Aikido training.
In addition to the two regular sword/classical weapons classes per week we hold special intensive training sessions that last all day Saturday. During these intensive training sessions we teach jodo (stick vs. sword) and kenjutsu (sword fencing). These special training sessions are held the first Saturday of every other month and are at no cost to our Jodo students.
HOUSTON TRAINING SEMINARS:
Seminars are held in Houston on a regularly scheduled basis throughout the year with the material filmed for distribution on DVD's. Material taught at the seminars covers a broad range of topics including advanced kata (forms), police & military tactics, newaza (grappling), weapons defense and information necessary for promotion to advanced black belt ranks. The seminars are held during these months and the specific dates are announced several weeks in advance so that students can schedule attendance:
OUTSIDE TRAINING EVENTS:
We have relationships with other dojo and martial arts organizations so training at seminars held by at other dojo (and sponsored by other organizations) is available periodically during the year. Seminars may cover traditional weapons including Jodo, Aikido and Judo or such other topics as Daito Ryu Aikijutsu or what is known as "Internal Power" or "Aiki". Sometimes we attend special training events as a group in Dallas, Denton and Oklahoma City, or other local Houston dojo. Our Jodo (Samurai weapons) group attends training seminars in Denton on a fairly regular basis since Denton is the location of the Texas Jodokai; our sponsor and connection to high level teachers in Japan. Our Jodo group has also attended week-long training sessions (known as "Gasshuku") in Washington, DC, Racine, WS and Philadelphia, PA.
For more information and to arrange to visit the dojo please contact:
L.F. Wilkinson Sensei
713-826-5877 (business phone)
Or, you can send an email with your questions to:
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