Aiki-Jujutsu and Japanese Sword Arts
Welcome to the Fresno Aiki-Jujutsu Nishi no Kaze Dojo (Dojo of the West Wind).
We are a martial arts school in Fresno, CA, dedicated to the study of samurai martial arts including
- Japanese sword arts and classical weaponry (wakizashi, tanto, naginata, etc.)
- Aiki-jujutsu – the root art of modern Jujutsu and Aikido
- System of Strategy – Practical self-defense applications and awareness training
Our martial arts school an official Nami ryu Aiki Heiho dojo. Randy George Sensei is a certified Nami ryu instructor under James Williams Sensei. Our dojo is a part of the Pacific Martial Arts program.
You can learn more about where Nami Ryu came from on the About Nami Ryu page.
FitRepublic (Figarden Loop – Tue/Thurs)
6370 N. Figarden Drive
Fresno, CA 93722
(East side of the Bullard Loop)
FitRepublic (First & Herndon – Wednesdays)
6735 N First Street
Fresno, CA 93710
(SW corner of First & Herndon)
What Is Nami Ryu and Aiki-Jujutsu?
Nami Ryu means “wave style” and refers to the fact that energy travels in waves. The wave effect is one of the underlying principles of our art.
As seen in the art’s name, Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho practitioners study the laws of physics and natural movement, which in turn create a tactical advantage over an attacker. Our goal is to teach practical self defense and awareness skills that can be used in everyday life.
Nami Ryu as a martial arts system is comprised of unarmed techniques (Aiki-jujutsu) taken directly from the study of Japanese sword arts (kenjutsu and iaijutsu) and knife arts (tantojutsu).
Aiki-jujutsu is subtle, deceptive, and effective.
Why Learn Japanese Swordsmanship?
Of course, we do not expect to wield a sword in self-defense against an attacker. However, the principles of fluid movement and pinpoint precision gained from studying the sword and knife are invaluable tools for learning jujutsu, which had its origins in the sword.
Learning Japanese swordsmanship teaches many more things, which you will begin to experience once you begin your training.
What Kind of Techniques Will I learn?
Aiki-jujutsu unarmed techniques include:
- joint locks
- strikes to the body and vital areas
- techniques from the ground
- defense against grabs and strikes
- redirecting attacks
- much more
Nami Ryu principles and techniques originate in ancient martial arts (bujutsu) and strategies (heiho, or hyoho) that were exclusively used by the samurai
Our curriculum covers a wide range of bugei (Japanese martial arts), which encompass skills that were once necessary for the samurai warrior in the performance of his martial duties.
We teach strategic principals that can only be learned through sword and edged weapons training. These principles also apply to the study of jujutsu. In fact, jujutsu comes from the the study of the sword so both use the same “operating system”.
The result is that the studying sword arts and jujutsu become one and the same, with a single system that guides both armed and unarmed training.
These practical skills are translated into teachings applicable in modern times.
Benefits of Nami ryu Training
- Calmness of Mind and Spirit
- Understanding of Tactics and Strategy
- Increased Awareness
- Practical Self-Defense Techniques and Principles
- Winning Attitude
- Honor, Commitment, Dedication
We provide professional instruction in an environment of Courtesy, Integrity, Responsibility, and Self Discipline. Training with us will provide you with lifetime skills that will allow you to realize your potential.
Who Can Train?
Anyone is welcome to train. We offer training for all age groups and have both male and female students. Also, no special clothing or equipment is needed to start – comfortable gym clothes will be fine.
Many of our students begin with little to no previous training in martial arts while some have had extensive training in the military or another art.
Whatever your experience level or prior martial arts experience, we invite you to submit the contact form on this page to schedule a time to observe or participate in a class.