Japanese Sword Arts and Aiki-Jujutsu School
Welcome to the Fresno Aiki-Jujutsu Nishi no Kaze Dojo (Dojo of the West Wind).
To make learning easier during COVID, we now offer online video (Zoom) classes for those wishing to learn Japanese sword remotely!
Please see below and use the Contact page to request online training information. A dedicated sign-up page on our website will soon be available.
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
Dues: $80/month for in-person training and video training
Live video training: $40/month
* Please email us for distance student study by Zoom video classes. A video interview is mandatory before being accepted into the program. Spaces are limited. Video training includes access to class recordings.
* Bokken (wooden training sword) and other weapons are required for training.
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 has its origins in the sword.
Learning Japanese swordsmanship teaches many more things, which you will begin to experience once you begin your training.
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
Principles of Jujutsu
Nami Ryu principles and techniques originate in ancient martial arts (bujutsu) and strategies (heiho, or hyoho) that were exclusively used by the samurai.
We teach strategic principals that can only be learned through sword and edged weapons training.
These principles also apply to the study of jujutsu. Jujutsu comes from the study of the sword; both use the same “operating system”.
The result is that studying sword arts and jujutsu become 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
- The 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.
Everyone is welcome to train in Nami Ryu.
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. Online class sizes vary, but you will receive active help and feedback to learn and improve.
Learning Japanese swordsmanship online is easier than it has ever been. Our new video classes only require a belt (Kaku obi) and training weapons.
Please contact us if you would like to observe a Zoom class or try one out (don’t worry, you can keep your video off if you prefer).
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 video class or in-person class (subject to COVID).