Fresno Aiki-Jujutsu – Fresno’s School of Traditional Japanese Sword Arts and Jujutsu

We offer classes in Japanese Swordsmanship and traditional Japanese Aiki-Jujutsu in Fresno, CA

We are dedicated to the study of samurai martial arts including:

  • Japanese sword arts and classical weaponry (wakizashi, tanto, naginata, jo)
  • Aiki-jujutsu – the root art of modern Jujutsu and Aikido
  • System of Strategy – Practical self-defense applications and awareness training for modern-day threats

Our martial arts school is an official Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho dojo. Randy George Sensei is a Nami Ryu instructor under James Williams Sensei.

How to Join

For online-only training, please visit the Classes page on this site.

For in-person training at the dojo, please go to the Pacific Martial Arts signup page and choose the Aiki-Jujutsu option ($125/mo.). This option also provides access to all of our live training on Zoom and the On Demand video portal. If you are a student in Fresno, you will also gain access to Eskrima, Karate, and Striking classes at Pacific Martial Arts.

Please get in touch via the Contact page if you have questions.

Training Schedule & Fees


6:30 – 8:00 pm – JP Sensei
8:00 – 9:00 pm – Randy Sensei (Green to Black Belt only)
Location: Suite 103 next to Uncle Harry’s Bagels

6:30 – 8:00 pm – Matt Sensei / Steve Sensei
Location: Suite 103 next to Uncle Harry’s Bagels

7:30 – 8:30 pm – Earl Sensei
Location: Suite 103 next to Uncle Harry’s Bagels

10:00 – 11:30 am – Randy Sensei
Location: Inside Herndon Fitness in a room to the left of the main entrance


Our program is offered through Pacific Martial Arts. We train in two spaces in the shopping center on First and Herndon’s southwest corner.

Address: 6735 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93710.

Weekday classes are held in Suite 103, which is next door to Uncle Harry’s Bagels.

Saturday classes are inside Herndon Valley Fitness. After entering the gym, proceed to your left and look for the “samurai arts” banner and door to the training room.


Live Zoom classes streamed 3x/week: $49/month*
In-person training (Fresno, CA) 3x/week: $125/month*

  • Active Military and Law Enforcement discounts are available.
  • Classes are open to ages 14 and older. The instructor may grant exceptions.
  • Students also gain access to special striking classes and Kabaroan Escrima through Pacific Martial Arts.

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, creating 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?

James Williams Sensei throwing Randy George

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 originates in the sword.

Learning Japanese swordsmanship teaches many more things, which you will begin to experience once you begin your training.

Aiki-Jujutsu Techniques

Aiki-jujutsu unarmed techniques include:

  • joint locks
  • throws
  • strikes to the body and vital areas
  • kicks
  • chokes
  • 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 the samurai exclusively used.

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 principles 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 becomes 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.

Learning JojutsuJoin a Class

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).