Japanese Sword Arts and Aiki-Jujutsu School Offering Online and In-Person Classes

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 visit the Join or Sign In page to join online classes. All new students (distance or local) must fill out a Liability Waiver and New Student Form before being accepted. Use the Contact page if you have questions.

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)
  • 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 certified Nami Ryu instructor under James Williams Sensei.

Training Fees

Live video training: $49/month
In-person training (Fresno, CA only): Additional mat fee or dues apply

* Please email us for distance student study by Zoom video classes. Spaces are limited. Video training includes access to class recordings and on-demand videos.

What Is Nami Ryu and Aiki-Jujutsu?

Nami ryu Aiki Heiho

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?

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 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 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 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. 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.

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).