Traditional Japanese Martial Arts
Historical European Martial Arts
Children's Martial Arts
Located in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center
1201 Pine Avenue. Studio 420
Niagara Falls, New York. 14301
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The Budo (warriors way) that we practice descends from the Jujutsu and Aikijujutsu arts retained, developed, and taught by Sokaku Takeda, and passed on and transformed through his top students. Our primary Aikido technical lineage traces it's roots from Takeda through a first-generation direct connection to the Aikido of Morihei Ueshiba and Koichi Tohei. In addition, we draw influence and inspiration from the powerful, subtle, and highly effective Aiki techniques as passed on through some of the Daitoryu schools descending from Takeda, and like many 21st century Aikidoka, are re-examining Aikido waza through a tracing of our roots.
Our technical program presents a comprehensive martial arts curriculum that utilizes circles and spirals to redirect the energy of an attack. This then gives us the choice to lead the attack into skeletal seizing and immobilization, throws, strikes, joint locks, chokes, and other submissions, or to safely restrain the attacker. Our curriculum helps the martial arts student to develop an integrated awareness of the interplay between soft and hard, to gain an experiential understanding of the power of blending and connecting, while developing internal power, stability, flexibility, and increased spatial and situational awareness. This results in an efficient, principle-based, martial art with practical implications in self-defense and in everyday life. Our Chief Instructor and Sensei has over 38 years of experience in the Traditional Japanese Martial Arts and has been fortunate to train, and continue to train, with Master instructors with direct lineages in the Japanese Martial Traditions.