Frequently Asked Questions




What is the Sensokan Dojo Indianapolis? 
The Sensokan Dojo Indianapolis is an extremely unique place. It is traditional school of the Japanese martial art of Aikijujutsu and Zen located on private residential property.

What is Aikijujutsu?
Aikijujutsu (Japanese Martial Art) is a form of jujutsu which emphasizes the 'early neutralization' of an attack. Like other forms of jujutsu it emphasizes throwing techniques and joint manipulations to effectively control, subdue or injure an attacker. It emphasizes using the timing of an attack to either blend or neutralize its effectiveness and use the force of the attacker's movement against them.

​Our personal style of Aikijujutsu is called "Senso-Ryu" (war style) which focuses full contact multiple attack self defense. very powerful. The art consists of striking, grappling, immobilizations, submissions, throws, weapons training, and a strict adherence to Zen meditation.

​The Senso-Ryu was founded by Richard Behrens Shihan in the mid 1960's and is currently headed by Ted Hanulak Sensei for the last 27 years.

​Do you teach children?
We do not teach children. We only accept students 18 years or older. We rarely have anyone studying at the Sensokan under the age of 21.


What is the class schedule? 
Classes are 2 hours each on:
Mondays  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesdays  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturdays  1:00pm - 3:00pm
​Students are welcomed to all classes but must attend at least 1 class a week to remain a student.


The Sensokan Dojo resides inside the Sensei's home?
The Sensokan dojo is located inside the Sensei's house. It is a full size traditional Japanese martial art dojo, complete with state of the art polyurethane tatami mats and wooden walls designed to "give" to prevent injury.

​There is a bathroom / changing area, an office for dokusan (private meeting) with Sensei, and a private parking area. There is also an outdoor meditation / training area. There is no better way to train.

What is the ranking structure?

The student begins as a probationary student. After 2 months the student is then invited to join the dojo as a novice student or "white belt". After 4 years of continuous training the novice student is promoted to full student or "black belt". Black belt is only the beginning of serious training. It is only then, after the basics have been learned does the student begin training in the higher level art.

Black belt is not an easy level to obtain in this art. In 27 years of teaching, Hanulak Sensei has only promoted 28 students to black belt level. Click here for the Sensokan Black Belt Student List 



Why do you teach Zen meditation with the martial arts?
Zen meditation has been taught with the traditional martial arts since the days of feudal Japan. If you want the martial art that you study to be effective in a life threatening situation, you have to be relatively "calm" at the moment of danger. If not, you will freeze in fear and all your techniques that you have learned will not be there for you. You achieve this through daily Zen meditation.

Bottom-line: The martial art teaches you the self defense technique but the Zen meditation training allows the technique to "come out", so to speak, when needed.

​For further information on this subject, visit the ZEN page.

How do I join the Sensokan Dojo?
An interview with Hanulak Sensei is required to join the Sensokan. Visit the Contact page for further information on setting up and appointment for an interview.

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