Frequently Asked Questions
Due to so many misconceptions about traditional martial arts
training, our FAQ's page is so important. Read the
entire page before contacting us.
What is "Aikijujutsu"?
Historically, Aikijujutsu was the
unarmed martial art of the Samurai elite. It is an advanced form of
Jujutsu and is over 800 years old. Aikijujutsu is the father art
Aikijujutsu emphasizes throwing techniques and
joint manipulations to effectively control, subdue, or injure an
attacker. Of particular importance is the timing of a defensive
technique to either blend or neutralize an incoming attack's
effectiveness and use the force of the attacker's movement against
them. Senso-Ryu Aikijujutsu is characterized by ample use of atemi,
or the striking of vital areas to injure or to set up joint locking
or throwing tactics.
What is "Senso-Ryu Aikijujutsu"?
There are many forms or styles of Aikijujutsu.
"Senso-Ryu" is the name of our style of Aikijujutsu. It translates
to "War Style" and strictly focuses on self defense.
Broken down into categories:
Hard Technique -
A series of techniques designed to inflict injury to an opponent utilizing various strikes,
Soft Technique -
A series of techniques designed to
inflict pain in order to immobilize an opponent or neutralize an
opponents attack without permanent injury.
Projections or "throws" primarily used to
redirect an opponents attack either onto the ground or into
another opponent using the momentum of the original attack.
Sword Training -
with classical weapons such as the Katana (sword) and the Bokken
(wooden sword) for the development of balance and control as
well as the forging of courage.
We also train in defense against knife, gun,
- The control techniques are the highest level of techniques of Senso-Ryu
Aikijujutsu. They deal with
the internal and external physics of controlling one's opponent
in single or multiple attack situations through leading, target
replacement, freezes, pulses, etc... This is what sets us apart
from other systems. Meditation plays a key
role in mastering the control techniques.
"Without an internal training such as Zen meditation,
martial arts are nothing more than aerobics in pajamas." -
Zen Meditation - Meditation is perhaps the
most important aspect of our art.
Without an internal training such as Zen meditation, martial arts
are nothing more than aerobics in pajamas. Zen allows us to remain
relatively calm in stressful or dangerous situations, thus
allowing the techniques and principles that we have learned
through repetition to
"come out" when needed. Without this internal training, the
average person, when confronted with
violence, will freeze in fear and none of their techniques will be
of any previous martial art training.
Do you teach children?
We only accept adults, 18 years of age or older as
students. There is rarely anyone training under the age of 21.
The dojo resides on private property?
The dojo resides inside Hanulak Sensei's home.
This is not some "make-shift" gym thrown together in a garage. This
is a state of the art traditional style Japanese dojo which makes up
half the house. There is the
main dojo area, a changing room/ bathroom, office, and an outdoor
meditation / training area.
Will I get injured during training?
Yes, you probably will get a few minor injures during
your training. This is martial arts training not aerobics. Having
said that, we strive for safety the best we can and to keep the
injuries to a minimum. learning how to defend yourself is difficult. This is your life
and the life of your loved ones that you are training to protect. This is not a game.
Can I watch a class before joining?
We do not allow non-members to watch our classes
as we are a private dojo. Our students are here to train, not to put
on public demonstrations. This is something you will greatly
appreciate after becoming a student. We do however provide videos on
the Video page that give a clear example of
what we do in both the basic and advanced levels.
Do you hold seminars or sell home
Seminars are excellent for learning how to sell
real estate but not for learning the martial arts. A student must
train for years directly under a Sensei with other students. Simply
attending a seminar here and there will not prepare you for actual
self defense. The same applies to so-called "Home Training Courses".
You must train in a real school with real people. If not, you are
just wasting your time.
How much is the tuition?
Tuition is $125 a month in cash. No contracts.
$275 is due at sign up which covers the first 2 months of training
and registration fee. After the initial 2 months, the student will
pay $125 monthly. There are no testing fees or any such nonsense. The uniform can purchased online for around $35. Further information will be provided during the initial interview.
How can I join the Sensokan Dojo?
We are always eager to meet with anyone who may be a benefit to our dojo.
An interview with the Sensei is required. If you
believe that this is the path for you, contact the dojo to set up an
appointment for an interview with the Sensei.
Visit the Contact page
for further information on joining.
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