survive in an era of continuous conflict the Samurai of ancient
Japan developed sophisticated techniques of personal combat and
strategy. Today we practice these techniques and their modern
applications at the Dojo of the Four Winds. By adapting and applying
ancient lessons we learn to find harmony in our modern lives.
The ability to remain calm under pressure, to face ones fears
with strength, to have clarity in the midst of confusion, and
to surmount obstacles with grace; these things all add to the
quality of our lives.
Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho is a school for training in the ancient martial
arts that were the exclusive secret of the Samurai nobility. The
curriculum covers a wide range of bugei (martial arts), which
encompass skills that were once necessary for the Samurai warrior
in the performance of his martial duties.
ryu means wave style and refers to the fact that energy travels
in waves at every level of Universe reality. This wave effect is
one of the underlying physical principles of our art. Practitioners
of Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho seek to resolve physical and mental conflicts
by recognizing and utilizing the relationships between the laws
of physics and human physiology and psychology. The concepts of
awareness, inner harmony, blending with an opponent, and integration
with the laws of physical reality, are all used to facilitate an
is a legacy of Japan's feudal era. This art was developed through
generations of intense personal conflict and warfare. The softness
in application of technique evolved because it was the most efficient
manner in which the Samurai warrior could defeat his enemy. This
art has been distilled from the most absolute of human physical
conflict, close hand to hand combat with edged weapons (specifically
the samurai sword and knife). Within this process Aiki -Jujutsu
has sought to transcend many of the supposed human limitations,
into a realm where the mind is dominant and led by the spirit.
-Jujutsu is a hidden or inner art in that it is not possible to
see what is really making the technique work. The basic tenet
is never to oppose force with force, but to direct and utilize
the power of the attack to overthrow the enemy with his own strength.
Eventually, with knowledge and training, it becomes possible for
the mind to freely lead the body into action with creative spontaneity.
In this art there is no differentiation between attack and defense;
they are treated as opposite sides of the same coin. There is
attack in every defense and defense in every attack. This frequently
leads to techniques where one movement takes the place of what
would be two or more movements in other arts.
this art there is no differentiation between attack and defense;
they are treated as opposite sides of the same coin. There is attack
in every defense and defense in every attack. This frequently leads
to techniques where one movement takes the place of what would be
two or more movements in other arts. After learning how to fall
and roll properly (Ukemi Waza) students progress to throwing (Nage
Waza), joint locking (Kansetsu Waza), and a variety of other unarmed
techniques including ground grappling and striking with hand and
foot. After demonstrating suitable proficiency, students may progress
to the practice of sword arts (Ken-Jutsu) and other weapon-based
school is small and personal, similar to the schools in ancient
Japan. The focus is on teaching students according to their own
ability. There is no belt ranking system, as in the classical Samurai
manner the techniques are ranked and not the person. It is the inner
victory that has real value, not the acquisition of accouterments.
Dedication, training, and consistency are necessary ingredients
in learning this art, along with the desire to incorporate its principles
into your daily life. Classes are held throughout the week. For
more information, to observe a class, or to schedule your first
lesson, contact James Williams (760) 736-4785 / [email protected]