To 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.

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. 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 disciplines.
The 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 /