" Are you so content with your life of safety and comfort that eating and sleeping are enough for you?" - Man of La Mancha

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Training and the Dojo

Membership:

 As in the early days of Budo training, prospective students are either recommended for training by a peer or vetted by the instructors. Prospective students, unknown to the instructors or other dojo members, can send an email to the Dojo via the Contact Us page in order to set up a meeting. This meeting (in person, phone or email) will give a sense of whether our training will meet your needs. As a private residence is located on the property, we do not accept uninvited persons or walk-ins. Stating this, Please don't hesitate to send us a message. You are welcome to train.
 
Unknown applicants will need to bring their valid Drivers License or ID in order to observe a class. Students and parents should always feel secure about the dojo environment and the persons therein. Only after a probationary period has concluded will the prospective Seito (student) be called a Deshi (apprentice) and eligible to study a second Art.  As we are a private entity and practice in a non-commercial environment, we care deeply about the quality and not the quantity of individuals we train. Although no one is perfect, it is imperative for the sake of the Arts that we maintain the standards of practice as dictated by our Budo forefathers, as well as the safety and security needed in these modern times. ​​

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Training:

Students must be willing to put forth strong effort in the process of spiritual forging (Seishin Tanren), in which they evolve from a student (Seito) to an apprentice (Deshi). Since Budo is taught and learned through a close relationship between teacher (Sensei) and student, the attitude, trust and skill of the student determine his/her progress. Unless one can eliminate the distracting influence of egotistical thoughts and train sincerely, one will not succeed.

Seito literally means "life assistant" and it refers to a person with less experience. When you first enter the dojo, there is an interest to find out more about the martial art practiced. As a beginner, you tentatively start out on a path, but do not really have an idea where it may lead. Motivation is usually external.

As your understanding of Budo increases, you become motivated to learn more deeply and move from the realm of student to the realm of apprentice (Deshi). The student is accepted a younger brother in to the Budo family, The Deshi is dedicated to studying his chosen Art and has a more serious commitment to learning. 
 
An important trait the student can exhibit is jyunanshin, a flexible attitude or spirit of readiness to accept teachings presented by the Sensei. This flexibility allows  the student to be shaped into something better. The willingness of the student to change is a fundamental to success in Budo. Your willingness to take criticism and endure sometimes long and repetitive training allows the progression from Seito to Deshi. Having an open mind that can accept new paradigms is an important quality in learning Budo. New teaching must be ingested, pondered, practiced and integrated. We honor the traditional methods and values of Budo, with the injection of updated pedagogy- allowing training to be more efficient and effective with the goal of surpassing your genetic potential.

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THE DOJO

The Dojo is a place where you realize the preciousness of life. Here you can come and die many times over. Here you can make mistakes and discover truths about your own nature and the nature of others. Here you can deeply experience, at one in the same time, the frailty of life and its virtually unbounded possibilities…
 
The Dojo is a place of contradictions and paradoxes.

Taken as a whole, our dojo is a special place. The discipline of both Deshi and Sensei and the tangible and the intangible atmosphere of the dojo may be daunting to the beginner and a home for the senior. It can harbor both peacefulness and passion, humbleness and power and is a place of elation and frustration. Training can be highly intense where life and death may hang by a thread, and at other times laughter brings smiles to everyone. It is a place where you study the concentration and technique of other like-minded positive individuals, and a place where the ego can disappear. Its atmosphere transforms you into something both fearsome and unmistakably beautiful.  

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At all times, you know that your “forging” is never finished. The fire of the furnace leaps up. The hammer pounds the red hot steel and Sparks fly. The steel folds upon itself, over and over again. There is no end to it, but then in the midst of all that---you may enter a place of grace that is fulfilled and wonderfully complete.




Dojo Details 
Mondays- Closed (open for test preparation if necessary)
Tuesdays- Iaido= 6;30-7;30 PM
Wednesdays- Karatedo= 6:30-7:30 PM
Thursdays- Kyudo= 6:30-7:30 PM
Fridays- Iaido= 6:30-7:30 PM
​Saturdays- Karatedo= 9:30-10:30 AM 
Sundays- Kyudo= 2-3:00 and Zen Meditation= 4:00 to 5 PM

Recommended monthly donations based on a sliding honor system scale:
Household combined Living Wage (LW) of $40K              Monthly Donation*
<100% LW                                                                                     50  (First responders, Retirees, Veterans, grade school and college students)
101-200% LW                                                                               75
201-300% LW                                                                             100
>301% LW                                                                                     125

​*Persons with economic concerns should speak to their instructor. The inability to donate is not a reason to be absent.

Private classes available during some mornings and afternoons during the week.