Founder of the Indianapolis Martial Arts Center (Indianapolis Budokan) and Shinwakan Dojo is Andrew Bryant Sensei. He has studied the martial arts since 1983, and traditional Japanese martial arts since 1991. He has studied the arts of Aikido, Kendo, Jujutsu, Aikijujutsu, Iaido, Kenjutsu, and other arts. Bryant Sensei founded the Indianapolis Budokan in 1998, and holds senior black-belt ranks and instructor licenses in the arts taught within our school. He may be contacted through our website.
Bryant Sensei is assisted by senior students, including Chris Kupiainen Sensei (3rd-dan, Kan-ou-Kan, 2nd-dan, Aikido), Joe Kaposta Sensei (3rd-dan Aikido, 2nd-dan Kan-ou-Kan), James Todd Sensei (Tai Chi Head Instructor, 2nd-dan, Aikido, 2nd-dan, Kan-ou-Kan), Neil Baker (2nd-dan Kan-ou-Kan, and 1st-dan Aikido), and others.
The first thing recommended for prospective students is to contact us and schedule an appointment to watch a class, prior to applying for membership. We request that you arrive on time and be respectful during your visit.
After your visit, you will need to do is fill out an application for membership and be interviewed by the one of the head instructors. If accepted, you will be given a list of what you will need to do prior to attending your first class.
If you have any questions, or wish to discuss our membership process, please don't hesitate to contact us.
All of the arts we offer for study have affiliations in Japan. Students may make training trips to Japan and as members of our school.
The Shinwakan Dojo @ The Indianapolis Budokan (Martial Arts Center) is a traditional Budo Dojo. Few schools in the Indianapolis area offer the same depth of training in traditional Japanese martial arts. We offer classes in traditional Japanese Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Iaido, Aikibudo,and Aikido (Indianapolis Aikikai)
What makes a traditional martial arts Dojo ("Way Place") different from other schools? We emphasize the original, unaltered teachings and traditions of the various ryuha (schools) or arts we offer for study. This includes not only the physical techniques, but also the spiritual aspects, in addition to the language and formal etiquette (reishiki).
Study at a traditional Budo Dojo will fundamentally change a student's life. It will transform them into something completely new. The student (Deshi) will not change the art to suit them; rather, the art will mold and shape them. Much like the forging of a traditional Japanese sword, students of our school begin as the raw material. Training shapes and tempers them, both physically and spiritually, until they become well-polished, razor sharp, and with the heart of a true warrior (Budoka). Many modern schools have devolved into simply teaching fighting for competition or exercise. This is not the way of traditional Japanese Budo.
The traditional Dojo will change your values, life goals, and attitude towards every aspect of your life. Are you ready to begin your journey? Contact us today.
Our school holds membership in the Kanou-Kan organization in Hiroshima, Japan. The founder and president of the Kanou-Kan is Kunio Morimoto Sensei. Morimoto Sensei is the recognized successor and headmaster of both the Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu school of Iaido, and the Shibukawa Ichi-ryu school of Jujutsu, as recognized by the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai. Morimoto Sensei also holds Menkyo Kaiden (highest license) in Oishi Shinkage-ryu Kenjutsu, and is a member of the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai.
The Traditional Budo Dojo
Indianapolis Martial Arts Center
2060 East 54th Street, Suite 7
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Head Instructor, Andrew Bryant Sensei