Traditional martial arts

The Martial Art of Spiritual Harmony

Indianapolis Martial Arts at the Shinwakan Dojo offers regular classes in traditional Aikibudo, a compassionate martial art appropriate for all ages. It teaches non-aggressive self-protection.

About Our Curriculum and Lineage.
Our Aikibudo curriculum draws from the principles and techniques taught within a number of "aiki" arts studied by our instructors, including traditional Aikido, Hakko-ryu Jujutsu (Aiki-Jujutsu), and the original Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, as well as other schools. All of these arts share common techniques and principles, as the founders of Aikido (Morihei Ueshiba O’Sensei) and Hakko-ryu (Okuyama Ryuho Soke) were senior instructors of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu under Sokaku Takeda Dai-Sensei in the early 20th Century. Both of these influential teachers broke away to start their own schools, renaming them "Aikido" and "Hakko-ryu" (Eighth Light School"), respectively. In Aikido, Ueshiba O’Sensei added a deeper spiritual aspect to Daito-ryu, while Okuyama Soke infused traditional Shiatsu teachings (holistic massage) into his art. All of these are incorporated into our study of Aikibudo at our school.

Aikibudo at the Indianapolis Martial Arts Center.
​We practice Aikibudo in our school as an independent group. In our school, named the Shinwakan ("True Harmony House"), equal attention is paid to the spiritual and self-defense components of Aikibudo, with a mindset toward safety and compassion for our training partners. We often practice slowly and in a relaxed manner, focusing our attention on unifying with our training partners and maintaining proper breathing and mental calmness.


Students are never pushed beyond their limits or comfort zone, and new students are guided through practice slowly and with attention to safety and the basics of correct movement, falling, and paired-partner practice.

How is Aikibudo practiced?
Students begin their study with the fundamental techniques, or Kihon Waza, where they are introduced to the various principles of Aikibudo (see below). Intermediate and advanced students delve deeper into various applications of the basic principles, including such things as Goshinjutsu (applied self-defense techniques, including ground defenses, grappling, and modern weapons disarming), in addition to the use of the Jo (short staff), Hanbo (walking stick), Kobo (short stick), Iaijutsu (sword drawing), and other aspects of more traditional Japanese martial arts.

The formal techniques are structured to teach core principles (Gensoku) that may be applied in endless ways, including practical self-defense skills for the modern world.

Principles & techniques taught within Aikibudo include:

Nuki Waza – Release, or Escape Techniques
Atemi Waza – Striking Techniques
Kansetsu Waza – Joint Locking Techniques
Osae Waza – Control, or Pinning Techniques
Renko Waza – Arresting Techniques
Nage Waza – Throwing Techniques
Shime Waza – Strangulation Techniques
Ne Waza – Ground / Grappling Techniques
Buki Waza – Weapon Techniques

How can I learn more?
To learn more about Aikibudo, please contact us.

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