Another style that originated in Japan gained a following in the early 1930’s. This peaceful art is focused on not injuring your attacker. This art was developed by combining martial studies with more religious and philosophical beliefs. In turn the defender will absorb the energy from the attacker and redirect the energy away, using methods that will not cause aggressive harm. Aikido is a very fluid and soft martial art that is beneficial for those who may dislike confrontation. Aikido involves the practitioner to learn how to fall and how to roll in addition to how to redirect your opponent into a fall or a roll depending on where you direct their energy or momentum. The terminating maneuver typically results in a throw or a joint lock. Student learn different pressure point and learn to exploit the body’s weaknesses at nerves and joints. Aikido could be considered a softer more peaceful version of Jujitsu.
Hanshi Scott teaches student how to fall and roll comfortably out of many different positions. He will teach basic to advanced drills that focus on how to meet an attack without causing injury while combining continuous, often circular, motion as a way to redirect energy. You will learn a number of different throws and joint lock techniques depending on your ability or rank in class.
Iaido is the art of the Japanese sword or Katana. This is inspired by the samurai, ancient Japanese warriors.
Iaido is a Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. While new students of iaidō start learning with a wooden sword (bokken). Intermediate to advanced students who study iaidō use an unsharpened sword (Iaito) while the advanced practitioners of iaidō may use a sharpened metal sword (shinken).
Because iaidō teaches the use of actual metal weaponry, it is almost entirely based on the teaching of forms, or kata. Multiple person kata do exist within some forms of iaidō, but the iaidōka (practitioners of iaidō) will usually use bokken for such kata practice. Iaidō does not include direct competition or sparring of any kind. Because of this non-competitive aspect, and iaidō's emphasis on precise, controlled, fluid motion, it is sometimes referred to as "Moving Zen."
The literal meaning of the two Japanese characters which make up the word "karate" is "empty hands." Karate is a martial art which was developed in Japan after many centuries of evolution in other parts of Asia. It is an art that requires a great deal of both mental and physical discipline from its students. It is considered to be one of the finest forms of exercise practice today. Not only does Karate condition your body but it also strengthens your mind. The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in winning the fight, but rather in the perfection of the student's character.
As in all traditional Japanese arts, the object of Karate is found in the way in which people strive to develop themselves through the systematic training of their mind, body and spirit to the height of human potential. Karate is manifested in the expression of power and movement; its method is the disciplined use of the entire body; its means are the defensive movements of blocking, striking, punching and kicking. Thus Karate is not merely a form of self-defense. It is also a method of self-awareness. The complete mental control required to master the physical movements, and the effort and discipline put forth in the harmonizing of the mind and body, lay the
foundation for the development of good citizenship and strong character. Karate is an art which can benefit all.
Gosoku Ryu and Shudo Kan are the styles studied at this school. Our basic movement and kata's are very similar to the Japanese karate style, Shotokan, though there are subtle influences of Chinese art as well. Once the technique and the foundation is developed black belts are then taught Gosoku Ryu katas. Gosoku Ryu translates to "hard" and "fast". The link below will redirect you to our Soke's homepage and our Hombu Dojo in Glendale, CA.
Jiujutsu has recently been revamped at the dojo, as of November 2015! Japanese jiujutsu is the close combat grappling art. It involves throws, chokes, and locks, focusing on pinning and neutralizing the opponent. JiuJutsu has recently become extremely popular in response to MMA, due to its high energy and exciting nature. Hanshi’s Japanese jiujutsu class is rooted in tradition, concentrating on the martial spirit and focus that is often lost in sport. With respect and discipline, this revamped class is focusing on developing strong technique with gradual introduction of multiple styles of jiujutsu. Hanshi has uniforms available at the dojo for all who want to come roll with us!
Kung Fu has very fluid-like movements and some forms are inspired by animal where strikes and blocks would mimic one particular animal. This becomes a way to honor the animals spirit while strengthening your own. The classes often work the 5 animal forms: tiger, dragon, crane, snake, and leopard. Kung Fu classes also incorporate a number of weapons such as the fan, cane, jo staff (5 foot staff), and foil sword.
Chinese martial arts also referred to by the mandarin chinese term wushu (simplified chinese: 武术; traditional chinese: 武術; Pinyin: wǔshù) and popularly as kung fu (Chinese; pinyin: gōngfu), are a number of fighting styles that have been developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "families" (家, jiā), "sects" (派, pài) or "schools" (門, mén) of martial arts. Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles which focus on qi manipulation are labeled as internal (内家拳, nèijiāquán), while others concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness and are labeled external (外家拳, wàijiāquán). Geographical association, as in northern (北拳, běiquán) and southern (南拳, nánquán), is another popular method of categorization.
"SOKE"- MEANS "HEAD OF HOUSE" OR HEAD MASTER IN JAPANESE AND IS A TITLE GIVEN ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW AND TRADITIONAL FORM OF MARTIAL ARTS.
WHITE- 10TH KYU (NO RANK)
YELLOW- 9TH KYU
ORANGE- 8TH KYU
BLUE- 7TH KYU
PURPLE- 6TH KYU
GREEN- 5TH & 4TH KYU
BROWN- 3RD-1ST KYU
BLACK- 1-9th Dan
SOKE- 10TH DAN
[Additional ranks are added for our young participants where either a white or a black stripe will be added to the rank. Additionally, young black belts under 16 may receive a belt with a white stripe called "shodan-ho" meaning probationary Shodan. This allows the student to grow into their Shodon rank while being at such a young age.]
Hanshi performing a sweep+take down in karate class with Sensei Bo in 2005.
-Photo by Sensei Artem
Hanshi performing an arm bar to mount with Sensei Don in 2015.
-Photo by Sensei Kaari
Pictured: Renshi Swarthought, Shihan Adams, Soke, and Hanshi Scott present Soke with a bronze image at Occidental College in LA for Soke's 80th birthday and 75 years in Martial Arts.