About Us

As our name implies, we are focused on self-defense. In fact, it’s built into the art we study. Nihon Goshin Aikido means “Japanese self-defense using the attacker’s momentum”. We start with simple, effective methods of escaping common types of attacks. We add powerful strikes, throws, locks, and controls. We learn to put all of those things together to effectively defend against any realistic scenario.

Here are some common questions people ask about our programs:

  • Will I be able to defend myself quickly?
    There are no magic pills, so we can’t say you’ll be a fighting monster after your first week. However, you’ll learn some simple techniques in your first class that you could walk out and use that day. Every class, there’s specific work to help you develop the reflexes and skills to defend yourself.
  • Do you teach children’s classes?
    Currently, the Self-Defense Academy only teaches adult classes. Those classes are open to anyone 16 years of age or older.
  • Will I learn Karate?
    While our strikes are, in fact, derived from Shotokan Karate, Nihon Goshin Aikido is a different art. Karate tends to be almost entirely striking, while we take a different approach – blending striking and grappling (throws, takedowns, and pins).
  • Do you train MMA fighters?
    No. MMA is a sport. We focus specifically on self-defense.
  • Will I get injured?
    Martial arts is a contact activity, so some injuries will eventually occur. That said, we maintain a safe environment for learning in, and injuries are rare, and usually minor. For instance, the Chief Instructor has been training since 1982, and has never had an injury that caused him to miss more than a single class.
  • Will I learn to defend against weapons?
    Not immediately. Defending against weapons requires a higher level of skill than defending against an unarmed attacker. Once you have a solid basis in the first few techniques, your instructor will begin adding weapon defenses.

If you have more questions, please feel free to stop in and watch a class.

PLEASE NOTE: While all normal classes are open for public observation, study groups (labeled as such on the calendar) are not always open for public observation, as a qualified instructor may not be present. This is for safety reasons. If you wish to observe a study group, please contact the Chief Instructor before attending, to be sure the group will be open for observation.