The Dojo

The Dojo has been training students in martial arts for over 20 years at its current location. Founded by Robert Bryner Sensei and his wife Chikako Bryner Sensei and was our Chief instructor until his passing in October of 2012.

Chikako Bryner Sensei — as curent Chief instructor at The Dojo she shares 30 plus years of knowledge gained through her martial arts training. She holds the ranks of 5th Dan in Aikido and Aiki Toho Iai, and 4th Dan in Ryu Te® Karate.

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Infrastructure
Fighting room
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Training facility for
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  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
Sport classes
Aikido
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At the Dojo, the style of Aikido offered is Hombu Aikido under the direction of Shihan, Shoji Nishio Sensei (8th dan Aikido, 7th dan laido, 6th dan Judo, & 5th dan Karate) in Japan and are part of NASA(Nishikaze Aikido Society of America).

On his final trip to the U.S., Nishio Sensei publicly announced Koji Yoshida to be his official representative to the United States. In 2004, Nishio Sensei published his first and only book entitled, Aikido: Yurusu Budo (“Budo of Acceptance”). In early 2005 he passed away leaving a rich legacy to the budo world.

Instructors:

  • Chikako Bryner Sensei, Chief instructor;
  • Ken Corre Sensei;
  • Dean Fortunato Sensei;
  • Derek Snyder Sensei;
  • Noble Sensei.
Sport class for
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  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
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Iaido
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Nishio Sensei developed a new form of Iaido called Aikido Toho Iai which illuminates the deep relationship between the katana (Japanese sword) and techniques in Aikido. Aiki Toho Iai continues to evolve in the hands of Nishio’s successor, Koji Yoshida, who continues to focus on this methods which is thoroughly rooted in the traditional use of the katana. For example, Nishio’s sword work is otonashi or silent, meaning the contact between blades minimal and movements are done in the gaps of the opponents attack.

Sport class for
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  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
Ryu Te® Karate
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Students learn a wide range of techniques and how to use force prudently to control an attacker. Ryu Te® includes many striking, locking, and escape techniques. The striking techniques aim at the body's weak points to temporarily disable a attacker while the locking techniques focus on the bodies joints. Weapons techniques, and forms (kata) are taught as well and are the basis for all the techniques.

Instructor — Chikako Bryner Sensei.

Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
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The Dojo