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Aikido at Tarzana Aikikai Tarzana Aikikai 1 Photo 1 Video

Programs:

  • Aikido for Adults;
  • Aikido for Children (ages 3 through 16);
  • Aikido for Teens;
  • Aikido for Women.

​AIkido And Art Day Camp:

  • Traditional Aikido training daily;
  • Tai Chi, Yoga;
  • Art, Origami, Science, Cooking;
  • Children's Literature-inspired projects and themes;
  • Field Trips to museums, pools, hiking trails, parks or other local attractions.
18580 Ventura Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90034
  • 818-705-0600
  • Reseda (4100 ft)
  • Tampa (1.2 ml)
  • Pierce College (2.3 ml)
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  • young women
  • men
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2016.12.26
Aikido at Kakushi Toride Aikido Kakushi Toride Aikido 2 Photo

Beginners learn a condensed and simplified set of movements integral to aikido while studying the aspects of attack that create the "aiki resolution".

Intermediate and advanced students then learn and practice how to support and protect the attacker as his intention brings him to the ground.

Our advanced practice is always jiuwaza practice, that is, a technique is never prescribed. In the role of uke, our students cultivate the ability to initiate and maintain authentic attacking intention so as to create a more realistic response to nage's actions, and therefore a more realistic representation of the effectiveness of those actions in creating a transformative experience.

Style — Ki-based.

Instructors:

  • chief instructor: Corky Quakenbush, 2nd dan;
  • assistant instructors: Rene Galindo & Steven Bryson.
3647 Watseka Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90034
  • 310-435-0344
  • Culver City (3200 ft)
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (1.6 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (2.5 ml)
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  • young men
  • young women
  • men
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2016.12.25
Aikido at Aikido Institute of America Aikido Institute of America 2 Photo

Classes:

  • Kids class (ages 5-12 years);
  • Open class (all ages and ranks);
  • Instructors class (by invitation only);
  • Advenced class (by invitation only);
  • Intermediate (5th Kyu & Up).

Instructors:

  • Mario Fonda-Bonardi — Co- Chief Instructor, Shichidan;
  • Andreas Hessing — Co- Chief Instructor, Shichidan;
  • Michiyo Kobayashi — Chief Children’s Instructor, Yondan;
  • Keith Larman — Dojo Cho, Yondan;
  • Doug Leonard — Instructor, Yondan;
  • George Ishii — Instructor, Sandan;
  • Stephen Spargur — Instructor, Sandan;
  • Cliff Kamida — Instructor, Sandan;
  • Steve Morris — Instructor, Nidan;
  • Michael Dwyer — Instructor, Shodan.
2615 Colorado Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90034
  • 323-351-0199
  • Highland Park (2.8 ml)
  • Southwest Museum (3.2 ml)
  • Heritage Square (3.9 ml)
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  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.24
Aikido at The Dojo The Dojo 3 Photo

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.
11554 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA
  • 310-445-0080
  • Culver City (3.9 ml)
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (4.8 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (5.8 ml)
Sport class for
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  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.26
Aikido at North Valley Aikikai North Valley Aikikai 1 Photo 1 Video

Instructors:

  • Lee Lavi Ramirez, 5th Dan, Shidoin, is a certified Aikido Un En Kai instructor;
  • Naomi Okuyama, 4th Dan as well as other Yudansha (black belts) members of North Valley Aikikai.

Classes:

  • Beginner and Mixed Levels Aikido Classes — The practice is a partners practice, as each practitioner studies the techniques from two main facets: both applying the technique (Tori/Nage practice) and receiving the technique (Ukemi practice). Apprenticeship Program: Kenshusei Program;
  • Youth Aikido — Classes are dynamic and enjoyable, based on martial arts disciplines both physical and mental. Young people learn non-aggressive techniques, conflict resolution and selected Japanese traditions.
9029#100 Reseda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA
  • 818-652-5025
  • Nordhoff (3.5 ml)
  • Roscoe (3.6 ml)
  • Reseda (3.7 ml)
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2016.12.25
Yoga at North Valley Aikikai North Valley Aikikai 1 Photo 1 Video

We offer a full range of Yoga training levels: from gentle Yoga Nidra & Guided Imagery, and restorative through Basics class, and mixed level classes:

  • Yoga Nidra & Guided Imagery is our meditative/Self relaxation class, teaching The Yogi Sleep;
  • Basics & Beginners is a great class to start if you are new to Yoga;
  • Flow & Restore classes are made of half regular Vinyasa Flow sequences and other half from restorative poses, a true Yin|Yang class.

Instructors:

  • Michelle Chua;
  • Cecilia de la Rocha;
  • Hikaru Lee Salazar;
  • Haejin Ortega;
  • Bita Peck.
9029#100 Reseda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA
  • 818-652-5025
  • Nordhoff (3.5 ml)
  • Roscoe (3.6 ml)
  • Reseda (3.7 ml)
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  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.25
Aikido and Tai Sabaki at Aikido Cultural Institute Aikido Cultural Institute 1 Photo

Instructors:

  • Terri Teshiba — Shihan currently holds the rank of 6th degree black belt, and was awarded the title of Shihan by T.K. Chiba Shihan in June 2009. She is Chief Instructor of the Aikido Cultural Institute, and has been teaching aikido for more than 25 years. She served as Chairperson of the Teachers' Council and the Examination Committee of Birankai North America from 2005 until 2009;
  • Sara Nielsen — Shidoin. Nielsen Sensei holds the rank of 6th degree black belt, and has been certified as a teacher at the level of Shidoin. She has sat on the Examination Committee of Birankai North America. She is currently Assistant Chief Instructor at the Aikido Cultural Institute, and has been teaching aikido for more than 20 years;
  • Rhonda Hutley — Shidoin. Hutley Sensei holds the rank of 6th degree black belt, and has been certified as a teacher at the level of Shidoin. She has sat on the Examination Committee of Birankai North America. She is currently an instructor at the Aikido Cultural Institute, and has been teaching aikido for more than 15 years.

They are taught seminars throughout the US, Latin America and Canada.

Classes:

  • Aikido;
  • Tai Sabaki (adults only).
5058 Eagle Rock Boulevard Los Angeles, CA
  • 323-259-9870
  • Highland Park (2.3 ml)
  • Southwest Museum (2.8 ml)
  • Heritage Square (3.6 ml)
Sport class for
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  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.25
Aikido and Shinkendo at Honbu Dojo — World Headquarters Honbu Dojo — World Headquarters 1 Photo 2 Video

The Honbu Dojo — the World Headquarters for Shinkendo Japanese swordsmanship, Toyama Ryu, Aikido and Aikibujutsu. Our school teaches the traditional fighting arts of the samurai.

Honbu instructors typically have a minimum of 10 years of experience training at the Honbu Dojo:

  • Yukishiro Obata-nidai soke;
  • Michiyo Obata-soke hosa;
  • Michishiro Obata-soke hosa;
  • Yoko Obata-soke hosa;
  • James Huang-sensei;
  • Gabriel Koneta-sensei;
  • Nicholas Lauridsen-sensei;
  • Matthew Lynch-sensei;
  • Masaji Saito-sensei;
  • Michael C. Shu-sensei.

Private Instruction with Obata-kaiso is also available.

320 East 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA
  • 626-688-7540
  • Little Tokyo/Arts District (1100 ft)
  • Spring Street/1st Street (2000 ft)
  • El Monte Busway/Alameda (2400 ft)
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  • young men
  • young women
  • men
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2016.12.24
Karate at Tenshin-Kai Taichi & Karate Tenshin-Kai Taichi & Karate 6 Photo 1 Video

We offer 45 minute private lessons for kids with our instructor Renshi Akemi.

Renshi Akemi Mayeda began training with Grandmaster Tenzan Hirakawa of Tenshin-kai Taichi and Karate in 1990. She has a 4th degree black belt in karate. Her Axl Dojo Taichi branch was formed in 2004.

6238 West 87th Street Los Angeles, CA
  • 310-568-9818
  • Aviation/LAX (2.2 ml)
  • Mariposa (2.5 ml)
  • El Segundo (3 ml)
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  • young men
  • young women
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2017.02.10
Taekwondo at White Tiger Martial Arts White Tiger Martial Arts 2 Photo

Training duration:

  • 30 minutes (at 3:00 and 3:30pm);
  • 45 minutes (at 4:00, 4:45 and 5:30pm).
5660 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA
  • 323-954-9862
  • Wilshire/Western (2 ml)
  • Hollywood/Highland (2.3 ml)
  • Wilshire/Normandie (2.4 ml)
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2017.02.10
Aikido at White Tiger Martial Arts White Tiger Martial Arts 2 Photo

Training duration — 45 minutes.

5660 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA
  • 323-954-9862
  • Wilshire/Western (2 ml)
  • Hollywood/Highland (2.3 ml)
  • Wilshire/Normandie (2.4 ml)
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  • young men
  • young women
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2017.02.10
Kenpo Karate at Richard Mesquita Martial Arts Richard Mesquita Martial Arts 2 Photo

Richard Mesquita Martial specializes in Kenpo, a study of multiple martial arts, including karate and Chinese martial arts styles.

1710 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA
  • 213-413-4000
  • Chinatown (1.6 ml)
  • Westlake/MacArthur Park (1.7 ml)
  • Civic Center/Grand Park (1.7 ml)
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Aikido at Victory Dojo Seidokan Aikido Victory Dojo Seidokan Aikido 1 Photo

Our training follows the teaching's of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and Rod Kobayashi, the founder of Seidokan Aikido, in that strength is an unnecessary component of self-defense and that harmony with Ki is a more effective basis of a true art of self-defense.

Instructors:

  • Sal Hernandez — Yondan, 4th Degree;
  • Aurora Hernandez — Yondan, 4th Degree.
18411 Victory Boulevard Los Angeles, CA
  • 818-772-4311
  • Reseda (2600 ft)
  • Tampa (1.2 ml)
  • Balboa (1.9 ml)
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  • young men
  • young women
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2017.02.07
Aikido at Venice Aikido Club Venice Aikido Club 1 Photo

Everyone who practices with the Venice Aikido Club is required to be a member of the Venice Japanese Community Center (VJCC). The VJCC allows us the space and time for classes. Membership in the VJCC also allows members access to the other organizations and classes given at the community center.

Each club member is expected to participate in VJCC activities such as helping on Bingo nights, twice yearly cleanups, the Aikido Club booth during the annual summer festival, VJCC newsletter stapling night, and other tasks as needed. These tasks are not time intensive, and reflect the club’s commitment to serving the community, as well as demonstrating courtesy and respect. Task gatherings are also an opportunity to enjoy some of the VJCC’s culture and activities.

Instructors:

  • Shibata-Sensei — Chief Instructor,7th dan, teaches the Monday night class;
  • David Kuramoto — 5th dan, teaches the Thursday night class;
  • Teruko Ishikawa — 4th dan, teaches the Saturday morning class.
12448 Braddock Drive Los Angeles, CA
  • 310-822-8885
  • Culver City (3.3 ml)
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (3.8 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (4.5 ml)
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  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.02.07
Karate at Shield Karate Shield Karate 1 Photo 1 Video
12453 West Washington Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90066
  • 310-866-7300
  • Culver City (3.2 ml)
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (3.9 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (4.7 ml)
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  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.03.01
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Cobrinha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Fitnes Cobrinha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Fitnes 3 Photo 1 Video

Trainers:

  • Fabbio Passos, aka “Monstrinho,” is a 1st degree Black Belt under Fabio Gurgel. He is an active competitor for the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu team, placing in over 50 internationally known competitions and winning Gold in over half of them. A few years after beginning his journey in Jiu-Jitsu, Passos started a social project in San Paulo, Brazil called “Meninos do Morumbi” (Morumbi Boys) where he instructed over 200 under-privileged children from the ages of 8-18yrs. Aside from instructing the adults, he is also the Cobrinha Bully-Proof Program’s lead professor, continuing to teach Jiu-Jitsu to kids as young as 4 yrs. old;
  • Florentino Morales is a brown belt under Cobrinha. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the beginning of 2008 when, at a book store, he saw a book about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques. He found a small school in Culver City and began training. One day, he saw a video of a Jiu-Jitsu fighter moving so smoothly, taking everyone’s back and submitting them, his name: Cobrinha. Florentino immediately began to study all of Cobrinha’s videos and DVD instructionals. Fast forward to 2012, when Cobrinha opened his headquarters in Los Angeles. Teaching the Executive morning class is a rewarding experience for him and he tries to help every student the same way Cobrinha has helped him;
  • Kennedy Maciel is a blue belt under Cobrinha. He started training three years ago after moving to LA from his hometown of São Carlos, Brazil. He started competing regularly right after he started training and since then has collected an impressive amount of medals. In 2013 he was promoted to blue belt and has only continued his success in competition, taking gold in both PanAms and Worlds in 2014 as well as a number of tournaments in 2015 including the Jiu Jitsu World League and American Nationals. He helps with the kids classes and he teaches the M-W-F 9am classes.
4929 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA
  • 323-931-9953
  • Wilshire/Western (1.7 ml)
  • Wilshire/Normandie (2.1 ml)
  • Farmdale (2.7 ml)
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  • young men
  • young women
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2017.02.28
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Total Jiu-Jitsu Academy 1 Photo

Classes at TOTAL Jiu-Jitsu academy are held in both Gi and No Gi. All classes begin with a short dynamic warm up that includes both plyometric and calisthenic exercises. Classes are offered for both novice and advanced levels multiple times a week.

Training Programs:

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Fundamentals (Gi and No-Gi ages ~16 and up);
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Advanced (Gi and No-Gi ages ~16 and up);
  • Open Mat;
  • Kids & Juniors Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi and No-Gi: (for ages ~5-15).
4440 1/2 York Boulevard Los Angeles, CA
  • 323-999-7888
  • Highland Park (1.8 ml)
  • Southwest Museum (1.9 ml)
  • Heritage Square (2.5 ml)
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  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.02.28
Jiu-Jitsu at LA Jiu-Jitsu Academy LA Jiu-Jitsu Academy 3 Photo 1 Video

Instructors:

  • Professor Ricardo Wilke — Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu LA is headed by Brazilian Black Belt instructor, Ricardo Wilke. Originally of Santa Cruz, Brazil, Professor Ricardo is currently a 2nd degree black belt under the legendary Ribeiro Brothers and is a Certified Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Instructor;
  • Professor Sean Fernandez — With 13 years of experience, Sean Fernandez, is a Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu black belt under IBJJF Hall of Fame brothers Alexandre (Xande) and Saulo Ribeiro. He earned a 2nd degree black belt in Karate and as a Karate instructor he discovered his passion for teaching. Eager to continue growing as a martial artist, he was led to studying Jiu-Jitsu.

Program: Adult Unlimited - Gi Jiu Jitsu

The Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program covers the basic fundamentals of Gi Jiu Jitsu, as well as Advanced Fundamentals for experienced students. Fundamentals include defenses, escapes, passes, controls, and submissions. Classes are 1 hour and 15 mins in length, and begin with Jiu Jitsu specific warm-ups, followed by comprehensive technique drilling, and finished with optional sparring.

Private Training

  • For students seeking additional one-on-one training, private training sessions with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Instructor, Ricardo Wilke, are available;
  • Private training sessions with Xande Ribeiro and Saulo Ribeiro also available.
7901 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA
  • 323-739-8838
  • Hollywood/Highland (1.8 ml)
  • Hollywood/Vine (2.4 ml)
  • Hollywood/Western (3.3 ml)
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  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.02.28
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club 2 Photo 1 Video

Instructor — Vinny Di Lucia grew up training Judo and Jiu Jitsu with his father Master Marcus Vinicius Di Lucia. After passing through all the kids belts in Jiu Jitsu, Vinny started teaching the kids class at the age of 16. He also got a chance to train with all of the BHJJC instructors, picking up multiple diciplines such as Muay Thai, Wrestling, Krav Maga and MMA. After graduating Beverly Hills High School, he began teaching full time as the head coach of the kids & teens Jiu Jitsu team, the assisstant teacher of the adult group class, private lessons and personal training.

Programs:

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu;

  • Kids & Teens Classes — We split the classes into 2 for kids of the age 4 - 8 and teens from 9 - 14 years old;
  • Private Lessons:

BHJJC private lessons are custom made for our student's desires whether they want to improve on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, no gi grappling, exercises and/or self defense.

All classes are one hour long with step by step instructions of techniques and drills along with sparring time where we can help answer any questions and difficulties.

We also offer in-home private lessons where we bring our training mats to you at your convenience.

1080 South La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90066
  • 310-854-7664
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (2.2 ml)
  • Culver City (2.2 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (2.5 ml)
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  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.02.28
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Robot Fight & Fitness Robot Fight & Fitness 2 Photo 1 Video

Instructors:

  • Tim Peterson is the head instructor and owner of Robot Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.Tim is a black belt under Giva Santana (Lotus Club) and has competed and placed in local, national and international levels of competition. He became the head of the UCLA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program during his Sophomore year of attendance. Under Tim’s leadership, the UCLA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and team swelled with new members and excelled in competition. Tim graduated from UCLA in 2009 and continues his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey at Robot. Tim has fought Gi and No Gi Champions in and outside his weight class including matches against Johnathan “JT” Torres (World Champion in 2013 and 2008), Rodolfo Vieira (Heavyweight World Champion in 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 / Absolute World Champion in 2011), and Theodoro Canal (World Champion in 2010);
  • Andrew Moskowitz — purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and beginning his Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology at UCLA. He is looking forward to continuing his training and to one day become both a Black Belt and University Professor.
2028 Stoner Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90066
  • 310-478-5425
  • Culver City (3.6 ml)
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (4.5 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (5.5 ml)
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  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.02.28