Fundamentals Class

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The Fundamentals Class is a special session offered weekly that is open to the public. It provides a foundation in the basic movements, strategy, and principles of Daito-Ryu as practiced by the Takumakai. The Fundamentals Class follows a repeating four month curriculum that introduces:

  • Reiho (etiquette)
  • Ukemi (rolling and falling)
  • Taisabaki (footwork, body movement)
  • Aiki kempo (basic striking)
  • Jumbi Taiso (body conditioning)
  • Hiden Mokuroku Kata (pre-arranged training exercises)
  • Aiki waza (techniques involving internal energy)

Before joining us to observe or to train in a Fundamentals Class, you must review and be familiar with all information on this site (particularly the Etiquette for Visiting the Dojo.), the Hombu site in Japan, and Koryu Primer by Diane Skoss. Additionally, please arrive 15 minutes before the class begins as we may not answer the doorbell once class begins and late arrivals may therefore be unable gain access to the dojo.

Class Time

  • Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Class Location

  • 316 Dean Street, Brooklyn NY 11217
  • Near the Atlantic Barclay’s Station in downtown Brooklyn (map)

Class Dues

  • $35/month, suggested
  • Dues may be cancelled at any time; there are no additional sign-up or registration fees.
  • We offer subsidized dues for anyone with fiscal hardship; finances should never stand in the way of training.

Those wishing only to observe our training may simply visit the dojo for the Fundamentals class. Advanced notice or permission is not required, and there is no fee to observe. We do, though, ask you to arrive promptly on time and remain for the entire class, to minimize distraction and disruptions.  Note: No photos or videos are allowed at any time.

We encourage anyone interested in learning more to join us on the tatami mats, as experiencing training offers far more insight than observing. A formal uniform is not required; barefoot workout clothes are acceptable.

Conditional members may train up to three per week, and are encouraged to attend all Fundamentals Classes. Anyone may join the Fundamentals Class at any time during the four month curriculum cycle. Those with sufficient attendance are eligible to test for rank in our dojo, join Takumakai, and graduate to full membership status. (Full members have access to all weekly regular training sessions, special seminars, and intensive sessions.)

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Kawabe Shihan demonstrating a technique with Freeman Sensei.