Start Training

Steps to start training

  1. Review the information on this site, (particularly the Etiquette for Visiting the Dojo, and Yushinkan COVID-19 Policy.), and Koryu Primer by Diane Skoss.
  2. Observe a Fundamentals Class.
  3. Fill out New Member Form, sign Waiver, and sign-up for Dues payment.
  4. Begin taking the Fundamentals Class.

Observe a Fundamentals Class

The Fundamentals Class provides a foundation in the basic movements, strategy, and principles of Daito-Ryu as practiced by the Kobukan and 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)

All new members, regardless of prior experience, start in the Fundamentals Class. The Fundamentals Class is a gateway to the more advanced Regular Class.

Fundamentals Class Time

Class Location

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

All prospective members are encouraged to observe a class before beginning training. No reservation or advanced notice is required (though appreciated). Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class, and stay for the entire class (unless prior arrangements are made). No photography or video. In order to minimize disruption, late arrivals may not be allowed in the dojo.

Fill out New Member Form, sign Waiver, and sign-up for Dues payment


  • $100/month
  • Dues may be cancelled at any time.
  • There are no additional sign-up or registration fees; dues are automatically charged to the card on file on the fifteenth of the month.
  • We offer subsidized dues for anyone with fiscal hardship; finances should not stand in the way of training.
  • After completing the New Member Form, signing the Waiver and paying dues, you will receive an email confirmation.

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Kawabe Shihan demonstrating a technique with Freeman Sensei.