Our dojo provides a martial education that is influenced by several traditional systems, especially the Japanese arts. I offer training in the following:
The karate program is offered free of charge to the community. Students simply pay me with their time, energy, attention, and hard work. I offer my teaching on a volunteer basis to the Tucson community in order to give back that which was given to me. The jo and sword programs are a part of the regular Ryushinkan curriculum: for a monthly fee of $100, you can take a variety of arts including jojutsu (short staff), jujutsu, and Shin Shin Ryu sword.
The Ryushinkan Dojo provides me with a place where I can volunteer my time and focus on my craft. Because of this, I can teach in the traditional way. This frees me up to focus on the subtleties of the art methodically and carefully. I can work with a small group of sincere students and focus exclusively on their progress.
Class sizes are limited to a handful of dedicated people in order to ensure that I can teach in the way that I feel is best. This is not a sport dojo or a social club: this is a traditional martial arts school and it takes serious and sincere effort on the part of everyone involved. Although I teach children (7+) they must be serious about their studies. And that goes for the adults too.
So that's what we're all about. It's a lot of hard work, but the rewards are endless and priceless. If this sounds interesting to you, let's talk about the possibilities.
The Ryushinkan Dojo, a traditional Japanese training space, is located at 726 E Blacklidge (1st and Blacklidge). Please contact me or stop by the dojo to learn more!
--Ben Couch, Chief Instructor
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