Our dojo provides a martial education that is influenced by several traditional systems, especially the Japanese arts. I offer training in the following:

  • Shinpi Karasu-ryu Karate
  • Shindo Muso-ryu Jojutsu (Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai sanctioned study group)
  • Eishin Ryu Batto Ho Swordsmanship (Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai sanctioned study group)

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

Instructor Certifications and Ranks

  • Shinpi Karasu Ryu Karate, 6th Dan, full instructor, awarded by Kelly Cox
  • Tae Kwon Do, 5th Dan, full instructor, awarded by Keith Yates and the American Karate and Tae Kwon Do Organization
  • Dentokan Aikijujutsu, 2nd Dan, awarded by Daniel Keupp and the Dentokan Organization
  • Marudo Karate, 2nd Dan, awarded by Kelly Cox
  • Shin Shin Ryu Iaijutsu, 2nd Dan, awarded by Daniel Keupp
  • Nihon Goshin Aikido, 1st Dan, awarded by Steven Weber and the Nihon Goshin Aikido Federation
  • Eishin-Ryu Batto-Ho, Shodan Ho, awarded by Carl Long, Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai
  • Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu, Ikkyu, awarded by Carl Long, Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai
  • Fuku Shidoin (Assistant Instructor License), awarded by Carl Long, Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai