Welcome to the Flagstaff  Nami ryu Dojo.

We are a martial arts school in Flagstaff, Arizona, dedicated to the study of samurai arts including

  • Japanese sword arts and classical weaponry (including: wakizashi, jo, tanto, naginata, etc.)
  • Samurai Jujutsu – Practical self-defense applications and awareness training
  • Aiki-jujutsu – the root art of modern Jujutsu and Aikido


We are located in the Mountainaire area of Flagstaff, Arizona, just south of Flagstaff , 1 mile east of the 17, about 2 hours north from Phoenix.

Nami ryu Aiki Heiho

Nami ryu Aiki Heiho

We are an official Nami ryu Aiki Heiho dojo.  Jim O’Connell, sensei is a certified Nami ryu instructor under James Williams sensei.

Nami ryu means “wave style” and refers to the fact that energy travels in waves. This wave effect is one of the underlying physical principles of our art. As a result, practitioners of Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho seek to resolve physical and mental conflicts by using the laws of physics and natural movement, which in turn create a tactical advantage over an opponent.

Our system is comprised of classical weapons and unarmed techniques (Aiki-jujutsu) taken directly from the study of kenjutsu and iaijutsu sword arts.

Our Principles

The concepts of awareness, blending with and deceiving an opponent, and subtle movement using laws of physics are all used to facilitate an attackers defeat.

These and many other principals of strategy are learned through the study of the Japanese sword. The same principles learned through the sword are then applied to Aiki-jujutsu unarmed martial arts.

Sanrin Dojo is a school for training in the ancient martial arts (bujutsu) and strategies (heiho, or hyoho) that were exclusively used by the samurai. Our curriculum covers a wide range of bugei (Japanese martial arts), which encompass skills that were once necessary for the Samurai warrior in the performance of his martial duties. These practical skills are translated into teachings applicable in modern times.

Benefits of Nami ryu Training

  • Calmness of Mind and Spirit
  • Understanding of Tactics and Strategy
  • Increased Awareness
  • Practical Ability
  • Self-defense
  • Winning Attitude

We provide professional instruction in an environment of Courtesy, Integrity, Responsibility, and Self Discipline. Training with us will provide you with lifetime skills that will allow you to realize your potential.

We train students and members of all ages. Please contact us if you are visiting the area and would like to join us for training.

Whatever your experience level or prior martial arts experience, we invite you to schedule a time to observe or participate in an Aiki-jujutsu or kenjutsu class.