- “Where are you located?” – Currently we train in a small group during class times, by appointment, and have special weekend training sessions in the Mountainaire neighborhood of Flagstaff, AZ . Please call or email to make an appointment or discuss visiting a class.
- “What should I wear when I start?” – “What should I wear when I start?” You can wear plain clothes (shorts and t-shirt are fine) or a judo or karate gi for your initial training classes.
- “I’ve never taken Martial Arts before, is this a problem?” – No advance knowledge of a martial art is necessary. Our principles are often very different from other contemporary arts so even if you have prior training you’ll find that there are a lot of great concepts that may be new for you, or are presented from a different perspective.
- “How old does my child have to be to start?” – Children 12 and up are encouraged to train. We will have classes for younger children as our dojo family grows in Flagstaff.
Here is helpful is information about ordering do-gi (gi tops), hakama (pleated “trousers”), kaku obi (belts) and training weapons.
Option 1: Samurai Jujutsu Gi’s are available from our dojo.
Option 2: Hakama and Shiromusashi Jacket or Modified Kimono Top: We can help you acquire when you join our training.
Belts and Footwear
We wear a sword-bearing “kaku obi. A kaku obi is different from belts typically worn in iaido or other non-samurai arts. For beginners we prefer:
Wave kaku obi, Blue kaku obi, Tabi Socks, and Tabi
Bokken (wooden training sword):
Nami ryu bokken are specific to our ryuha (school). Any bokken or training weapons other than the ones listed below will need to be cleared by the instructor for use in class.
Our dojo keeps extra training weapons of various types on-hand. This will also let you try out different weapon lengths and woods to discover the one you like best.
Our school can provide you the weapons we use, when you join us:
We use Ash, Hickory, or Ipe Bokken (Brazilian Hardwood)
Be sure to order a plastic sword guard (tsuba) with your bokken: Plastic Tsuba
Order the 30″ blade + 15″ handle if you are 5’10” or taller. Otherwise, order the 28″ version.
Bo-Tanto (wooden knife)
As practitioners of a samurai art, we always carry multiple weapons. The tanto is a mainstay of Nami ryu, and we carry a bo-tanto in addition to a bokken.
Bo-Wakizashi (wooden short sword)
A bo-wakizashi is optional for beginners.
Real Weapons / Live Blades
The use of real weapons throughout our training is a major factor that sets us apart from many other martial studies. Senior and intermediate students are permitted – and encouraged – to carry real weapons in addition to wooden training weapons. Our school uses a particular sword style, and you will be helped in determining the right sword for you and your training with us.
However, we are very cautious with the use of “live” weapons and thus beginners are not allowed to use them. Sharp weapons may be carried after much diligent study, and only with the chief instructor’s approval.