I would humbly like to invite you into the world of traditional Japanese martial arts with a combination of traditional and progressive teaching methods. For me it has been the most challenging and fulfulling artistic journey of my life.
We are a small dojo located in north central Austin, Texas at I-35 and 51st. We train primarily in progressive non-sports Tomiki lineage Aikido, Judo, Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu, and knife practice. Basically, we train in soft, technical martial arts. We train safely, pragmatically, ethically and in good humor. We respect diversity and work with physical limitations of each student to design a study that is appropriate for their abilities.
The dojo is owned and operated by Matl Sensei, but the aiki group is headed by Eric Pearson, He ranks somewhere between a black belt to sixth dan depending on who you ask. Largely he cares little for ranks and the ranking game. But, he holds a godan, 5th degree, in Tomiki lineage Aikido from The Kaze Uta Budo Kai, and from Lawton Tactical a 6th. He has received nidan, 2nd degree in Aikido, from the American Tomiki Aikido Association, and a third dan in Aikido from his long time teacher Russell Waddell. He also has an associate professor rank Daito Ryu AikiJujutsu from the Shofukan (formally Renshinkan) under Ota Ikou Sensei in Numata, Japan. He has recently joined with Howard Popkin and Joe Brogna to continue his study of Daito Ryu. He is continuing his education in Judo and has received a nidan (2nd degree) grade under Zdenek Matl. This is not a sport judo-USJA ranking. Currently he is a member of the Kaze Uta Budo Kai and the Ginjukai.
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Eric continues his journey under the patience, watchful eyes and good humors of many Aikido, Judo and Jujitsu teachers...Russell Waddell, Brendan Hussey, Zdenek Matl, Nick Ushin Lowry, Howard Popkin, Joe Brogna, and J.W. Bode.