|Zdenek Matl sensei and Eric Pearson|
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 fulfilling 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 defense . Basically, we train in soft, technical martial arts. We train safely, pragmatically, ethically and in good humor. While we respect Japanese influences we do not embrace the ritual culture that some dojos do. 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. Largely Eric cares little for ranks and the ranking game. When searching for a teacher remember ranks are largely political ties. Go see a group and teacher for yourself to decide. Eric sees himself as just a student who trains with his friends.
Different organizations and teachers have ranked him as following -
Aikido - Although aikido is just one art form, different organizations have presented Eric with varying grading or ranks. He holds a godan, 5th degree, in Tomiki lineage Aikido from The Kaze Uta Budo Kai, and from Lawton Tactical, under JW Bode sensei, 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. Take your pick.
Daito Ryu AikiJujutsu He also has an associate instructor rank in from the Shofukan (formally Renshinkan) under Ota Ikou Sensei when he trained for three years in Numata, Japan. He has recently joined with Howard Popkin sensei and Joe Brogna sensei, the Ginjukai, to continue his study of Daito Ryu - though he holds no rank in their organization.
Judo He is continuing his education in Judo and has received a nidan (2nd degree) grade under Zdenek Matl. This is a club ranking not a sport judo-USJA ranking so it doesn't count for much in the grand scheme of things.
Currently he is a member of the Kaze Uta Budo Kai and the Ginjukai. His teaching practice is named the Muteshokai. Although based in Austin, Texas he currently frequently travels and gives workshops in the Dallas area, Little Rock and Oklahoma. Students and teachers from many local dojos gather with Eric at the Austin budokan to share techniques and friendship.
|Aiki seminar in Little Rock 2013|
Here are some clips of him training. If it looks like you would enjoy practicing like this join us. If not there are lots of schools in Austin that can meet your needs.
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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. Arseniy Grebnov was a huge influence by introducing him to Systema concepts. He is eternally grateful to Ikuo Ota sensei and Master Man H. Han for their teachings and influence.