Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Austin Budokan - Austin Center for Martial Arts

Austin Center for Martial Arts - Austin Budokan

Austin Texas will host a new center for the martial arts. The top instructors in the area in traditional Japanese martial arts have been gathered under one roof. The new center will offer classes in Judo, Aikido, Aiki Jujitsu, Jiu-jitsu, and Bujinkan Taijitsu. This facility is a co-op model, with experienced teachers coming together from a variety of traditions and dojos. This gives students exposure and access to a variety of teachers and art forms.

The facility is centrally located at 51at and I35, with easy access to the highway.

Available Classes


This group is run by Zdenek Matl Sensei 9th Dan judo, 8th Dan ju-jitsu. Mr. Matl's Judo is based on the classical style of Judo taught at the Kodokan Institute in Japan. In addition, his system includes recent technical improvements brought to Judo from other Martial Arts and competitive Judo.

Matl Sensei's resume

Mr. Matl's system includes all of the techniques of classical Judo. His teaching emphasizes leg techniques, ground fighting, and techniques for unbalancing an opponent. Mr. Matl's system is taught in an informal setting and emphasizes the use of safe practice techniques. Mr Matl has made some major innovations to the Kodokan system. His throws are safe, simple, low power and extremely effective.

This school is a mix of sports team, self defense and recreational club.

Contact for information on judo classes:

Here is a film of Matl Sensei doing some randori with a student 100 heavier and half his age(chokes)

Aikido / AikiJujitsu

The group is headed Eric Pearson, He holds a yondan, 4th degree, in Tomiki Ryu Aikido from The Kaze Uta Budo Kai. He has also received nidan, 2nd degree in Aikido from the American Tomiki Aikido Association. He also has an associate professor rank Daito Ryu AikiJujitsu from the Shofukan (formally Renshinkan) under Ota Ikou Sensei in Numata, Japan. He is continuing his education in Judo.

We train primarily in progressive Tomiki Ryu Aikido, Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu, Judo, classical weapons and Tai Chi. Basically, we train in soft, technical martial arts. Mostly we focus on the balance of our opponents, and putting them in a place they cannot hurt themselves or anyone else.

Contact for information on Aiki classes: Eric Pearson - 512-947-9585,

Eric Pearson's Aikido History

Eric Pearson's Aiki Jujitsu History

A promotional film featuring Eric Pearson and members of the group over the years

Bujinkan TaiJitsu

This group is run by John Hidalgo. Hidalgo Sensei has been training in the Bujinkan system since the mid-1980's. He holds a Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) and Shidoshi teacher's license in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. In addition to Budo Taijutsu, he is has studied judo and aikido through Round Rock Martial Arts, and runs the Texas Shinto Study Group. Mr. Hidalgo has a certificate in Rape Crisis Intervention from Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina and received additional rape crisis intervention training through the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. Mr. Hidalgo recently returned from his second training trip to Japan where he attended classes taught by Hatsumi-soke and some of the Japanese shihan (upper level instructors).

Round Rock Bujinkan is a beginner's group for those who wish study Budo Taijutsu. Our primary goal is to lay down the foundation skills needed for future study. Members work on such skills as proper body alignment, punching, kicking and tumbling. Currently we are focusing on the skills set forth by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi in the Tenchijin Ryaku no Maki (天地人略の巻, てんちじんりゃくのまき) Heaven, Earth, Man Strategy Book and his book "Stick Fighting".

Our group is ideal for those who are just starting their Budo Taijutsu training or wanting to refine their basic skills.

Contact for information on Bujinkan Taijitsu classes:

Self Defense - Goshin Jitsu

Rick Cockerham has the broad base of knowledge needed to teach effective self defense. He has over 20 years of martial arts training. He has studied seven different martial arts with varying levels of black belts in Jiujitsu, Judo, and Tae-Kwon-Do. This gives him a unique perspective on what techniques work for self defense.

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About the Class

We teach techniques pulled from several martial arts. Judo, Jujitsu, Boxing, Jeet-kune-do, Tae-Kwon-Do and others. Our focus is self defense. We have learned to effectively use a technique for self-defense, you must train your body to use the technique even under adrenal load. We practice a variety of fun and challenging games to ingrain the basic movement skills you will need.

Class size is limited to 5 students for personal instruction.


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The space is at the North West corner of I35 and 51st street. 1000 E. 51st (upstairs)

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Monday and Wednesday

5.30pm - 7.00pm Aikido / AikiJujitsu
7.00pm - 8.00pm Judo

Tuesday and Thursday

5.30pm - 7.00pm Jiu jitsu - Rick Cockerham
7.00pm-8.30pm Judo

Wednesday and Friday

>8.00pm - 9.30pm Bujinkan Taijitsu


Fees vary according to classes and instructors. Rates are a greater value than any other dojo in Austin. Please contact individual instructors to find exact cost for classes.


  1. I'm pretty jazzed that this is just down the street from me. I miss my aikido chums and practice.

  2. Great post thanks for sharing such informative post.

  3. Thanks a lot your blog is very informative.
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    Kung Fu and Kung Fu is immensely popular among peoples as it is practiced by the people as a self defence skill.

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