Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho / Military Arts Of The Ancient Samurai Warrior Of Japan

Training: Ken jutsu

Kenjutsu is the study of the martial application of the Japanese sword. In a classical bugei (military training system) the sword and the unarmed arts are identical in principle and technique. Knowledge of the sword is essential to understanding the unarmed arts of the Samurai. In fudal times, everything had to conform to weapons. At that time, everyone was armed, so unarmed combat was not the norm, for these warriors.

Study of the sword brings a depth of comprehension that allows true insight into the Samurai mind. Once a student is fully accepted into the dojo and has learned the kihon waza (required techniques), they may be permitted to begin sword training.

The sword also defines the morality of the Samurai code of bushido, the way of the warrior. The kanji and meaning of kastujinken satsujinken, is ³The sword that cuts down evil is the sword that gives life². For the Samurai the proper use of the sword was to protect and defend the weak and the innocent and their country against evil. Having the ability to protect the innocent from evil is the goal of the study of kenjutsu. In essence, as should be the case in all martial arts study, the pursuit of kenjutsu made the samurai warrior a more competent and responsible citizen. This is as true for modern practitioners as it was in ancient times. With great power comes great responsibility.

Kenjutsu, as taught at the Dojo of the Four Winds, encompasses a vast curriculum of strategy, tactics, and techniques for the effective use of the sword. The goal is complete familiarity with the practical function, morality, discipline and spirit of this ancient art. Ultimately, the mental and physical skills acquired by serious and correct sword training will elevate the entire spectrum of martial competence.

Training: Tanto Jutsu

The tanto is the knife used by the Samurai. Length of blade ranged from 5" to about 12". The tanto was frequently carried in place of the wakizashi and was often used against longer weapons. There is an extensive repertoire of techniques in the Nami ryu tanto jutsu system, that covers a wide range of applications. Wooden or aluminum knives are used in training and live blades are used in form practice and tameshigiri.

The tanto waza directly impact many of the empty hand techniques used in aiki jutsu.
These techniques and strategy have very practical modern function both for knife on knife applications as well as knife against bludgeoning weapons, and empty hand against knife. Unlike knife fencing systems in tanto jutsu controlling the opponent is stressed. Any contact includes gathering and controlling the opponents mental and physical center. This is the core strategy of combat.

As in kenjutsu, tanto jutsu and aiki jujutsu are two sides of the same coin. The tanto, whether used to cut or trap, controls the opponent.


Training: Iai Jutsu

Iai jutsu is the rapid deployment of the sword with combative intent, to cut your enemy down. Do not confuse this with mordern Iaido. It is a separate area of study with it's own distinct waza. As a classical art, Iai jutsu concerns itself with three primary considerations, combat application, mental and physical discipline, and morals. The ability to rapidly, and fluidly draw the sword and successfully engage an enemy, was crucial to the samurai both in attack and defense. The techniques for accomplishing this feat, are very sophisticated, and take serious instruction and practice before they can be done safely at speed.

At the Dojo of the Four Winds, sword arts are done with live (read real and sharp) swords. The fact that the student is using a real weapon facilitates both the speed and the depth of learning. Live blades will keep us honest. Subtle physical and mental interaction become second nature and both awareness and function are enhanced. At the higher levels of skill the opponent is controlled with the swordsman's will, and is unable to attack without being cut down in the process.

Training: Aiki Jujutsu

Aiki-Jujutsu is a legacy of Japan's feudal era. This art was developed through generations of intense personal conflict and warfare. The softness in application of technique evolved because it was the most efficient manner in which the Samurai warrior could defeat his enemy. Everything that we do has to conform to edge weapons, cause that was the reality of ancient Japan, every warrior was armed, so the use of hand to hand combat was far and few between. This art has been distilled from the most absolute of human physical conflict, close hand to hand combat with edged weapons (specifically the samurai sword and knife). Within this process Aiki -Jujutsu has sought to transcend many of the supposed human limitations, into a realm where the mind is dominant and led by the spirit.

Aiki -Jujutsu is a hidden or inner art in that it is not possible to see what is really making the technique work. The basic tenet is never to oppose force with force, but to direct and utilize the power of the attack to overthrow the enemy with his own power and strength. Eventually, with knowledge and training, it becomes possible for the mind to freely lead the body into action with creative spontaneity.

Nami ryu means wave style and refers to the fact that energy travels in waves at every level of Universe reality. This wave effect is one of the underlying physical principles of our art. Practitioners of Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho seek to resolve physical and mental conflicts by recognizing and utilizing the relationships between the laws of physics and human physiology and psychology. The concepts of awareness, inner harmony, blending with an opponent, and integration with the laws of physical reality, are all used to facilitate an attackers defeat.

Tameshigiri or (Test Cutting)

Tameshigiri is cutting practice with the Japanese sword. From a classical perspective, it is an important part of the kenjutsu curriculum, so that the student understands and can confirm that their cutting motions are correct, and acquires actual experience in using the sword to do what it does, which is to cut. In modern application the primary targets are soaked goza, wara, tatami, and bamboo.

Proper application of the sword technique while cutting, teaches practical function, and how the sword is used. The student learns how much pressure to apply to cut different objects, body alignment, grip, rapid multiple cutting with proper angle of attack of the blade and controlled follow through, and how impact affects the blade. Mental concentration is improved and at higher levels of skill and understanding the student comes to realize that it is the mind that does the cutting, not the sword.


Curriculum and Contact and Class Information

Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho Curriculum:

Ukemi waza - rolling and falling arts.
Tori gaeshi waza - escaping arts.
Kansetsu waza - joint locking arts.
Nage waza - throwing techniques.
Uke waza - blocking techniques.
Uchi to zuki waza - striking arts.
Keri waza - kicking arts.
Hadaka jime - oxygen deprivation arts.
Katame waza - grappling techniques.
Ken jutsu - sword arts.
Iai jutsu - sword drawing art.
Tameshigiri - sword cutting.
Tanto jutsu - knife arts.
Aiki jujutsu - unarmed combat.
Heiho - strategy.
And History of the Ryuha

Classes are taught on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at 6 to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 1:30 to 3pm at,

The River of Life Dojo
321 Morris Roa
Fort Washingtom, PA 19034

215 542 0102

Richard J. Robinson, has been training In the Martial Arts for over 46 years. The past 10 years have been devoted to the study of swordsmenship, as taught by James Williams Sensei, at the Dojo Of The Four Winds in Encinitas Ca.

The Style is called Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho. Translated (wave style of subtile strategy) under the guidance of Mr James Williams. We are the only dojo, certified under James Williams, in the state of Pennsylvania, that can teach Nami Ryu. I make arrangments for Mr Williams to come to the dojo to teach intensive seminars, four times per year, and to over see everything that is being taught at the dojo.

Items needed for training can be purchased either through Bugei (check the links at the bottom of this page) or at the dojo. Classes are $100 a month. There are discounts available to Armed Services an dPolice personel. More classes will be offered soon, or as needed, depending on class size. Nami Ryu clothing, and other items, can be purchansed at
Here you will find what you need, to proudly display your schools logo.

If you are interested in training, or have any questions, you can contact me at:
(215)542 0102, or e mail so we can set up a time to meet and discuss your training in these arts. You are more than welcome to come watch a class. I do not teach just anyone. Learning these arts is a privilege, and is not for everyone. Classes are small, and taught only to a select few.

Breif explanation of Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho from the Dojo Of The Four Winds Website:

Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho is a school for training in the ancient samurai military arts. These arts were once the exclusive secrets of the samurai nobility, since the abolishment of the Samuarai class in 1868-69. The curriculum covers a wide range of Bugei (martial arts) practiced by the samurai. This training encompasses the skills that were necessary for the warrior in the performance of his martial duties, on and off the battle field.

To survive in an era of continuous conflict, the samurai of ancient Japan developed sophisticated techniques of personal combat and strategy (Heiho). Today we practice these techniques and their modern applications. By adapting and applying ancient lessions learned, we can grow on the inside, to become better human beings. These are the true lessions.

The prime directive of the noble warrior was to protect and defend the weak and the innocent. To cut down evil, not to kill or harm, to adhere to the strict and moral code of Bushido, the way of the warrior. This is the core essense and prime directive of Nami Ryu.

James Williams.