Welcome to Yurusu Aikido of Houston
Yurusu Aikido of Houston – Sho Ku Juku is a dojo (martial arts school) that trains in the Japanese budo (martial art) of Aikido created by Morihei Ueshiba Sensei (O’Sensei), and further developed by Shoji Nishio Sensei, which we refer to as Nishio Budo, or Yurusu Budo. You will learn Aikido, and Iaido, as well as the use of and defense of weapons such as the bokken (wooden sword), jo (four foot wooden staff), and tanto (knife). We are Houston’s first, and currently only Aikido dojo dedicated to the teaching and dissemination of Nishio Budo and Aiki Toho Iaido.
You can train in Aikido and Iaido regardless of age, gender, size, or physical conditioning. Since these Budo do not depend on strength or speed, everyone has the potential to perform proper technique. You will ultimately learn a “way” to self-discovery and the tools to manage conflict in every day life. These arts provide you an avenue to lead a non-violent way of life and promote an internal sense of peace and well-being.
In Nishio Budo, you study precise footwork to understand irimi (entering) in such a way that you are always in a position of safety and you are also put into a position that is half a step ahead of your opponent. From this point through the finish of the technique you remain in a safe position while controlling the movement of your opponent. This is the concept, as Nishio Sensei often reminded with O’Sensei’s saying, “Victory is determined at the moment of contact.”
Aiki Toho Iaido is “Iaido using the sword methodology of harmony with energy”. Aiki Toho Iai is a series of kata founded by Shoji Nishio Sensei based directly on Aikido techniques, movements, and principles. These sword kata do not cut your opponent as in the other Iaido styles, although the understanding of how to cut your opponent is presented. The choice, not to kill, is made available; a path of resolution is to cut in order to lead the opponent, releasing them from harm, and the responsibility of harming.
When studying Iaido you gain a better understanding of Aikido and when studying Aikido you gain a better understanding of Iaido. Nishio Sensei often says that you cannot truly understand Aikido without studying the sword. The study and understanding of these kata relates directly to the tai-jitsu (empty hand) techniques of Aikido. You also gain further understanding by practicing the same technique using tachi-sabaki (movement using the sword) and then using jo-sabaki (movement using the jo). Further, the application of same Aikido technique is studied in ken-tai-ken (sword vs. sword) and ken-tai-jo (sword vs. jo). For these techniques you use the bokken (wooden sword) and jo (short wooden staff; the length of it is measured from the floor to armpit height). Each of these ways of doing the same technique uses the same footwork and cuts.