About Us

In January of 2008 the members of the Jinenkan Atlanta Dojo and its head instructor decided it was time to take their training to a new level. In order for this to occur it required us to end our long association with the Jinenkan to follow a different and promising path with the Giyu Dojo. We are proud to be the 1st affiliate school of the Giyu Dojo and are sincerely thankful for all the instruction, guidance, and support from the entire Giyu Dojo in Dayton, Ohio and especially Sensei Sandhu.

The dojo’s main philosophies are as follows.  Drill the basics over and over and make them second nature to your body. Develop students who are not just great warriors, but students with even better characters, and produce students with strong leadership qualities. We study a classical Japanese martial art Kobudo, to help us attain those two qualities.  By also integrating real life scenarios we feel we are helping create not just a strong warrior, but a warrior who knows right from wrong.

GI (Justice) means to be completely honest with all people in all situations.  Belief of complete justice, not from any other person's perception, but of your own.  There is no gray area in justice, there is only right and wrong. 

YU (Courage) means to stand up when others back down.  To be above ordinary men.  To not be afraid to act.  A Budoka must have absolute heroic courage.  It is life or death, complete risk and complete danger.  This is not blind courage, it is absolute intelligence and strength.  Without    
                       courage, you are not truly living life                        completely. 

Bamboo symbolizes nature, which relates to using the martial art we study in a natural way.  No excess of movement, clear and direct.  Bamboo is both strong and very flexible and yet is always straight forward.  This also demonstrates the Gi Yu Dojo’s philosophy of integrity, honesty and straight forwardness.  A great warrior needs to be strong and flexible with their movements and thought process, yet their spirit is never wavering and direct.

                 “Budo” means the way of the warrior.  This is more of an intrinsic quality we are trying to develop at the Gi Yu Dojo.  This quality goes hand in hand with the physical training of Kobudo.  The process of refining one’s spirit and “polishing” ones character is a never ending venture.  Our instructors and students strive on a daily basis to not only become better fighters, but better people.  To become ”productive” members of our communities 
                  is a paramount ideal everyone should work                   towards.

“Nin Po” translates to the way of perseverance.  This is the “ninja” creed.  The military/police in any country have a “standard” standing army and also a “special” forces division.  This is how ninjutsu and bujutsu go hand in hand as well (as the art of Kobudo).  At our training hall we study several classical Japanese martial lineages and a few of                         those are considered “ninja styles”.