Welcome to The Renshinkan

Prospective Students

We are always accepting new prospective students.  We do not, however, have specific beginner-only classes.  Instead, one of our senior members will give you plenty of individual attention in the beginning to help you get acclimated while we work you in with the regular group as quickly as possible.

As is the tradition in classical martial arts schools, we are not a commercial business, but rather a dedicated group of students practicing what has been passed down from our teachers over the years. We are currently accepting new students to pass these skills along and keep the practice alive. Please visit the “New Students” page for more details.

If you have a serious interest in engaging in sincere spirit forging in a joyous environment, please feel free to contact us.

All students in good standing from any other Jiyushinkai dojo are welcome to train with us. We have no “mat fee.” We just ask that you let us know in advance when you are coming, how long you will be here, and who your teacher is if we haven’t met you yet.

Who We Are

The Renshinkan is a Jiyushinkai dojo in Mesa, Arizona were we study both classical and modern Japanese martial arts using modern educational methods. These arts include Jiyushin-ryu AikiBudo and Shinto Muso-ryu Jo.

We do not take part in tournaments or competitions of any sort. Nor are we a commercial dojo in the normal sense; we are more like a family. As such, we tend to have fairly strict guidelines for entrance.

Our dojo follows Kano Jigoro’s maxims 精力善用 seiryoku zen’yo (best use of energy) and 自他共栄 jita kyoei (mutual welfare). In other words, we want our relationship to be mutually beneficial. We will teach you as much as we can, but the practice is yours and you are responsible for your own training.  As you learn and become more senior in the dojo, you will also take on more responsibilities.

We do not do contracts of any sort.  You are free to cease training at any time, should you decide to.  We just ask that you let us know.

If you are looking for MMA, kickboxing classes, or more acrobatic, showy performance-oriented activities, we may not the right place for you.  If, on the other hand, you want to learn self defense, traditional Japanese budo culture, and improve your proprioception, awareness, self-discipline, and self-confidence, we might be a fit.


Jiyushinkai is an independent group with roots in the teaching methods of Kano Jigoro, Mifune Kyuzo, Ueshiba Morihei, Tomiki Kenji, Ohba Hideo, Nishioka Tsuneo, and Miyake Tsunako sensei. The senior students of the Jiyushinkai are motivated to teach the less experienced how to “stand on their teachers’ shoulders” as the saying goes. We all have much to learn from each other.

For more information on Jiyushinkai, including our seminar schedule, teacher bios, history, and philosophy, please see our organization’s official website: Jiyushinkai.org.