About Us

Who We Are

The Renshinkan is a Jiyushinkai dojo in Mesa, Arizona.  We teach both classical and modern Japanese martial arts using modern educational methods. These arts include Jiyushin-ryu AikiBudo (Aikido)—which comprises Aikido and Judo throws, joint locks, chokes, strikes, kicks, groundwork, and weaponry—and Shinto Muso-ryu Jo, said to be the oldest Japanese style of using a short staff in combat.

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.