Our number one goal is to empower our students to live healthy, strong and free from fear. Our martial arts system is built around the goal of going home looking the same as when you left. Specifically, we aim to avoid personal injury, but also behave in a moral, and socially responsible way. Students learn to take charge of situations and act to escape, diffuse or avoid dangerous situations as much as to act using a powerful, and pragmatic set of martial arts skills.
Karri Rahkonen – 3rd Degree Black Belt – Training Since 1989
People give so-called "soft arts" a bad wrap. They look at the practices of these martial artists and consistently say things like "that would never work in a fight", and they are absolutely correct. If you look at every single Aikido kata as-is in a manual, you will be hard...
There is a lot of nonsense out there about qi. A big part of it is due to mistranslation and others due to secrecy, misdirection and let's not forget television. Let's talk about what qi isn't. It's not magic. It's not an ethereal, life-giving, cosmic energy that pervades the universe....
There is a big misconception about what the meaning of Aiki (合気) is. To many practitioners of internal of so-called 'soft' arts aiki means matching the speed and energy of an incoming attack. In reality, this is awase (合わせ) a part necessary to creating aiki, but it's not the compete picture....
Sensei Karri is wonderful with the kids. My daughters confidence has grown so much since she started at the dojo. He inspires the kids to work hard and grow as individuals while looking out for others. I cannot recommend this place enough.
Karri has the rare ability in an instructor to connect with almost anybody, at any level. I particularly like his philosophy that a warriors mission is to protect everyone around them, including their opponent as much as possible.
Karri is an amazing martial artist and an excellent teacher as well! He’s so helpful and always makes sure nobody’s struggling. He also brings an excellent atmosphere to the dojo that makes for a very positive and fun learning environment!
I have trained with Karri and he is an amazing teacher! He is not only skillfully trained, he embodies the art and lives a “Warrior Life”. He breaks down techniques so that they are easy to learn and is able to help you understand how to apply them to your life.
Watching Sensei Rahkonen teach kids classes is a sight to behold. Every parent could learn something about how children build confidence and self-discipline though praise and encouragement by watching one of his classes.
The Adult classes are fun, flexible, and highly effective. Sensei relates all skills to real world situations while providing individual attention to every student. He encourages questions and explains in a way everyone can understand.
Sensei Karri is amazing with the kids. Very professional and understanding environment. I would recommend this dojo without hesitation!