International Ryokukai

★★★★☆
  • 2113 15 Mile Rd

    Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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  • 586-978-8332

About International Ryokukai

Hours
Mon 6:30pm-7:30pm, Wed 6:30pm-7:30pm, Thu 5:45pm-6:45pm, Sat 2:30pm-4pm
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My son had wanted to take karate, but my husband felt strongly that akido would be better for my son. After calling around, most places did not offer classes for younger children. This one suggested I bring my son in for a visit to see what they do, discuss options and see if he's ready for this type of program.

This dojo actually mixes akido with other martial arts. When you register, you get lifetime membership on the dojo, even if you don't come back for years. When starting a child on a program like this, that is useful in case they decide to stop for a few years and do something else such as soccer, but decide later to return.

They also offer special classes in Iaido, the practice of the Japanese sword, which my son really wanted to do.

However, when we spoke with the first instructor, he felt that at my son's age, he really needed some more time and possibly even a bit of experience with another martial art before he began this. He explained that akido focuces on deflecting attacts, but if you don't understand balance and punch dynamics, it is harder. The second teacher also thought he should wait until he is a bit older. My husband decided that we would return in a year and both he and my son would take the classes, since they have adult and children classes at the same time.

The sensei or main teacher is a student of the founder of akido, and is highly respected in the akido community.

PROS: Lifeteime membership, very helpful evaluations, excellent teachers
CONS: None I can think of yet

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★★★★☆

My son had wanted to take karate, but my husband felt strongly that akido would be better for my son. After calling around, most places did not offer classes for younger children. This one suggested I bring my son in for a visit to see what they do, discuss options and see if he's ready for this type of program.

This dojo actually mixes akido with other martial arts. When you register, you get lifetime membership on the dojo, even if you don't come back for years. When starting a child on a program like this, that is useful in case they decide to stop for a few years and do something else such as soccer, but decide later to return.

They also offer special classes in Iaido, the practice of the Japanese sword, which my son really wanted to do.

However, when we spoke with the first instructor, he felt that at my son's age, he really needed some more time and possibly even a bit of experience with another martial art before he began this. He explained that akido focuces on deflecting attacts, but if you don't understand balance and punch dynamics, it is harder. The second teacher also thought he should wait until he is a bit older. My husband decided that we would return in a year and both he and my son would take the classes, since they have adult and children classes at the same time.

The sensei or main teacher is a student of the founder of akido, and is highly respected in the akido community.

PROS: Lifeteime membership, very helpful evaluations, excellent teachers
CONS: None I can think of yet

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