At the Shinwakan Dojo (True Harmony House), our mission is simple: to offer authentic training in traditional martial arts and healing methods with lineages and current affiliations in Japan. We are one of the few schools in the Indianapolis area offering training in traditional Japanese martial arts.
The Shinwakan Dojo was founded originally in 2001 as the Indianapolis Budokan (Indianapolis Martial Arts Center) by head instructor, Andrew Bryant. Bryant Sensei began his martial arts journey in 1983 with the study of Shorin-ryu Karatedo in Renton, Washington. After moving to Indianapolis in 1989, he resumed his study of traditional Japanese martial arts in 1991. He studied Aikido for several years prior to branching out to study Kendo, Iaido, Jujutsu, and other arts. Bryant Sensei holds senior grades and teaching licenses in the arts taught within our dojo. He may be contacted through this website for additional information on his background or our school and arts.
What makes a traditional martial arts Dojo ("Way Place") different from other schools? We emphasize the original, unaltered teachings and traditions of the various ryuha (schools) or arts we offer for study. This includes not only the physical techniques, but also the spiritual aspects, in addition to the language and formal etiquette (reishiki).
Study at a traditional Budo Dojo will fundamentally change a student's life. It will transform them into something completely new. The student (Deshi) will not change the art to suit them; rather, the art will mold and shape them. Much like the forging of a traditional Japanese sword, students of our school begin as the raw material. Training shapes and tempers them, both physically and spiritually, until they become well-polished, razor sharp, and with the heart of a true warrior (Budoka). Many modern schools have devolved into simply teaching fighting for competition or exercise. This is not the way of traditional Japanese Budo. Traditional Budo is as much a spiritual pursuit as a physical one.
The traditional Dojo will change your values, life goals, and attitude towards every aspect of your life.
Shibukawa Ichi-Ryu Jujutsu
Note: Aiki-Jujutsu Gyakute-Do is available for study through private, or semi-private lessons on Sunday (6pm-8pm) evenings. Please contact us for additional information.
C. Kupiainen Sensei
The first thing recommended for prospective students is to contact us and schedule an appointment to watch a class, prior to applying for membership.
The second thing you will need to do is fill out an application for membership and discuss your goals with one of the instructors. If accepted for membership, you will be given a list of what you will need to do prior to attending your first class.
If you have any questions, or wish to discuss our membership process, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Hakko-Ryu Jujutsu (7pm-8:30pm)