Dojo Philosophy & Training
 The core of Murakumo ryugi Budo technique & philosophy strongly
emphasizes the Aikido model, and the teachings of O'Sensei, the founder of
Aikido.  However, we also incorporate knowledge & technique from other
martial arts.

 In addition to our study of Aikido we continually refine our insight for
comparison & contrast with other aspects of Japanese martial arts.  The
dojo has developed a curriculum for the practice of aiki waza (conjoined
energy techniques), atemi waza (percussion techniques), ne waza (ground
techniques), buki waza (weapons techniques). and Murakumo ryugi Budo
jyokyu waza (advanced style modality).

 Our training is decidedly a weapons centered practice.  This lends the
legitimacy and integrity to the open handed techniques required for the
seeds of the philosophical principles to grow.

 In addition to the martial traditions, the development of this budo has
been highly influenced by Japanese religion, philosophy, and cultural arts.  
We find that the experience and study of these subjects provide an excellent
comparative perspective as well.

 Topics influencing Murakumo ryugi Budo in the realm of philosophy and
religion are also available.  Paraphernalia and iconography from Shinto,
Mikkyo, and Zen, are in the dojo & garden.  The Oomoto Kyo, a modern
Shinto derivative, incorporated many aspects of those religions and others.  
This was the refining philosophy O'sensei used in the transformation of his
Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu into modern day Aikido.

 The ritual of the Oomoto sect strongly synthesized Japanese cultural arts
into it's practice.  The samurai in general also fostered the arts into the
lifestyle of the warrior.  Murakumo Dojo has the fortune to have good
connections within the immigrant Japanese and Japanese American
community.  As a result we are able to have experts in the area of Japanese
cultural arts available to us on occasion.   Some of the arts that can be
experienced are: Shodo (calligraphy), Sumi-e (brush painting), Kado (flower
arranging), Japanese language, and of course Japanese gardening.