Located in Springfield , OH our school is a Traditional Martial Arts School, where you will learn the History, Terminology and Etiquette of a Traditional Dojo. Knowledgeable and Certified Teachers (Fully background checked) are available to help the student learn what true martial arts is all about.
- We teach only traditional martial arts
- We are the only school in the area that specializes in traditional Okinawan Kobudo (Weapons)
- We teach children 5yrs old & up in the Karate art
- We have separate Adult and Children’s classes
- We have Olympic size weight sets for working out
- A dozen or so kicking/punching bags, speed bags & Makiwara board.
- Foam Mats covering most of the floor.
- And of course a good environment to train in.
The Arts We Teach
Shotokan (松濤館 Shōtōkan?) is a style of karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945). Gichin was born in Okinawa and is widely credited with popularizing “karate do” through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs, including those at Keio, Waseda, Hitotsubashi (Shodai), Takushoku, Chuo,Gakushuin, and Hosei.
Shotokan training is usually divided into three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring). Techniques in kihon and kata are characterized by deep, long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements, and strengthen the legs. Shotokan is regarded as a dynamic martial art as it develops anaerobic, powerful techniques as well as developing speed. Initially strength and power are demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions. Those who progress to brown and black belt level develop a much more fluid style that incorporates grappling, throwing and some aikido-like techniques, which can be found even in basic kata. Kumite (fighting) techniques are practised in the kihon and kata and developed from basic to advanced levels with an opponent.
One of the arts we teach, Aiki-Jutsu, ties into our Aikido training. A lot of Aikido’s principles, movements and techniques come from Aiki-Jutsu. A good way to tell the difference between the two is Aikido is a defensive art and Aiki-Jutsu is more offensive. Of course they are both used for self defense but this is the easiest way to describe difference between the two. A lot of the same techniques you’ll find in both arts but, the more straight forward and aggressive ones you will find in the Aiki-Jutsu training. To get a well rounded education of self defense we incorporate both arts into our training. The good principles, centeredness and grace of Aikido and mix it with some of the devastating throws of Aiki-Jutsu.
One of the arts we teach here is Aikido.We are now forming children’s classes Monday and Wednesdays starting at 5:45pm for an hour each day. One of the most beautiful forms of BUDO is Aikido, a Japanese martial arts form based on a philosophy of nonviolence and harmony. Developed from the ancient traditions and skills of the Japanese samurai, Aikido is characterized not only by its philosophy of nonviolence, but also by the nonviolent style of training: physical strength is kept to a minimum, while suppleness, dynamics, flexibility and inner strength are all promoted.
Excel Martial Arts is the only school in the area to offer Traditional Okinawa Kobudo. We currently teach 6 of the 12 traditional Okinawan weapons.