Aikijutsu and Kenjutsu Since 1992

South Central PA’s Oldest Dojo of Classical Budo.

“The goal of a school is to teach a person new things; the goal of a dojo is to transform the person into something new.”

— F. J. Lovret

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The Dojo

Itten Dojo is a private center for the practice of budo, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, near the intersection of West Simpson Street and Trindle Road (Route 641). Please click here to download the dojo brochure in Acrobat (PDF) format.

We regard the martial arts as a special and significant part of our lives, and we admit as new members those persons we believe will likely share our enthusiasm and dedication. Previous experience is not required. An applicant’s initial email or call to make an appointment to observe class is the first step in undertaking the challenge of a lifetime. For information on applying for membership and a detailed explanation of the cost of tuition and required equipment, please click here.

In the same way a Japanese sword is created through the heat and pressure of a forge, a martial artist is crafted by means of the intensity and shared purpose of a dojo. Within the dojo, rank is determined solely on the basis of demonstrated performance, and expectations of women are the same as those for men of comparable size.

New students — especially those without prior martial arts experience or current participation in athletics — are guided very carefully in their early training, so that they are able to build the requisite level of physical conditioning and basic skill without undue risk of injury or discouragement.

While the necessary uniforms and equipment required for training can be obtained through the dojo, only the prospective student can provide the most important ingredients for the creation of a martial artist — enthusiasm, dedication, a strong sense of fun and adventure, and the ability to retain forever the receptiveness of a beginner’s mind.
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