Aikijutsu, Kenjutsu, and Iaido Since 1992 

South Central PA’s Oldest Dojo of Classical Budo

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If you’re like most members of Itten Dojo, you’re already a successful adult. In fact, you’ve most likely achieved success in multiple areas of life. And now you’re wondering, what’s next? What can you do to take things — and yourself — to the next level? Consider budo.

Become a more capable you

The classical, Japanese Martial Ways are not sports. Nor are the arts about self-aggrandizement or being better than someone else. The arts are about becoming more than you were the day before. Becoming more in ways that have the potential to affect, in a very positive manner, virtually every aspect of your life. The practical, effective self-defense skills you will gain are almost a side-benefit.

Move through life with greater power, confidence, and grace

As a member of Itten Dojo, you will build strong relationships in a community of achievement, forge an even more disciplined and positive mindset, and enhance your physical health and capabilities through safe and systematic training in time-honored, Japanese martial arts such as:

Aikijutsu — An unarmed art closely related to Japanese swordsmanship, aikijutsu is a method of sophisticated grappling aimed at gaining absolute control of an opponent at the moment of contact.

•  Kenjutsu — Combative swordsmanship the premier martial art of Japan, incorporating more than 1,000 years of research and refinement of philosophy, strategy, and technique.

Iaido — Focusing primarily on solo forms, the art of drawing the Japanese sword to an immediate, defensive technique can be your path to physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

Call or email for an appointment to observe training — or just stop by — visitors are always welcome!

Our promise:

The positive, challenging, and uplifting environment at Itten Dojo will provide support, encouragement, and a proven path to greater capabilities...not to mention an incredible amount of fun. Visit our Facebook page and YouTube channel for photos and videos of the dojo and training.

Download the December 2021 issue of our journal, Sword and Spirit. In “Why Iaido?” Itten Dojo chief instructor Robert Wolfe examines the benefits of training in this art of solo forms using the Japanese katana, under the guidance of Nicklaus Suino Sensei (Japanese Martial Arts Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan). The benefits of iaido training equal those of kenjutsu in breadth and depth — similar in some ways very different on others, but with unique attributes that can make iaido an ideal endeavor for persons that might otherwise never have considered training in martial arts. All back issues of Sword and Spirit are available here.

In our newest blog post, “Tachi-dori Kiri-age,” Itten Dojo chief instructor Robert Wolfe describes a training exercise in disarming a swordsman — an exercise that while highly unlikely in practical application nevertheless yields benefits in the dojo.

“Many of the Japanese martial arts you encounter in this country have been commercialized to the point where their deeper values and benefits are lost in the shuffle of capturing and retaining more and more students. Facilities dedicated to the serious study of the Japanese martial arts are rare indeed! Itten Dojo is one of these few. The spirit of the dojo shines through, in its correct appointments — spare, clean, elegant — and safe, ordered training space. This is an environment suitable for the ‘spiritual forging’ that the best practice of the Japanese martial arts entails.” — Diane S.

“Structure and gravity and momentum and physics and sweat and, ‘Oh my gosh, that makes sense,’ and ‘Nope, guess not,’ and then something works just a tiny little bit differently and I don’t know if I did it or if it did me and I’m hooked again. I couldn’t be more impressed with the instruction and everyone I’ve met at the dojo. I feel like I really walked into something special here.” — Michael T.

“I've trained in other martial arts over 20 years and, for me, this dojo, its people, and the arts practiced in it are simply exceptional.” — Dr. Sarah St. A.

The closest choice for martial arts training isn’t necessarily the best. In addition to Mechanicsburg, our members hail from Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Dover, Dauphin, Dillsburg, Enola, Etters, Gettysburg, Hershey, Hummelstown, Lemoyne, New Cumberland, Shiremanstown, Steelton, Summerdale, Wormleysburg, York, and elsewhere in Central Pennsylvania.

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