A Path to Self-Discovery Through Martial Arts Training
MARU DOJO offers 3 different kinds of marital arts disciplines. Each discipline has its own unique characteristics. Below is a brief description and a link to further describe each art.
All of the martial arts offered at Maru Dojo has a common thread. They all complement each other. For example, the throws found in Judo can be applied in BJJ. The wrist locks and throws in aikido can be used in BJJ.
There are other applications from different martial arts waiting to be discovered. Maru Dojo provides the venue or the lab where one could refine their skills.
One of aikido's unique characteristics is the art of blending with the momentum of an attacker and redirecting the energy of attack. Unlike most martial arts, aikido does not rest on the premise of blocking a punch or kick. Rather, an aikido practitioner (aikidoka) parries as a response to an attack. It requires little physical strength to apply various joint locks or throw.
The BJJ class is designed for working individuals whose primary goal is to learn the "ropes" in BJJ. Maru Dojo does not offer tournament style training.
The BJJ / Judo classes have now been combined into one. The Judo class will emphasize more on throws and sweeps with an eye on submission or acheiving positional dominance once on the ground. BJJ focuses grappling on the ground.
FMA focuses on edge weapons disarms and the use of short staff. Additionally, FMA empty hand techniques are devastating. Because of the Philippines violent history, the Filipino Martial Arts evolve where applied techniques could physically incapacitate someone if not could prove fatal. However, since we now live in a better society, the practice of FMA focuses more on self-preservation.The FMA is Eskabo Daan based system.
Maru Dojo is located at 736 14th Street. It is very close to Duboce Triangle, Castro, Dolores Park, Mission, Noe Valley, Haight-Ashbury, Diamond Heights, Valencia Street.
It is accessible from Japan Town, Inner Sunset, Outer Sunset, Inner Richmond, Outer Richmond, Nob Hill, Marina, Daly City, San Francisco Financial District.
WHAT IS MARU?
In Japanese terms, "Maru" could mean round, circle, purity or constancy. The symbol for Maru Dojo is written in calligraphy version of kanji.
WHAT IS A DOJO?
A dōjō is considered special place of training and is cared for by its users. After each practice, the tatami mats are cleaned. Shoes are not allowed on the tatami mats. In many styles it is traditional to conduct a ritual cleaning (sōji) of the dōjō at the beginning and/or end of each training session.
Maru Dojo is a place where one could find aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Eskabo Daan (Filipino Martial Arts) and Judo under one roof.
The self-discovery could come in many forms and it is different for each individuals. The dōjō provides a venue for us to practice martial arts, to sharpen our skills and to teach us to be mindful of others on and off the mat.