What You’ll Learn

You have your own very real challenges to overcome. The warrior class of old times managed, and even thrived in the face of their daily struggles. If you’d like to learn what they learned, you’ve come to the right place.

Who would enjoy this training?

  • Persons concerned with Personal or Family Safety
  • First Responders
  • Private Security / Executive Protection
  • Asian Culture Fans

What Are the Benefits?


  •   Physical fitness improvement
  •   Improved posture/movement/body alignment

Mind & Emotion

  • Know and practice what to do during stressful situations
  • Active training for emotional regulation and stress reduction
  • Learn the mindset of violence and how to avoid/discourage it


  • Very traditional martial arts skills that are still very relevant today!
  • Not competition oriented in any way.
  • Varying levels of force to use in the appropriate situation
  • Learning how to avoid violent confrontation
  • Translating ancient techniques into modern use

How is this Different?

  • Emotion-based method (works under stress)
  • Historical perspective (culturally significant)
  • Scalable Force (appropriate to a variety of contexts)

Why Our Way?:

It Works: First off, these specific skills have been passed along for so long because they continued to work so well. They were for defense of home and region, for establishing, keeping and maintaining peace. There are many lessons applicable to the modern day that we can take from these old teachings. Your instructors have used some of these techniques in their personal and professional lives. Modern Budo will show you how to apply these lessons to your training and everyday life.

Psychology of Learning: You will be training ancient techniques, but with the most up-to-date understanding of how to learn most efficiently and with relevance to your life today. For example, we train to develop acceptable responses to stress. Tunnel Vision and Auditory Occlusion are common side effects of stress, especially of violence. Our fast-paced approach, using specially developed tools and methods, prepares our students for these known issues.

Legal Ramifications: Today’s world hasn’t removed the possibility of violence, but it has specified the penalties for reacting inappropriately. You are not a criminal, but you can easily break the law by mistake by following your instincts. This is part of your training curriculum.

Is this like “XYZ” school in my neighborhood?

We can emphatically say, “No!” There is currently nothing like what we are teaching in Northern Colorado.

What schools/styles will I study?:

There are so many styles and types of martial arts in the world. Most of them focus on one thing (self-defense) or another (sports/wellness). We train diligently on the concepts and methods of  Kobudo (Old Japanese Martial Arts). In contrast to common training practices elsewhere, the techniques involved are neither purely offensive nor defensive, reflecting the complex realities of life as you know it.

Modern Budo instructors hold licenses and/or certificates of mastery in several old martial arts “Ryu” or lineages. These include:

  • Gyokko Ryu
  • Koto Ryu
  • Takagi Yoshin Ryu
  • Kukishin Ryu
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu
  • Togakure Ryu
  • Jinen Ryu

These schools encompass all of the unarmed striking, grappling and evasion techniques. They also contain weapons such as: Samurai Sword, Ninja Sword, Staff (6ft, 4ft, 3ft), Jutte, Shuriken, Naginata, Bisento and Spear.

Do you do Kata?:

Yes. But in Kobudo, the Kata are not done solo. They are between two (or more) people: an attacker and a person who receives that attack. They are not done solely for a belt advancement or for show, nor are they expected to be memorized as a formula answer. They are a traditional method of practice, done to help you learn (and it works!)

Will practicing Kobudo hurt?:

In full application, these are all designed to be dangerous techniques, which is why we always stress the importance of cooperative and safe training. You might be somewhat uncomfortable when simulating the application; this is part of your training to get you out of your comfort zone and push yourself beyond your usual limits and simulate the stress/discomfort we experience when threatened or attacked. We will always train/teach in a safe and personally empowering way.

Do you hold back “secret” techniques from students?:

No. Nothing is held back from you. We teach a complete system and offer everything to you as a student. We will, of course, dispense the information in a timely, organized fashion designed to maximize your learning.

What should I wear/bring for my first lesson?:

Wear: Wear something loose and comfortable. If you want to blend in a bit more, we’ll be wearing black pants and shirts, and encourage you to do similarly. Be sure to wear something that you don’t mind getting on the floor with or the possibility of it getting dirty/ripped.

Bring: Hydration. An open mind. A willingness to try something new and different. Your own, individual adventurous spirit. Your questions about anything and everything. We will challenge and inspire you!