Classical Japanese Aikijūjutsu and Kenjutsu

About Us

The Hokutō Dōjō brings instruction in Classical Japanese Aikijūjutsu and Kenjutsu to the Roseville and greater Sacramento areas. Classes are conducted with a focus on the development and practical application of techniques through rigorous paired practice. Prospective students are encouraged to contact us to view a class at or 916-287-0034.

Ono-ha Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō – Mon. & Wed. 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Daitō-Ryū Aikijūjutsu Kōdōkai – Mon. & Wed. 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Kiyama Shihan, Chief Instructor of the Kōdōkai in the US, applies a technique to Donald Quintana Sensei at the North American Honbu Dojo in 2021. Photo by Rachel Baumann.


Yabuki Yūji Dōshu, 18th Sōke of Ono-ha Ittō-Ryū, demonstrating with Ishizaki Tōru Sensei, Hirosaki-den Shinmusō Hayashizaki-Ryū, at Kashima Grand Shrine in 2021. Photo courtesy of Cliff Judge.

Our Services

We offer training opportunities in the following arts:


Daitō-ryū Aikijūjutsu Kōdōkai


Daitō-Ryū Aikijūjutsu Kōdōkai is a self-defense oriented jūjutsu system incorporating grappling, joint locking, throws, and arresting techniques with an emphasis on the practical application of aiki. According to oral history this art was founded by Minamoto Yoshimitsu in the 11th century with origins dating back to Emperor Seiwa in the 9th century. Daitō-Ryū was spread prolificlly in the late 19th century and early 20th century by Takeda Sokaku with an emphasis on teaching military and police. Daitō-ryū was formative in the development of modern jūjutsu based schools including Aikidō, Jūdō, and Hapkido.


The Hokutō Dōjō is an authorized keikojō for the Daitō-Ryū Aikijūjutsu Kōdōkai under Kiyama Hayawo Shihan.

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Ono-ha Ittō-ryū


Ono-ha Ittō-Ryū is a school of Japanese kenjutsu and strategy that was founded by Itō Ittōsai in the 16th century based around the core technique kiriotoshi. Classes are focused on paired practice with bokken using Ittō-Ryū’s characteristic protective gauntlets called onigote. Due to it success Ittō-Ryū spread extensively throughout Japan during the Edo period creating many branches of the school throughout Japan.  Ono-ha Ittō-Ryū was formative in the development of modern Kendō and offers a comprehensive swordsmanship curriculum.


The Hokutō Dōjō is an authorized keikojō for Ono-ha Ittō-Ryū under the direction of Yabuki Yūji Dōshu.

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