About us



Today’s Samurai school of self-defense is not a traditional martial arts school. We can come to you to give you private or group lessons or you can train in a traditional dojo. We do seminars at martial arts schools or secondary locations. We teach Goshin Budo Jujutsu and Hakkoryu Jujutsu at a local karate school two days a week. You can be a student at this local school and receive instruction in their style of Kempo Karate or receive instruction in Jujutsu from Sensei Joe as well as the option to receive private lessons if that works better for you.


Why Goshin Budo Jujutsu?

Goshin Budo Jujutsu came about in the 1960s when some of the better parts of Jujutsu, Judo, ground fighting and Karate were put together to form this eclectic style. Goshin Budo Jujutsu means all- encompassing warrior’s art. It is a realistic style of self-defense based off samurai, with current real world applications. It constantly changes, building on lessons learned, and allows you to grow as a martial artist by learning more about the techniques you already know. The more you learn, the better you get and the more you improve, the more options you have.  This style is based off anatomy, physics and geometry.  If you put in the time and effort, within 6-9 months you will notice a vast improvement on your abilities and will walk out of class with your head held high and realize you are able to defend yourself in many situations.  It only gets better from there. Many things in this style are based on probabilities of the type of attack and the likelihood of escape based on percentages. The head of Goshin Budo, Sensei Tom Fressle is constantly looking for ways to simplify techniques while making them more effective.

Hakkoryu Jujutsu-

This style of martial arts was founded in 1941 by Shodai Soke Okuyama Ryuho. It is a high level Jujutsu style developed when Shodai Soke left Daito ryu which is where all Jujutsu is based from. Hakkoryu Jujutsu is like the masters program for Jujutsu practitioners. It also teaches Koho Shiatsu Igaku (acupressure). On a higher level (usually Yondan and higher), it teaches you about the 12 main meridians in the human body and how you can use these to help or heal someone as well as hurt someone without causing injury.  Hakkoryu Jujutsu Honbu dojo (headquarters) is based in Omiya, Japan and the style has passed to Nidai Soke Okuyama Ryuho after the passing of Shodai Soke. Anyone wishing to study this style must have a certain level of prior martial arts training and experience (Jujutsu recommended) and must be affiliated with the Hakkoryu Honbu dojo before or shortly after starting to train with Sensei Joe in this style and remain in good standing with the Honbu. http://hakkoryu.com/organization/instructor-list/