West Los Angeles Dojo


Classical Japanese Martial Arts

Our Dojo

The West Los Angeles Dojo teaches classical Japanese martial arts, which date back during the samurai era. Classes are taught in a traditional and non-competitive environment, which focus on 

  • Coordination 
  • Discipline 
  • Confidence
  • Fitness
Unarmed Fighting

You will practice the un-armed combative methods of classical Japanese Jujutsu (Taijutsu) which includes

  • Receiving/Tumbling (Ukemi)
  • Hand Escapes (Te Hodoki)
  • Throwing (Nage Waza)
  • Joint locking (Kansetsu Waza)
  • Striking (Atemi)
  • Choking (Shime Waza)
  • Ground Techniques (Ne Waza)


Weapons Training

You will develop proficiency in a wide array of classical Japanese weapons, which were used on the battlefield that include include

  •  Sword (Kenjutsu)
  •  Knife (Tantojutsu)
  •  Stave (Bojutsu)
  •  Spear (Yarijutsu)
  •  Halberd (Naginatajutsu)
  • Truncheon (Jutte)
  • Throwing Blades (Shurikenjutsu)

"I found Mark Franco and the West Los Angeles Dojo and never looked back. The training is engaging, great exercise and a great way to get away from the stress of everyday life.  There is a great sense of camaraderie among the students.  Emphasis is not on competition, but helping one another get to the next level."