J. James Martial Arts Testimonial
My time spent training at the Niji No Hashi Dojo with Sensei Rodriguez, marks some of the best and most influential years in my martial arts training. The technique, etiquette, and knowledge that is passed down in the Niji No Hashi Dojo has become a part of my daily training, mentality, and life style. I am twenty three years old, a professional instructor and sponsored athlete, a student in college, and I practice martial arts seven days a week, the majority of which comes from the curriculum of the Niji No Hashi dojo. I’ve studied and trained in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and kick boxing, and taught Taekwondo and Parkour professionally. The Niji no Hashi Dojo’s techniques are some of the best techniques that I have ever learned and I recommend the Niji No Hashi Dojo for anyone who is serious about self defense and true martial arts training.
In each class, students are required to follow a set of dojo rules known as Dojo Rei or the Dojo etiquette, which includes many things involving how to bow correctly and speak and communicate using various Japanese phrases. This dojo rei not only teaches students self defense but it also helps one to become more familiar with Japanese culture. The various Japanese phrases which are taught in the dojo helped me deal with the language barriers I would face when I visited Tokyo, Japan in 2013. It was a great feeling to realize that even on the other side of the planet, I could put my training from the dojo into use and that my training was still with me even in a way that I hadn’t imagined. More specifically there was a time during that trip when I was completely lost and no one around me spoke English. I used the terminology I had learned in the dojo to communicate enough to find my way to my destination. I’ve been training at the Niji No Hashi Dojo for about four years and I hope to continue training here for many years to come. When I have children they will be learning the same material that I was taught inside the Niji No Hashi Dojo.
Sensei Rodriguez is one with his art, he knows the real world, and he has a truly strong and compassionate heart. He has spent years training in various martial arts and dedicated himself to the curriculum that he teaches within the Niji No Hashi dojo. He provides students with some of the best teachings and self defense techniques that I have ever come across and he is one of my greatest friends. If you are interested in learning true Japanese martial arts, the Niji No Hashi Dojo is where you should be.