Aiki Budokai Jujutsu

Jujutsu (also spelled Jujitsu, Jiu Jitsu, Jiujutsu) is an ancient martial art with roots as far back as the Ito Period in Japan. It is a complex, wide ranging system, involving aspects of self defence, physical and spiritual harmony.

The Aiki Budokai Fall Street Dojo (Houston)

Lineage and Style

I study Aiki Budokai Jujutsu at the Fall Street Dojo in Houston, Texas, under Sensei Sandy Ganzell (2nd Dan), who studied under Sensei Thomas Pristow (Aiki Budoin in New Hampshire). Sensei Pristow (3rd Dan) is a student of Sensei Daniel Ustie (Aiki Budokai, Connecticut); Sensei Ustie (7th Dan) studied under Professor Jerome Kunzman (8th Dan), who studied directly with Master Professor Raymond "Duke" Moore, who founded our style, which he called Zen Budokai Jujutsu. The full lineage of blackbelts, starting with Professor Moore, is available from the Stanford Aiki Jujitsu site.

What is Aiki Jujitsu?

Jujitsu (literally "the gentle fighting art") is an empty handed extension of the sword fighting art of the Japanese Samuarai. The actual ancient art is called Aiki Jujitsu. This involves joint locks, throws, strikes, blocks, and chokes. Aiki Jujitsu went through some changes in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Jigoro Kano removed many of the dangerous techniques to create Judo ("the gentle way"). This allowed students to practice full speed against resisting opponents, but with far fewer injuries that happened when Jujitsu was practiced at full speed. About the same time, Morehei Uyeshiba took a different set of techniques out to create Aikido. (A jitsu is a fighting style. A do is a way.) About the same time, a Korean named Yong Suhl Choi combined Jujitsu techniques with the kicks and punches so prevalent in Korean martial arts to create Hapkido. (Hapkido is the Korean pronunciation of the Kanji that in Japanese is pronounced Aikido.) (excerpted from Stanford AJJ)

What is Zen Budokai?

Zen Budokai is an integrated, multidisciplinary martial arts system created by Duke Moore that integrates techniques from Judo, Aiki JuJitsu, several systems of Karate (Shorin-ji, Shotokan, and Kyokushin primarily) and Aikido with techniques from boxing and wrestling. Throwing, restraint, blocking, and counter-striking methods are borrowed from each of these styles and are integrated in the Zen Budokai system. The names are all over the map -- many of them being in Japanese and many in English. Zen Budokai is the self defense system that we learn in our dojo. The system name is symbolic of things that Duke Moore considers important. Budokai is literally "martial way society". (excerpted from Stanford AJJ)


The Aiki Budokai Fall Street Dojo is located at:

3139 Fall Street
Houston, TX 77054
(713) 741-5754

City map

Map of dojo area


Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm, and Fridays from 6-7:30pm. New students are welcome to come and observe a class, meet our students, and ask any questions!


The original students of Aiki Budokai (Houston) were:

Aiki Budokai (Houston) Charter Students
(from left) Paul, Kerry, Bruce and David
Sensei Ganzell is on the right.

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Aiki Budokai (Houston) Students
Several of the current students in front of the Fall Street Dojo Kamiza.
Our Kamiza includes Jigoro Kano, Professor Moore, Sensei Ustie, Sensei Pristow, and Osensei Ueshiba.

Aiki Budokai (Houston) Students

Several of the current students.
Sensei Ganzell is on the right.


Some of the links that I find interesting, and that relate fairly closely with our style are listed below.

Zen Budokai Martial Arts Academy, Duke Moore's school in San Francisco, run by Professor Tim Delgman.
Aiki Jujitsu (Stanford Self-Defence Club), run by Jim Moses.
Martial Arts Information
A Geneology of Jujitsu
Martial Arts Dictionary
Austrian Ju Jitsu Federation
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Yahoo's Martial Arts Resources
Yahoo's Ju Jitsu Resources
Fowler's Martial Arts Pages
The Budo Arts, Klaus Steinberger's WWW Pages.

I have also studied Wado kai Karate.

Bruce Walker