Ohio Budōkan Japanese Martial Arts and Cultural Center, Inc. is a non profit 501(c)3 educational institution, founded in 1983 by Shihan (school superintendent) James I. Rodriguez as a center for the practice of Budō and Japanese cultural arts.
Instruction is offered in three areas of martial art: Yamate Ryū Aikijutsu, Tenshin Ryū Kenjutsu, and Genwakai Karate-dō. In each of these arts, a student strives for enlightenment through a strict series of physical and mental exercises. Although the arts may seem very different to an outsider, they lead to the same goal.
Prospective students are encouraged to attend one free class in any of the styles taught at Ohio Budōkan. Additional activities such as Japanese language club, a book club focused on Japanese works and stories, and the "Kanji of the Month" email list are all free offerings to those who inquire.
The founder of Ohio Budōkan has trained in martial arts since 1973, taught since 1977, and been awarded teaching licenses in Kenjutsu, Aikijutsu, and Genwakai Karate-dō. Mr. Rodriguez is currently the head of Genwakai America and Muteryu Dojo in Austin, Texas. The current Shihan Michele Dutcher trained under Rodriguez shihan directly for many years and has spent decades teaching Genwakai Karate-dō. All of the instructors at Ohio Budōkan hold teaching licenses in their respective arts and have at least 20 years of experience.
Ohio Budōkan does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, in the administration of its policies and programs.