Tradition & Effectiveness
Taikyoku Budo is a traditional martial art focused on what works, not tradition for tradition’s sake. We believe that the best way to honor our historical roots is by being a living tradition, constantly testing our techniques and theories like our ancestors would have, distilling our practice down to its essential components.
Practical Self Defense
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the most effective martial art for self-defense on the planet. With practical techniques to deal with any kind of empty-handed attack, standing or on the ground, there is no more street effective martial art for men, women, and children. Beyond that, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu carries over to sport grappling and mixed martial art fighting.
Taikyoku Kiko is a solo movement practice designed to be an effective qigong: exercise routine for internal or whole-body strength. Low impact and low aerobic movements that combine focus, special breathing exercises, and connective tissue development for either martial application or overall health, strength, and wellness.
Shirts, Uniforms, & Tools
Seiya Dojo t-shirts (available now) Coming Soon: Taikyoku Mind & Body t-shirts, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Maryland shirts, patches, judogi, hakama, BJJ gi/kimono, protective gear, gloves, mitts, pads, custom handmade wooden weapons, and more. Everything you need for Taikyoku Budo, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and Taikyoku Kiko practice all in one place.
About Seiya Dojo
Taikyoku Budo & Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Located near Annapolis, MD, in Severna Park, Seiya Dojo is the best martial art school in Anne Arundel County to learn both traditional Japanese Jujutsu for personal development and authentic Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for street-effective self-defense.
Robert Van Valkenburgh has nearly two decades of martial art experience. Robert is a licensed instructor in Taikyoku Budo under Budd Yuhasz, a blue belt in Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Mike Stewart Jr, and a 2nd degree black belt in traditional Korean hapkido under the late Grandmaster Joe Sheya.
Taikyoku Budo focuses on classical Japanese grappling and striking methods powered by Chinese internal strength principles. This combination, we believe, offers practitioners the best chance at recreating in themselves the body and skills once had by people like Takeda Sokaku and Ueshiba Morihei of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu and Aikido, respectively. We do not claim to be doing what they did, but to offer a path that we think will get us to similar results. All of this is done in a safe and friendly environment with a focus on what actually works, not lofty and unrealistic ideals, all while training for mutual benefit.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is known as the most effective modern martial art for self defense. At Seiya Dojo, we teach authentic Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, under the guidance of Mike Stewart Jr. of Gracie Maryland. Unlike a lot of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is focused on modern street self defense application, not sport. That said, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has proven itself to be highly effective in a sport context as well, in both Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and submission grappling competitions. Even though our focus is on the self defense side of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, we spend a lot of time playing with the sport application as well because, well… it’s fun!