Our Focus

Traditional & Modern Martial Arts, in Severna Park, MD, for Personal Development and Self Defense in a Fun and Friendly Environment

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.

Internal Strength

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!

OUR TEAM

High Quality Instructors With a Broad Range of Experience
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ROBERT VAN VALKENBURGH

Head Instructor – Seiya Dojo
Robert Van Valkenburgh has trained in traditional Korean hapkido, in which he holds a Yidan rank. He is licensed instructor in Taikyoku Budo under Budd Yuhasz and a blue belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Mike Stewart of Maryland Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Robert owns and manages Seiya Dojo in Severna Park, MD.
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Budd Yuhasz

Taikyoku Budo Founder
The founder of Taikyoku Budo, Budd Yuhasz has experience in judo, karate, wrestling and traditional Japanese weapons, with a Shoden rank in Taikyoku Aikido. Budd foundedTaikyoku Budo as an extension of Taikyoku Aikido with the addition of grappling, striking, and internal strength training. Budd runs a Taikyoku Budo study group in Buffalo, NY.
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Jevin Orcutt

Head Instructor – Carlisle Dojo
Jevin Orcutt has trained in Isshinryu Karate and Chin Mu Kwan Tae Kwon Do, receiving his 1st Dan in the latter. He holds the rank of Shoden in Taikyoku Aikido and currently trains in Aizu han-kei Ono-ha Itto-ryu Sokaku-den kenjutsu, in which he holds the rank of Shoden Mokuroku. Jevin also leads a study group exploring Taikyoku Budo in Carlisle, PA.
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Ellis Amdur

Inspiration & Technical Consultant
The main inspiration behind Taikyoku Budo, Ellis Amdur is not a member as such, but acts as an advisor to the group. Amdur is a licensed instructor in Araki-ryu Torite-Kogusoku and Toda-ha Buko-ryu. Owner of Edgework, he is also an historian and an author, as well as a crisis intervention and de-escalation specialist by trade.

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"Seiya Dojo has a martial practice for everyone, whether you are looking for something more traditional or modern, in a fun and friendly environment."

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