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Jinenkan Martial Arts - 15 Reviews - 2130 Sawtelle Blvd Ste 302, Los Angeles, CA - Martial Arts & Self Defense Schools Reviews - Phone (310) 477-8425

Jinenkan Martial Arts

2130 Sawtelle Blvd Ste 302 (at Olympic)
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-8425
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Jinenkan Martial Arts - Los Angeles, CA


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After doing extended search and meeting different Martial Arts Instructors in the Los Angeles area, I came across the Jinenkan Martial Arts Dojo. I remember that from the first t...


Budo is the essence of true martial arts, one asks, what is Budo.? Once that term is defined, one can ask how does a particular martial art train in that true spirit? Ego has no p...

Best Martial Arts Training in Los Angeles 1/13/2009

After doing extended search and meeting different Martial Arts Instructors in the Los Angeles area, I came across the Jinenkan Martial Arts Dojo. I remember that from the first time that I met Sensei Peter Steeves (Martial Arts Instructor) and Bianca Gentil (Manager) they were amazing. They set up a time for my daughter and I to come in and check out the dojo, from the first day I knew that this is were I wanted to train. I am in the Leadership program here at Jinenkan Martial Arts and it has helped me raise my awareness level, changed me physically and mentally. Sword training is awesome! We have a lot of techniques to learn from but no matter how challenging it is, it's always fun and exciting. My family and I have been training at the Jinenkan Dojo for over 1 year and I have noticed a great deal of change, and this has become one of our family tradition. I am very amazed at the amount of patience that they both have when it comes to training with kids. My 5 year old daughter looks forward to her training everyday and has helped her a lot. I have two other daughters who will be training martial arts as soon as they reach the age to get in. My two year old is part of the Little Ninjas program, and she has fun when we bring her on Saturdays. The prices are just perfect for any budget and the hours are great. I would definately recommend anybody that wants to train martial arts to come here. I guarantee that not only you will gain a lot from the training, but you will also gain a lot of great friendships that will last a life time. Pros: Plenty of parking, good location, lots of friends. more

The art of war.... 10/21/2008

Budo is the essence of true martial arts, one asks, what is Budo.? Once that term is defined, one can ask how does a particular martial art train in that true spirit? Ego has no place in true martial arts. When ego is present people are hurt spiritually and physically. In a world where fear and violence prevails, one could ask ,Am I perpetuating violence in a world where peace is possible. In any style of martial arts, do your research, think clearly and profoundly about the responsibility of being a student of martial arts. In the reality of today's world it is imperative that you be clear about WHY you want to train and what do you want to do with this knowledge? The art of war is century's old and transcends our scope of experience in the U.S. Seek wisdom, be safe and seek peace above all else. With that balance and understanding, you will find the right path of the art of war for yourself. ""Every Sturdy Tree that towers over human beings owes its existence to a deeply rooted core"" more

Secrets to making your life that much better 6/5/2007

This place is more than I can really describe with a few words. You really have to see and experience it. The difference in people after they have been there for a while is so great that it inspires me. It's funny, but I have seen a variety of people become not only more confident, but more focused, aware, outgoing, respectful, cooperative, and so on. People come here, and to martial arts in general, in order to fix a particular problem. Whether it be for exercise or to be trained for a ""just in case emergency"".As time goes by, not only is that problem fixed, but the whole demeanor of that person has changed, for something much better than they first anticipated. Pros: Amazing training & experience, Ambience, & good people more

Change your life! 5/23/2007

I've been training at Jinenkan for coming up on two years now, and I would have to say that I have been challenged at every step, supported through those challenges by the staff and other students, and rewarded for my hard work with improved confidence, physical conditioning and skill! I had done other types of martial arts when I was younger but this one has it all, and not just martial arts. Come here to learn everything from ancient samurai sword techniques to ways to clear your mind to how to improve your awareness of life and your surroundings. I wouldn't trade my experience with Jinenkan for any gym or sport- it has changed my life! more

Outstanding training and work-out for all ages! 4/12/2007

Initially I sought out Jinenkan as a character building activity for my pre-teen daughter. I soon discovered that there were and are benifits fo me as well. This training has helped to bridge the generation gap between mother and daughter! We both train and have this awesome practice in common! My daughter and I have been training for a year and a half, and are doing things we never thought possible! My daughter has made valuable friendships, participates in Jinenkan's summer camp for kids, and has developed a stronger self-esteem! I am more confident, stronger, fit, and my body is toned from the workout! both my daughter and I have goals for black belt! Peter is an OUTSTANDING instructor. The classes are comfortable in size and diverse! Parking is no problem and there are many class times to choose from. Pros: No where else like it in California! more

This is THE place for martial arts 8/27/2005

Jinenkan Martial Arts is one of the only schools that focuses on Samurai era martial arts in their entirety, not just segments of it like Karate and Jiujitsu do. Also, this is not a sport, as Kendo is, and therefore training is not based on a point system and rules, but on survival. I have been doing Jinenkan for over a year, and I am in better physical shape than I have ever been in before, and I am having a great time too. Jinenkan is THE place to learn martial arts. Pros: Very helpful staff, Efficient training, Great prices more

Best-kept Secret Revealed! 8/24/2005

One of the best things about Jinenkan is that you really get the feeling that the instructors are more interested in their students' progress than in the progress of their dojo, which is completely awesome given that they are extremely skilled in their respective martial arts. Indeed this is well reflected in both how Peter teaches and what Peter offers to his students. There is a class offered literally everyday to conveniently meet the needs of all his students; and if that wasn't enough, Peter also offers specialized individual personal training. For those interested in weapons, Jinenkan is one of the few (if not THE ONLY) place where there is kenjutsu (samurai sword-style) training nearly everyday on top of training with other authentic japanese weapon forms. You will be hard pressed to find another dojo that offers this much for under $100 a month. Pros: personable staff, detailed training, great value more

The only one and the best in town 8/19/2005

It is the only complete budo training in town, it includes unarmed and armed techniques. The size is not too big whic allows a personalized follow up on your training. They also offer personal training which H ave to say after trying it is very very efficient. My overall comment is : If you are interested in martial arts, this is the place! Pros: Inexpensive, Good Parking, Complete Training more

User review by chrispappas 8/18/2005

For people who wish to learn TRUE martial arts, this is the place to learn. The teachers have years of experience from Japan, and teach it very well. The style of teaching pushes you to make your body do things you wouldnt think it could. It is fun, informative, and a great workout. I would recommend this dojo to all who have an interest in martial arts. Pros: Experienced staff, comfortable training more

User review by labaconboy 8/16/2005

I haven't been training for long, but I can honestly say I love going to Jinenkan! It's a great stress reliever and you are introduced to a lot, even on your first day. What I like is that you don't need to be a certain rank to start using weapons. You should all check it out, you won't regret it! Pros: Weapon variety, Combination of styles, Great sensei's Cons: 2 hours parking limit more

Real Deal 8/16/2005

Training at Jinenkan is a great opportunity to learn an unusual and highly effective martial art. Peter is great - an instructor that can seamlessly perform every technique he teaches as well as explain the mindset and history behind it. You'll be surprised at how quickly you improve as a martial artist. more

Incredible! 8/16/2005

The hand to hand and sword combat techniques are from a system that is unique and not so saturated into our society that people can recognize and know what you are going to do next. Ive had martial arts experience from another popular style and I have to tell you, Peters class dominates my former training. If you want to be able to defend yourself, get in shape, and have fun, this is the class for you! Pros: Friendly, Effective, Supportive more

User review by kakuma 8/16/2005

Peter Steeves and his satff were freindly and very helpful with my time at their dojo. The training was superb and kept me on track. more

Sword Training 12/7/2004

Peter is amazing. I've been training at Jinenkan for a few months and love it. I started training with Swords which is unbelieveable! Highly Recommend visiting for a class Pros: Instruction, Great Workout more

Awesome! 10/19/2004

I've been training with Peter for a few weeks and the results are incredible. I was hoping to utilize Martial Arts to get in better shape, learn to defend myself and develop greater discipline. Training at Jinenkan has help get on the right path to accomplish those goals! I highly recommend trying Jinenkan for yourself. Pros: Great Instruction, Affordable more
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Owner Message

  • We are here to deeply involve ourselves with the pursuit and study of "kobudo" - Japan's "old martial ways" so that we can hone our spirits and strenghten our bodies. None of this is done for the sake of being more self-centered. On the contrary, our "jissen" - "realistic combat" outlook on this training reminds of the commonality we have with one another as people.

    The good news is that by this process we are able to create an atmosphere of extreme trust, enormous personal growth, and some of the best friends you will likely ever come to know. Push your limits, too, starting with an easy one: call us.


  • Traditional Samurai-style martial arts using real swords plus yoga training. Classes for all ages, family instruction and kids a specialty.

  • 11/11/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon - Thurs All Day; Saturday Mornings
  • Payments:

    Visa, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    West LA, West Los Angeles