A Chat with Budokan New Jersey Martial Arts Academy
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We specialize in traditional martial arts and the application of those arts in self defense. Learn karate, aikido, and aikijujutsu the way it was meant to be taught, with all lessons by the owner and 35-year student and teacher of these arts.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
Classes by age are: Intro Class: 4 and 5 years old; Elementary Class: 6–10 years old; Pre-Teen Class: 11–13 years old; Teen and Adult : 13 and up.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Rick Jones, the head instructor, has had a passion for martial arts since starting in 1977. He has been teaching for his Sensei since 1992. The opening of the Budokan allows him to pass on the traditions and training the way it was intended, in a respectful and safe environment.
What do you love most about your job?
I love seeing the successes and failures of my students. My students’ successes are my successes. And as those students progress, seeing their confidence and their respect for others continually develop is a core value in traditional martial arts.