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1079 days ago

This dojo has realistic training. The mental training is great. Some of the routines that they do really get your adrenaline pumping. The Sensei is a good teacher.

The students in this place are not very welcoming. The training focuses too much on roundhouse punches. The physical fitness aspect leaves something to be desired. The facility is on residential property so you have to park a mile away and commute with other students. You have to bow out before you leave class and this happens after they are done talking which can go on forever. The students look at this guy like some genius philosopher instead of a teacher which can get very weird.

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1208 days ago

Exteremly nice Driving Range. Well kept, clean and very nicely priced. Large bucket of balls $6.00. Includes it's own Mini-Golf, 9-hole c...

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1238 days ago

One of the best around. Been shopping there almost 20 years--great prices and huge selection for any age and size, men's and women's both. ...

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1238 days ago

One of the best around. Been shopping there almost 20 years--great prices and huge selection for any age and size, men's and women's both. ...

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1288 days ago

In every city I visit, I travel a lot for my work, there are always numerous martial art schools. Most of them are commercial in nature and focus mainly on children. You watch the class and leave feeling somewhat empty. There doesn't seem to be any tradition or actual martial art application behind what you witnessed.

About 3 months ago I visited the Aikijutsu Academy of Indianapolis. I had seen their website for years and was very excited to see it in person. I was extremely impressed by this place. The Sensei teaches out of his house. He has the dojo area, a bathroom / changing area and an office. I have never seen such an authentic looking dojo in the US. It is beautiful.

When I arrived, the class was already meditating. The lights were down low and the sweet smell of incense was permeating throughout the room. They meditated for about 20 minutes and then walked in a circle for 5 min. The Sensei entered the dojo and the class lined up. He then bowed the class in. The atmosphere was very professional and quiet. This was very different from other schools I visited where the students were joking around and everyone was always talking. There were no children. Only adult males.

After stretching and rolling across the mat a few dozen times, the students broke into pairs and began working on their "hard technique" as the Sensei called it. They were making contact with one another, not where they were hurting one another but enough that they could practice for real. The students then, at the command of the Sensei, surrounded one of the higher ranking students and starting attacking him all at the same time. He started throwing them in all directions! It was amazing to say the least.

I spoke with the Sensei afterwards and found him to be very warm and congenial. He answered all my questions and told me a little about his background as a Police Officer and a bouncer and what this art had done for him. I could tell this was a serious man and a serious school.

I would really recommend this dojo and if I lived in Indianapolis, this would be the dojo for me.

- Steven Hobbs

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1297 days ago

I am currently a student there and it's tough to learn from a few different people because everyone's technique is a little different. It's hard to find the first time around it's because it's actually behind the minimall complex on the right. It's a little on the small side it seems like it was a house before it was a training center. but has plenty of heavy bags.

Now the good news:

Jerry, the owner is a super nice guy that believes in what he teaches and that is really important. He makes his moves look easy and walking around the place it's easy to see that some talent has come out of there. He has a great humblling personality and so do most of the other instructors. They do have quite a few kids and a few older folks as well. They offer Jujitsu, boxing, kick boxing, Kenpo, knife handling and a few more. Equipment wise it has plenty of heavy bags a speed bag and mats.

If you're looking for intense MMA training keep looking. This will more than likely just help you're street defense confidence and give you some options in case you get attacked.

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1318 days ago

I, along with 3 friends from Baltimore, went to Indy for a Ravens-Colts game. We found Coops by accident. The people could not have been nicer to 4 strangers. The food was very good....especially the pizza. Our bartender was a sweetheart with a great sense of humor. If I ever have the unpleasant task of going back to Indy, I suspect the only bright spot will be going back to Coops.

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1328 days ago

This school is one of the best schools in the country. Simply finding an Aikijutsu dojo anywhere is near impossible. Of the ones I have visited, the Aikijutsu Academy of Indianapolis is the best.

Aikijutsu is not an easy martial art to learn. It takes years of dedication and sacrifice. I have trained under Hanulak Sensei for many years and I can't begin to express what I have received. Hanulak Sensei is someone who sometimes can be misunderstood by some. He is one of those individuals that has done a lot in his life. His experience with self defense is real. He has no patience for silly, foolish people. But thats the type of Sensei you want!

I of course fully endorse the Aikijutsu Academy of Indianapolis and Ted Hanulak Sensei.

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1382 days ago

Dance Legacy has been my daughter's second home for the last 4 years! Not only the dance skills but the life skills she has learned will stay with her forever. Her teachers are very professional and the staff is always friendly and willing to help. My daughter has grown in her dance and loves every class she is in. Thank you Dance Legacy for everything you have done not only for my daughter but for our family!

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1392 days ago

This place has the best service that I have found in Indianapolis. The people that work there are fantastic. The enertainers are amazing as well. This is a great place whether you are in a small or large group. Great for parties!

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