613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, 2nd floor
Washington DC 20003
Text Sensei @ 202-905-2627
James Reck is a former officer of the United States Navy, who currently works as a Nuclear Engineer for the Department of the Navy. He has been studying martial arts since 2001. James earned his 1st Dan (Black Belt) in Aikido while working on his Ph.D. in Missouri. He also holds a 1st dan in Kenjutsu, and is currently working toward his 1st Dan in Wado-Ryu Karate. James has also dabbled in Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and western/olympic style fencing.
Senpai James was first drawn to martial arts based on the flowing, graceful forms balanced with the apparent strength of Aikido. What keeps him coming back to the dojo is the mental and spiritual development inherent in the martial arts. It is this continual internal development that causes James to challenge himself in everything he does. In addition to martial arts, his hobbies include homebrewing, playing the violin, and a variety of handcrafts including woodworking, armor making, knitting, and electronics.
Tom Rivera grew up in Southern California and has been studying martial arts since 2003. He earned his first Black Belt in Songahm Taekwondo as a young teenager, and now holds a 1st Dan (Black Belt) in both Wado-Ryu Karate and Manaka-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu. Tom has also practiced in various other martial arts, including Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Kempo.
Senpai Tom began training in martial arts as a way to get physically fit, but he quickly discovered a much deeper meaning. The dojo provides a space for him to challenge himself physically while seeking a mental balance and a greater understanding of himself. Tom applies the principles of martial arts to his daily life, which has helped him to be a stronger friend, family member, and member of the Samurai Training Academy. Outside of the dojo, Tom works in legislative affairs at NASA and enjoys cooking, exercising, movies (including Netflix), traveling, playing video games, exploring DC, and reading.
The Dojo was built by hand, even sanded by hand with the help of my wife and a friend or two. Our mats are competition mats that are hypoallergenic. We have a changing room, bathroom, water fountain and waiting room.
We use technology to assist in our teaching. In traditional Japanese Dojo's they do not have a wall full of mirrors, they might have one so that you are able to see your kicks or punches. At STA, we use a video camera to film your techniques and then watch them immediately after so that we can help you improve quickly. We also video a few techniques and provide them to you within a shared drive so that you may practice at home.
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Renshi (Master) Bob Lowry has trained in Japanese Martial Arts since 1992. He is the owner and lead instructor at the Samurai Training Academy in Washington, DC. He began training at the age of 24. He earned a 1st Dan (Black Belt) in Shotokan and Aiki Jujutsu from Master Curtis Smith from Pittsburgh. Renshi Bob has trained with Shihan Yoshikazu Nakamura since 2009, and holds a 6th Dan in Wado-Ryu Karate (Master Title), a 5th Dan in Manaka-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu (Master Title), and a 5th Dan in Kenjutsu. Renshi Bob has trained Shindo Joso Ryu Jodo under the guidance of Pearson Sensei and has had the privilege of training in the main Dojo in Japan. Renshi Bob has also practiced Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi during his earlier years of martial arts.
Martial Arts changed Renshi Bob’s life for the better. When his doctor told him he needed serious back surgery, he turned instead to Martial Arts for answers. Although it was challenging, his back grew stronger and he is now able to live the active lifestyle he wants. Renshi Bob continues to train and grows stronger every day, both as a student as a teacher. He believes it is critical to keep to the tradition of Martial Arts training that was handed down from the founders, but he also believes that we must incorporate modern lessons if we really want be complete martial artists and tap into the power of the human body.
Renshi Bob is a Senior VP at a large financial institution and a small business owner. His hobbies include cycling, running, gardening, and mountain climbing. He has climbed on 15 mountains, including 6 of the 7 Summits of the World. He met his wife Nicky while they were both climbing Mount Everest in 2008, and they are returning to Everest in 2016 to climb as a couple.
We are a traditional Japanese Martial Arts training center following the ways of the Samurai.
Bob Lowry is the owner and senior instructor of the Academy; he holds a 6th Dan (Black Belt) in Wado Ryu Karate, 4th Dan Aiki Jujutsu, 3rd Dan in Kenjutsu (combative wooden sword). His Shihan (Grand Master) has been training since the age of 3 and holds a 10th Dan (Senior most level possible) in Wado Ryu Karate and he is Soke (rightful heir) of his Aiki Jujutsu family style Manaka Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu. Here is a link to our Grand Masters web page for more history, click here.