DSBK is a member-run nonprofit dojo in southwest Colorado. Since its founding in 2002, its mission has been to provide education on the philosophy and arts of Aikido, which is a modern Japanese martial art that embraces non-violent approaches to conflict resolution through personal development and self-mastery.
In other words, Aikido is self-defense with a do-no-harm attitude. Peace prevails over confrontation because you can defend yourself from conflict without adding violence to the situation.
Based In Tradition
Our educational mission is guided by the ideals of Budo along with the spirit and teachings of Shizuo Imaizumi, Shihan, founder of of Shin-Budo Kai (SBK). Imaizumi Sensei studied directly under Master Morihei Ueshiba, originator of Aikido. He subsequently taught for the Ki Society led by Koichi Tohei. He blended these styles into his own take on the art, drawing from his 50-plus years of dedicated Aikido training.
What We Offer
DSBK provides training in Shin-Budo Kai style Aikido that includes Aikido-based self-defense techniques; the weapons-based arts of bokkendo (wooden sword) and jodo (wooden staff); the mind/body coordination exercises of genkido; and the meditative practices of misogi.
For over 20 years, we have shared Aikido with our wider community through affordable classes, public demonstrations, and creative collaborations with local partners. We believe that Aikido training can help people develop discipline, confidence, and respect for others.
Meet Our Instructors
DSBK is led by a devoted team of volunteer instructors possessing decades of training. They are passionate about Aikido and helping students discover deeper levels of ability, poise, confidence, and awareness.
Mark Winkworth, Godan
Mark Winkworth Sensei, Godan (5th-degree black belt), is a co-founder of Durango Shin-Budo Kai. Mark began his Aikido training in Albuquerque in 1994 under Wade Ishimoto Sensei. In 1996, when Ishimoto Sensei moved away, Mark helped establish a new dojo location and continued practicing under Jim Redel Sensei, receiving his Shodan in 1998. In 2000, Mark moved to Durango and practiced with various local groups. He helped establish Durango Shin-Budo Kai in 2002. He was promoted to Godan in 2016 by Imaizumi Sensei.
Steve Self, Yondan
Steve Self, Yondan (4th-degree black belt) began his study of aikido in the Bay Area of California in 1979. He practiced a bit in the Hudson Valley of New York in the 80s, San Francisco, and more consistently in Mill Valley with Richard Heckler, Wendy Palmer and George Leonard Senseis in the 1990s. He resumed practice in Durango in 2001. He co-founded Durango Shin-Budo Kai Aikido and the first few years hosted practice in his home dojo. As an instructor for DSBK, Steve guides Ki development classes and a flowing-style aikido class.
Philip Riffe, Yondan
In 1991, Philip Riffe, Yondan (4th-degree black belt), walked into a Shin-Budo Kai dojo in Austin, Texas and saw his first Aikido class. It was love at first sight. Philip moved to Durango in 2015 to join Durango Shin-Budo Kai. He has taught kids' classes, an Introduction to Aikido class, and now instructs an inquisitive concepts class on Sundays. Philip has served on the Board of Directors as Vice President and is currently the Treasurer.
Jenny Mason, Sandan
Jenny Mason, Sandan (3rd-degree black belt), discovered Aikido in 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She stumbled upon a class working through jodo katas (specifically Muso Ryu Jo Awase) and fell instantly head-over-heels in love with the art. Jenny trained initially with Sensei Ralph Bryan. After living abroad for a year, she relocated to Durango and resumed training with Sensei Mark Winkworth. She received her Shodan (1st-degree black belt) in 2015. For six years, Jenny served as the DSBK Board of Directors President and is now Vice President. She teaches beginner aikido classes, fundamental weapons classes, and ukemi practice. Outside of class, she loves helping students prepare for kyu tests.
Founding Shin-Budo Kai
Shizuo Imaizumi established Shin-Budo Kai in 1988. His goal was to establish an organization or association (kai) devoted to the search for truth (shin) along the martial path (budo).
Imaizumi began training in Aikido in 1959 while a student at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Waseda was a 15-minute walk from the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, and on May 1st, Sensei saw an Aikido demonstration by Morihei Ueshiba.
In 1965, with a rank of sandan, Imaizumi Sensei became an apprentice to the teaching staff (shidoin) at the Honbu dojo and his career as a professional Aikido instructor began. During this period he frequently took ukemi for O Sensei during the early morning Aikido classes. After O Sensei's death in April 1969, Imaizumi Sensei was chosen to accompany Waka-Sensei (the son of O-sensei) and his wife to enshrine the founder's remains at the Ueshiba family graveyard at Tanabe.
Imaizumi Sensei was an instructor at the Aikikai Honbu until 1974 when he joined Koichi Tohei Sensei in his new organization, the Ki-no-kenkyukai (Ki Society; Shin-Shin Toitsu Aikido). In July 1975, Imaizumi Sensei came to New York to found the New York Ki Society and assume the role of Chief Instructor for the Eastern Region and the US.
In September of 1987, he resigned from the Ki Society. Shin-Budo Kai was founded in October 1988.
As an instructor, Imaizumi Sensei's style and perspectives were shaped by O Sensei, the second Doshu, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, as well as by Koichi Tohei Sensei. His weapons instruction draws from a variety of traditions, including Itto Ryu, Shinkage Ryu, Aiki Kenpo and Nihon Kendo styles of swordsmanship, and the Muso Ryu and Aiki Joho styles of jodo, or wooden staff training. Imaizumi officially retired from teaching in 2022. His students carry on the tradition and teachings Imaizumi instilled for decades. The entire SBK organization has grown into a larger consortium of dojos located in New York, Connecticut, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and California.