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Welcome to Online Classes at Fresno Samurai Arts. Our online classes are designed specifically for distance students and individuals who have a keen interest in learning Nami Ryu and the martial arts of the samurai but are unable to do so due to geographical constraints or a busy work-life schedule.

Our online classes offer a unique opportunity for martial artists looking to broaden their knowledge of traditional Japanese martial arts. Each in-person class at our dojo is streamed live over Zoom, ensuring that distance students can participate in real time. In addition, distance students will have access to class recordings, ensuring they never miss out. And, in the same way members of our Fresno dojo have access to our instructors, distance students also have regular direct contact with George Sensei, our Fresno instructors, and the Nami ryu community of students and teachers across the country.

We are proud to offer a special online dojo website and mobile app where both distance students and our local students can access training videos and class recordings. This platform provides a comprehensive resource for students to supplement their learning and practice at their own pace.

Distance learning is most effective when a student has at least one training partner and a dedicated place to train. Many of our students train in their garages or living rooms and some of our students have started “study groups” under George Sensei’s guidance.

Solo training is possible, although students will miss out on the benefits of training with a partner. Martial arts training inherently involves training with another person, and that is what is best to get the maximum benefit from training. With that said, many of our students continue solo training with that understanding. It is also possible to start solo training at first and include a training partner in the future.

If you are located outside of the United States, please contact us for special pricing adjusted to your currency and region.

If you are currently a student of another martial art, we may require approval from your instructor.

Please note that there is an application process to ensure online training is a good fit for you. If you are interested in online training and becoming a distance student, please fill out the Contact form and specify your interest in Online Training.



Nami ryu means “wave style” and refers to the fact that energy travels in waves. This wave effect is one of the underlying physical principles of our art.

These and many other principles of strategy are learned through the study of the Japanese sword. The principles learned through the sword are then applied to practical skills that are applicable in modern times.

Watch the video below to see Nami ryu in action. Also, be sure to watch our Nami ryu Senseis video (link to the video on the other page) to learn more about our instructors.

meet our instructors

  • Randy George Sensei


    Chief Instructor

    Randy George Sensei began his training in Shotokan Karate in 1984 under Robert Halliburton Sensei of Fresno.

    After several years of Shotokan, he decided to study Aikido and was the first live-in student (uchi-deshi) of Patricia Hendricks Sensei (7th dan Shihan, Iwama ryu Aikido) of San Leandro, California.

    He studied and taught Aikido for over 20 years before becoming a student of James Williams Sensei, kaicho of Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho, in 2008.

    George Sensei has had a passion for Japanese culture, language, and history since an early age, all of which are interwoven in his instruction.

    In addition to the dojo, he runs a marketing agency specializing in branding and communications for family businesses.

  • JP Scott Sensei

    John "JP" Scott


    John “JP” Scott is a United States Navy veteran.

    He brings a diverse background of emergency medical experience and practical know-how in firearms and personal defense.

    He has trained in various martial arts disciples and has been practicing Nami Ryu since 2010.

  • Earl Giffen Sensei



    Earl began training in Nami Ryu in 2011. He originally trained under Randy George sensei of Fresno and subsequently moved to San Diego to train directly with James Williams sensei in 2015.

    In 2022 Earl returned to Fresno, where he currently teaches. In addition to studying martial arts, Earl is an ardent marksman and outdoorsman.

    He currently works as a systems engineering consultant.

  • Earl Giffen Sensei

    Matt Bangtson


    Matt grew up in the Midwest, studying Tae Kwon Do off and on during his teenage years

    After ending up in California, he searched for a martial art that could also teach him to use weapons.

    In 2016 he found Nami Ryu and began training under Randy George Sensei. Aside from martial arts, he enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family, and squeezing in a video game now and then.



What is the application process for becoming a distance student?

Please fill out and submit the Contact form. George Sensei will review your application and will contact you.

How can I get the most out of my online training if I am training solo?

Solo training has limitations so it’s important to stay in close contact with George Sensei. We also recommend that you record videos of specific techniques and your training in general so George Sensei can provide feedback.

Of course, we recommend looking for a training partner in your area. Also, if there is another student located nearby we can make arrangements to connect you. We also recommend attending a seminar at a Nami ryu school whenever possible.

What equipment do I need for online classes?

At the least, you will need wooden training weapons and a kaku obi (wide belt). Our regular training uniform consisting of a dō-gi and hakama (training top and pleated trousers worn by the samurai) are optional in the beginning. The initial investment in training weapons and belt will be approximately $150 -200. A dō-gi and hakama will be an additional $150.

It is also possible to use your own dō-gi and training weapons. Our bokken have long handles per our style of Kenjutsu so we recommend using this style of bokken as opposed to any others you might see on the Internet.

In all cases, we can assist you with ordering the correct gear and weapons.

How can I access the class recordings?

Access will be provided once you are accepted as a distance student. You will have access to all past class recordings. Additionally, there are videos of Kenjutsu, Tantojutsu, jojutsu, and Aiki-jujutsu techniques from the Nami ryu curriculum to assist you with learning them.

Can I use a sharp sword (shinken)?

A live blade is the ultimate training tool. However, the use of live (sharp) weapons of any sort should only be done after a great deal of training and only under the permission and supervision of an instructor who is present with you.

Blades should be inspected by an instructor (or someone trained to inspect them) both before and after use. If you are in the U.S., please also take into consideration what is permitted by your insurance company.

As a distance student, you must agree to refrain from using a live blade during Zoom classes and at any location where you do not have express written permission from the owner of the space or property, and insurance coverage permitting the use of such tools.

What should I do if I am located outside of the United States?

Please fill out the contact form and be sure to include where you are located. Due to time differences, it may be difficult or impossible for you to attend the live Zoom classes. With diligence and discipline, you can still learn Nami ryu.

What should I do if I am currently a student of another martial art?

If you are actively studying another art, please note this when you fill out the Contact form and let us know whether you have discussed online training in Nami ryu with your instructor. In all cases, we require that your instructor is consulted with in advance and included in the process as long as you are an active student in the school.

It is also important that our arts are compatible. Since we have a unique “operating system” based on koryu (old samurai martial school) principles, you will likely run into difficulties if you attempt to study two arts with appreciatively different principles and techniques. This is something that we will discuss and take into consideration before we can move forward.

How often are the online classes held?

Online classes are in-person classes at our dojo that are held 3-4 times per week in the evening. We are located in California, which is Pacific Standard Time.

What is the cost of the online classes?

If you are located in North America, online classes are $49.00 USD per month. Please contact us for special pricing and payment methods for your country.

What is the structure of an online class?

Class begins with mobility and rolling exercises followed by the introduction of the class theme. This is usually a series of drills and techniques, all with common principles between weapons and open hand which allows us to combine them into a seamless study.

What if I have more questions or need further assistance?

Please feel free to include your questions when filling out the contact form.

Can I earn a rank in Nami ryu through online training?

While earning “ranks” is not our focus, you can be recognized with a belt level in Nami ryu by training online. We offer online classes specifically to allow people around the world to benefit from the study of Nami ryu. Our goal is to impart practical skills that enhance and amplify your ability to protect yourself and your loved ones. These benefits far outweigh a rank.

With that said, it is possible to earn up to the equivalent of a green belt (mid-level beginner) at this time. Further advancement depends upon several factors including the ability to demonstrate proficiency in the art with a training partner, regular communication with George Sensei, and dedicated training.

How can I access the online dojo website and mobile app?

Once you have been accepted as a student you will be given access to the online dojo and mobile app.

What kind of training videos are available on the online dojo website and mobile app?

The online dojo contains class recordings and videos for solo and partner practices. The on-demand videos focus on showing practical skills to learn Aiki-jujutsu, Tantojutsu, Kenjutsu, Iaijutsu, Jojutsu, and the principles and Kihon Waza (basics) that form the foundation of the art,

Can I interact with the instructor and other students during live Zoom classes?

Yes, we encourage interaction! You will be able to type questions into Chat and, if you have your video camera turned on, the instructor will also provide feedback while you are training.

Will I have access to an instructor?

Yes, online training is directly overseen by Randy George Sensei. You will have direct access to Sensei and the Nami ryu community through various resources once you become a student.

Will I receive feedback on my training?

If you join the live Zoom classes, you will receive real-time feedback. Additionally, you are encouraged to send short videos of your practice to George Sensei for his review to aid you in your progress.

What if online training isn’t working out or my circumstances change?

There is no contract or minimum commitment for anyone who is accepted as a distance student. If circumstances change or if either the teacher or student decides that online training isn’t working out, it is better to discontinue or take a break from training.

Still have questions?