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Bajutsu Classes in Winter Garden

VI Levels is a MMA & Fitness Center Located in Winter Garden, Florida. We offer several on-going programs with multiple weekly classes for Kids starting at the age of 3. Choose from 3 of our on-going programs, for kids 3-5 years old we have Mighty Mites, our most popular program Youth is for Kids typically between 5-9 and our Teen program which the youngest can be about 10 years old. We don't focus so much on age but more skill.

We also have our Adult Program with Weekly classes and our Women's Self Defense Program. Along with our on-going programs you have a variety of Semi-Private and Private Programs to choose from. These programs are tailored to your needs and taught by one of our World Class or Celeberty Trainers.

About Bajutsu Classes in Winter Garden

Bajutsu is an ancient Japanese martial art that originated sometime in the 7th century CE during the Asuka Period. The word bajutsu literally translates to equestrian, and is used to describe both the martial art and the mounted samurai warrior. It’s martial origins closely relate to that of yabusame (mounted archery), however, it’s very much considered a distinct and separate martial art. During the Asuka period, Japanese armies were based on what is referred to as the “Tang model,” as in infantry versus mounted forces. 

By the late 12th century, the large-scale warfare that swept across the country shifted this focus to putting more of an emphasis on the samurai mounted on horseback. This is when bajutsu became popularized. However, because horses during the 12th century were scarce and expensive to care for, bajutsu was considered to be an elite martial art, limited to only high-ranking samurai.

The mounted samurai used a variety of weapons for close combat. However, the primary weapons used throughout the Heian, Kamajura, and early Muromachi periods were the tachi (traditional Japanese sword that preceded the katana) and the naginata (wooden or metal pole with a curved blade on one end). The tachi served well for close-combat when fighting other horsemen, however it was too small to be used in combat on foot. The naginata was already used as an anti-cavalry weapon in regular infantry, as it was used to forcefully and easily dismount other horsemen. It was perfect for use on horseback due to its length as it gave the mounted samurai extra reach to use the curved blade to make sweeping cuts from afar and while charging.  

By the Tokugawa era, the military practice of bajutsu declined as peace began to grow throughout the country. Bajutsu eventually became relegated to a more ceremonial role, but by the beginning of the 20th century, the Japan Bajutsu Federation was formed in Tokyo specifically to promote the ancient equestrian wartime martial art to a modern sport. 

Aside from teaching proficiency in horseback riding and mounted sword-fighting, Bajutsu also put an emphasis on the care and upkeep of the samurais’ kisouma (horses) which at the time resembled more of a stocky pony rather than a large and muscular thoroughbred. The horses were trained to ignore sudden shocks, to continue to press forward in a charge while also learning to veer off to the side at the last second to allow its rider to kick with his heavy stirrups. These stirrups, referred to as shitanaga abumi were also designed to secure the samurai as they stood up to shoot bows and arrows from the saddle of their horses. Eventually, archery was overtaken by the development of the yari(spear) techniques which required the horses to charge, which the Takeda clan was most notable for mastering.  

Unlike most other martial arts styles, bajutsu isn’t widely practiced, especially since equestrianism isn’t very popular in Japan. However, it’s still taught in some ninjutsu and bujutsu-ryu schools.

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On-Going Programs

We go the extra mile for the kids, but we don’t take forever to get there.

Within each program we offer a variety of classes, that meet multiple times per week. Each class within the program is designed to further advance everyone with our VI levels in mind.


Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 3-5
This mighty fun class is great for improving developmental milestones. Our Mighty Might's are given a platform of coordination, following directions and patience all while teaching the foundation of Self Defense.


Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 6-9
Our non-traditional, enhanced, Mixed Martial Arts and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program will give your child the mental and physical skills that will assist them in everyday life. All while increasing their enthusiasm and understanding of discipline.


Teen Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 10-14+
Our Teens Program is a continuation of our younger programs. Whether you are just joining us, or you have been with us from the beginning. Your teen will continue to develop skills designed to help them in the real world.


Adult Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 15+
Whether you've trained before or you're ready to start a new chapter in life. Our Adult Program is a wonderful place for people who want to learn Self-Defense, have fun, get in great shape, all while under the watchful eye of skilled instructors.

Women's Self Defense

Women's Self Defense Classes
Ages 6+
Our Women’s Self-Defense is a 5 Week Program that meets once a week for 90 minutes. This is Women's Self-Defense thats molded to everyday situations, that’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable.


Free Week Trial
Seriously, A Free Week!
We are currently offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL for Mighty Mites, Youth, Teen and Adult Programs. Simply sign up & select the first class you or your child would like to attend, completly FREE. Once you arrive for your class, we will handle the rest.

Semi-Private & Private Programs

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.

Our Semi-Private and Private programs offer individual and semi-individual classes that can meet multiple times per week. Helping you to form a habit that is life changing and healthy.


Fitness Classes
Ages 6 +
We offer Group and Private Classes to help get the results you desire. People who are looking for more personal attention, can hire one of our world-class coaches for Fitness & Cardio Training. Your challenge, become the best version of you!


Women's Self-Defense Classes
Ages 6 +
Women’s Self-Defense That’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable. Our Women’s Self-Defense program is based on the effective and efficient techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Molded to everyday situations.


Striking MMA Classes
Ages 6 +
Striking revolves around learning how to use your knees, legs, and arms to protect yourself or someone you love. Bringing in a foundation of Muay Thai, you'll become more comfortable and confident with your body.


Campus Defense Classes
Ages 16 +
Whether you're sending your daughter or son off to college. Or you're a current college student, learning how to get yourself out of tricky situations is a life skill. Train with our Celebrity Trainers to learn how to maneuver through life.


Model Muggin Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn what to do, and what not do, in the unfortunate event of a mugging. Life sometimes throws us curve balls, be prepared when the time counts. Protect yourself and your loved ones with confidence and skills to last a lifetime.


Family Safe Classes
Entire Household
Having the family know what to do in a worst-case scenario provides a foundation for everyone to work from. Your family will build upon what to do and what not do in the event of real-life emergencies.


Handgun Protection Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn how to use and control your handgun effectively and safely. Learning how you can safely manipulate and control your weapon will boost your confidence and abilities for those unforeseen times.


Handgun Manipulation Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn Handgun Manipulation. When faced with an impossible decision, what do you do? Learning how to break down those seemingly impossible feats, gives you the strength and confidence in yourself to come out on top.


Tactical Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 16 +
Tactical Jiu-Jitsu™ (TJJ™) is a blend of martial arts, military, and law enforcement strategies. It is a street-ready program for anyone who is serious about self-defense and personal protection.


Sports Conditioning Classes
Ages 6 +
Our Sports Conditioning Program is geared towards the athlete who is looking to enhance their workout.


MMA Conditioning Classes
Ages 16 +
Our MMA Conditioning Program is geared towards the MMA athlete who is looking to enhance their workout, learn new skills and enhance specific areas of their Defense & Offense.


Home Invasion Classes
Ages 6 +
Geared towars the entire household to provide skills and the knowledge on how to handle a home invasion.


Anti-Bullying Classes
Ages 6 - 16
One of our most popular programs, our Anti-Bullying classes are for ages 6-16 and provide the foundation to give kids the skills on how to handle bullies in modern day situations.


Mix & Match Classes
Ages 6 +
Looking for something but you're not too sure what? Why not try a little bit of everything? Or a lot a bit of something? Find your passion and do a sampling of all our privates and/or semi-private classes.


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