Training Body and Mind

Increase self-confidence, fitness, and awareness through martial arts

About Us

David Dufresne at Yasakuni Jinja Shrine dedication ceremony in Tokyo, Japan.

Qualified Instructors

Tim Rogers, Kyoshi -   

Tim has been a martial artist for over 30 years and dedicated his life to teaching others self-defense. Tim is also a local law enforcement officer serving his community. Over the years Tim has had the opportunity to train and learn from some of the great masters in various forms of martial arts. He has received many awards, recognitions and certificates, some of which are: International Kempo Karate Association Instructor of the Year, Top Instructor Award/Top 200 Martial arts School in North America, International Kempo Karate Association Black Belt of the Year, National Pro Marksman Award and many more. Tim teaches self-defense tactics for personal protection, military and law enforcement.


David Dufresne, Renshi - David is the owner/operator of the Matthews Martial Systems, Seiryukan Dojo. He has been a martial arts student and Instructor for most of his life. He is a career law enforcement officer with over 25 years’ experience. He started martial arts in a family Chinese Kung Fu system at the age of 13. From the age of 15-18, David studied in various martial arts schools in the Charlotte area studying Tae Kwon Do, American Karate, and Kickboxing. None of these styles fit into his personality or martial taste. At the age of 19, David discovered Kempo. David has been a Kempo student and instructor since that time. He has studied under Soke Chris Couch, Irwin Carmichael and Tim Rogers and is currently ranked as a Rokudan (Renshi) in Torashinden Ryu Bujutsu, as well as several other dan rankings (see history for a breakdown of this system). David began studying Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu under direction of Soke Ray Ferrell and Sohan Kagenori Ueno. He is currently a Sandan (3rd Degree, Kouchou). David is also currently studying Shorinji Toraken Ryu Kempo, Jujitsu, Iron Palm, Chi Gung, and Emperor’s Long Fist Tai Chi and Hakkoryu Jujitsu under the direct instruction of Soke Ray Ferrell. David is a direct student of Grand Master Bobby Toboada in the Filipino Martial Art of Balintawak. Over the course of his martial life, David has been extremely fortunate enough to study with many famous martial artists in systems such as Judo, Brazilian Ju-jitsu, Modern Arnis, Balintawak, Aikido and Small Circle Jujitsu. As a law enforcement professional, David is a Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Tactical Operations Instructor among other instructor certifications.



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Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu

 

Tenshinsho Jigen-ryu Hyouhou (天眞正自源流兵法) - is a Koryu Bujutsu,(traditional Japanese martial art) founded in 1508 during the Eisho-Muromachi period (1504 – 1521) by Kaiso Setoguchi Bizen no Kami Masamoto (1431 – 1518), a samurai from Joshu Kasama (present day Ibaraki prefecture). It is a comprehensive school of Bujutsu that teaches Kenjutsu & Iaijutsu (sword), Soujutsu (spear), Nagamakijutsu (a type of traditional made Japanese sword with an extra long handle) and Yawara (hand to hand combat). During the Sengoku period (1467 - 1603), this school was regarded as the secret weapon of Satsuma (present day Kagoshima); therefore it was hidden from outsiders until his 13th generation headmaster, Ueno Genshin, opened the doors of Shobukan dojo in 1964.

The major characteristic of the system is "Ichi no tachi no gokui", the secret of the first strike, which is the "Tenchiichi no tachi", the secret sword of heaven and earth. Its unique form, is performed from Tonbo no kamae, the form of dragonfly. Using gravitation, weight transfer and precise techniques that are only taught through oral transmission. Ichinotachi has tremendous power and requires great speed. In fact, fast techniques are distinctive of the style and can be seen in the iaijutsu movements constantly practiced.

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Our Philosophy

We offer traditional Martial Arts with a no non-sense self defense approach. If you are seeking self defense mixed with fitness, our Torashindenryu Bujutsu classes are for you. If you are seeking traditional weapons training, we offer classes in Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu (ancient samurai sword system), and Balintawak (Filipino Martial Art), as well as traditional jujitsu classes.

Weekly Classes

Saturday

Sparring/Practical Fighting class

9:00 am - 10:00 am

163-C S. Trade St.

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Saturday

Sparring/Practical Fighting class

Sparring techniques and practice

9:00 am - 10:00 am

163-C S. Trade St.

Saturday

Bujutsu/Kempo Class - ALL

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

163-C S. Trade St.

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Saturday

Bujutsu/Kempo Class - ALL

Open training for all levels

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

163-C S. Trade St.

Mon./Wed.

Bujutsu/Kempo Class - ALL

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

163-C S. Trade St.

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Mon./Wed.

Bujutsu/Kempo Class - ALL

Our introductory and form review class.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

163-C S. Trade St.

Thursday

Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu Sword/Balintawak

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

163-C S. Trade St.

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Thursday

Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu Sword/Balintawak

Weapons training with TJR sword and escrima

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

163-C S. Trade St.

By Appointment

Private Lessons

5pm - 8pm

163-C S. Trade St.

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By Appointment

Private Lessons

Private lessons for Bujutsu, traditional jujitsu, Balintawak and Tenshinsho Jigenryu sword are available upon request.


5pm - 8pm

163-C S. Trade St.

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Matthews Martial Systems

163 S Trade St, Matthews, North Carolina 28105, United States

(704) 622-0002

Hours

Monday / Wednesday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Saturday: 9am - 12:00pm

Sunday: Closed

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