Monday, January 02, 2006

Where in the world is Mokuren Dojo?

615 Gene Street, Magnolia, MS 39652 (That's where!)

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Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282 木蓮
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Sunday, January 01, 2006

About Mokuren Dojo

Mokuren Dojo is the name of our martial arts school in the city of Magnolia in southwest Mississippi. Mokuren Dojo draws students from near-by cities including Baton Rouge, McComb, Brookhaven, and Hattiesburg. The name, Mokuren Dojo, translates into English as Magnolia Training Hall. I have been teaching martial arts in southwest Mississippi since 1996.
What is aikido?
Aikido is a kind of jujutsu (Japanese martial arts), in which we specialize in getting out of the way of attacks and using the opponent's momentum and balance to control them.  Aikido is great for self-defense.
What is judo?
Judo is another kind of jujutsu, but in judo the emphasis is on close grappling, throwing the opponent to the ground, and using chokes, holds, and jointlocks to make them submit. Judo can be done as a sport or as a self-defense.
Who is the teacher at Mokuren Dojo?
The teacher at Mokuren Dojo is Patrick Parker, 6th degree black belt in aikido and 5th degree black belt in judo. Having started training in 1986, Parker has been teaching martial arts classes in Southwest Mississippi since 1996.
Contact Patrick Parker regarding Mokuren Dojo or the Mokuren Dojo blog...
615 Gene Street
Magnolia, MS 39652
phone: 601.248.7282
Aikido or judo classes in Southwest Mississippi:
Interested in taking aikido or judo lessons at Mokuren Dojo in Southwest Mississippi? Drop me an email at or call me at 601.248.7282 and I'll give you more info and set up a time you can watch some classes or get started.

What about the blog?
The Mokuren Dojo blog started in 2006 as a training log from our practices at Mokuren Dojo, and as a way for the instructor to communicate some ideas outside of class-time. It grew in popularity, and rapidly restructured to a more instructional, more conceptual, less training-log format. Since 2007, Mokuren Dojo has consistently provided a steady flow of fresh content on a near-daily basis and has been one of a handful of the most popular and widely-read martial arts blogs in the world.
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