Aikido classes

We are simply a group of men and women from all different backgrounds who have a love for the martial arts. We welcome anyone who has the dedication to better themselves and seeks to have a good time in the process. All serious students are invited to come and train with us and become part of our community.

Our head instructor, Jim Owens, has over 15 years of experience in the art of Aikido and weapon arts such as the sword and staff. He also has training in Vee Arnis Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do, among many other arts that have influenced his style. 

The primary Aikido influences at Rocky Waters Aikido
are those of the late Graziano Sensei and Dr. Walker Sensei of Brevard County fame. Other styles that are seamlessly incorporated include Iwama, Aikikai, and even Aiki-jujitsu styes.

Our training is not for everyone, however. Not just anybody is welcome to practice with us at Rocky Waters Aikido . We are looking for the right kind of students.

Why do we care so much who joins us?

This unique approach helps ensure that we have a dedicated group of students who have a true passion for their training. The result is a training environment unlike that of most other martial arts dojos.

Who is the ideal student for Rocky Waters Aikido

  • One who can attend classes regularly

  • One who does not make excuses in their training

  • A person who is humble and respectful of others

  • One who pays their dues on time and honors their financial obligations

  • The kind of man or woman who will give their all in every class

As you can see, our school is not for just anyone. This kind of training is designed for a particular breed of person. Just like you want to be sure Rocky Waters Aikido is the right place for you, we want to make sure you are a good candidate for us as well.

Are you Rocky Waters material? 

If you are looking for some solid training, and a safe and fun atmosphere to do it in, we look forward to you being the next to join the Rocky Waters family.

We are not like every other school out there. When you train at Rocky Waters, you will be getting an experience you will not get at any other local schools.

You will only be practicing with other adults.

We exclusively teach adults or young adults. You will never have to worry about training with children or having them teach you.

You will learn a comprehensive system here.

Training here works from the ground up. You will learn how to defend yourself if you are flat on your back or if you are standing and armed...and everything in between. Your entire study will be geared toward all the modern needs of self protection.

Never sign any long-term contracts.

While many martial arts schools will require that you sign binding contracts to train with them, we do not.

Never pay any hidden fees or charges.

All tuition and dues are out in the open. You do not have to worry about money games at Rocky Waters Aikido

You can try before you buy.

Everyone is welcome to jump on the mat with us to try Aikido for themselves for 2 free classes before ever signing up. This way you know exactly what you are getting. Of course, anyone is welcome to watch as many classes as they please before making a decision.

Safety is our first priority.

You will not have to worry about any careless strangers hurting you here at Rocky Waters. We are family and focus on safety as our primary concern. You will find that everyone here is most attentive to the well-being of all participants.

All training is non-militaristic.

Since we are all adults, we train with sincerity and joy at Rocky Waters. You will not be scolded or disciplined like children as in some other martial arts schools where military-like strictness may be the norm. 

Nothing is watered down here.

You will be learning everything you need to either protect yourself or your loved ones. Many similar schools are forced to water down their training because of the age differences in their classes. Not here. The good, the bad, and the ugly are all candidly discussed in every class so everyone has no doubts as to the reality of what they are practicing. We always welcome all questions.

You learn instantly useful self-protection skills.

You will not only be learning a comprehensive and thorough martial art, you will also be picking up useful tools and skills you can use from day one. 

We are a community here. You will never be just a number.

Unlike many other schools, you will not just be some unknown face on the mat. You will be the member of a proud and close family of martial artists who help each other reach their goals.

Ready to get started?

Call (321) 693-2721 today and ask about our one week of free classes.



Self defense classes


(321) 693-2721

Class Times

Monday and Thursday
7:30pm - 9:00pm


1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne, FL 32935


Call now and mention this website for
one week of 
FREE classes

in Aikido self protection!