Garrett Riedemann


Garrett is a graduate of the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, MN. He spent four years learning and developing the skills of this beautiful ancient medical art, culminating in a Master’s of Science Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Prior to this, he attended and graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology and has tied his interest in psychology and oriental medicine together for a balanced approach to health care. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinician, Garrett specializes in treating musculoskeletal disorders such as golf and tennis elbow, back, sciatic and joint pain. He also focuses on treating sleep and mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and other stress related issues that affect everyday health.

Garrett’s unquenchable thirst for martial arts started at an early age when he started collecting every book about the martial arts he could get his hands on. At the age of seventeen he joined the Army where he got his first taste of martial arts in the form of hand-to-hand combat training and boxing. After the Army, while attending Iowa State University, he trained in boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Judo and Hapkido eventually earning his 1st and then 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido. During his time at Iowa State Garrett developed a fondness for the Japanese martial arts and trained privately for 3 years in Hombu style Aikido, Iwama Ryu Aikido and Japanese Swordsmanship. It was during this time that he started on his own Musha Shugyo (warrior’s pilgrimage), where he trained with such notable instructors as Steven Seagal and Toshishiro Obata earning his first level kenshuin instructor license in Japanese swordsmanship. In August of 2001, Garrett opened his own martial arts school. In August of 2002, Garrett was accepted as a student of James Williams of Dojo of the Four Winds and Bugei Trading Company. Garrett has been training and teaching in the arts of kenjutsu, aikijujutsu and iaijutsu under Mr. Williams’s guidance since that time along with other arts learned along the way such as Tai Chi. Garrett brings over 25 years of teaching and training experience and his life’s passion to Martial Arts.

Garrett has spent many years working in different areas of healthcare as a paramedic, a medical historian and working with both children and adults as a direct care provider.


  • University of Iowa / Paramedic
  • Des Moines Area Community College / A.S. Degree
  • Iowa State University / B.S. Psychology
  • American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine / M.S.A.O.M.
  • NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist
  • State of Iowa Licensed Acupuncturist