Adults & Teenagers 14+ yrs
2nd SATURDAY each month 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Leytonstone United Free Church, 55 Wallwood Rd, E11 1AY
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2nd WEDNESDAY 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St Andrews Church, 153 Colworth Rd, E11 1JD
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See below for distance learning membership option.
Dento Nihon Kobudo Jikan Kai is our amalgamated system of Japanese weaponry. It is very unique in that few traditional schools in the world cover such a wide variety of weapons. This includes legitimate samurai era swordsmaship (kory iai & kenjutsu) as well as Okinawan weaponry and other koryu weaponry including stick techniques. The curriculum is large and highly structured, and is taught by our Japan-certified instructors. Classes are held on the 2nd Wednesday and Saturday of every month, supplemented by online distance learning tutorials to facilitate home study (see below). At senior ranks students may choose to specialise in one of these styles in our curriculum.
Within our system we cover techniques of the following traditional styles in which our Chief Instructor has direct training and certification from legitimate Japanese organisations. These select schools all share similar principles that are in harmony with each other, thus making them compatible with our system;
1. Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho (Iaijutsu / Iaido)
A 500 yr old sword drawing art. Techniques include drawing the blade from sitting and standing positions, sword duelling techniques, sword disarms and counter-disarms.
2. Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu
This stye of sword dueling is over 200 years old and involves training with the wooden sword, short sword (kodachi) and naginata.
3. Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu weapon techniques
We train in the weapons of Shibukawa Ichi Ryu jujutsu which include techniques of Asayama Ichiden Bojutsu, a stick fighting system and other weapons including the sickle and chain (kusarigama), 6ft stick (rokushaku-bo), 4ft stick (han-bo), 3ft stick (sanshaku-bo), gobou and kobou (shorter sticks) and jutte.
4. Okinawan Kobudo - Taira Lineage
We practice the Okinawan kobudo taught alongside traditional Shito Ryu. The lineage is of the famous Okinawan master, Shinken Taira. Weapons include the sai, kama, tonfa, bo & nunchaku
WHY PRACTICE WEAPONS
These classes are an excellent supplement for people who practice other Japanese martial arts like karate, judo & aikido. They are also suitable for absolute beginners.
Training develops balance, coordination, timing, distancing, focus & mental alertness. Practitioners also learn how to use their centre of mass (tandem), correct breathing and posture to generate power, rather than using brute force.
Read more here https://www.koryu.london/history
DISTANCE LEARNING OPTION
If you want to focus only on weaponry you can register as a member of our Kobudo Distance Learning Program. You'll be required to come to at least one of our weapons classes monthly for direct instruction from a teacher. You then go home and practice the techniques on your own.
As a member you'll have access to our online learning resources including videos to help you progress in the curriculum. You are also welcome to join our fun weekend training camps in the UK and training trips overseas, to places like France and Japan for many hours of intensive training that will push you further and accelerate your learning.
We have different classes of membership, depending on your circumstances and level of involvement you desire. Each year full members can formally test for traditional rank at our headquarters to reflect their hard work and progress, whereas associate members can achieve certificate ranks at their own pace.
After some time in training you may be authorised to open a practice group of your own if you so desire.
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