This is our weapons-only classes on koryu (old style) swordsmanship and stick fighting. These are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
This group is registered in Japan teaching from 3 legitimate systems from the Edo period of Japan (pre-1867). These classes cover a VAST array of Japanese samurai weapons. There is a possibility of having more regular classes in the future if there is sufficient interest.
[ In other classes weapons are also practised alongside unarmed techniques. However this monthly class is focused soley on weapons. ]
1. Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho (Iaijutsu)
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. Oishi 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 will train in the weapons of Shibukawa Ichi Ryu jujutsu which include techniques of Asayama Ichiden Bojutsu, a stick fighting system. Weapons include the sickle and chain (kusarigama), 6ft stick (rokushaku-bo), 4ft stick (han-bo), 3ft stick (sanshaku-bo), gobou and kobou (shorter sticks), fundou (weighted chain) and jutte.
WHY PRACTICE WEAPONS
These classes are an EXCELLENT suppliment 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 (zanshin). 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
£10 per class (monthly subscription).
Yearly Membership fee of £25.