Teaching Style

Aikido & Kenjutsu training

In our dojo, we practice Aikido alongside Kenjutsu (sword practice). Both requiring the same study of body/mind principles.

There are many aspects to the practice:

Self-defence:  Aikido and Kenjutsu are martial forms, we are learning to respond to a physical threat. In the class, we recreate some physical challenges so that we can develop more confidence and skillful ways to respond to an attack. In Aikido practice we practice defence against grips, punches and strikes; in Kenjutsu we learn set forms to respond to different sword attacks.

Healing & self-development: Being ready to respond to an attack requires the participant to be centred, balanced and in a calm state of mind. In the class warm-up, we practice breathing, stretching and centering exercises to give us a solid preparation. Many students experience the class as being therapeutic and calming. This often transalates into changes in the participants daily life.

Principle rather than technique

The dojo style is focused primarily on developing an understanding of the principles of Aikido and Kenjutsu, such as how to move from your centre, developing 'good posture' and using 'breath power' rather than muscle power.

Though technique is taught, it is more as a tool to help understand the principles rather than as an end in itself. Gradings are assesed on the quality of what is demonstrated not the number of techniques perfomed.

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Kashima No Tachi Kenjutsu

 The Kashima No Tachi Kenjutsu  forms we learn have been passed down from Inaba Sensei, previous head of the Shiseikan Budojo in  Tokyo, Japan.

We practice the Kenjutsu in partners, with either wooden or leather covered bamboo swords. In general this practice develops greater focus and awareness of timing and is more intense than the Aikido practice.