What is Shinkendo?

In feudal times, the core aspect of any Japanese warrior’s martial education was that of swordsmanship.  Shinkendo is a comprehensive reunification of what the Samurai once used and relied upon for survival. In other words, it can be classified as a combination of the founder’s own technical and structural innovations, and an amalgamation of several traditions of Japanese swordsmanship that have been forced to evolve and splinter over time. Unified, Shinkendo is a historically accurate and comprehensive style of Japanese Swordsmanship.

The Shinkendo school emphasizes very traditional and effective swordsmanship. With serious training, Shinkendo leads to both practical ability as well as an understanding of classical martial arts. Shinkendo is steeped in the traditions of the samurai. Specifically, it combines Heiho (strategy), Reiho (proper Bushido etiquette) and philosophy.  Toshishiro Obata Kaiso is the founder, director and chief instructor of The Kokusai.

Shinkendo Renmei (International Shinkendo Federation) is an organization dedicated to teaching authentic Japanese swordsmanship.

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