Be as still as wood.
Attack like the wind.
Be as thorough as fire.
Once we concur, be unmovable as a mountain."
-Takeda Shingen 1500ds -
The I-shin Do Ken
This is Bushido ("The Warrior Spirit/Way') that encourages the development of people and their potential as Human Beings in service of a harmonious existence.
Kenjutsu is a martial art of the Samurai.
In practice this is the study of diversified combat strategy and the study of "The Way" -The understanding of a conscious way of living approached from the mental and physical perspective.
Our training centers around the study of sword strategy using the Katana (long Sword), Wakizashi (Short Sword), Tanto (Dagger).
Training includes other weapons such as the Jo (short staff), unarmed combat, firearm CQB and behavioral strategy.
We are based In Johannesburg (Randburg area) South Africa
Kyujutsu / Kyudo
Kyūjutsu is the martial art of wielding a bow.
Although the Katana is the Soul of the Samurai of Feudal Japan, kyūjutsu was actually considered a more vital skill and essential for the training in the warrior arts. During the period of 1100 to around the 1600'ds the Yumi (bow) was the symbol of the professional warrior, and the way of life of the warrior was referred to as
"the way of the horse and bow".
Today after the advent of the firearm Kyujutsu
has evolved to Kyudo and is considerably a more "Zen" practice of experiencing enlightenment through the use of the Bow.
The Japanese bow is generally around 2 meters long. It yields a very smooth draw and crisp release.
South African Kyuodo Renmei (Old Dojo above)
With the focus on being well rounded warriors the Samurai trained in a variety of weapons and skills to have the necessary competence to face their opponent whether it be a threat, a service to build and maintain society or life it self.
In my dojo we also train in firearms and modern adapted combat and survival strategies that may help in the possibility of facing this kind of threat.
Firearms training is also a martial art to me. I feel strongly in today's world that martial artists should learn this skill to an effective proficiency.