New students are first introduced to training in fundamental skills: stances, footwork, striking, grappling, ground engagement and receiving. These must be trained rigorously to create a firm foundation. Fundamentals are never abandoned, and always returned to.  The core of training is in seven distinct schools ("ryu") of Japanese martial arts: Gyokko Ryu, Koto Ryu, Shinden Fudo Ryu, Kukishin Ryu, Takagi Yoshin Ryu, Togakure Ryu, and Jinen Ryu. Each school has different techniques and emphasis. By studying each technique in order, students learn the logic and unique movements of the lineage. Ultimately, a student will probably gravitate to the ryu that best suits his/her body and movement type, while becoming familiar with the techniques from the other ryu.

We offer one class a week, combining different topics. All students are welcome to attend our classes: there is no distinction between "junior" and "advanced" classes:

Classical Bujutsu (Wednesdays)

The subject of all classes will be Classical Bujutsu- this is a descriptive, catch-all term that encompasses both unarmed and armed techniques. The first hour of each class will be unarmed training, followed by an hour of armed training.

Unarmed training (the first half) will initially consist of striking, kicking, receiving (blocking/parrying), and rolling/movement skills, moving towards grappling skills. This will include pad-work and partner training.

Armed training (the second half) will initially cover Kenjutsu (sword training). I want to progress through the skills from basic stances and cutting drills, to 2-person kata, and eventually to include optional Randori (sparring). This last thing is an experiment we were working on a couple of years ago, and I want to include it again. It is definitely optional only, as it involves protective sparring equipment.

Depending on interest, however, we will start moving into Bojutsu, Sojutsu, and the other armed arts.

To be clear on a specific point: I am including both unarmed and armed techniques within our weekly classes, and participants are welcome to be part of either or both components, but this does not affect the monthly fees: these will stay consistent at $60.

For a more in-depth look at Kenjutsu, please read our Primer on Jinen Ryu Bikenjutsu.

For a more in-depth look at Tantojutsu, please read our Primer on the Tanto and Jinen Ryu Tantojutsu.

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