Bushidō, meaning "Way of the Warrior", is a Japanese code of conduct and a way of life, loosely analogous to the European concept of chivalry among others. It originates from the Samurai moral code and stresses frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery and honor unto death. Bushidō developed between the 9th to 12th centuries as set forth by numerous translated documents dating from the 12th to 16th centuries.
Shinkendo is the Japanese art of Swordsmanship. The word Shinkendo is derived from the Japanese word SHIN meaning real, serious or earnestly, KEN meaning sword and DO meaning "the way". Thus, Shinkendo stands for "the way of the real or serious sword." Shinkendo is a modern art, in that it has been put together or formulated recently. The movements and concepts themselves, however, are ancient in their origins and use. Shinkendo is a comprehensive re-unification of old samurai battlefield techniques and movements that have been largely forgotten in our world today.
Beginning with a wooden, foam or plastic practice sword (Bokken), the student learns to gain control and perfect the Kata (forms), Suburi (solo exercises), and Tachiuchi (partner practice) while handling the sword safely.
To excel in the use of the sword is not a light undertaking, many schools offer fast advancement, flashy moves and uniforms, and empty trophies or titles. This is not what you will find here. This is a combination form of martial arts combining Shinkendo with the teachings and philosophy rooted in Bushidō, which promotes concentration, dedication, self control, awareness and patience.
Strictly translated, the Japanese word Kobudo covers all ancient martial traditions, armed or unarmed. Today, when specifically referring to Okinawan (Japanese) traditions, the term Kobudo is most often used to describe the weapons.
These weapons include:
- Bô, Jo, and Hanbo