Nihon Budo, derived from the ancient martial arts of Japan, offers a path to
self-improvement and personal fulfillment. And though the actual techniques
are based on teachings of Bujutsu (martial arts) that extend hundreds of years
into Japan's past, the goal of training is quite different.
Budo goes beyond Bujutsu's concept of self-protection. By following a strict
regimen of mental and physical training, the student gains a unique understanding
of mind and body. An important goal of training becomes the positive development of one's
character in the context of our modern society. Along with this is a connection
to, and preservation of important martial traditions. A student of Budo strives
for perfection of technique... a never ending task.
But why Budo? There are many other paths to self-awareness that are far less
strenuous or dangerous. Actually, study of the martial arts based on kata training is relatively safe. But during training, the mindset of 'shinken shobu'
requires a level of seriousness and consideration of the associated dangers,
making it a key point in the effectiveness
of Budo as a vehicle for self improvement. The possibility of injury during
training forces the student to concentrate intensely on their actions. The level
of psychological tension and mental concentration during training is extremely
high. This tends to result in rapid growth for the student, both physically
and spiritually. This also servers to solidify the proper training mindset for each student.
Budo is not for everyone. It requires intense dedication and a lifetime of
hard work. It is not a course of study, but a life-long pursuit. The practitioner
of any true Budo still regard themselves as a student after 50 years of training.
A few points about the Foothills Budokai of which you should be aware. A Japanese-style
martial arts school, such as this one, is called a 'Dojo'. This Dojo is dedicated
to the study and further development of Budo. This Dojo is not a studio, gymnasium,
or social center. It is a formal and disciplined training area for
those who wish to pursue the martial arts as an important part of their lives. We ask that if you
visit you treat it as such. Also, this dojo is considered a 'private' school
for studying Budo. This provides an environment where serious students can pursue,
with zeal, the study of these classical martial arts. Personal instruction from
teacher to student will always be preferable to large numbers of students who
practice occasionally and casually. Visitors with an appointment are welcome to observe classes.
That is the first step in studying here.
As a student you will be required to adapt both your body and your spirit to the Dojo.
Students are required to uphold high standards of conduct and courtesy both
in and out of the Dojo. Students are expected to constantly strive for integration
of teachings within the Dojo to their lives as a whole. It is the hope that the study of Budo
will enhance one's life. Also, students who take
a casual attitude toward their studies are quickly asked to continue their training
| In this Dojo we offer no special training courses,
private lessons, or individualized classes. More experienced
students and beginners all train together during the course
of any particular class.
Japanese Martial Arts studied at the Sanroku (Foothills) Budokai:
Iaido: focuses on drawing and cutting with a Japanese
sword in a single motion. Emphasis is placed on using the sword with extreme
precision and concentration, proper stance, controlled breathing, and proper
cutting form. Often, bundled straw targets (tatami omote) are cut with the sword
during kata training. (more info)
Muso Jikiden Eishin ryu & Hiken Muso ryu
Jojutsu: a system of combat using a weapon called a 'Jo' (tsue), a
short wooden staff used in striking, thrusting, and blocking
techniques against the Japanese sword. Jojutsu was developed
as a means of defeating a swordsman without killing them,
a humane goal. The study of jojutsu includes a number of related
martial arts such as: kenjutsu (swordsmanship),jutte-jutsu
(truncheon), kusarigama-jutsu (sickle/chain), hojojutsu (restraint
with rope/cords), and tanjojutsu (short staff). (more
Shinto Muso ryu Jo
Note: The tachi (sword) and jo form a complementary system of study, with kata/kumitachi
forming the basis of all training. Practice in Iaido is with real swords
(shinken) and wooden training swords (bokuto). This is not to be confused with
the more modern practice of Kendo, which uses protective armour (men, do, tare,
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