Sanroku (Foothills) Budokai - Shobukan Dojo

Classical Japanese Martial Arts
Lakewood, Colorado

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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.

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.
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 elsewhere.

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 info)

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, kote).

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