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Modern Bushido

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Modern Bushido by Toshishiro Obata

In this new work, renowned martial artist Toshishiro Obata sets forth a thorough system of philosophy culled from the traditions of thought that shaped Japanese warrior culture for a millenium. His treatise explores the teachings of the bushi and the samurai way of life, and in doing so illumines their enduring relevance and undiminished value even within (or especially within) the context of modern living. Modern Bushido serves as a touchstone for the various diverse ways of living in contemporary society, as well as a source of guidance and inspiration to readers of all disciplines and backgrounds.

Available in paperback and hardcover. 232 pages.
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Welcome to the International Shinkendo Federation Home Page. We are an organization dedicated to teaching authentic Japanese swordsmanship, under the guidance and leadership of Obata Toshishiro.

The Honbu Dojo (World Headquarters) is located at 320 E. 2nd St. in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles, California, USA, with authorized branches around the world.

On this page you will find information about Shinkendo Japanese swordsmanship, and about its founder and headmaster, Obata Toshishiro. There is also a listing of officially-licensed dojo around the world where you may study with us, as well as information about the Aikido and Toyama Ryu Iaido classes led by Obata-kaiso.



Shinkendo kakejiku (wall hangings) now available
Ordering & more information

Shinkendo on USC's Impact

University of Southern California students Joshua Woo and Conrad Wilton recently produced a documentary on Shinkendo as part of the university's Impact television program. Woo, a member of the USC Shinkendo Club as well as the Honbu Dojo, narrates the piece.

Shinkendo: Samurai Swordsmanship now available on DVD
Ordering & more information
Fall 2012 ISF Newsletter now available
Download (PDF) [med-res (21MB)] [high-res (147MB)]

Upcoming Events

2015 May Instructors Seminar
MAY 15-17, 2015
The May Instructors Seminar will take place at the Honbu Dojo, led by Obata Toshishiro-kaiso and Obata Yukishiro-sōke. Attendees will receive instruction in Shinkendo, Toyama-Ryū Battōdō, Aikibujutsu, and Bōjutsu. This seminar is open to instructors and advanced students.
Please phone or e-mail with any questions.
For the latest information on this event, please visit the seminar information page and the bulletin board thread.
Registration form [PDF] & seminar flyer [PDF] now available.
*Photo courtesy of Shinkendo Switzerland

Upcoming Seminars

For a full listing of seminars and other events, please consult the calendar. If you wish to attend a seminar, please notify your instructor.
    MAY 15-17, 2015INSTRUCTORS SEMINAR at Honbu Dojo
    MAY 22-25, 2015Netherlands [Shinbukan Dojo]
    JULY 2-5, 2015Poland [Seidokan Dojo]
    AUGUST 14-16, 2015SHOCHŪ-GEIKO SEMINAR at Honbu Dojo
    SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2015Germany
    OCTOBER 16-18, 2015INSTRUCTORS SEMINAR at Honbu Dojo

Recent Events

2015 Keiko Hajime
JANUARY 16-18, 2015
Local and out-of-state students and instructors had the opportunity to join together for training during this year's Keiko Hajme seminar.
For the latest information on this event, please visit the bulletin board thread.
*Photo courtesy of Shinkendo Switzerland

2014 October Instructors Seminar
OCTOBER 17-19, 2014
The October Instructors Seminar this year focused on sword-drawing methods and nitō-ken waza (two-sword technique).
For more information on this event, please visit the bulletin board thread.
*Photo by Michishiro Obata

2014 Shochū-Geiko Seminar
AUGUST 15-17, 2014
The Shochū-Geiko seminar was attended by visiting students and instructors as well as Honbu students, who all came in early over the weekend for some extra training.
For more information on this event, please visit the bulletin board thread.
*Photo by Michishiro Obata

Festival Enbu (Demonstration)
JULY 12, 2014
The Honbu Dojo demonstrated Shinkendo, Aikibujutsu, and Bōjutsu at the Japanese-American National Museum in Little Tokyo on Saturday, July 12th.
*Photo by Yue Ning

Recent Publications

60th Anniversary March 2011 ISF Newsletter (PDF) [mid-res] [high-res]
June 2011 ISF Newsletter (PDF) [mid-res] [high-res]
Winter 2011 ISF Newsletter (PDF) [mid-res] [high-res]
Toshishiro Obata: 60 Years (Click to View/Order)


Prospective students interested in studying or receiving private instruction in Japanese swordsmanship, Aikido, and/or other Japanese martial arts in the Los Angeles area can make an appointment to visit the Shinkendo Honbu Dojo in Little Tokyo.

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