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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.

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Announcements

Shinkendo kakejiku (wall hangings) now available
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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
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Fall 2012 ISF Newsletter now available
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Upcoming Events


Festival Enbu (Demonstration)
JULY 12TH, 2014 @ 3:00PM
The Honbu Dojo will be demonstrating at the Japanese-American National Museum in Little Tokyo on Saturday, July 12th at 3:00PM.
*Photo by Yue Ning


2014 Shochū-Geiko Seminar
AUGUST 15TH-17TH, 2014
Our annual Shochū-Geiko ("hot-weather training") seminar will be led by Toshishiro Obata-kaiso and Yukishiro-nidai soke at the Honbu Dojo in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA. Attendees will receive instruction in Shinkendo, Toyama-Ryū Battōdō, Aikibujutsu, and Bōjutsu. This seminar is open to students and instructors of all levels.
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 by Michishiro Obata


2014 October Instructors Seminar
OCTOBER 17TH-19TH, 2014
Our annual October Instructors Seminar will be led by Toshishiro Obata-kaiso and Yukishiro-nidai soke at the Honbu Dojo in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA. Attendees will receive instruction advanced techniques and teaching methods of 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 bulletin board thread.
Registration form [PDF] & seminar flyer [PDF] now available.
*Photo by Michishiro Obata

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.
    JULY 10TH-13TH, 2014Hungary
    AUGUST 15TH-17TH, 2014SHOCHŪ-GEIKO SEMINAR at Honbu Dojo
    AUGUST 29TH-31ST, 2014Illinois
    SEPTEMBER 5TH-7TH, 2014Morgan Hill, CA
    OCTOBER 17TH-19TH, 2014INSTRUCTORS SEMINAR at Honbu Dojo
    OCTOBER 24TH-26TH, 2014France

Recent Events


2014 May Instructors Seminar
MAY 16TH-18TH, 2014
The May Instructors seminar covered teaching methods and an extensive catalog of techniques.
For more information on this event, please visit the bulletin board thread.


2014 Keiko Hajime
JANUARY 17TH-19TH, 2014
Our Keiko Hajime seminar was attended by students and instructors from Northern and Southern California, Illinois, and the Netherlands.
For more information on this event, please visit the bulletin board thread.
*Photo by Gustavo Rearte

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)

 
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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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