Iaijutsu & Kenjutsu Distance Learning

Shinkan-ryū Kenpõ allos you to learn iaido and bujutsu (Japanese martial arts) online. This art is a chance for a unique and comprehensive study of kobujutsu swordsmanship. We are not a school to nickel and dime you every other month with tests and gimmicks; our approach is serious and focused on building solid basics to develop more complex techniques and concepts as you progress. We do not sell iaido lessons as most online martial arts schools do. Our online iaido students come from different backgrounds and countries. They make good progress with dedication and discipline. Whether you study online or in person, you are part of the school community, not just a paying customer. We believe that learning the art of the sword takes effort, but it is not as daunting as it may seem. For more information on learning, check out our resources. Join us at Shinkan-ryū Kenpō for an in-depth and fulfilling experience.

There are many iaijutsu and kenjutsu forms within our curriculum that students train in. It is certainly possible to learn swordsmanship online; all you need is the desire to learn and put in the training time with a dedicated teacher.

Shinkan-ryū Kenpō does not sell or offer one-off (or extended) courses, certificates, or single lessons; rather, it is traditional learning as is typically done in most kobujutsu or koryū schools here in Japan.  It is an intensive one-to-one student-teacher relationship based on diligent and honest teaching and learning for any diligent and committed person. It is a traditional school of swordsmanship. Learning is linear and in stages, whether online or in our physical dōjō.

To learn online, you must meet some requirements first.

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  • Be 18 years or older. No exceptions.
  • Read the studying bujutsu blog before contacting us.
  • To learn online, you will need the ability to view training videos and digitally record and upload your training. This means reliable and stable access to the internet and recording equipment (e.g., camera, phone, computer, etc.)
  • Be teachable. This is about having a personality that is open to change and learning new things. You must be receptive to criticism to learn martial arts.
  • English is the main means of communication. Japanese words are introduced when it is necessary; however, English is the common language for instruction.
  • Send a FOUR-paragraph introduction in the application form below.
  • Have the time to spend with the school and its teachings. It is not an endeavor to shoehorn into your schedule or life. We do not accept students currently training in other arts. Please make sure to read the information about studying multiple bujutsu at the same time before contacting us.

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