Iaijutsu & Kenjutsu Distance Learning

Learning bujutsu online in Shinkan-ryū is the first of its kind. It is an in-depth and intensive study of kobujutsu swordsmanship. You are not learning in a vacuum all alone, or being put through a useless "course system". There is no frequent testing and their associated fees designed to nickel and dime you every other month. The study is serious, and the teacher's interest is in building solid basics to develop more complicated and in-depth techniques and concepts as the student progresses. It is similar to learning in a dōjō.  We have students in different countries who enjoy learning and make good progress through online study with us. Trying to learn the arts of the sword is not as hard as it seems, but it does require good dedication and discipline. Check here for general information on learning if you missed it. Online students and students physically in Japan are the same; when you join, you join the school. You are not a customer paying to learn how to use a sword. That is shallow, and not in the interest of Shinkan-ryū Kenpō.

There are many iaijutsu and kenjutsu forms you can learn and practice. Regardless of a partner, students are required to learn most of the forms in due time. It is certainly possible to learn swordsmanship online; all you need is the desire to learn and put in the training time. The complete school, however, is not transmitted online and some face to face training in the dōjō at some point is required.

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 and 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 will need to meet some requirements first.

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  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Have 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.
  • Have the time to spend with the school and its teachings. It is not an endeavor to shoehorn into your schedule or life. Shinkan-ryu does not permit cross-training in any other martial art schools. Students are only allowed to train in one school. Please make sure to read the information about studying multiple bujutsu at the same time before contacting us.
  • An interview with the head instructor or a letter of introduction is necessary before being accepted into the school.

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