Shinkan-ryū Kenpō 真観流剣法
Shinkan-ryū was founded on koryū kenjutsu techniques and tradition formed from the intensive study of Edo period swordsmanship of Shintō Munen-ryū Kenjutsu 神道無念流剣術 (Shindo Munen-ryu). Shinkan-ryū Kenpō is a descendant school of Shintō Munen Ryū swordsmanship. The philosophical and more profound teachings of swordsmanship in Shinkan-ryū Kenpō are conveyed and taught alone side the mundane aspects of bujutsu. Saneteru Radzikowski centered the school on the authentic and correct swordsmanship of pre-modern Japan, and the spiritual development and character refinement of the swordsman. Teachings are both concrete and spiritual just as the classical arts are meant to be, but are either superficially so or sadly, not at all emphasized by most schools in this day and age.
Shinkan-ryū takes the ideas of munen 無念 (non-worldly thoughts), which is a Buddhist concept and attempts to pierce the fog of mental constructs to show the real truth of our minds and the world. The techniques of the sword and mind are shared at the same level. One does not develop only the sword without the mind in the true tradition of Shinkan-ryū Kenpō. The system is taught by it's current Shihan, Saneteru Radzikowski.
The greatsword (odachi), long sword (katana) and short sword (wakizashi) are used in the arts of Iaijutsu (居合術) and tachi-iaijutsu. There is also a large syllabus of kenjutsu (paired sword forms). Techniques of the jō (medium staff) are used in jōjutsu. More are listed on the curriculum page.
Ranks & Levels
Shinkan-ryū Kenpō does not abide by the kyu and dan ranking system present in many modern martial arts. For example the traditional levels of teaching, shoden, chuden, joden and okuden are present. The traditional ranks of Kirigami, Shoden, Sho-mokuroku are some that are used for example. The ranking is done through traditional scrolls/books (makimono) and certificates (menjo). Promotion through the ranks is based on skill and knowledge. The time between levels is years, not weeks or months.
Equipment used in Shinkan-ryuū Kenpō includes the basic bokutō (木刀 wooden sword). Generally, practice is done using iaitō (居合刀) which are metal swords with non-sharp edges. We also use Shinken, swords with real edges when appropriate. Shinai (slotted bamboo swords) and a few other types of swords are also used. We practice wearing traditional Japanese martial arts clothing (budō-gi) and practice armor (bogu).
Shinkan-ryū Kenpō does not recognize the authority of any modern governing body. As with many other schools in Japan, Shinkan-ryū freely exists outside of any larger group.
Is Shinkan-ryū an official Koryū? It is not a koryū school holding menkyo kaiden from any koryū. We are not affiliated with any other system or group in Japan.