Message From A Student
I have found the online iaijutsu training in Shinkan Ryu Kenpo to be of a very high quality with exceptional support from Radzikowski-sensei. I say high quality for a number of reasons, i) there are a number of instructional videos for the different waza and drills, ii) these are then further supplemented with additional breakdown videos explaining individual components within the waza, iii) Steven-sensei provides training feedback and corrections very quickly, and iv) there is always new content to view each week.
There are also blogs with written/video content to immerse yourself in which provide a further sense of what the school is about, and Sensei’s thoughts on budo.
The biggest difference with online study vs being in a dojo each week is that as a student you have to commit yourself to your own training. During training, there is no one there physically to push you or make you keep training. Sensei provides extensive support and technical corrections to your training, but the student must take the responsibility to put in the time to train. This may be different for people who have trained previously in martial arts in dojos and are used to being told what to do during training. The online training just requires that you as the student be the main driver for your training sessions. This also means flexibility to choose when you train around your work/lifestyle schedule.
The training is enjoyable and rewarding, particularly as you can see your own progression over time. Radzikowski-sensei is a committed and caring teacher who will provide guidance, support, and knowledge if the student also commits to training diligently.