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Various martial arts styles.
Shinkendo is a style of Japanese swordsmanship based on realistic, effective strategies and gradually, but solidly built technique. Founded by Toshishiro Obata, a life-long martial practitioner whose skill is the result of many years of training and teaching experience, the study of Shinkendo is divided into 5 main areas:
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    Drawing and cutting techniques, or "Batto-ho" (bah-toe-hoe).
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    Drills & exercises with a partner, or "Tachi-uchi" (tah-chee-oo-chee).
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    Formalized sequences of pre-arranged fighting movements, or "Kata" (kah-tah) .
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    Solo, skill-building focus drills, or "Suburi" (sue-boo-ree) .
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    Test-cutting using a live (sharp) blade, or "Tameshigiri" (tah-mesh-ee-gear-ee) .
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      Other areas of study include sword safety & etiquette, the history of the samurai and the Japanese sword, and other related topics. At first, a bokken ("bow-ken" or wooden sword) is used in training. Once the student is able to effectively control this weapon, an iaito ("ee-eye-tow", or sword without a sharp edge) is utilized. After that, a student can move on to using a shinken (a real sword).
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    Shinkendo teaches the student to use a sword safely and effectively. Because the use of a real sword is the ultimate goal of training, Shinkendo must be studied and practiced carefully and seriously. Test-cutting enables a student to learn the proper grip, correct cutting angles, proper stances, effective combative distances, and strategies. Normally, straw matting-type material and bamboo are used as cutting targets. 
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    No Shinkendo practitioner has ever been seriously injured while using a live blade. This is because Shinkendo is taught in a progressive, step-by-step method, always stressing safety, control, and abundant practice in the handling of all weapons, whether wood or steel.
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    Through the study of the Japanese sword, Shinkendo attempts to preserve bushido, "the way of the warrior," in its techniques and emphasis on realistic strategy, self-control, and personal development.
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    For further information on training in Arizona, contact one of the schools listed below. For locations outside of Arizona, check the Shinkendo Honbu (Home Dojo) Page
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Latest revision as of 15:28, 30 July 2007

Various martial arts styles.