Tenshinshoden Katori Shinto Ryu (Ken-Jutsu, Iai-Jutsu, Bo-Jutsu, Naginata, Ryoto, Kodachi) The art of Swordsmanship practiced by the SAMURAI of feudal Japan. One of the oldest extant Japanese martial arts and it has received the first ever Intangible Cultural Asset designation given to a martial art.
Additional Info Dates: Weekly on Mondays Age Group: Adults (min. 15 yrs) Level: Beginner What to bring: Training Trousers and t-shirt or Karate Gi. Bokken (wooden sword required). There are a limited amount of swords available to hire. Please contact Richard for details. Do I need to book? No, Drop in Class
Tutor Bio Richard started Karate (Sankukai) aged 9 in Hungary under the instruction of Sergio Mor Stabilini (8th dan) from Italy. I achieved first dan at age 25. In the UK I also achieved 2nd kyu under the instruction of Sensei Mark Outterside at Ilkley Karate Club (Shito-Ryu Shukokai Karate Union (SSKU). I had some competition success in the UK as several time silver medallist in national sparring (Kumite and Kata form as well). In 2005 I was introduced to Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu (founded in 1447) under the instruction of the late Sensei Goro Hatakeyama (9th dan) who was the main assistant of Sensei Sugino Yoshio until his death. I achieved my first dan in 2013 (under the supervision of Sergio Mor Stabilini, Fabio Bardenzallu, Andrea Re, Laurent Mallea and Frank Brownsord). I achieved my 2nd dan in August 2016.