About Shinkendo


Shinkendo was founded by Master Toshishiro Obata and is dedicated to the study of authentic Samurai Swordsmanship. The name, Shin (sincere, serious or truth) – Ken (sword) – Do (the way ) can be interpreted as meaning, "The way of the true sword." 

Students learn the history and traditions of the Samurai and learn practical, real combat techniques passed down from centuries of battle-tested methods. Shinkendo is as much a philosophy as it is a form of martial art. 

Shinkendo is focused on the five core techniques that comprise a meaningful study of sword martial arts: 

  • Suburi (Striking)
  • Battoho (Drawing)
  • Tanrengata (Kata)
  • Tachiuchi (Sparring)
  • Tameshigiri (Test Cutting)

Shinkendo offers a way to pursue truth with full sincerity, deep commitment, and to improve ourselves spiritually and physically. This should be one’s constant goal in life. Obata Kaiso teaches us, “Jin-Sei Shinkendo,” or “Life is Shinkendo.” 

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1. I agree that prior to participating, I will inspect the facilities and equipment to be used, and if I believe anything is unsafe, to immediately advise the instructors of such condition(s) and refuse to participate. 2. I acknowledge and fully understand that each participant will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability and death, as well as severe social and economic losses, which might result not only from my own actions, inactions or negligence but the actions, inactions or negligence of others, the rules of play, or the conditions of the premises or of any equipment used. Further, there may be other risks not know to myself or others at this time. 3. I assume all the forgoing risk & accept responsibility for damages following such injury, permanent disability, death or severe social & economic losses. I accept full financial and treatment responsibility for any injuries received. 4. I release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue Shoshinkan Shinkendo Dojo, the International Shinkendo Federation (ISF), the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA), its affiliated clubs, their respective administrators, directors, agents, coaches, instructors and other supervisors, coaches, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessee’s of premises used to conduct the event(s), or classes, all of which are hereafter referred to as “releases”, from any and all liability to each of the undersigned, his/her heirs, and next of kin for any and all claims, demands, losses or damages on account of injury, including permanent disability, death or damage to property, caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the releases or otherwise.
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