Be a Samurai! 3 day sword course with SAMURAI Dojo KENGIDO
Sun 01 Aug 2021 11:30 - 12:30
Book Before 17:00 Sat 31 Jul 2021
Fee: £60 | Platform: Zoom
“Samurai Artist KAMUI” Tetsuro Shimaguchi, has been passionately pursuing a style of beauty in forms, acting, and martial arts combined together.
After graduated from Nihon University College of Arts, he started his career in theatrical activities such as kabuki, then formed a samurai sword performance group ,”Kengishu KAMUI”. Since his success in acting as “MIKI” of the Crazy 88’s as well as directing the choreography in “KILL BILL Vol.1” – Quentin Tarantino film, his performances has been highly acclaimed around the world.
In 2012, he established his original SAMURAI dojo, “KENGIDO” through which he has been promoting Samurai culture actively both inside and outside of Japan whole-heartedly. KENGIDO is a Samurai method that anyone of any age can learn to enjoy.
At KENGIDO Dojo, we teach Samurai movements and communication with others through learning combined movements of sword techniques of martial arts and performance techniques with the beauty of forms through which you would improve your spirit as the Way (Do-道). It it a very popular programme to experience Japanese culture around the world.
In this 3 days course, you will learn manners in a way of Samurai, basic movements of sword handling and an original sword performance at the end of the course. If you are interested in Japanese culture, Samurai culture, Kanata swords, or wanting to improve sword fighting performance skills or even just to have some fun, please join us and let’s be a Samurai!
Type: 3 day Samurai Sword course
Course Dates: 1st, 15th and 29th August 2021 ( all on Sundays)
Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm (BST)
Course Price: £50 with an early bird discount ( until 5pm on 11th July) thereafter £60
Instructor: Tetsuro Shimaguchi – SAMURAI Dojo KENGIDO
Suitable For: Beginners of any age. We take age 3 years old upwards in our dojo. (under 8 may need parents supervision.)
What to prepare: A wooden Bokken Sword or you could roll your newspapers to make a sword on your own. Please see details for Bokken below.
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Please be prepared 10 minutes before the workshop starts. Join in a comfortable cloth to move around.
- The explanation of KENGIDO
- Samurai manners
- How to wield a sword : “Kamae 構え 1” – Get in your ready position 1
- “Kamae 構え 2” – Get in your ready position 2
- “Suburi 素振り – Swing”: Makkou 真向 – Straight slash, Kesa 袈裟 – Slash through the shoulder、Nukido 抜胴 – Abdomen strike、Kiriage 斬上 – Slash up、Tsuki 突き – Thrust
- Sword performance choreography
- Sword performance
Each lesson will include Q&A sessions at the end
Details of Bokken Wooden Sword: Usually available between 80cm (Junior size) to 100cm (Adult size) or short Tanken is between 55cm – 60cm. Please see the photo on right for your reference. For you to choose your own Bokken, it is important to consider your ceiling height if you would practice at home. So please purchase one of an appropriate length so that it does not touch the ceiling when you stand and hold it up with your both hands above your head. You can purchase one from any online retailers or alternatively you could make one with newspapers or packing papers.
Leader of KAMUI & Founder of SAMURAI Dojo KENGIDO
Tetsuro Shimaguchi was born in Saitama prefecture, Japan, and graduated from Nihon University College of Arts. He is a “Samurai Artist” pursuing a style of beauty in forms, acting, and martial arts combined together.
After gaining several years of experience in theatrical activities such as kabuki, he formed a samurai sword performance group ,”Kengishu KAMUI”, of which he has been serving as a leader.
One of his early achievements outside of Japan was to perform “MIKI” of the Crazy 88’s as well as directing the choreography in “KILL BILL Vol.1”, a Hollywood film by Quentin Tarantino.
Following the success of “KILL BILL Vol.1”, KAMUI has been acclaimed for his performances around the world. He has performed in venues such as Kennedy Center in the U.S. (2005), Teatro Della Pergola & Palazzo Vecchio in Italy (2010), Blue Note in Poland, Hermitage Museum in Russia (2015), Armani Hotel in Dubai (2016), etc.
In 2012, he established his original samurai dojo, “KENGIDO” which has been expanding in countries outside of Japan such as Italy, Poland, the U.S. and Republic of Lithuania. His passion for pursuit of “SAMURAI” as Japanese culture only gets stronger and he has been putting his heart and soul to promote Samurai culture actively both inside and outside of Japan.
He is the first Japanese artist to receive the Consonance award in Florence, Italy in October 2018.
In October 2019, he was appointed as a tourism ambassador for Aizuwakamatsu City and Fukushima Prefecture.
At KENGIDO school, we teach Samurai movements and communication with others through learning moves with the joy of KENGIDO. You would learn combined movements of sword techniques of martial arts and performance techniques with the beauty of forms through which you would improve your spirit as the Way (Do-道). It is a very popular programme to experience Japanese culture around the world.