Sandia Budôkan, Traditional Japanese Dôjô

Nationally-respected, traditional Japanese Dōjō known for high standards and classical Budô training in Aikidō, Karate & Kenjutsu. Self-sustaining organization with modest dues structure, welcoming serious men and women to join us on The Way...

Nationally-respected, traditional Japanese Dojo known for high standards and classical Budo training in Aikido, Karate & Kenjutsu.

Operating as usual

07/08/2021
07/05/2021

old-school Aikido

06/06/2021

井の中の蛙大海を知らず "I no naka no kawazu, taikai wo shirazu"
“The frog in a well knows nothing of the great sea.”
. . . Supposedly brushed by a 13-year-old Musashi on the dōjō signboard of a local kenjutsu instructor, resulting in the confrontation in which Musashi killed his first opponent. (The signboard declared Arima-ryū, the style created by the instructor, exceeded anything previously seen in the world.)

井の中の蛙大海を知らず "I no naka no kawazu, taikai wo shirazu"
“The frog in a well knows nothing of the great sea.”
. . . Supposedly brushed by a 13-year-old Musashi on the dōjō signboard of a local kenjutsu instructor, resulting in the confrontation in which Musashi killed his first opponent. (The signboard declared Arima-ryū, the style created by the instructor, exceeded anything previously seen in the world.)

05/09/2021

Tart, Rajguru, Hamilton.

Tart, Rajguru, Hamilton.

【チャプター付き!】57th All Japan Aikido Demo vol.1第57回全日本合気道演武大会 The Spirits of Morihei Ueshiba 04/28/2021

【チャプター付き!】57th All Japan Aikido Demo vol.1第57回全日本合気道演武大会 The Spirits of Morihei Ueshiba

1:30 ! And really exciting at 4:40 and 5:10 . . .

【チャプター付き!】57th All Japan Aikido Demo vol.1第57回全日本合気道演武大会 The Spirits of Morihei Ueshiba (公財)合気会が主催する第57回全日本合気道演武大会のダイジェストをお届け!見たい先生をクリックして下さい!0:05桜井 寛幸(六段)本部道場指導部師範0:46金沢 威(七段) 本部道場指導部師範1:31嶋本 勝行(八段)....

04/28/2021

Katana ownership 101.

Amateur sword polishers… I know you probably won’t listen, but I’ll try anyway.

Recently, I’ve been seeing more and more rubbish from amateur polishers on the internet, it’s not a new problem, but with social media being what it is, amateurs have been given a platform where they can prosper. It’s beyond frustrating, it’s infuriating, and it's working directly against what I'm striving for, the preservation of nihonto.

I’ve had to correct the damage caused by amateur polishers many times, and the damage is always severe. Correcting these hack-jobs takes a lot of work, and it means removing more steel than would’ve otherwise been necessary if the blade had previously gone to a traditionally-trained togishi.

A traditional apprenticeship in togi takes years to complete for a reason, THERE’S A LOT TO LEARN! It means giving up everything else to spend your time in servitude to nihonto. My apprenticeship was 12 hours a day / 7 days a week / for over 6 years, and even my spare time (what little I had) was usually spent studying nihonto. But if you want to be a togishi, this is the way it must be, you have to go all in.

Through arrogance or ignorance or both, amateur polishers have completely forgone this necessary training. Some of them may have attended seminars in Japan, or visited a togishi for a few days… but this obviously doesn’t equate to traditional training. And for many amateurs, the bulk of their training consists of reading books and watching youtube videos of swords being ruined without a clue. Unfortunately, these videos receive plenty of misguided encouragement from those who don’t know any better… “wow, so shiny!”.

Amateurs will often argue… “this sword isn’t worth sending to a pro, should we just leave it to rust?”… but how would THEY know? They haven’t been trained in kantei, they have no idea if a sword is worth a professional restoration or not. A cold chill passes up my spine every time I think about this, how many great swords have been ruined by amateurs? I know I’ve already seen a few in my time.

If you’re an amateur polisher reading this, let me give you a tip… this job is not for you. This isn’t something that should be attempted by anyone but a traditionally trained togishi, and if you haven’t realised this fact by now, then you need to develop more respect for nihonto and the craftsmen who have worked their butts off to complete the proper training. Please stop scraping the life away from these works of art, you’re doing far more damage than repair… this job is not for you!

04/26/2021

Honoring the life of Funakoshi Sensei...
Born: November 10, 1868, Shuri, Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Died: April 26, 1957, Tokyo, Japan

Honoring the life of Funakoshi Sensei...
Born: November 10, 1868, Shuri, Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Died: April 26, 1957, Tokyo, Japan

04/20/2021
04/15/2021

Repost of the Epic fight of Kagawa sensei and Ogura sensei

04/05/2021

KATSUJIN-KEN 活人剣 – SATSUJIN-TO 殺人剣
Often within the martial arts community we hear old Budo phrases, slogans and parables that are repeated and given significance and meanings that are somewhat unrelated to their original intent or usage. The modern colloquial usage of the language sometimes becomes so over used that the value of the message loses its original significance.
One such phrase we hear often within budo and is overused and misunderstood in its original context is; ‘KATSUJIN-KEN’ 活人剣 (Life-Giving Sword) & ‘SATSUJIN-To’ 殺人剣 (Life-Taking Sword).
Practitioners involved in Japanese sword arts are familiar with this phrase. It reminds us that those who possess the great power of wielding a sword must make the choice of using it for good or for destruction. The meaning appears quite simple in its modern-day use of the phrase but at one time it was more complex. The principle of using a sword to protect the lives of ones clan or family rather than using it to wantonly destroy the life of others has come to be associated with this phrase. But underlying the older usage of the phrase was held a much subtler flavor.
The great swordsman Yagyu Munenori, the head of the Yagyu Shinkage Ryu style of swordsmanship, served Tokugawa Ieyasu as a young man and then became ‘Hatamoto” (Advisor) and teacher of swordsmanship to the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was a time of great upheaval of norms for the samurai and therefore for all those who occupied the other castes within Japanese society. The older feudal system was being constrained as Tokugawa Shogunate began to unify Japan under a single centralized form of government. When called upon to offer his advice as to how to move forward Yagyu Munenori advised the Shogunate that a ruler with such great power held the life of Japan in its hand. He served Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokugawa Hidetada and Tokugawa Iemitsu and emphasized this teaching as their sword teacher and advisor that they had the supreme power of all of the forces of strength at their command and could choose to rule and rebuild Japan as a country at war or a country at peace.
This phrase, ‘KATSUJIN-KEN’ 活人剣 (Life-Giving Sword) & ‘SATSUJIN-To’ 殺人剣 (Life-Taking Sword) was the one he used to explain to the Tokugawa the great weight they bore. His advice to the great Shogunate was this:
The power of the sword you now wield will have the power to heal the country, or it will have the power to destroy the country. It will be the sword the gives life to Japan or it will be the sword that brings death.
The usage of the phrase ‘KATSUJIN-KEN’ 活人剣 - ‘SATSUJIN-To’ 殺人剣, became a governing tool and slogan for the Tokugawa Shounate and its popular usage throughout Japan became widespread. Yagyu Munenori taught Tokugawa Shogunate, the Japanese people and swordsman for centuries since that we each choose to use the power we have over others as a weapon of destruction or a means to rebuild our society for the betterment of all for generations beyond us.
The next time you hear the phrase ‘KATSUJIN-KEN 活人剣, SATSUJIN-To 殺人剣' used, perhaps it will incite a reminder that our training and our example of use of strength can be self-centered and self-absorbed or it can be wielded with a higher goal and universal good. Our lives and work can serve as a powerful example of strength and compassion or we can choose a small life relegated to a small mind and small goals that blind us of our place in society and the world. For you see our lives and our environment are the greatest tools we have to enact change in the world. Swords and hostile power are not the only means.
Yagyu Munenori also advised that there was a third use of power available to swordsman. It is referred to as “Mu Ken.” Mu Ken referred to the use of ones environment to gain advantage and attain victory without having to use the power of the sword at all.
For those of you who understand this concept it is reflected in the phrase ‘Saya no naka no katsu’ or victory while the sword remains in the scabbard.
– Carl Long, So-Shihan KNBK (Kokusai Nihon Budo Kai)

KATSUJIN-KEN 活人剣 – SATSUJIN-TO 殺人剣
Often within the martial arts community we hear old Budo phrases, slogans and parables that are repeated and given significance and meanings that are somewhat unrelated to their original intent or usage. The modern colloquial usage of the language sometimes becomes so over used that the value of the message loses its original significance.
One such phrase we hear often within budo and is overused and misunderstood in its original context is; ‘KATSUJIN-KEN’ 活人剣 (Life-Giving Sword) & ‘SATSUJIN-To’ 殺人剣 (Life-Taking Sword).
Practitioners involved in Japanese sword arts are familiar with this phrase. It reminds us that those who possess the great power of wielding a sword must make the choice of using it for good or for destruction. The meaning appears quite simple in its modern-day use of the phrase but at one time it was more complex. The principle of using a sword to protect the lives of ones clan or family rather than using it to wantonly destroy the life of others has come to be associated with this phrase. But underlying the older usage of the phrase was held a much subtler flavor.
The great swordsman Yagyu Munenori, the head of the Yagyu Shinkage Ryu style of swordsmanship, served Tokugawa Ieyasu as a young man and then became ‘Hatamoto” (Advisor) and teacher of swordsmanship to the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was a time of great upheaval of norms for the samurai and therefore for all those who occupied the other castes within Japanese society. The older feudal system was being constrained as Tokugawa Shogunate began to unify Japan under a single centralized form of government. When called upon to offer his advice as to how to move forward Yagyu Munenori advised the Shogunate that a ruler with such great power held the life of Japan in its hand. He served Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokugawa Hidetada and Tokugawa Iemitsu and emphasized this teaching as their sword teacher and advisor that they had the supreme power of all of the forces of strength at their command and could choose to rule and rebuild Japan as a country at war or a country at peace.
This phrase, ‘KATSUJIN-KEN’ 活人剣 (Life-Giving Sword) & ‘SATSUJIN-To’ 殺人剣 (Life-Taking Sword) was the one he used to explain to the Tokugawa the great weight they bore. His advice to the great Shogunate was this:
The power of the sword you now wield will have the power to heal the country, or it will have the power to destroy the country. It will be the sword the gives life to Japan or it will be the sword that brings death.
The usage of the phrase ‘KATSUJIN-KEN’ 活人剣 - ‘SATSUJIN-To’ 殺人剣, became a governing tool and slogan for the Tokugawa Shounate and its popular usage throughout Japan became widespread. Yagyu Munenori taught Tokugawa Shogunate, the Japanese people and swordsman for centuries since that we each choose to use the power we have over others as a weapon of destruction or a means to rebuild our society for the betterment of all for generations beyond us.
The next time you hear the phrase ‘KATSUJIN-KEN 活人剣, SATSUJIN-To 殺人剣' used, perhaps it will incite a reminder that our training and our example of use of strength can be self-centered and self-absorbed or it can be wielded with a higher goal and universal good. Our lives and work can serve as a powerful example of strength and compassion or we can choose a small life relegated to a small mind and small goals that blind us of our place in society and the world. For you see our lives and our environment are the greatest tools we have to enact change in the world. Swords and hostile power are not the only means.
Yagyu Munenori also advised that there was a third use of power available to swordsman. It is referred to as “Mu Ken.” Mu Ken referred to the use of ones environment to gain advantage and attain victory without having to use the power of the sword at all.
For those of you who understand this concept it is reflected in the phrase ‘Saya no naka no katsu’ or victory while the sword remains in the scabbard.
– Carl Long, So-Shihan KNBK (Kokusai Nihon Budo Kai)

02/26/2021

Hakama.🥋

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The True Story of the 47 Ronin 02/25/2021

The True Story of the 47 Ronin

The True Story of the 47 Ronin The 47 Ronin, or masterless samurai, avenged their lord's death and became some of the most famous Japanese samurai in history.

02/17/2021

Kazuyuki Ohtsu (Japan, b.1935) Sudden Snow.1954. Persimmon aka 柿 Kaki

02/16/2021

This statue depicts Sasaki Kojiro, in a pose before performing his personal technique, tsubamé-gaeshi (turning swallow cut). Kojiro's sword was a longer form of the katana called nodachi, which was nicknamed, "the drying pole", as it was roughly the length of bamboo poles used to hang clothing to dry. Some oral traditions state that Kojiro would stand at the end of boat docks, and using his tsubamé-gaeshi technique, would wait for a gull to pass, and swiftly cut it out of the sky.

Kojiro was killed at Ganryu Island before several official witnesses, in a formal duel with famous duellist Musashi Miyamoto, after becoming enraged at the latter's purposeful lateness to the pre-arranged duel.

This statue depicts Sasaki Kojiro, in a pose before performing his personal technique, tsubamé-gaeshi (turning swallow cut). Kojiro's sword was a longer form of the katana called nodachi, which was nicknamed, "the drying pole", as it was roughly the length of bamboo poles used to hang clothing to dry. Some oral traditions state that Kojiro would stand at the end of boat docks, and using his tsubamé-gaeshi technique, would wait for a gull to pass, and swiftly cut it out of the sky.

Kojiro was killed at Ganryu Island before several official witnesses, in a formal duel with famous duellist Musashi Miyamoto, after becoming enraged at the latter's purposeful lateness to the pre-arranged duel.

eLearning | Heiho.org 02/15/2021

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Tomorrow night ! Again . . .
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01/20/2021

PEACEFUL WARRIOR BLACK BELT CLUB

01/15/2021
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Budo & Bujutsu — Taseki Publications

heiho.org There exists, among many of today’s students, a certain amount of confusion as to the difference between a Ko-Budo and a Ko-Bujutsu. Of particular interest to the martial artist is the difference in attitude required from the students of these respective arts.

heiho.org 01/08/2021

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EXPERIENCE THE SWORDSMANSHIP, STRATEGY, AND MINDSET OF THE ITTŌ TENSHIN-RYŪ . . . LIVE ONLINE CLASSES.

WHEN: Tuesday nights 8 pm – 9 pm Eastern Standard Time. (Please note you should be online, camera on, and ready to participate by 7:55 pm.)
HOST: Great Falls Budokan and Zoom Video Conferencing.
EQUIPMENT: All that is necessary to begin is a willingness to learn, athletic clothing, and a 4-foot long stick.
COST: While there is no “fee” for participation, each participant should support the Great Falls Budokan with a small donation per class. If you are not a member of a dojo licensed to teach the Itto Tenshin-ryu or Yamate-ryu the recommended amount is $10.00 per class.

For more info, please use the contact form HERE: https://www.heiho.org/elearning/?fbclid=IwAR3GMlgXD38JLoSB4MvtGMoLLK55nHBJVMM6l2fFV05xZjDtw4M4BEfaImU

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Beginning Tuesday January 12th, Simms Sensei will begin teaching elements of the Ittō tenshin Ryū to all interested students via Zoom. Classes will be held on a weekly basis. Prior experience in the art is not required. Classes will begin promptly at 8pm Eastern Time. All interested in participating should sign up at the following link:

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01/05/2021

Deng Ming-Dao

WHY DO WE LEARN SHORT DRILLS AND EXERCISES?

Because that’s the only way to learn. No one can learn a subject in total within a single session. All significant bodies of knowledge take time to learn. In the case of Taijiquan and Taoist spirituality, understanding is accumulated over a lifetime.

That’s why the teachers give short, manageable lessons. Each one is designed to be absorbed and mastered completely. Once secured, it becomes another brick in the foundation of our knowledge. We may wish to build the greatest tower ever, but every tower was built with manageably-sized bricks.

If you keep it up, at some point, other people will turn to you with their questions. They will ask you just as you once asked others. Then, it will be your turn to take the vastness of what you know and reduce it to bricks. Each one will be a gift, and the person asking will then be able to begin their own process.

It turns out that the short drills and exercises you use to build your own understanding are merely borrowed. They are to be transferred when the time comes: and you’ll know by the questions asked.

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