Great Falls Budokan

We are a place for serious adults to pursue the classical martial arts and ways of Japan. Traditional martial arts of Japan. Few qualify, fewer pursue.

Great Falls Budokan is a school of traditional Japanese martial arts. We cater to serious adults and teach the arts of Kenjutsu and Aikijutsu.

Operating as usual

07/03/2021

A kaiten-nage from the Yamate-ryū. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

Chris Bosh - How to Reinvent Yourself, The Way and The Power, and More | The Tim Ferriss Show 06/13/2021

Chris Bosh - How to Reinvent Yourself, The Way and The Power, and More | The Tim Ferriss Show

Chris Bosh speaks about the book, The Way and The Power: Secrets of Japanese Strategy and its impact on his life. Conversation begins around 51:50 in the timeline. While an avid reader, Mr. Bosh cites The Way and The Power as THE book he always read.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADOIPWQYthA&t=3146s

Chris Bosh - How to Reinvent Yourself, The Way and The Power, and More | The Tim Ferriss Show Chris Bosh on How to Reinvent Yourself, The Way and The Power, the Poison of Complaining, Leonardo da Vinci, and More | Brought to you by Tonal (http://tonal...

06/12/2021

A tantō technique from Yamate-ryū aikijutsu. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀 #短刀

Chris Bosh - How to Reinvent Yourself, The Way and The Power, and More | The Tim Ferriss Show 06/07/2021

Chris Bosh - How to Reinvent Yourself, The Way and The Power, and More | The Tim Ferriss Show

Chris Bosh - How to Reinvent Yourself, The Way and The Power, and More | The Tim Ferriss Show Chris Bosh on How to Reinvent Yourself, The Way and The Power, the Poison of Complaining, Leonardo da Vinci, and More | Brought to you by Tonal (http://tonal...

06/06/2021

Today’s keiko involved some work with one of our foundational kumitachi, kote-giri. Mr. Josh Karrasch, Great Falls Budokan, sh*tachi. Mr. Andrew Stevenson, Kancho, Great Falls Budokan, uketachi. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

06/02/2021

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05/29/2021

Sound on! Working on some kumitachi this morning. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀 #kenjutsuworld

05/23/2021

Working on some tachi-dori today. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

Working on some tachi-dori today. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

04/16/2021

Fundamental to the swordsmanship of the Ittō Tenshin-ryū is forging the spirit. www.heiho.org

02/28/2021

Kihon kumitachi ki-no-musubi.

#budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀 #kenjutsuworld

Photos from Great Falls Budokan's post 02/23/2021

For a while now, we’ve had this beautiful kakejiku hanging in our tokonoma. The writing is a jisei-no-ku, or death poem, by Sunao. Written in 1926 as he lay dying from tuberculosis, it reads:

血を吐けば現も夢も冴え返る 

Spitting up blood clears up reality and dream alike

#budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

02/14/2021

Kihon kumitachi mawashi. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

02/09/2021

Great Falls Budōkan is honored to host online instruction in Yamate-ryū aikijutsu. Information is available at heiho.org

01/30/2021

A technique from Yamate-ryū aikijutsu using tekubi osae. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

Kenjutsu Kyoka — Taseki Publications 01/29/2021

Kenjutsu Kyoka — Taseki Publications

Kenjutsu Kyoka — Taseki Publications An original Ryu is built around an original concept. A student of the martial arts, after many years of training, came up with an idea of “a better way to do it”. This may have been a technique, a principle of combat, or a philosophy. No matter what its actual form, it was somehow different. But...

01/25/2021

A version of kote-maki (frequently referred to in other arts as nikyo) done with the shoulder. Nage has the ability to drop their entire body weight into uke’s wrist making the technique extremely effective. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

01/23/2021

Itto Tenshin-ryu® Kenjutsu Demonstration c.1987

A video from 1987. At the higher levels of practice, participants use sharp steel swords like the ones used here.

LIVE — Taseki Publications 01/12/2021

LIVE — Taseki Publications

Beginning Tuesday January 12th, Great Falls Budōkan is pleased to host an ongoing series of online classes teaching the art of kenjutsu. Simms Sensei will be teaching Ittō tenshin ryū to all interested students. All classes will be held via zoom. No experience is required. Sign up online and learn from anywhere in the world!

LIVE — Taseki Publications Live Online Learning Opportunities Ittō Tenshin-ryu® Kenjutsu is the art of swordsmanship and considered the most highly respected of all Japanese martial arts. Generations of swordsmen have devoted their lives to the study of every conceivable variation in the use of the weapon. Those swords.....

12/14/2020

All Great Falls Budōkan’s classes are now being streamed live online. For our remote students, being online presents some interesting opportunities for innovation. Here a student in the dōjō practices “virtual kumitachi” with a student online. This is a great tool to help students to practice the proper steps in order. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

12/11/2020

Heiho.org

Great Falls Budokan is honored to host these online classes beginning in January!

www.heiho.org
Volume on! Beginning in January 2021 experience the technique, mindset and strategy of Itto Tenshin-ryu Kenjutsu (sword) online.

12/01/2020

Great Falls Budōkan is now set up for online instruction! We held our first two “beta testing” classes this week, which went seamlessly. If you are interested in studying aikijutsu or kenjutsu and don’t have a dōjō nearby, or don’t feel safe in close contact, DM us or email the dōjō for class information. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

12/01/2020

Shoshin Dōjō

Enjoying going through some old pictures over the long, holiday weekend.

Here from 2004, some aiki-jō of the Yamate-ryū. These were taken in the rarified air of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

11/07/2020

Heiho.org

The Great Falls Budōkan is honored to host Rajguru-Sensei for the 2020 Taikai of the Ittō Tenshin-ryū® , to be held on the 7th of November. All members of the Ittō Tenshin-ryū® and Yamate-ryū® , as well as guests from outside the Ryū, are cordially invited to participate. The seminar will be held at the facilities of the Great Falls Budōkan for local students and via Zoom for all others. It is expected that each branch Dōjō will work together during the Taikai to facilitate the study of any drills and kumitachi. If a student is unable to physically attend their home dōjō for whatever reason, please sign on individually in order to participate. Thank you Kodama Dōjō for the original post.

#martialarts #budo #bujutsu #aiki #kenjutsu #japanesemartialarts #dojo #iaido

10/03/2020

Our kenjutsuka have to learn ukemi too! Our aikijutsu employs a tremendously effective method of teaching ukemi, usually taking a student from zero to breakfalls in 20 or 30 minutes. Since our kenjutsuka also have to know some foundational ukemi, we have borrowed the same method for our kenjutsu classes. Here is Mr. Robinson about 25 minutes into instruction. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

09/23/2020

In regards to the previous post concerning Sōji, Rajguru Sensei offered the following insight: “It is of significance to note that the tatami wiping process after every class is introduced at the very beginning of the school’s curriculum and again introduced with a deeper meaning at almost the end of the curriculum. The process takes almost three decades of mindfulness/ swordsmanship training in this case.

The photos are excerpts circled from the curriculum for beginner and senior.”#budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

09/20/2020

Sōji, cleaning the dōjō, is an important part of every class. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

07/23/2020

Tenshin-ryū kata Kiri-tsuke. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

07/16/2020

Some training with the jo this evening. #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #jodo #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀 #杖道

07/14/2020

This Tenshin-ryū kata is called Taikyoku-no-ken, or the “Ultimate” kata. The setei-gata is performed standing, but it can also be done in multiple directions, in a seated position, or any combination. This is a seated version. As always, this is done with shinken, a sharp steel sword. Tenshin-ryū never uses iaitō (unsharpened practice swords). #budo #bujutsu #kendo #kenjutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #martialarts #jujutsu #sword #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #柔術 #刀 #日本刀

07/01/2020

We’re continuing to focus on the weapons curriculum within our aikijutsu to maintain some distance during classes. #budo #martialarts #kenjutsu #aikijutsu #kendo #aikido #jodo #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術 #武道 #武術 #杖道

06/18/2020

We’re finally back in the dōjō! While respecting social distancing guidelines and requirements is much more straightforward in our kenjutsu curriculum, our aikijutsu also contains an extensive array of weapons kata and techniques that we usually don’t concentrate on until a student is relatively experienced. Due to the necessary restrictions under which we’re training these days, it may be the focus of our training for a few months to come at the very least. #budo #bujutsu #aikido #aikijutsu #jujutsu #kenjutsu #kendo #martialarts #武道 #武術 #剣道 #剣術 #合気道 #合気術

05/07/2020

The foundational treatise on Japanese strategy.

Word is out. Today you can purchase the first edition of The Way and The Power for $925.89 (new) or $434.26 (used). One can only imagine what a signed original would bring. To preorder the second edition (hardcover, $34.99) go to www.taseki.com

05/06/2020

Heiho.org

The Way and The Power - Secrets of Japanese Strategy (Second Edition) by Fredrick J. Lovret

Preorders now on sale at www.taseki.com by Taseki Publications

#ittotenshinryu #yamateryu #heiho #strategy #budo #bujutsu #kenjutsu #kendo #iaido #iaijutsu #kumitachi #kata #jiujitsu #aiki #aikijutsu #aikido #judo #karate #martialarts #traditionalmartialarts #japanesemartialarts #samurai #katana #sword #bokken #shinken #kiai #zanshin #nihonto #武道 #剣術

05/05/2020

We’re getting very deep into the details of our iai-kata during our zoom classes. I can’t wait to get back on the mat in the dōjō, but in the meantime we’re still putting in work!

05/01/2020

Never leave home without your tenugui.

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