Welcome to the KiKenTai dojo…. a traditional Japanese martial arts school offering instruction in authentic samurai arts, including Shinkendo and Toyama-Ryu (swordsmanship), Aikibujutsu (aikido) and Bojutsu (6′ staff).
Ki Ken Tai is an officially licensed Shibu (branch) of the International Shinkendo Federation, Kokusai Toyama Ryu Renmei, and Aikibujutsu Tanren Kenkyukai under Founder and Director Obata Toshishiro Kaiso.
Ki Ken Tai is based on the samurai philosophy “Ki Ken Tai Ichi”, which translates to: “Spirit, Sword, Body as One”. The best way to achieve this union is to train in several areas of martial arts where each one compliments the other. The techniques learned with the sword can also be applied with open hands in Aikido and the bo (or staff) in Bojutsu (and vice versa). Thus, learning several samurai arts enhances the effectiveness of all of them.
We may not use the sword as self-defense in present day, but applying samurai sword techniques with aikido and Bo is an extremely efficient form of self-defense. Proficiency in any martial arts style can only be realized if the mind is focused, and as such, all training is oriented towards not just technique, but also Ki (spirit).
Students of the Ki Ken Tai dojo are proud to carry on the samurai tradition of Bushi Damashii (samurai/warrior spirit) as they strive to meld spirit, sword, body as one!