The Japanese Swordsmanship Shinkendo is a modern art, imbued with the ideals of Bushi Damashii (warrior spirit) and Budo (the “way” or code of the Samurai), created by Obata Toshishiro who is Kaiso (founder) and Soke (Headmaster) of the International Shinkendo Federation (I.S.F.). Students of Shinkendo learn practical, real swordsmanship, sword techniques passed down from centuries of battle-tested methods, as well as the history and traditions of the Samurai.
Being a modern art, Shinkendo is able to break down the walls between the different Ryuha (Schools) and reincorporate their teachings into one comprehensive form. This is the way Japanese swordsmanship was originally studied by the samurai. Bojutsu classes are also offered to all Shinkendo students at Shinkendo Athens dojo. Bojutsu is the art of the long staff (6ft./183cm.). The handling basics of the Bo are the same as the basics for handling the Yari (spear) and Naginata (glaive).a