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Training is cancelled Saturday, June 23rd.
Regular sessions resume Tuesday, June 26th.

One Superior Drive, Unit B
Superior, CO 80027
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All classes are open to new students and those interested in watching.
Instructor: Thomas Spanos
Phone: +1 (716) 710-8125



US$ 40 (one time fee, due at the 3rd class)


Classes charged on single class or by multi-session packages

Single Session:

US$ 30


2 options for multi-session packages
10 Session Flex Package (non-consecutive): US$ 200
10 Session Fixed Package (consecutive): US$ 150


Waived for the first year


Beginners can train with T-shirt and sport pants (Judo pants, jogging pants, or similar).
The definitive uniform consists of the Institute´s custom Kimono and Hakama, and the basic practice swords are a standard bamboo shinai and a wooden bokken. Other equipment, such as combat armor (bogu) and additional weapons, can be acquired according to the progression of each student. For the combat armor, there is also the option of renting armor from the dojo. For details about equipment, uniform or rental availability, please ask the instructors of the Dojo.

Getting Started

Visit a training session:

Please feel welcome to visit a training session, as listed on the schedule above. There is no need to pre-register, all training sessions are open to interested observers.

Experimental Classes:

If you are interested in participating, but not sure about enrolling, you can take part in experimental lessons for your first two visits. We will provide the necessary equipment, and you won’t have to worry about enrollment and equipment fees unless you decide to continue. The ideal outfit for beginners is a dark T-shirt and breathable workout pants.


Adults of all ages, men and women can train. There are no specific prerequisites nor the need to previously have physical training or experience in martial arts. The training brings technical, physical and interior progress to all ages and stages of life.


Children from 12 years old can participate in all training sessions.


Sessions last an average of 2 hours. Training sessions are made up of various parts, warm-up, basics of strokes and techniques, sequence training and combat. Combat training is usually divided up into groups of beginners, intermediates, and graduates, while at other times the more experienced may work with and guide the most novice. How frequently one should train depends on the potential of each student. With training just once a week, it will be easy to to see technical progress, physical and health-related benefits, and the assimilation of the principles and values of the Bushido philosophy. A lower frequency of training is still valid, and can provide results for students with less availability.


During any visit to the Dojo, try to stay until the end of the session and participate in the Golden Moments, when the training is complemented with elements of Japanese culture and Bushido samurai philosophy.

KIR Method:

KIR is a training method aimed at the physical, mental and emotional development of the student, giving little emphasis to competitiveness and discouraging the use of force. With this positive energy, the student feels confident to fully develop their potential.

The Arts


The art of the samurai sword is still alive and can be practiced today, with the closest approximation of the experiences by which samurai lived for centuries. There are hundreds of stances and fighting techniques that are practiced during training sessions with the use of appropriate equipment for protection and safety.

Within Kenjutsu is practiced the Niten Ichi Ryu style, created by the samurai Miyamoto Musashi Sensei. The name of this style means “Two Skies as One,” alluding to the famous techniques of two swords, able to defeat the most skilled opponents with whom Musashi-Sensei crossed swords.
Welcome to the
Colorado Dojo
of the Niten Institute

Kenjutsu Combat, created by Sensei Jorge Kishikawa, is when you apply ancient Kenjutsu techniques in combat with modern armor (Bogu) and using bamboo swords (Shinai).

Niten Institute classes are not only for strengthening the body, but also the mind and spirit, by practicing the techniques and following in the footsteps of our founder, Miyamoto Musashi. This style of Kenjutsu Combat only recently arrived in the US with the 2017 visit of Sensei Kishikawa.

As such, we are very excited to announce the beginning of regular classes here in the Denver-Boulder region. We have secured a great location at the new Sport Stable in Superior, conveniently located less than a mile from the US-36.

Regular classes are currently offered twice a week, but make sure to check our schedule frequently for special guests and events.

Come discover the way of the sword!

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Training with Senpai Wenzel in Colorado

por Thomas - 12-abr-2018

Superior Dojo was excited to host Senpai Wenzel Bohm, head administrator of the Niten Institute and recipient of the rank of Menkyo in Niten Ichi Ryu.

During the training, Senpai Wenzel challenged our dojo with activities that changed how we think about the sword, and demonstrated a level of technique we can only achieve with true dedication.

Domo Arigatou Gozaimashita to Senpai Wenzel for an amazing visit!

Trained Mind, Body and Spirit

por Caleb - 12-abr-2018

Senpai Thomas had spoken a lot about Senpai Wenzel weeks before his visit. After listening to what Senpai Thomas had said, I built an image of how Senpai Wenzel would be. However, I was quite surprised when I first saw Senpai Wenzel. Senpai Wenzel did not fit my mental image yet further observation revealed that he was indeed a true swordsman. The way he carried himself was the first sign of a trained mind, body, and spirit.


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por Niten - 31-jan-2018

Golden Moments - Sensei Jorge Kishikawa
The Bushido philosophy applied in our daily life.

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Have a good start to 2018 !

por Niten - 29-dez-2017

Golden Moments - PRIORITY

por Niten - 02-nov-2017

Golden Moments - Sensei Jorge Kishikawa
The Bushido philosophy applied in our daily life.

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por Niten - 21-set-2017

the original samurai sword combat technique

For his second Workshop in the USA, Sensei Jorge Kishikawa will be accompanied by several graduates, and will introduce the whole syllabus of Niten Institute"s practice of Kenjutsu: the varied ancient techniques and their application in free sparring, the philosophy and the tradition that fascinates his more than 1000 students on different continents.

In teaching the samurai sword arts for more than 40 years, Sensei Jorge Kishikawa has brought together techniques from innumerable samurai styles and modernized their application to combat training. Among many technical achievements, Sensei Jorge Kisihkawa earned the highest rank in the Niten Ichi Ryu style (founded by Miyamoto Musashi during the first half of the 17th century) from grand master Gosho Motoharu.

The combination of his outstanding technical skills, with the philosophy and knowledge gained through 50 years of close interaction with Japanese masters generated a unique practice experience that has been passed to his students in the Niten Institute since 1993, and is now also available in the US at the first dojos in Florida and Colorado.

You are welcome to join us in this Workshop for a strong introduction to Kenjutsu Combat!

Kenjutsu is the name given to the techniques developed by renowned samurai, which are still practiced in Japan in the form of katas (pre-defined movements that simulate combat using a wooden sword).

Kendo is the sport created by simplifying Kenjutsu techniques into 4 basic strokes and one kamae (posture/stance), using a modern Bogu (armor) and Shinai (bamboo sword).

Kenjutsu Combat, created by Sensei Jorge Kishikawa, is the application of ancient Kenjutsu techniques in combat with modern Bogu and Shinai, making sparring training possible, without the limits of Kendo. This allows for the use of other weapons, such as Kodachi (shortsword), two swords, and Naginata (Japanese pole-arm).

Date: Tuesday - October, 10th, 2017
Hour: 6 pm - 8 pm EST

Lifetime Fitness Westminster*
397 W. 148th Avenue,
Westminster, COLORADO 80020

Registration: 15 minutes before start
Charge: 50 USD
*Different location than regular classes on Tuesdays and Saturdays
More Information: www.niten.org/denver

Sensei Jorge Kishikawa
- Born in Brazil, son of Japanese immigrants, Sensei Jorge Kishikawa started training Kendo at the age of 5;
- First Brazilian to achive the 7th Dan Kiyoshi in Kendo, after examination by a board of Japanese Sensei;
- Won 15 Brazilian Kendo Championships before the age of 35, when he ceased to take part in tournaments, and was twice 2nd place in World Kendo Championships;
- In his career made more than 70 shugyo (special intensive training) in Japan to learn more about Kendo and Kenjutsu from highest Japanese masters, and continues to do so;
- Menkyo Kaiden (highest graduation and considered to know all the secrets of the techniques) in more than one Kenjutsu School, including Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu, one of the most famous of the classical Kenjutsu Schools and founded by Miyamoto Musashi, considered by many the strongest Samurai of all time;
- Other Kenjutsu Schools that Sensei Jorge Kishikawa has mastered and is authorized to teach include:
* Katori Shinto Ryu
* Suio Ryu
* Shindo Muso Ryu
* Kasumi Shinto Ryu
* Sekiguchi Ryu
- Some of these Schools not only have sword techniques but also other weapons that Sensei Jorge Kishikawa has also mastered, some of which he has also adapted to combat with Bogu, such as:
* Kodachi (Small sword)
* Nito (Two Swords together)
* Naguinata jutsu (halberd)
* Yari (Spear)
* Kusari-gama jutsu(a scythe or sickle with a chain attached and a iron weight at other end)
* Jo jutsu (fighting techniques with a staff)
* Bo jutsu (fighting techniques with a long Staff)
* Tanjo jutsu (fighting techniques with a cane)
* Jitte jutsu (a pronged steel truncheon used to disarm enemies with swords)
* Iai jutsu (sword drawing techniques)
* Tameshigiri/Battou jutsu (cutting techniques)
- Jorge Kishikawa Sensei is also a Medical Physician and served in the Brazilian Army as a Doctor.

More details on the website: www.niten.org/denver

Golden Moments - MELODY

por Niten - 29-ago-2017

Golden Moments - Sensei Jorge Kishikawa
The Bushido philosophy applied in our daily life.

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1st Colorado Kenjutsu Workshop

por Thomas - 27-ago-2017

1st Colorado Kenjutsu Workshop with Senpai Helio Kenzo Dino!

Attendees came from around the Greater Denver area to participate in the first Niten Institute workshop in the state of Colorado, while our visiting Senpai, Kenzo Dino, brought his positive energy all the way from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Senpai Kenzo taught everyone about the origins of Niten, the Institute today, and how training helps us improve ourselves.

During our demonstrations, I really enjoyed fighting with Kenzo-Senpai and I worked hard to show the attendees our NITO (two-sword) stances.

Everyone really enjoyed our demonstration of KEIKO (open combat), so when their chance came to put on the armor themselves, no one hesitated. Kenzo-Senpai pushed everyone to work hard and really draw out their energy. By the end of the three hours, it was obvious from everyone’s tired but happy faces that they had enjoyed the workshop.

Arigatou gozaimashita to Kenzo-Senpai and all our participants for making our first Colorado workshop a success! We look forward to training with you again soon!

Gambatte kudasai,
Thomas Spanos

Denver Coordinator

Senpai Kenzo in Colorado

por Thomas - 26-ago-2017



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por Niten - 19-ago-2017

Sunday August 27th at 1 PM

This workshop will introduce you to the practice of KENJUTSU, both with and without armor, as well as passing on the Samurai Culture. You will have the chance to learn KOBUDO (traditional martial arts) techniques used by traditional samurai schools. We will explain the history of these Samurai arts, demonstrate techniques, and allow beginners to practice Katas (Pre-defined Movements) and experience KENJUTSU COMBAT under the direct instruction of Senpai Kenzo.

Kenzo Dino
- Niten Institute Kenjutsu practitioner since 2001
- Kenjutsu Instructor since 2005
- Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu CHUDEN Graduate
- 2015 2015 São Paulo Sports Award in the KOBUDO category
- 1st Dan Kenjutsu by Sensei Jorge Kishikawa
- 1st Kyu Jojutsu by Sensei Jorge Kishikawa
- 2nd Kyu Iaijutsu by Sensei Jorge Kishikawa
- Attended Special Seminars with Japanese Masters from Kokushikan University Yokohama and Shindo Muso Ryu Style with Kaminoda Tsunemori Sensei.

The cost for the general public is $ 80.00, and can be paid onsite on the day of the workshop.

No previous knowledge or practice of martial arts is required. Participation is open to women and men, adults and children, over the age of 12.

To register, send an email to: denver@niten.org (pre-registration required).

Please wear a comfortable, long-sleeved t-shirt and sweatpants.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Time: 13:00 - 16:00 (please arrive 15 minutes early)
Cost: $ 80.00
Location: Impact Sports Performance (Sports Stable)
Address: One Superior Drive, Unit B, Superior CO 80027





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    Nos 25 anos do Instituto Niten o 1º Mundial de Kenjutsu com presença do Soke do estilo de Musashi Sensei: Kyoshi Yoshimoti Soke do Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu vindo do Japão. O Mundial será realizado em São Paulo - Brasil

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