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Kendo-Kenjutsu - Arte da Espada Samurai

KAKEJIKU
KO UN RYU SUI
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NITEN COLORADO
SUPERIOR
BOULDER COUNTY
SPORT STABLE
(IMPACT SPORTS PERFORMANCE)
One Superior Drive, Unit B
Superior, CO 80027
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TUESDAY NIGHT
7:00PM
-9:00PM
KENJUTSU
SATURDAY MORNING
10:00AM
-12:00PM
KENJUTSU

NITEN FLORIDA
All classes are open to new students and those interested in watching.
Instructor: Thomas Spanos
Phone: +1 (716) 710-8125
denver@niten.org
www.niten.org/denver

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Enrollment:

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

Fees:

Classes charged on single class or by multi-session packages

Single Session:

US$ 30

Packages:

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

Annuity:

Waived for the first year

Equipment:

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:

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:

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

Training:

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.

Philosophy:

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

Kenjutsu:

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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Gashuku with Senpai Kenzo - Seek Perfection

por Caleb - 02-ago-2018



Kenzo Senpai had Thomas Senpai and I practice various techniques, on all of them Kenzo Senpai pointed out minor errors in my form. Agh... A wave of frustration hit me after hearing of my mistakes. However, this was replaced by acceptance, determination, and a hint of joy because I now understood some finer details. I thought to myself, "I must train harder, I must seek perfection". Later we moved onto Keiko and it was here I had a good opportunity to focus on Kenzo Senpai´s advice. Even more I could notice the errors in my way but knowing the problem is the start of fixing it.



It was most enjoyable to watch Kenzo Senpai spar with Thomas Senpai, there I could see well executed techniques and proper form. Kenzo Senpai was constantly changing his stance and weapons, peaking my interest to train harder. To have so many options in combat is when things will get truly exciting.

Just speaking casually with such an experienced Senpai helped me to undertand him better and to appreciate his many years of training.

Arigatou Gozaimashita
Caleb - Denver


Straighten Up Your Ki with Kenzo Senpai

por Matheus-RIO - 24-jul-2018





"Straighten Up Your Ki"

These are the words from Sensei that I think of each time a Senpai comes to visit and train with our dojos here in the United States.

Even after the Senpai has moved on to the next step of their journey, I can see and feel the difference in myself as well as the other students. Our alignment is better.
It is not just in how straight we stand or the technique of our strikes, but instead it can be seen in the whole, how our dojo moves and trains together.

Of course, it takes a lot of work to make this difference; Kenzo-senpai"s visit was no exception!
We had only four full days to enjoy Kenzo senpai"s company and we made the most of it by training every day.

With his positive demeanor and boundless energy, Kenzo senpai worked us through exercises we knew as well as plenty of others we did not.
He demonstrated variations on techniques we had previously touched on and helped us to discover a better understanding of the sword.

During our intensive gashuku on Sunday, Kenzo-senpai also crossed swords with each of the students in shiai.

Of course, this gave them a taste of what awaits them in October, at the World Cup.
Our dojo has a lot of training ahead of ourselves to prepare, but we will bring a strong Kiai all the way from the USA to Brazil!

Arigatou gozaimashita Kenzo-senpai! Otsukare-sama deshita!

Gambarimasu!

Sayounara,
Thomas.






 

Gashuku with Senpai Kenzo

por Kenzo - 16-jul-2018



Mission Acomplished!

That is my sentiment after this second Gashuku that I have ministrated in the Boulder Colorado Dojo.
One year ago I was leaving Brazil to go on a Mission to improve myself and to help others. That misson took me to Miami, Orlando, Denver, Los Angeles and Japan. Now, with a lot of experiences to share, I came back to a new Boulder Dojo, with some new students, some students that kept practicing since the last time I was here and the always genki* Coordinator Thomas, but everyone a little different than before.

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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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Golden Moments - STRAIGHTEN UP THE KI

por Niten - 31-jan-2018



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

Tags: GoldenMoments,

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.

Tags: GoldenMoments,

KENJUTSU WORKSHOP WITH SENSEI JORGE KISHIKAWA - OCT 2017 COLORADO

por Niten - 21-set-2017



Kenjutsu
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.

Tags: GoldenMoments,


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