◇Uri-San Canadian Man
Thank you so much for the training yesterday! We both had a great time, and I will be practicing the techniques you showed me when I get back home!
◇PAZ-San Israelian Man
Amazing experience, ton of fun!
◇Hadiman-San Malaysian Women
“My first martial art class”
I came to this class alone and with zero knowledge of any martial arts. And I did not regret it all. Watching them doing demonstrations before we started is like watching Samurai filem. Each movements is artistically done. And when it is my turn to try, I realised, those gentle yet powerful movement is not for the ordinary., but everyone can learn and master it. Taking out and putting the sword back is not easy. I can relate most of the movement to my daily routine. And I wish I could have spent more days to practice this beautiful art. It is a very good intro to new comers or who wants different kind of holiday. If only I get the chance to dress like Samurai!!
◇Kiki-San Unidentified Women
“Three 5 Star Reviews in One » A positive experiences that changes one from the inside out“
We were three friends who took the Shinkage-ryu workshop together. Since we come from different cultural, educational, and genetic backgrounds we each experienced the workshop differently and because of that we have three different reviews in one. Participant 1: The Shinkage-ryu experience was very interesting and enjoyable. Kamata-san was an engaged and interesting teacher and we were able to spend a lot of time in actual practice. It is a “secret” martial art and more unique than the regular Karate, Kendo experiences. Highly recommended! Participant 2: I found the Shinkage-ryu experience enjoyable both as an activity and an informative seminar into an obscure martial art. Shinkage-ryu combines Japanese swordsmanship with very elegant movement. It is wonderful to watch and practice. Kamata-san is an absolute master with a great sense of humor that makes the experience a delight. I understood 80% of what was being said as some Japanese was mixed into the instruction. That though did not impede any part of the instruction or the exhibition. I highly recommend it to both tourist visiting and expats living in Tokyo. Participant 3: I happened upon the 新陰流 (Shinkage-ryū) workshop whilst looking for cultural experiences that might be interesting for some friends who were going to visit Japan. I found the workshop and the concept of 新陰流 to be different from other 剣術 (kenjutsu) and after sharing with two friends, we all agreed to sign up. On the day of the workshop we were greeted by 芹沢先輩 (Serizawa-senpai) who escorted us. Our workshop location was at at community centre where 鎌田先生 (Kamata-sensei) and other practitioners of 新陰流 meet regularly to practice and learn. Honestly, I was not entirely sure what to expect of the workshop especially since I had arranged it as belated birthday presents to my two friends. In addition to experiencing some of the fundamental bodywork first hand, we discussed the philosophy of 新陰流 which is about the heart, about being equals, and about the importance of converting a weaponised encounter into one of peace.
◇Stefan-San German Man
“Perfect Experiment but more for men”
Hello. I have done this with my wife. I really liked it. Friendly and nice masters on a highly trained Level. We were trained in drawing a samurai sword in different ways. And some moves with the Bamboo sword. In the end We did some Pictures with the masters for the memory. And they had a Demonstration of their skills with the students. Interesting to get this insight.
◇Billy-San American Man
The training session in Shinkage-ryu was superb. I was pleased not in simply what I was able to see but also by what I was able to participate in during the session. Link up was smooth and timely. We walked to a nearby park and made some additional introductions then jumped right in. Some techniques were demonstrated and then I was invited to participate. This participation is the heart of the experience. This is not a dress up in samurai clothes take a few pictures sort of class. This seminar is designed to provide a taste of the way Japanese warriors trained to use their swords. Several eye opening insights were provided. Participants should expect moderate physical activity during the training. This is the wonderful aspect of the seminar. I did not feel like I was invited to simply observe a regular class; instead I was invited to participate in training as it were a lesson focused on me. I never felt like a casual observer, I felt as if the session had been geared solely for me. This is a truly unique experience. I urge anyone with a passing interest in Japanese history, the culture of the Japanese sword or in observing an interesting slice of Japanese culture to participate in this seminar.
◇Gernot-San Austrian Man
“Great experience for everybody who wants to get an idea about Martial Arts !!!
Very nice and patient staff, also for absolute beginners. After the training we was having good conversation at a drink in a local bar. Thx a lot again !!!