Tensho Dojo

Arakimuninsai Ryu Iaido

Covid-19 Response

Thank you for visiting our webpage. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Tensho Dojo has suspended all training sessions. As we hire the Dance studio at the Curve, we will have to wait until this re-opens before making the decision to recommence training. We are monitoring the situation and will be considering any changes to the class that might be required once the Dojo reopens. If you are interested in joining us, please still make contact via the website or facebook. This will allow us to introduce ourselves and take contact details to get back to you as soon as the current situation allows.

Stay Safe

Sensei Peter Sandford

Sensei Clare Sandford

Sensei Joe Reynolds

We have had a productive January at the Dojo

Iaido – Each evening we focused on a small selection of techniques in detail throughout the evening. This allows us as students to identify what we need to do to improve upon our techniques and also have the time to put what we have learned into practice.

Some students also went through the etiquette required before and after grading.

Kenbu: we continued to practice both Waga Waka Mune No and Sengakuji.

We have started our first week for 2020 in earnest!

Iaido – Senior students went through a selection of kneeling techniques of all levels.
A small number of senior grade standing techniques were focused on – the physical actions necessary and the alertness required to make them effective.

Kenbu – Four of our members have been rehearsing for a kata called Waga Waka Mune No – a kata about a person’s resolve after their request for help is refused.
A kata called Nihonto was also rehearsed – about the making of a samurai sword.
Sensei Joe taught a kata called Sengakuji – about the Sengakuji temple and the shine to the 47 Ronin.

Happy New Year from all of us at the Tensho Dojo! 🎉🎉🎉

On Wednesday 15th January, we would like to invite you to an Open Evening, where we will take you through what we practice as a club.

We practice a traditional martial art called Arakimuninsai style Iaido which involves the use of a samurai sword.

We also practice two traditional Japanese styles of dance – one called Kenbu which involves dancing with a samurai sword and fan to Japanese music and poetry, and another called Shibu, like Kenbu but using a fan on its own.

These disciplines are ideal for people who would like to learn a martial art which involves the use of the samurai sword, or people with an avid interest in Japanese culture and history – especially samurai history!

Anyone over the age of 16 is very welcome as these disciplines are suitable for adults of all ages and experience. Just bring yourself and loose clothing. We will have the required equipment for the evening.

We can’t wait to see you there 👍👍👍

If you have any questions, just reply to this post or message us directly.

30th Tensho Dojo summer course comes to an end

The 30th Tensho Dojo Summer Course ended this week. Like every Summer Course, it was a fun and rewarding experience!

We would like to thank our Headmaster for visiting us each year and providing us with the guidance and patience to enable us all to better ourselves and our technique. Each and every year we have been honoured by his presence.

We would also like to thank all our Instructors. They help our students prepare for the Summer Course throughout the year and organise the logistics of the Course so that it runs smoothly.

Here’s to another year preparing for the 31st Summer Course!

Our next training session will be the 28th of August. Why not come and join us?

2019 Summer Course

Tomorrow marks the start of the 30th Annual Tensho Dojo Iaido and Kenbu/Shibu Summer Course. We will be receiving two weeks of intensive tuition from our Headmaster who has arrived from Japan and has done so each summer since 1989.

If you would like to know more about a traditional Japanese sword discipline, and see us train, why not come down the Curve, at Tudor Road, Sudbury. We will be training at the following times:

Saturday 27th July: 14:00 – 16:00
Sunday 28th: 10:00-12:00
Tuesday 30th: 6.30-9:00
Wednesday 31st: 6.30-9:00
Thursday 1st August: 6.30-9:00
Monday 5th: 6:30-9:00
Tuesday 6th: 6.30-9:00
Wednesday 7th: 6.30-9:00
Thursday 8th: 6.30-9:00

We look forward to seeing you there!

New club shirts

We took delivery of our new club polo shirts this week. Available at £25 to members and supporters of our dojo, so we thought we’d model our new club shirts for you… what do you think of our shirts and our modelling skills?

Remembering ‘Kenshibudo 2003’

On the 29th of March 2003, members of Shinden Shinsei Hayabuchi Ryu Kenshibudo, Arakimuninsai Ryu Iaido, Kakushu Ryu Kakushu Gin-ei Kai from Japan, members of the Shuho Dojo and ourselves from the UK were proud to take part in ‘Kenshibudo 2003’.

This was an evening of Japanese Theatre, Music, Dance and Swordsmanship which took place at the Charter Hall in Colchester.

We were honoured to be part of such a wonderful experience!!!

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