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Comprehensive SAMURAI Course

martial arts

Comprehensive SAMURAI Course

75 reviews
Paused through April 30. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English, Japanese
martial arts

Comprehensive SAMURAI Course

martial arts

Comprehensive SAMURAI Course

75 reviews
Paused through April 30. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English, Japanese

What you'll do

In this lesson, you can experience iai, kendo (gekken) and tameshigiri (test cutting performed on rolled up straw mats) at one time. These three disciplines make up what is called kenjutsu (swordmanship). In iai guests learn how to handle the katana. In gekken guests learn how to face an opponent. In batto guests learn correct cutting methods. When guests arrive at the dojo they will change into a traditional training uniform called a keikogi. First, guests will learn the basic history of Japanese swords and how they are manufactured. Guests will also actually disassemble a sword to deepen their understanding of its parts. During the iai lesson,guests will learn proper sword etiquette, and the basics of handling and swinging a sword. Next, using a bokuto guests will learn how to use the sori (curve) and shinogi (center ridge) of the sword. After that, guests will learn about offense and defense when facing an opponent using a padded gekken sparring practice sword in a mock duel. Lastly, guests will be able to try test cutting .Each guest will have the chance to try cutting two rolled up straw mats. Cutting at the correct angle will result in a cut with no resistance to the blade. Once a guest has completed the above three basic disciplines, they will receive a certificate of completion from Toyama Bizenkai. Please take this experience home as a memory of Japan.

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Learn more about Yoshioki

Yoshioki

I hold the rank of 6th degree instructor in Zen Nihon Toyama Iaido Renmei (ZNTIR).I am an instructor at ZNTIR's headquarters as well as a practitioner of traditional Japanese horseback archery which is called yabusame. I have 22 years of experience in both swordsmanship and yabusame. I work towards promoting and transmitting authentic Japanese culture to the world and future generations. The experiences I provide are not a form of entertainment or performance. There are many instances were groups or teachers take advantage of foreign visitors’ lack of knowledge about Japanese culture and provide them with a pseudo experience. I sincerely believe this is wrong and only teach authentic Japanese Swordsmanship and spirit. For those who wish to have a proper experience, or want to study authentic kenjutsu, please come join one of my lesson.

What's included

Equipment
Keikogi (Practice uniform)/Mogito (Blunt Practice Sword)/ Bokuto (Wooden Sword) / Shinai (Sparring Practice Sword) / Nihonto…

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Where you'll be

The Toyama school of swordsmanship was originally taught by the old Japanese army and was the last kenjutsu to be used in actual combat. It was developed by combining the specialties of various sword schools. Under normal circumstances, this type of thing would never have happened. You can experience it at the honbu dojo (headquarters). Please come even if you have already had a samurai or ninja experience.

This experience is available starting May 01, 2020

To protect the health and safety of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused through April 30, 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

What to bring

Drink , Camera

More tips

You are to handle sharp cutlery during lesson, please do not drink alcohol before coming to dojo.

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Yoshioki
Comprehensive SAMURAI Course
75 reviews
From $109/person
75 reviews
From $109/person