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Modern Bushido

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Modern Bushido by Toshishiro Obata

In this new work, renowned martial artist Toshishiro Obata sets forth a thorough system of philosophy culled from the traditions of thought that shaped Japanese warrior culture for a millenium. His treatise explores the teachings of the bushi and the samurai way of life, and in doing so illumines their enduring relevance and undiminished value even within (or especially within) the context of modern living. Modern Bushido serves as a touchstone for the various diverse ways of living in contemporary society, as well as a source of guidance and inspiration to readers of all disciplines and backgrounds.

Available in paperback and hardcover. 232 pages.
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Welcome to the International Shinkendo Federation Home Page. We are an organization dedicated to teaching authentic Japanese swordsmanship, under the guidance and leadership of Obata Toshishiro.

The Honbu Dojo (World Headquarters) is located at 320 E. 2nd St. in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles, California, USA, with authorized branches around the world.

On this page you will find information about Shinkendo Japanese swordsmanship, and about its founder and headmaster, Obata Toshishiro. There is also a listing of officially-licensed dojo around the world where you may study with us, as well as information about the Aikido and Toyama Ryu Iaido classes led by Obata-kaiso.



Shinkendo kakejiku (wall hangings) now available
Ordering & more information

Shinkendo on USC's Impact

University of Southern California students Joshua Woo and Conrad Wilton recently produced a documentary on Shinkendo as part of the university's Impact television program. Woo, a member of the USC Shinkendo Club as well as the Honbu Dojo, narrates the piece.

Shinkendo: Samurai Swordsmanship now available on DVD
Ordering & more information
Fall 2012 ISF Newsletter now available
Download (PDF) [med-res (21MB)] [high-res (147MB)]

Upcoming Events

2014 May Instructors Seminar
MAY 16TH-18TH, 2014
Our annual May Instructors seminar will be led by Toshishiro Obata-kaiso and Yukishiro-nidai soke at the Honbu Dojo in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA. Attendees will receive advanced instruction in Shinkendo, Toyama-Ryū Battōdō, Aikibujutsu, and Bōjutsu. This seminar is open to advanced students and instructors.
Please phone or e-mail with any questions.
For the latest information on this event, please visit the seminar information page and the bulletin board thread.
Registration form [PDF] & seminar flyer [PDF] now available.

Upcoming Seminars

For a full listing of seminars and other events, please consult the calendar. If you wish to attend a seminar, please notify your instructor.
    MAY 16TH-18TH, 2014MAY INSTRUCTORS SEMINAR at Honbu Dojo
    JULY 10TH-13TH, 2014Hungary

Recent Events

2014 Keiko Hajime
JANUARY 17TH-19TH, 2014
Our Keiko Hajime seminar was attended by students and instructors from Northern and Southern California, Illinois, and the Netherlands.
For more information on this event, please visit the bulletin board thread.
*Photo by Gustavo Rearte

2013 October Instructors Seminar
OCTOBER 18TH-20TH, 2013
Our visiting students and instructors were in town for Obata-kaiso's 65th birthday celebration, celebrating over four decades of teaching the martial arts and conducting countless seminars worldwide.
For more information on this event, please visit the bulletin board thread.

2013 Shochū-Geiko Seminar
AUGUST 16TH-18TH, 2013
Our annual Shochū-Geiko ("hot-weather training") seminar drew students and instructors from California, Illinois, Arizona, New York, and Australia.
For more information on this event, please visit the bulletin board thread.
*Photo by Michishiro Obata

Recent Publications

60th Anniversary March 2011 ISF Newsletter (PDF) [mid-res] [high-res]
June 2011 ISF Newsletter (PDF) [mid-res] [high-res]
Winter 2011 ISF Newsletter (PDF) [mid-res] [high-res]
Toshishiro Obata: 60 Years (Click to View/Order)


Prospective students interested in studying or receiving private instruction in Japanese swordsmanship, Aikido, and/or other Japanese martial arts in the Los Angeles area can make an appointment to visit the Shinkendo Honbu Dojo in Little Tokyo.

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