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Honbu Dojo – World Headquarters


The Honbu Dojo – the World Headquarters for Shinkendo Japanese swordsmanship, Toyama Ryu, Aikido and Aikibujutsu – is located in Los Angeles, California, USA. Under the guidance of Obata Toshishiro-kaiso, our school teaches the traditional fighting arts of the samurai.

Honbu Dojo currently at Nichiren Shu Beikoku Butsuin
2801 E 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
(Entrance and parking from 3rd Street)
(626) 688-7540

Mailing Address
International Shinkendo Federation
P.O. Box 2134
San Gabriel, CA 91776 USA

The Honbu Dojo is situated in the Nichiren Buddist Temple. Parking lot entrance is located off 3rd street.


Our school welcomes students of all ages and all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. The dojo is currently open six days a week, Monday through Friday from 6:15-8:15pm, and Sunday mornings from 11:00am-1:00pm. Class times alternate to accommodate the different schedules students might have.

Current Class Schedule
6:15 - 7:15pm
7:15 - 8:15pm
6:15 - 7:15pm
7:15 - 8:15pm
6:15 - 7:15pm
7:15 - 8:15pm

Membership Rates

Shinkendo $100/month - Regular class
Aikido & Aikibujutsu $100/month - Regular class
Both arts $150/month
$50 – ISF Annual/initiation fee (due at enrollment and then every January)
Please ask about family rates.
Private Instruction with Obata-kaiso is also available (please ask for details).

Honbu training opportunities for the serious student

Serious students are encouraged to come to the Honbu Dojo for extended training periods when possible, as receiving direct transmission from a true master and founder of an art is a rare and invaluable experience. Honbu staff can offer assistance in locating Hotels and with other necessary preparations. Please e-mail or call the Honbu Dojo at (626) 688-7540 to discuss arrangements.

Honbu Instructors

Toshishiro Obata-kaiso Kaiso (founder), Shodai Soke (headmaster), and chief instructor
Yukishiro Obata-nidai soke Aikido & Shinkendo Instructor
Michiyo Obata-soke hosa Aikido & Shinkendo Instructor
Michishiro Obata-soke hosa Aikido & Shinkendo Instructor
Yoko Obata-soke hosa Aikido & Shinkendo Instructor
James Huang-sensei Aikido & Shinkendo Instructor
Gabriel Koneta-sensei Aikido Instructor
Nicholas Lauridsen-sensei Aikido & Shinkendo Instructor
Matthew Lynch-sensei Shinkendo Instructor
Masaji Saito-sensei Aikido & Shinkendo Instructor
Michael C. Shu-sensei Shinkendo Instructor

Honbu instructors typically have a minimum of 10 years of experience training at the Honbu Dojo.

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