Swordsmanship is the premier martial art of Japan. Over 1,000 years of research, study, and refinement have been dedicated to this complex and esoteric form of combat. Generations of swordsmen devoted their lives to the exploration of every possible application of the Japanese sword. Not satisfied with mere variations in technique, the old masters of Japan also examined the strategy and philosophy of the sword in an unending quest for knowledge. Members of Itten Dojo can choose between two different styles of swordsmanship, based on their personal preferences and goals.
Ono-ha Itto-ryu is recognized as the oldest of many kenjutsu schools that developed from the original teachings of Ito Ittosai Kagehisa, and is most appropriate for persons wishing to train in a manner nearly identical to that experienced by the samurai hundreds of years ago, with almost all instruction conducted one-on-one, and with a direct, current link to Japan. The physical intensity is moderate, and well within the capabilities of most persons.
Derived from Itto-ryu, Itto Tenshin-ryu is a relatively modern style of swordsmanship dating to the late 1800’s, and differs from the older style primarily in its focus and the manner in which it is taught. Itto Tenshin-ryu training emphasizes the development of a strong and committed spirit, and practices are conducted in a structured, class format allowing students of vastly different levels of experience and ability to practice together, building a powerful sense of community and shared purpose.
Persons applying to train in either style of swordsmanship must be aged 16 years or older.