Arizona, USA


Sabaku Dojo, Phoenix, Arizona

Katori Shinto Ryu is the oldest extant martial arts in Japan, a true
koryu. The Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu was founded in 1447 by Izasa
Ienao. It is considered to be the most distinguished of all Japanese martial
traditions, and as such was designated an intangible cultural treasure by
the Japanese government in April 1960.

Katori Shinto Ryu came to influence many of the major styles which were
developed later. Originally, Katori Shinto Ryu was created from the
standpoint of fighting on the battlefield. The weapons used, techniques and
philosophy of the style reflect this orientation. It is a battlefield art,
created at a time when the country was embroiled in civil war. Weapons
studied include: sword, spear, staff, halberd, and shuriken among others.
There is an unarmed aspect to the art as well as a ninjutsu (espionage)
section and there are also even more purely military studies such as
encampment and field fortification strategies. The overall philosophy seems
to revolve around the concept of producing well rounded and balanced
soldiers, proficient in a variety of battlefield weapons. In this sense,
Katori Shinto Ryu is a military art.

Interested parties may contact Randy Black at 602-604-7920 or email Practice times Monday evening 6:30pm until 8:00pm, Wednesday evening 5:00pm until 7:00pm and Sunday morning 9:00am until 11:00am.