November 11, 2018

Kokyū-dōsa is the fundamental exercise for developing kokyū-ryoku (lit. breath-power; sometimes referred to as internal power).

April 18, 2018

A video on gripping the Japanese sword in the Itto Tenshin-ryu.

March 5, 2018

The late Fredrick Lovret Sensei gives a glimpse into the philosophical foundations of our budo in this excerpt from the 1980’s video, Aikijutsu Hiden.

January 19, 2018

Here at Shoshin Dōjō, we host a library of nearly 500 books pertaining to Japanese martial arts, history, art, and culture. It is easily one of the largest collections in the state (outside of Illinois University). The books in the photograph occupy a small but very si...

January 18, 2018

A look into being an experienced beginner, and why it's helpful in the Itto Tenshin-ryu.

January 5, 2018

Dates for the 2018 Yamate-ryū Aikijutsu Spring Taikai have been announced! Itten Dōjō will be hosting the 2018 Yamate-ryū Taikai, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on 21 and 22 April 2018. Details will be forthcoming soon.


 

December 27, 2017

Our last keiko of the year turned out to be a pretty good one. With the winter solstice being the “shortest” day of the year, I decided to focus on some techniques and strategies for the wakizashi (shotō), the short sword. 


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We started with a basic form: Shitachi (de...

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