Oakville Kenjutsu (Montreal)
OAKVILLE KENJUTSU (MONTREAL) is a group dedicated to the study of the classical art of Japanese swordsmanship. In the tradition of many koryu arts, the focus of the training is on choreographed partnered practice, which teaches proper timing, distancing, form, and technique. Suitable for adults (18+) of all ages, Oakville Kenjutsu (Montreal) is one of …> >
Schedule & Events
Shinkage Ryu was originally created out of a fusion of Katori Shinto Ryu and Kage Ryu in the 16th century by a master swordsman named Kamiizuma Nobutsuna. He was responsible for creating a new style of kenjutsu, one in which the focus was “not from the needless taking of life, but from the true courage to avoid unnecessary conflict”. This was a very different approach in a time that focused on techniques to kill your opponent.
He was also responsible for creating a revolutionary new training tool- the Fukuro shinai, a bamboo sword covered by a leather sheath. This is the tool predominantly used within the school today.
Along his many travels he encountered a talented swordsman that became his disciple, Yagyu Munetoshi. He started the family line of what became known as Yagyu Shinkage Ryu and went on to have his son, Yagyu Munenori, become the official instructor of swordsmanship to the Tokugawa Shogunate.
In Yagyu Shinkage Ryu there is more attention to the philosophical, spiritual, and moral concepts in swordsmanship and a long history of influence from Zen Buddhism.
Today, Sensei Tong and his study group are the first and only official group to study this long practiced school in Canada.