Each year a ryūha (martial school) is selected as the focus of training. While this enforces proficiency and growth in a particular style, there are opportunities where students can briefly explore other ryūha, as well as work on past skill sets not part of the yearly curriculum. A yearly curriculum is used to balance participants’ studies.
Below is a concise summary how the training process is structured through the yearly curriculum format.
Classes focus on a yearly curriculum, which encompasses thorough training in one specific ryūha.
• Reigi Sahō (etiquette and customary practices)
• Kata geiko (Preset forms training) Techniques
• Meisō (Meditation)
• Principles & strategies of specified ryūha
Basic skills and conditioning necessary for kobudō are the main focus of this class. Essential for new students, as well as recommended for further refining of advanced students’ abilities. As the most physical of all classes, this is conducted outdoor in the park.
Practical application will be tested and challenged to enhance one’s skills in various engagements. Or, extra training is offered in any area of skills, including those outside of the Main Curriculum. Open session is now coupled with our Fundamentals class, where time for this will be made afterwards for those available.
The last week of each month is designated to studying a different ryūha or skill set. This further enhances students’ skills and understanding of the various ryūha that are offered that have not been studied yet, as well as review those that were part of another year’s curriculum.
To enhance the lessons learned through the Main Curriculum, students engage in dōjō jiai, which is competitive matches within our training group. Different processes are utilized that challenge each student’s skills, as well as give them a chance to understand their strengths & weaknesses.
SUMMER/WINTER SEASONAL LESSONS
A unique experience is our annual seasonal training sessions, with the weather being the main contributor to the overall experience. Conducted outdoors, our 1st session is during the hot days of summer, while the 2nd is during the snow-filled days of winter. While both are at extremes, we still wear our normal keikogi as a means to promote endurance on physical, mentally and spiritual level.
Please visit Location & Schedule to learn where & when the yearly curriculum is incorporated on a weekly basis.