Kashima-Shinryū鹿島神流is a traditional Japanese school of martial art (koryū bujutsu), tracing its roots back to the fencing techniques of Kashima-no-Tachi. Following a curriculum dating back to the 16th century, practitioners ofKashima-Shinryūstudy a variety of combat disciplines, including the sword (kenjutsu), grappling (jūjutsu), the halberd (naginatajutsu), the spear (sōjutsu), the knife (kaikenjutsu), and short and long staff (jōjutsuandbōjutsu).Based in traditional teaching techniques,Kashima-Shinryūdoes not include any modern sportive elements such as group drills, sparring, or tournaments. Instruction instead relies on paired teacher-student exercises, and is provided onlyon a non-commercial basis with the explicit authorisation of the current headmaster (shihanke).

UPDATES

The special journal edition dedicated to last year’s symposium on“Bushido in Transformation”hasbeen published.

The London Chapter has space available for two new students to begin study. If you are interested, or would like to observe a practice, pleasecontact us.

In the sword there is no sword;
make a sword of the body.
In the body there is no body;
make a body of the spirit.

- att. Kunii Zen’ya, Nihon budo no engen, Seki H.
K. Friday, trans.

Kashima-Shinryū Federation of Martial Sciences 2019