Workshop Small Weapons

We organise short workshops for people who are interested in learning about small handheld weapons used by the Samurai in Japan.

Meifu Shinkage Ryu Small Weapons Workshops –
An Awesome Opportunity for Unique Learning

If you have an interest in learning about small handheld weapons that were used by the Samurai and the Ninja of ancient Japan, why not participate in one or more of our short workshops? These workshops require no previous experience and are suitable for both beginners and advanced. Completion of the initial workshops (Shuriken kihon and Kusari Kihon) is required before the other workshops can be taken. Each workshop is about 1.5 hours, and concludes with a theory component. Participants receive a certificate after completing each series of workshops (one for Bo-Shuriken, and/or one for Fundo Kusari).

Opportunities for further study exist as students may enrol as regular students into Meifu Shinkage Ryu. The workshop hours count as regular instruction hours towards the total documented training hours of each participant.

More information about these workshops will be announced shortly as we are finalising the roll-out carefully. Please enter your information to be informed as soon as these workshop start in Toronto and Saskatchewan.

Workshops Japanese Throwing Nails

  • 1. Bo-Shuriken Kihon 手裏剣基本
    Learn the basics of Bo-shurikenjutsu (throwing Japanese Nails) in this 1.5 hour long workshop. Participants start with the formal greeting ceremony (会礼), followed by understanding how to grip the Japanese throwing nail (手の内). Then each participant learns 5 basic body positions (構え) and the throwing etiquette (礼法). The rest of the workshop focused on teaching each participant Shōmen-uchi (正面打ち), the overhand thrust of the Japanese throwing nail into a target. Participants who successfully progressed though this workshop can sign up for follow-up workshops.
  • 2. Bo-Shuriken Henka-Uchi 手裏剣変化打ち
    This workshop focuses on 3 alternative methods of throwing the Japanese nail. After the greeting ceremony (会礼) and warmup (体操), participants review the Shomenuchi (正面打ち, overhand basic throw). Then participants learn Dosoku-uchi (土足打ち overhand throw with the other leg forward), Gyaku-uchi (逆打ち, diagonal and horizontal throw), and finally Shitate-uchi (仕立て打ち, underhand throw).
  • 3. Bo-Shuriken Henka-Kamae 手裏剣変化構え
    This workshop teaches participants to throw Japanese nails from three different positions. After the greeting ceremony (会礼) and warm-up (体操), participants review Shomen-uchi (正面打ち, overhand throw). Then each participants learns 3 alternative throwing positions starting with Za-uchi (座打ち, kneeling position), Ushiro-uchi (後ろ打ち, backwards throw), and Aruki-uchi (歩き打ち, throwing from sitting position).
  • 4. Bo-Shuriken Henka-Dōgu 手裏剣変化道具
    Participants in this workshop learn how to throw different types of Japanese nails. After the greeting ceremony (会礼) and warm-up (体操), participants use several different Japanese nails from styles including Katori Shinto-ryu, Shirai-ryu and Negishi-ryu to learn how size and weight affects Shomen-uchi (正面打ち, overhand throw).

Bo-Shuriken (Throwing Nails)

Throwing nails should not be confused with Ninja stars as seen on TV and in movies.

Fundo Kusari

Learn how to use a safe alternative to the famous Japanese metal chain and weight.

Workshops Japanese weighted Chain

  • 1. Fundo kusari kihon 分銅鎖基本
    Learn the basics of Fundo Kusari (weighted chain, 分銅鎖). Although an authentic fundo kusari is made of metal, participants in our workshops use a safety version, designed by the grandmaster of Meifu Shinkage Ryu (Otsuka Sensei). After the greeting ceremony (会礼) and warmup (体操), participants learn how to grip the fundo kusari (Tenouchi, 手の内 ). After the grip, hiding the fundo kusari is taught which is known as  Osame (おさめ). Participants then learn the 5 basic body postures (Kamae 構え) as well as the correct etiquette for starting and finishing with the fundo kusari (Reihō 礼法). The second part of this workshop focused on Kihon-uchi (基本打ち) when participants learn some of the basic strikes.
  • 2. Fundo kusari Tachiwaza 分銅鎖立ち技
    This workshop focuses on  learning forms with the Fundo Kusari (weighted chain, 分銅鎖) from a standing position. After the greeting ceremony (会礼) and warmup (体操), participants review how to grip the fundo kusari (Tenouchi, 手の内 ) as well as  Osame (おさめ), the 5 basic body postures (Kamae 構え), and Kihon-uchi (基本打ち) . The majority of the workshop then introduces 5 standing forms (kata), Ipponme to gohonme (一本目 – 五本目).
  • 3. Fundo kusari zagi 分銅鎖座技
    This workshop focuses on  learning forms with the Fundo Kusari (weighted chain, 分銅鎖) from a sitting position. After the greeting ceremony (会礼) and warmup (体操), participants review how to grip the fundo kusari (Tenouchi, 手の内 ) as well as  Osame (おさめ), the 5 basic body postures (Kamae 構え), and Kihon-uchi (基本打ち) . The majority of the workshop then introduces 5 sitting forms (kata), Ipponme to gohonme (一本目 – 五本目).

The above workshops were initially designed by Mr. Arjan Tervoort from Kochokai in The Netherlands. Thank you Arjan for providing permission to recreate and redesign these workshops.

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