Training Katori Shinto ryu in Japan | Deeper into the Martial Tradition
Training Katori Shinto ryu in Japan is of the utmost importance for all serious monjin, members of the ryu, of all levels. It further strengthens the quality of the students as well as our teacher in Vietnam. Annually our teacher in Vietnam invites a maximum of 10 practitioners to visit the main dojo in Japan for two weeks.
These places further deepen their understanding and respect for the martial tradition they belong to. They stay at Backpackers Fuji a small hotel and together they will shop, cook, do the dishes and wash clothes together assisting each other as a team.
It goes without saying that after training Katori Shinto ryu in Japan many students double their efforts at home which has a positive influence even on those who have not visited Japan yet.
During those weeks at Shinbukan dojo the monjin from Vietnam will be able to experience not only new technical elements but they will also understand more about their fellow monjin from all over the world and especially those from Japan. Not only the head teacher but the sempai too are important in developing your understanding of the tradition. These students who are our senior, may take on the role of mentor and assist you further in your understanding of the ryu, its techniques, rules and values.
The journey is not limited to training in Japan only, students will also visit historic and culturally important places such as Katori Jingu and museums with sword collections.
When time permits, we also visit a sword smith. He explains the process of sword making in more detail and lets us try out the different tools involved. He shows us the different kinds of tamahagane and explains how it is produced.