The Tulsa Kendo Dojo, "Shin Sou Fu Kan," is a martial arts school in the Tulsa metropolitan area nationally recognized by the "All United States Kendo federation" and "South West Kendo & Iaido Federation". Our dojo is a non-for profit school, meaning none of the instructors are paid for teaching kendo., Monthly dues go directly to the community center..
We provide instruction in the art of Kendo, a traditional Japanese style of fencing, based on samurai swordsmanship.
The dojo has been practicing under the guidance of Michael Lindsay Sensei (5th dan), Yilpyo Kim Sensei (4dan) and direct sponsorship in Kanagawa Japan from the Shi Ku Kai Dojo. Abe Koki Sensei (Renshi 7th dan) and Iwanami Yoshio Sensei (Kyoshi 7th dan). The Tulsa Kendo dojo strives to provide a safe outlet to any person interested in practicing legitimate Japanese Swordsmanship in the Tulsa Metropolitan area.
"We, 新壮風館 "Shin Sou Fu Kan" Strive to provide a safe and accessible outlet for any and all individuals wishing to study Japanese swordsmanship in Greater Northeastern Oklahoma. We adhere to the ideal of 交剣知愛 “Ko Ken Chi Ai,” meaning that crossed swords build friendship." All members of the dojo retain the same respect for each other in and outside of practice, constantly striving to improve themselves in the art of Kendo. With this focus, our members may expect to build strong friendships, improve themselves through hard practice, and learn how to apply the principles of Kendo to their own lives through continued experience."
Shin Sou Fu Kan, Ganbatte!
-Michael Lindsay, (Instructor) of Shin Sou Fu Kan
털사 검도 클럽털사 검도 클럽, 신소풍관은 Michael Lindsay (5단),
과 Shaw Furukawa(4단), 지도하에 Oklahoma City에 있는 선심관 검도장의 Bryan Mosley (4단)의 지원을 받아 2006년 부터 수련을 하고 있습니다.
신소풍관은 전미검도연맹 (All United States Kendo Federation) 산하단체인 남서부검도연맹 (Southwest Kendo and Iaido Federation) 소속되어 있는 정통검도를 수련하는 곳으로 일본 카와사키에 있는 Shi Ku Kai Dojo의 Abe Koki Sensei (7단)과 Iwanami Yoshio Sensei (7단)의 후원을 받고 있습니다.
DOJO PRACTICE TIMES
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Contact: Michael Lindsay
Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center
2021 E 71ST ST, Tulsa, OK 74136
Katia Le-mai Nguyen- 1st kyu
Grayden Thomas - 1st kyu
Ivy Holt - 2nd kyu
Lindsay Coffey - 2nd kyu
Brady Reynolds - 2nd kyu
Marc Seebass - 3rd kyu
Alex Labossiere - 3rd kyu
Johnathan Arias - N/A
Ethan Harris - N/A
Veronica Kwon - N/A
Bonnie Lindsay - N/A
Kendo is the modern Japanese martial art of fencing based on the two-handed sword (katana) techniques of the samurai warriors.
The weapon used in modern kendo is called a shinai, which is made of four slats of bamboo. They are strapped together into a cylinder with a leather grip (tsuka) and cap (sakigawa). These are then connected by a nylon cord (tsuru), and a tie in the middle (nakayui). The length and weight of the shinai varies depending on age group, but must not exceed 120cm for adult males. Exponents don protective equipment known collectively as bogu or kendo-gu. This consists of a protective mask (men), upper-body protector (do), gauntlets (kote), and a lower-body protector (tare). Practitioners also wear a thick cotton jacket (kendo-gi) and a traditional split skirt (hakama).
WHAT HAPPENS IN TRAINING?
Training in kendo centres on sparring and repetition of basic attack and defence techniques. There are four target areas: men (the head), kote (the wrists), do (the torso), and tsuki (thrust to the throat). Although there are only four target areas, there are many variations of the techniques used to strike them. These have been systematized and divided into attack (shikake) and defence (oji) techniques which utilise feints, parries, and blocks.
There is also a set of 10 kata (choreographed forms) which utilize a wooden sword (bokken). The bokken is true to the original shape of a real sword as opposed to the straight cylindrical shinai. The kata were created for educational purposes and emphasis is placed on correct form. They are generally not used in competition.
In a kendo match, three referees judge the validity of the competitors’ attacks. The winner is the first to score two valid points within the designated time (usually 3-5 minutes). If one competitor scores only one point in regulation time, he/she is the winner. If neither competitor scores point, extra time may be allowed to decide the match. In some cases, matches may also be called a draw. The length and width of the match area varies from 9 meters to 11 meters (10 to 12 yards). Points are based on the technique having been executed with ki-ken-tai-ichi (unified spirit, sword, and body). Techniques must also meet a number of other stringent requirements that are not obvious to the untrained eye. Just hitting the target is often not enough.
VALID POINTS IN KENDO
According to the official FIK Kendo Shiai and Shinpan Regulations a valid strike (yuko-datotsu) must consist of the following elements.
“SECTION 2- Article 17. Yuko-datotsu is defined as the accurate striking or thrusting made onto Datotsu-bui [designated target] of the opponent’s Kendo-gu with Shinai at its Datotsu-bu [blade] in high spirits and correct posture, being followed by Zanshin [state of mental and physical alertness].” (The Regulations of Kendo Shiai- The Subsidiary Rules of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan, (Revised March 23, 2003), International Kendo Federation.)
In other words, the correct part of the blade must accurately strike the designated target area with the body, sword, and spirit in unison. Practitioners must scream out the intended target area when making contact and sufficient alertness (zanshin) demonstrated after the attack. A mere touch with the blade on the target is not sufficient according to the current rules. This aspect of kendo makes it difficult to follow for people who are not versed in the ways of ki-ken-tai-itchi, and all the elements that have to be present in a strike to make it valid. (Actually, this is sometimes a point of confusion even for seasoned exponents.)
The Concept of KendoThe concept of kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the katana (sword).
The Purpose of Practicing Kendo
The purpose of practicing kendo is:
To mold the mind and body,
To cultivate a vigorous spirit,
And through correct and rigid training,
To strive for improvement in the art of kendo,
To hold in esteem human courtesy and honour,
To associate with others with sincerity,
And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.
This will make one be able:
To love his/her country and society,
To contribute to the development of culture
And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
Kendo is a popular martial art in Japan, and the number of practitioners outside Japan is constantly increasing. Although it is esteemed in Japan as a noble example of the country’s traditional culture, refinements are continually made to its rules, concepts to facilitate kendo’s integration and acceptance as a socially useful and fulfilling activity for the times. Alexander Bennett’s Kendo: Culture of the Sword (University of California Press) gives a detailed analysis of kendo’s historical significance and evolution.