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"Eiko leads you to come out
of your own small world and lets you leap into
a new, open, and unknown world."
Shintaido is a modern form of body movement based on traditional
martial arts from Japan, including elements from sword fencing,
karate, and aikido. Shintaido emphasizes self-expression and
mutual cooperation. For more about the origins of Shintaido
and the concepts underlying its practice, please visit the
Shintaido of America website
as well as these other sites.
Who practices Shintaido?
Around the world, practitioners range from children to seniors, from
the extremely athletic to those physically challenged. Shintaido
is open to everyone. Students are encouraged to expand their
range of movement and explore their own physical and mental
How is Shintaido
different from other martial arts?
- Offers practical applications for everyday life
- Puts emphasis on continuous development and learning (in addition to a study of form)
- Includes arrangements of individual, partner, small and large group movement
- Uses improvisation and expression
- Can be a creative outlet for expressing emotions
- Thinks that "The body is a message of the universe"
- Offers no colored belts or competitive events
- Approaches the martial arts from a spiritual and artistic perspective, rather than as fighting arts
- Offers outdoor practice into which natural elements like wind and water are incorporated
- Fosters a strong sense of community within classes
How is Shintaido similar to other martial arts?
- Builds confidence and develops energetic awareness
- Draws on fundamental physical forms and movements (kata)
- Offers a body-mind discipline and path of personal development
- Relies upon strong teacherstudent and seniorjunior student relationships for teaching and learning
- Includes both hard and soft forms, "empty hand" techniques as well as practice with traditional weapons
- Has cultural influences from its country of origin, Japan, creating a bicultural context for learning
- Offers examinations to assess practitioners’ abilities
- Uses certain forms and etiquette to encourage respect, responsibility and safety during practice
Who are the instructors
and how are they trained?
All Pacific Shintaido Instructors have been examined and certified by
Shintaido of America and/or the International Shintaido Federation.
When taking an examination, Shintaido Instructors are judged on technical
expertise and overall leadership qualities.
There are four levels of Shintaido Instructors:
Shintaido Instructors must fulfill certain prerequisites before they are eligible to take an exam. These include:
- Senior Instructor
- General Instructor
- Master Instructor
- Specified years of practice for each level
- Previous Shintaido teaching experience
- Organization of Shintaido workshops/events
- Apprenticeship with a more advanced instructor
- Dojo (practice space) management
What can I expect in class?
Newcomers and beginners are always welcome. There will always be an
instructor and sometimes a teaching assistant. The class format
consists of warm-ups, more vigorous exercises, fundamental
movements, partner practice and sometimes kata, or traditional
You will probably hear some Japanese terms used for counting
and to announce the beginning and ending of class and certain
activities. It is standard form to bow to one’s partner before
and after a partner exercise, to recognize the practice relationship
and your mutual responsibility for safety.
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