Welcome to British Shintaido, the official Shintaido organisation in the UK

 

Welcome to British Shintaido, the official Shintaido organisation in the UK

 

Welcome to British Shintaido, the official Shintaido organisation in the UK

 

Welcome to British Shintaido, the official Shintaido organisation in the UK

 

Welcome to British Shintaido, the official Shintaido organisation in the UK

 

Welcome to British Shintaido, the official Shintaido organisation in the UK

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British Shintaido (BS) is the official Shintaido organisation in the UK. It runs workshops and courses throughout the year, holds bi-annual examinations and supervises the teaching of Shintaido.

It also runs the British Shintaido College (BSC) – a peer support network for UK-based Shintaido instructors – which organises regular instructors’ training sessions. BS also offers support, both on an advisory and financial level, to those actively involved in running a Shintaido Club in their area.

What is Shintaido?

Shintaido (the New Body Way) is a modern movement system based on traditional Japanese martial arts but with the emphasis on self development and artistic expression rather than self defence. Its origins lie principally in karate and sword technique.

The range of Shintaido movements is enormous and can be made suitable for people in a wide range of physical conditions. Some are open and energetic, while others are soft and meditative. Classes include group work, partner practice and solo exercises. There are gentle exercises for the more elderly or infirm, looking for a more natural way of moving, and plenty of open and energetic movement for young and healthy people seeking to challenge themselves and extend their horizons.

The Shintaido curriculum is based around three fundamental ‘waza’ (formal sequences). The first is ‘Eiko’: an explosive movement that is open, energetic, noisy and free. The second is ‘Tenshingoso’: a short form containing the basis of all Shintaido technique. The third, ‘Meiso’, is a moving meditation characterized by soft and flowing movement. Together these help practitioners to re-invent their lives and the way they interact with people around them.

While the central ideas and forms of Shintaido can be understood quickly, the extended curriculum is vast and varied, and can form the basis of a lifetime of exploration. Many practitioners go on to study the Shintaido forms of karate (known as Shin-karate) and bojutsu (Japanese quarter-staff technique).

The benefits of Shintaido

Like many other martial arts, Shintaido promotes a healthy mind and spirit as much as a healthy body. The benefits of practising Shintaido include:

  • Enhancing physical health
  • Reducing stress
  • Developing ki, vital energy
  • Opening the mind
  • Increasing communication skills
  • Enhancing creativity
  • Increasing concentration
  • Strengthening individuality.

(from Gale’s Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine)

Daienshu 2014

A video introduction

This introduction to Shintaido was shot in Deerfield, Massachusetts (USA) in October 2008 and directed and edited by David Franklin.

Videography Carlyn Saltman; produced by Stephen Billias, with Bill Burtis; funded by Shintaido of America. (Shintaido means “New Body Way” from David Franklin on Vimeo).