Shintaido promotes a healthy mind and spirit as much as a healthy body. The benefits of practising 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)
British Shintaido Annual Lecture 2021
During the recent kangeiko, Peter Furtado gave the first British Shintaido Annual Lecture. He spoke on the subject of the Mission of the Rakutenkai, 1960s-2020s. He consisdered the group of practitioners (it included Masashi Minagawa and Ito Senseis) who worked with Aoki Sensei to develop Shintaido in the 1960s. He discussed what they were trying to achieve, in the context of politics and culture of 1960s Japan. He then asked how that original mission has matured and changed over the years, and its importance – and potential relevance to us today as we offer Shintaido to a new generation. His talk was highly illustrated, and included clips of keiko in the 1960s, artwork and more.