British Shintaido (BS) holds at least two residential events (gasskuku) and workshops per year. Other events may be organised by local groups, or by the BS College (BSC). We aim to add an events calendar on this page in the near future.

July 2017: BS Daienshu

This year’s Daienshu will be held at Douai Abbey, near Reading, from the 28th to the 30th of July 2017.

Venue Douai Abbey
Date Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July 2017
Cost £280.00 (£250.00 for BS & ESC members) inclusive of accommodation and all meals.
Contact Nagako Cooper

September 2017: Shintaido Workshop

An open shintaido Worshop, led by Master Minagawa, will be held in London on Sunday the 24th of September 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm.

The theme of this workshop is Mugen. 

Mugen (無 限) comprises two words: Mu (無), emptiness, nothingness; and Gen (限), limit, restriction. Applied to this workshop Mugen might be ‘moving or being in the space between’, or ‘infinite possibilities.’

Venue Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, London N1 2UN
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Time 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Date Sunday September 24th 2017
Cost £65.00 (£58.00 if one registers before July 15th 2017)
Contact Susan
Information Mugen Workshop poster

January 2018: BS Kangeiko

The BS Kangeiko (cold practice) will be held as usual on the first weekend of the year at the White Cottages in Douai Abbey.

This friendly annual event has a strong community feeling and is a great way to start the new year. Practice will be based on the kenjustsu (sword) practice and will include some outdoor practice in all but the most inclement of weather.

Venue The White Cottages, Douai Abbey
Date Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th January 2018
Cost TBC
Contact Terry Bickers

February 2018: Bojutsu Workshop

An open shintaido bojustu (quarterstaff) worshop, led by Charles Burns, will be near Reading on Sunday the 11th of February 2018.


Venue Elstree School
Time 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Date Sunday 11th February 2018
Cost £35.00
Contact Charles

June 2018: BS Daienshu

The BS Daienshu will be held as usual on the first weekend of June at a new venue in Kidderminster.

Please save the date: more info will follow soon.

Venue The Pioneer Centre, Kidderminster
Date Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd June 2018
Cost TBC (similar to the 2017 event).
Contact TBC

Major European and international events

We will soon be adding dates of major Shintaido events taking place around the world which might be worth travelling to for those seeking to broaden their experience of international Shintaido. If you know of a major event please let us know!

October 2017: ESC Forum: Czech Republic

Please save the date: more info will follow soon.

Venue TBC: near Prague, Czech
Date Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017
Cost TBC
Contact TBC


BS events are open to all. College events (BSC or ESC) are usually open to those at Assistant or 1-kyu level and above. Technical Committee meetings (ETC or ITC) are for Senior Instructors, or sandan, and above only.

British Shintaido aims to organise a varied selection of events each year, from fairly modest and affordable local events to the more expensive residential events which enable us to go deeper into our practice. The schedule is apt to change sometimes at short notice so it’s worth revisiting this page to check for updates. Or you can sign up to our e-mail mailing list using the form in the footer section of this page.


BS = British Shintaido
BSC = British Shintaido College
ESC = European Shintaido College
ETC = European Technical Committee
ISC = International Shintaido College
ITC = International Technical Committee


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