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.

8th March

Kenjutsu workshop; 10 am – 4pm. Led by Masashi Minagawa Sensei, continuing the study of the new kenjutsu curriculum. Open to instructors, assistants and others with experience of kenjutsu. Almondsbury Parish Hall, Gloucester Road, Almondsbury BS32 4HD. £40, payable in advance. Contact Pam Minagawa. Email pam [at]

5th April

British Shintaido College (BSC) one-day workshop; 10am-4pm Open to assistants and instructors. Cholsey Pavilion, Station Road, Cholsey OX10 9PT

5th-7th June

British Shintaido Daienshu (summer retreat). Led by Masashi Minagawa Sensei and Gianni Rossi. Open to all, including beginners. Event includes exams to nidan level, in all disciplines. Event starts 7pm Friday evening (BSC practice for assistants and instructors on Friday afternoon); finishes 2pm Sunday 7th. Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex. Price £260-£330. Organiser Peter Furtado. Email peter [at]

5th – 8th November

Biwako – International gasshuku , Osaka Japan


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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