Shinto Ryu is a form of Japanese swordsmanship and Japanese cultural arts. Shinto Ryu’s curriculum consists of three main sections or schools, Iai-Battojutsu, Kenbu (sword dance) and Uto (a type of poetry/chanting).
Our branch in Seattle studies the Iai-Battojutsu portion of the curriculum exclusively. Shinto Ryu training is via traditional sets of patterned movements called kata. There are solo kata and paired kata. Precision during the kata is stressed through tameshigiri (target cutting with live blades).
The primary focus is on solo kata followed by tameshigiri. In addition to the more formal solo portion of the curriculum, we also use various drills, paired forms of the kata and some jo kata (wooden staff) to further our understanding of the sword.