Dragons Lair Martial Arts





Kenjutsu

Kenjutsu originated from the samurai class of Japan, it is the broad term used to describe the many forms of swordsmanship. Japan has a long history with the sword, it being one of the insignias of Japan. The sword is an intricate part of Japanese culture. The samurai warriors trained for many years to master the skills of the sword. 

There are many styles of kenjutsu including Iaido (the art of fast drawing the sword) and Kendo (the art of the sword). The style studied at the Dragons Lair comes from the Yamabushi Ryu school, translated it means the school of the mountain warrior. The Dragons Lair Kenjutsu students get direct training from the Bushikan dojo in Herne, Germany. 

As many people may know the most famous sword master was Miyamoto Musashi. He had over 60 bouts in his lifetime winning all of them. He defeated many of his opponents through superior skill and his observation of their movements. Often using the attacking opponents momentum to gain the victory. He was known to use the style of Niten-ichi-ryu, which when translated means two sword style. He would carry a katana and a wakizahsi (short sword). Musashi wrote the book of five rings, it explains his philosophies on warrior strategies.
 
As part of our kenjutsu journey we learn a number of katas that contain many techniques. Many of which include cutting, thrusting, stabbing, counter attacks, parrying, and blocking. The samurai warriors spent many years learning their sword skills and techniques, gaining practical knowledge as they fought in battles and bouts. As one progresses through the katas a sense of understanding develops as to the techniques and the use of them. This is built on through regular training and seminars, with gradings commencing throughout the students training.

 As kenjutsu is a Japanese martial art it is taught using the Japanese language, students who train continuously will learn the terminology as the instructor gives the students a technique to practice. This gives the class a traditional element allowing the student to fully understand the concept of the sword as it was taught back in the 16th century and onwards.

Kenjutsu classes occur on a Friday night from 8.30pm – 9.30pm, classes are open to all




Parts of the Sword

Japanese                                                English                                                                                                           

  1. Kashira                                                                                                     Butt cap
  2. Tsukaito                                                                                                   Handle wrap
  3. Same                                                                                                       Ray fish skin 
  4. Menuki                                                                                                     Palm ornaments
  5. Mekugi                                                                                                     Bamboo pin
  6. Nakago                                                                                                    Tang
  7. Fuchi                                                                                                        Metal sleeve
  8. Seppa                                                                                                      Metal spacer
  9. Tsuba                                                                                                       Hand guard
  10. Habaki                                                                                                     Scabbard sleeve
  11. Tsuka                                                                                                       Handle
  12. Mune                                                                                                       Blade back
  13. Yakuba                                                                                                    Tempered line
  14. Hi                                                                                                             Groove
  15. Shinogi                                                                                                    Blade ridge
  16. Kissacki                                                                                                   Blade Point
  17. Ha                                                                                                            Blade edge
  18. Koiguchi                                                                                                  Scabbard mouth
  19. Kurigata                                                                                                  Loop for cord
  20. Saya                                                                                                       Scabbard