Shintaido was developed in Japan in the 1960’s by some of the top martial artists at that time. They sought to create a new form of movement that would embody the modern desire for peace, cooperation, and mutual understanding among people of all cultures, rather than to cultivate a competitive fighting art.

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This movement was strongly influenced by contemporary and ancient arts such as classical music, free jazz, tea ceremony, Noh theatre, and abstract painting. It synthesizes individual expression with meditative practice, energy awareness, and health excercise. It is not affiliated with any other one religion or particular philosophy.