Shintaido is open to everyone and can be enjoyed by athletic and unathletic alike. Students are encouraged to expand their range of movements and work at their own pace.

Shintaido includes a range of movements, from faster, energetic forms to slower, meditative ones:

  • Basic open-handed Shintaido
  • Bojutsu (using a 6-foot staff)
  • Kenjutsu (using a wooden sword)
  • Shintaido Karate (Origin: Shotokai style)
  • Meditation and energy sensitivity practices
  • Relaxation and health exercises

Shintaido involves cooperation rather than competition, so be prepared to work with others, as well as individually. Classes include extensive warm-ups and stretching, and usually run 1—1/2 to 2 hours long.


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