These documents are the forms you fill out to apply for the rank of Shintaido Assistant or Shintaido Graduate. You need to complete the appropriate form and submit it to your instructor prior to taking the Assistant or Graduate exam.

Download assistant.rtf (8KB)
Can be opened with most word processors on Mac and PC

Download graduate.rtf (8KB)


This document contains the guidelines for SOA's policy regarding membership, fees, the management and logistics of event organization, examination, and nearly all other practical aspects of our community's organization. Compiled and edited by Eva Thaddeus, August, 2001

  This document contains a wealth of information on organizing and promoting a new Shintaido group. It includes guidelines for publicity, advertising, outreach and other vital facets of creating a local Shintaido practice.

Download SuperKata.pdf (269 KB)


Examinations provide an opportunity for Shintaido practitioners to have their practice assessed by several very senior instructors. This manual describes the roles of people involved in the examination process and what happens before, during and after the examination.


Shintaido of America has decided to offer grants to people who have ideas for promoting the growth of Shintaido.  These grants are specifically for activities such as publicity, outreach, or advertising that will help spread Shintaido. Any member of SoA is eligible to apply for a grant.

For the year 2017, there will be $2000.00 available for grants, with a maximum of $750.00 per individual grant.

Click to access the grant application.  If you have questions about grants, please contact Stephen Billias.


Shintaido of America now offers insurance coverage to all students. Instructors and other teachers, please collect signed waivers from people (SoA members or not) who join classes and are practicing regularly.

You may download the waiver from this web site or request printed copies from Stephen Billias, (413 773-1926,

Stephen is the insurance liaison for SoA with our insurer, Please contact Stephen if you have any questions.

Please send signed waivers to:

Stephen Billias
595 River Road
Deerfield, MA 01342

Thank You!

Download InsuranceWaiver.pdf (56 KB)


As part of the liability coverage, our insurance company expects instructors to have a plan to ensure safety of the attendees. This Board-approved risk management plan should be used as a guide when preparing for a keiko or gasshuku.

Download RiskManagementPlan.pdf (86 KB)

  Coming Soon!