THE JOB OF SOA
Shintaido of America was established to make it easier for all of us
to practice Shintaido and to have access to qualified instruction.
SoA administers national level certification programs, handles
relations with the International Shintaido Federation (ISF) and
produces educational materials for practicing and teaching Shintaido.
Shintaido groups affiliated with SoA are led by an
licensed by SoA, or a Graduate or an
accredited by SoA and teaching under the
supervision of a licensed Instructor. Exceptions are at the
discretion of the
National Technical Council. No Instructor or
Assistant will take over an SoA-affiliated group established by
another person without the prior approval of ISF and SoA.
Instructors and Assistants
After reaching a certain level of keiko, some practitioners will wish
to further develop their own keiko by working with a group. They may
then apply to become
Instructors. This means that they
are willing to take on greater responsibilities. For position
Certification and licensing
National-level certification is awarded to qualified applicants for
and karate and bojutsu to nidan. Instructors are
encouraged to attend one
For certification and licensing requirements, see
SoA-certified instructors are available to direct and teach at
gasshukus around the United States. However, the planning and
administration of gasshukus is the business of regional groups. SoA
provides guidelines for the production of these events, and offers
such assistance as a national mailing list. A "national gasshuku"
must include an advanced workshop and
An advanced workshop is defined as a workshop led by a General Instructor
or above, intended for Graduates and above, and sometimes open to
other SoA members with permission of the instructor.
For information about producing an SoA-affiliated gasshuku, see the
Frequently Asked Questions section on
"How do I schedule a gasshuku?"
SoA offers examinations as a part of its certification and licensing
program, so that members can choose to be examined for technical
proficiency and integration in Shintaido practice. SoA also offers
examinations for rank in Shintaido karate and bojutsu.
Examinations provide encouragement as well as information on areas
where further work is needed. Teaching rank also ensures that
instructors can perform Shintaido techniques effectively.
SoA provides educational materials such as videotapes and books, and
publishes Body Dialogue magazine.
For information on pricing, see the
most recent issue of
Body Dialogue or our website.