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“The way should be like the untouchable moon that is clearly seen reflected by the water.”

– Toga Jikkyo Kan Morimasa

Our study group uses the word Kogetsu which is derivative from the moon shining over Lake Michigan – Moon Lake 湖月. We are the only group in Chicagoland to train ZNKR Seitei Jodo, Atarashii Naginata and Tendo ryu naginatajutsu. Our vision is to build a community of like minded individual’s who have a desire and dedication to study Japanese martial arts.

“The way should be like the untouchable moon that is clearly seen reflected by the water.”

– Toga Jikkyo Kan Morimasa

Our study group uses the word Kogetsu which is derivative from the moon shining over Lake Michigan – Moon Lake 湖月. We are the only group in Chicagoland to train ZNKR Seitei Jodo, Atarashii Naginata and Tendo ryu naginatajutsu. Our vision is to build a community of like minded individual’s who have a desire and dedication to study Japanese martial arts.

“The way should be like the untouchable moon that is clearly seen reflected by the water.”

- Toga Jikkyo Kan Morimasa

Our study group uses the word Kogetsu which is derivative from the moon shining over Lake Michigan – Moon Lake 湖月. We are the only group in Chicagoland to train ZNKR Seitei Jodo, Atarashii Naginata and Tendo ryu naginatajutsu. Our vision is to build a community of like minded individual’s who have a desire and dedication to study Japanese martial arts.

Jodo

Seitei (ZNKR)

We train in the Japanese art of Jodo, “the way of the stick”. The Jo is 128 cm in length, with a diameter of 2.4 cm of red or white oak. The art contains twelve forms (kata) and were developed in part by Shimizu Takaji and by a committee tasked with the creation of a compact Jodo system to be taught mainly in Kendo dojos. The result was the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Seitei Jodo system containing twelve kata and twelve basic techniques (kihon). These twelve kihon are trained both individually (tandoku dosa) and in pairs (sotai dosa), with the defender using the staff and the attacker using the sword. Both the basic techniques and forms are drawn primarily from the koryu martial art Shinto Muso-ryu

It is said that the jo could be used to strike like a sword, sweep like a naginata, thrust like a spear. Its two ends could be used, unlike the single point of a sword, and its ma-ai (fighting distance) could be varied according to the hand grip you take.  (Muromoto, Wayne. “Muso Gonnosuke and the Shinto Muso-ryu Jo.” Furyu 23 Feb. 2001)

Our study group is overseen by Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai. Boylan sensei holds the Kendo federation ranks of 5th dan in Jodo and 5th dan in Iaido (ZNKR), as well as Sho Mokuroku in Shinto Muso Ryu, and Jun Shihan in Shinto Hatakage Ryu Iai Heiho.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                         Time                                 Location                                 Address

Sunday          2:00-3:45pm         Shinjinkai Dojo         (map)   
Jodo

Seitei (ZNKR)

We train in the Japanese art of Jodo, “the way of the stick”. The Jo is 128 cm in length, with a diameter of 2.4 cm of red or white oak. The art contains twelve forms (kata) and were developed in part by Shimizu Takaji and by a committee tasked with the creation of a compact Jodo system to be taught mainly in Kendo dojos. The result was the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Seitei Jodo system containing twelve kata and twelve basic techniques (kihon). These twelve kihon are trained both individually (tandoku dosa) and in pairs (sotai dosa), with the defender using the staff and the attacker using the sword. Both the basic techniques and forms are drawn primarily from the koryu martial art Shinto Muso-ryu. 

It is said that the jo could be used to strike like a sword, sweep like a naginata, thrust like a spear.  Its two ends could be used, unlike the single point of a sword, and its ma-ai (fighting distance) could be varied according to the hand grip you take.  (Muromoto, Wayne. “Muso Gonnosuke and the Shinto Muso-ryu Jo.” Furyu 23 Feb. 2001)

Our study group is overseen by Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai. Boylan sensei holds the Kendo federation ranks of 5th dan in Jodo and 5th dan in Iaido (ZNKR), as well as Sho Mokuroku in Shinto Muso Ryu, and Jun Shihan in Shinto Hatakage Ryu Iai Heiho.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                   Time                             Location                             Address

Sunday     2:00-3:45pm     Shinjinkai Dojo     (map)   

JODO

Seitei (ZNKR)

We train in the Japanese art of Jodo, “the way of the stick”. The Jo is 128 cm in length, with a diameter of 2.4 cm of red or white oak. The art contains twelve forms (kata) and were developed in part by Shimizu Takaji and by a committee tasked with the creation of a compact Jodo system to be taught mainly in Kendo dojos. The result was the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Seitei Jodo system containing twelve kata and twelve basic techniques (kihon). These twelve kihon are trained both individually (tandoku dosa) and in pairs (sotai dosa), with the defender using the staff and the attacker using the sword. Both the basic techniques and forms are drawn primarily from the koryu martial art Shinto Muso-ryu. 

It is said that the jo could be used to strike like a sword, sweep like a naginata, thrust like a spear.  Its two ends could be used, unlike the single point of a sword, and its ma-ai (fighting distance) could be varied according to the hand grip you take.  (Muromoto, Wayne. “Muso Gonnosuke and the Shinto Muso-ryu Jo.” Furyu 23 Feb. 2001)

Our study group is overseen by Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai. Boylan sensei holds the Kendo federation ranks of 5th dan in Jodo and 5th dan in Iaido (ZNKR), as well as Sho Mokuroku in Shinto Muso Ryu, and Jun Shihan in Shinto Hatakage Ryu Iai Heiho.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                              Time

Sunday       2:00-3:45pm

Location                                              Address

Naginata

Atarashii & Tendo Ryu

We train in the art of the naginata, traditionally a pole arm that has a Japanese sword blade mounted on a long handle.

One of the styles we practice is the modern (gendai) form called Atarashii Naginata “new Naginata”. It employs the use of a bamboo and oak naginata for practice & competition. Majority of training is dedicated to Engi (forms) and shiai (matches) wearing armor (bogu). Bogu is not required until a certain level of proficiency is demonstrated. Atarashii Naginata is an art that can be enjoyed by men or women, from the youngest preschooler to the oldest senior citizen.

The second school is the classical (koryu) art of Tendo-Ryu naginatajitsu. Tendo-Ryu the “School of the Way to Heaven” dates back to the late 1500s. It uses the naginata, but also the practice of various other weapons: the long and short swords, both swords (nito-ryu), two kinds of daggers, the staff (representing the shaft of a broken naginata), and the Japanese sickle with a chain (kusarigama).

Our study group is overseen by Takami Tanner Sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation. Tanner sensei holds the United States Naginata federation ranks of 6th dan Renshi in Atarashii Naginata, as well as the lead Tendo Ryu Naginatajitsu instructor in the Bitoku Kai.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                       Time                                Location                                Address

Sunday          4:00-5:45pm         Shinjinkai Dojo         (map)   
Naginata

Tendo Ryu & Atarashii

We train in the art of the naginata, traditionally a pole arm that has a Japanese sword blade mounted on a long handle.

One of the styles we practice is the modern (gendai) form called Atarashii Naginata “new Naginata”. It employs the use of a bamboo and oak naginata for practice & competition. Majority of training is dedicated to Engi (forms) and shiai (matches) wearing armor (bogu). Bogu is not required until a certain level of proficiency is demonstrated. Atarashii Naginata is an art that can be enjoyed by men or women, from the youngest preschooler to the oldest senior citizen.

The second school is the classical (koryu) art of Tendo-Ryu naginatajitsu. Tendo-Ryu the “School of the Way to Heaven” dates back to the late 1500s. It uses the naginata, but also the practice of various other weapons: the long and short swords, both swords (nito-ryu), two kinds of daggers, the staff (representing the shaft of a broken naginata), and the Japanese sickle with a chain (kusarigama).

Our study group is overseen by Takami Tanner Sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation. Tanner sensei holds the United States Naginata federation ranks of 6th dan Renshi in Atarashii Naginata, as well as the lead Tendo Ryu Naginatajitsu instructor in the Bitoku Kai.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                 Time                          Location                            Address

Sunday     3:00-4:45pm     Shinjinkai Dojo     (map)   

NAGINATA

Tendo Ryu & Atarashii

We train in the art of the naginata, traditionally a pole arm that has a Japanese sword blade mounted on a long handle.

One of the styles we practice is the modern (gendai) form called Atarashii Naginata “new Naginata”. It employs the use of a bamboo and oak naginata for practice & competition. Majority of training is dedicated to Engi (forms) and shiai (matches) wearing armor (bogu). Bogu is not required until a certain level of proficiency is demonstrated. Atarashii Naginata is an art that can be enjoyed by men or women, from the youngest preschooler to the oldest senior citizen.

The second school is the classical (koryu) art of Tendo-Ryu naginatajitsu. Tendo-Ryu the “School of the Way to Heaven” dates back to the late 1500s. It uses the naginata, but also the practice of various other weapons: the long and short swords, both swords (nito-ryu), two kinds of daggers, the staff (representing the shaft of a broken naginata), and the Japanese sickle with a chain (kusarigama).

Our study group is overseen by Takami Tanner Sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation. Tanner sensei holds the United States Naginata federation ranks of 6th dan Renshi in Atarashii Naginata, as well as the lead Tendo Ryu Naginatajitsu instructor in the Bitoku Kai.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                              Time

Sunday       4:00-5:45pm

Location                                              Address

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Laurence Kogetsu Smith has been training in several disciplines for over a decade. In 2006, he started training in Meishi-ha Mugai ryu Iaihyodo with Pettett Sensei at Shinjinkai dojo. He is godan (5th degree) and has been granted okuiri-sho from Niina Toyoaki-sensei, the soke (headmaster) of Meishi-ha Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo. Traditionally, Mugai ryu has a deep connection to zen Buddhism so he sought zen training at Daiyuzenji Rinzai zen temple. There is where he started training in the Hojo no kata, the four seasons of the Jikishin kage ryu.

In 2010, he became a student of Takami Tanner sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation in Atarashii Naginata and Bitoku kai, Tendo Ryu NaginatajutsuHe was also fortunate to become a jodo practioner under Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai where Laurence is shodan (1st degree) in Seitei Jodo (All United States Kendo Federation). Laurence also trains in Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo’s Fuzoku Ryuha (Assimilated Schools), Shinto ryu kenjutsu & Uchida ryu Tanjo jutsu. To compliment his budo training, he is (Assistant Teacher 1) level in the Ohara School of Ikebana under Sensei Wang.

Laurence Kogetsu Smith has been training in several disciplines for over a decade. In 2006, he started training in Mugai ryu with Pettett Sensei at Shinjinkai dojo. He is godan (5th degree) and has been granted okuiri-sho from Niina Toyoaki-sensei, the soke (headmaster) of Meishi-ha Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo. Traditionally, Mugai ryu has a deep connection to zen Buddhism so he sought zen training at Daiyuzenji Rinzai zen temple. There is where he started training in the Hojo no kata, the four seasons of the Jikishin kage ryu. 

In 2010, he became a student of Takami Tanner sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation in Atarashii Naginata and Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu with the Bitoku kai. He was also fortunate to become a jodo practioner under Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai where Laurence is shodan (1st degree) in Seitei Jodo of the (All United States Kendo Federation). Laurence also trains in Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo’s Fuzoku Arts, Shinto ryu kenjutsu & Uchida ryu Tanjo jutsu. To compliment his budo training, he is (Assistant Teacher 1) level in the Ohara School of Ikebana under Sensei Wang at Ikebana on Halsted.

Laurence Kogetsu Smith has been training in several disciplines for over a decade. In 2006, he started training in Mugai ryu with Pettett Sensei at Shinjinkai dojo. He is godan (5th degree) and has been granted okuiri-sho from Niina Toyoaki-sensei, the soke (headmaster) of Meishi-ha Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo. Traditionally, Mugai ryu has a deep connection to zen Buddhism so he sought zen training at Daiyuzenji Rinzai zen temple. There is where he started training in the Hojo no kata, the four seasons of the Jikishin kage ryu. 

In 2010, he became a student of Takami Tanner sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation in Atarashii Naginata and Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu with the Bitoku kai. He was also fortunate to become a jodo practioner under Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai where Laurence is shodan (1st degree) in Seitei Jodo of the (All United States Kendo Federation). Laurence also trains in Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo’s Fuzoku Arts, Shinto ryu kenjutsu & Uchida ryu Tanjo jutsu. To compliment his budo training, he is (Assistant Teacher 1) level in the Ohara School of Ikebana under Sensei Wang.

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