is the study of the martial application of the Japanese
sword. In a classical bugei (military training system) the
sword and the unarmed arts are identical in principle and
technique. Knowledge of the sword is essential to understanding
the unarmed arts of the Samurai. Study of the sword brings
a depth of comprehension that allows true insight into the
Samurai mind. Once a student is fully accepted into the
dojo and has learned the kihon waza (required techniques),
they may be permitted to begin sword training.
sword also defines the morality of the Samurai code of bushido.
The kanji on this page reads kastujinken satsujinken, �The
sword that cuts down evil is the sword that gives life�. For
the Samurai the proper use of the sword was to defend the
innocent and the country against evil. Having the ability
to protect the innocent from evil is the goal of the study
of kenjutsu. In essence�as should be the case in all martial
arts study�the pursuit of kenjutsu made the samurai warrior
a more competent and responsible citizen. This is as true
for modern practitioners as it was in ancient times.
as taught at the Dojo of the Four Winds, encompasses a vast
curriculum of strategy, tactics, and techniques for the effective
use of the sword. The goal is complete familiarity with the
practical function, morality, discipline and spirit of this
ancient art. Ultimately, the mental and physical skills acquired
by serious and correct sword training will elevate the entire
spectrum of martial competence.