Saturday, 16 May 2015

25th anniversary of the founding of Shinkendo

The 10th of May 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of Shinkendo, which began in 1990.  its only right to start this off saying Happy Birthday Shinkendo and say thank you to Obata Kaiso for his dedication to our art.  To put this period into perspective:-  Judo began 1882, Shotokan Karate began 1930s and Aikido began 1930s.  When put along side these classical martial arts Shinkendo is relatively new.  This becomes apparent when we consider the volumes of literature written about each of these arts.  Lets consider the stats:

1.   Google

“Karate” - 94, 700,000
“Judo” - 52,400,000
“Aikido” - 15,400,000
“Jujutsu” - 625,000
“Shinkendo” - 73,800
“Aikibujutsu” - 16,200
“Aikijutsu” 1,190

2.   Amazon

“Karate” - 5,587
“Judo” - 2,582
“Aikido” - 1,738
“Jujutsu” - 406
“Aikijutsu” - 10 
“Shinkendo” - 4
“Aikibujutsu” - 2

In one respect these stats are expected.  Those arts with the highest hits have greater periods of maturity behind them.  So here is the questions to my fellow Senior Instructors, is it time that we began to contribute to the future of our art and begin to write our own books and literature with the direct aim of spreading, developing and maturing what we have learnt directly from Obata Kaiso?

This applies equally to Aikibujutsu.  The name of our organisation is Aikibujutsu Tanren Kenkyukai.  This effectively means that we're a research society, attempting to understand and re-learn classical Samurai Aikijutsu.  To my fellow Aikibujutsu Senior Instructors; over the years we have all trained with various martial artists and experienced many different styles.  All of our classes have slightly different spins and points of focus to each other.  Do we likewise not owe it to the future of our organisation to begin to put our experiences and knowledge down on paper in order to spread, grow and expand what we have accumulated from Kaiso, and others, so far?

Finally, Shinkendo and Aikibujutsu are international organisations with dojos on nearly every continent in the world.  Is it time that we began to build bridges with our foreign cousins with a direct aim of getting together Senior Instructors and allowing them each periods to teach slots?  This format of Seminars is already common and well established within the Karate, Aikido and Kendo communities.

I myself have no answers to these questions, neither can these questions be answered by one individual alone.  I would therefore directly challenge my colleagues to consider these questions and offer their thoughts.