The home of authentic Japanese Swordsmanship in South Florida since 2003.

Since 2003, the Institute of Budo Studies has been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Japanese martial arts in the Western world as they were developed by the ancient warriors of Japan, the samurai.

Our objective is to provide the West with an opportunity to experience the mysterious and intriguing disciplines of Japan, through the instruction, publication, and research of budo.

As a lot can be lost in translation, the Institute of Budo Studies goes to great lengths to seek out and make connections at the core of these arts, guaranteeing the authenticity of its instruction.

Japanese Fencing

Kendo (way of the sword) is a modern Japanese martial art, descended from kenjutsu, that uses bamboo swords (shinai) as well as protective armor (bogu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and has spread to many other nations across the world. Kendo combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous, sport-like physical activity.

Japanese Swordsmanship

Iaido is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes quickly drawing the sword and responding to sudden attacks. While beginning practitioners of iaido may start learning with a wooden sword (bokken), most of practitioners use the blunt edged sword called iaito. Few, more experienced, iaido practitioners use a sharp-edged sword (shinken).

Ancient Martial Arts

Kobudo is a collective term for classical Japanese martial arts created prior to the Meiji Restoration in the 1800’s with the majority of them remaining unchanged since their creation during Japan’s Warring States period. These systems were generally unaffected by the standardization that took place during Japan’s modernization period.

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