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.
The Institute of Budo Studies offers a selection of courses in authentic Japanese armed and unarmed martial arts and focuses on the preservation and dissemination of these arts as they were practiced by the ancient samurai of times long past. In order to do so we must go beyond the technical application of the arts and into the study of the historical and cultural aspects of budo. By studying these aspects one can gather a philosophical understanding as to the why and how the arts were practiced. Discovery of these answers will in turn better assist the practitioner in discerning the reasoning behind the creation of the techniques and how they should be applied. To further pursue this process, we offer courses with arts from various eras, allowing one to see the evolution of the arts as they developed in the medieval period, matured through the Japanese renaissance, and came to be standardized in the modern age. Understanding these elements not only enhances our ability to demonstrate the technical application of these arts in the correct mindset and intensity, but also serves as a form of cultural immersion.
In addition to the practical, philosophical, and historical instruction offered to members, the Institute of Budo Studies also focuses on the importance of developing a strong mind and body through the practice of martial arts. The many challenges that one faces in training will strengthen resolve and develop discipline in one’s character. The movements performed in martial arts are natural to the body’s range of motion and therefore when practiced properly while conditioning the body with little risk for personal injury. This fact is what makes Japanese martial arts specifically so accessible to men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds.
At the Institute of Budo Studies, we believe that the martial arts is a way of life and a true asset for all that it can provide. Therefore, we welcome new members to come join us on this journey to a better life through the martial arts.