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Institute of Budo Studies is the home of traditional Japanese Swordsmanship in South Florida.
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. (Read More)
Iaido, the way of the sword, is a martial art that began as on offshoot of Kenjutsu, arts of swordsmanship. It was developed as a defensive method to counter surprise attacks in 15th and 16th century Japan.
The purpose of Iaido was to slay an opponent with one stroke of the sword immediately after unsheathing it. In order to create such a defensive system, situations and circumstances of surprise attacks were studied to devise a systemized way to utilize the sword efficiently against many forms of attack. (Read More)
Kendo, literally the “way of the sword”, was one of the earliest “martial ways” (budo) to appear. In the early Edo period, swordsman such as Miyamoto Musashi began using the term ken no michi to indicate the evolution of a spiritual emphasis in their pursuit of perfection via swordsmanship. By the late 1600s schools such as the Abe Ryu were using the term kendo to indicate a similar shift in emphasis. During the 1700s the movement away from an emphasis on field combat, in combination with the evolution of protective gear, inspired the development of competitive matches called uchikomigeiko, and accelerated the trend toward a more popular competitive, sportive version of classical Japanese fencing. Many schools contributed to this evolution, including the Jiki Shinkage Ryu, the Hokushin Itto Ryu, various branches of the Nen Ryu, and others. (Read More)
Traditional Japanese martial arts are divided into gendai budo (modern) and koryu budo or kobudo (ancient). Gendai budo refers to forms that were established after the Meiji restoration (1868), an era of major modernization in Japan, while kobudo refers to systems founded prior to that period.
The Japanese word kobudo consists of two characters; ko (ancient) and budo (martial arts or ways). Kobudo styles or ryu follow traditions developed in ancient times; utilize the classical weapons of sword, spear, bow, and minor weapons such as the naginata (halberd), kusari-gama (sickle and chain), shuriken (throwing knives), staffs of various lengths, the sai, kama, tonfa and others. (Read More)