Welcome to the Institute of Budo Studies
The Institute of Budo Studies has been specializing in traditional Japanese swordsmanship since 2003 and continues to instruct in these arts in their purest forms unchanged from their roots in Japan.
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.
Way of the Sword
Quick-draw Sword Art
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)
Iaido represents combative quick-draw sword techniques. Iai systems emphasize efficient, lethal attacks on an opponent. Their scenarios (kata) also tend to more accurately reproduce battlefield situations and, when reflecting civilian combative situations, more clearly reenact premodern Japanese society. This art is both offensive and defensive in that the sword is quickly drawn from its resting place in the scabbard in order to deal with an enemy. (Over the centuries it has been known by a variety of names: batto, battojutsu, iaijutsu, nukiai, bakken, etc.) Iaido is normally performed as a solo exercise (in contrast to partnered kendo) and may be executed from a variety of positions such as standing, kneeling, and crouching. (Read More)