The Institute of Budo Studies was established in 2003 and specializes in authentic Japanese swordsmanship as is it taught by the All Japan Kendo Federation. Through the combined practice of kendo, iaido, kobudo and jodo practitioners gain a comprehensive understanding of Japanese swordsmanship. The objectives are to develop technical martial skills while striving to unify the mind, technique and body; to develop character; to enhance the sense of morality; and to cultivate a respectful and courteous demeanor. Practiced steadfastly, these admirable traits become intrinsic to the character of the practitioner. These arts serve as a path to self-perfection. This elevation of the human spirit will in turn contribute to social prosperity and harmony, and ultimately, benefit society.

For the last 20 years, the Institute of Budo Studies has cultivated close relationships with high-ranking instructors in Japan in order to ensure the authenticity of its instruction, provide opportunities for cultural exchange and to maintain its curriculum current with international standards.

The Japanese word heijoushin meaning “Presence of Mind” is composed of the kanji 平 (read hei) meaning “peaceful; even”, 常 (read jou) meaning “normal, ordinary” and 心 (read shin) meaning “mind, heart, spirit”. This is used especially in the martial arts, such as Kendo, to remind the student that one’s mind must remain calm and tranquil when under attack.

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