Greg Zenon, Sensei, Fukasa-Ryu Iai/Ken-Jutsu Licensed Dojo Headmaster is now accepting students who want to learn the art of Samurai Sword at the Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue /Bronx, NY 10471
(718) 548-8200 / http://www.riverdaley.org/
What is Fukasa-Ryu Samurai Sword?
It is and ancient combat method, still practiced today in its original form, with a lineage to the 18-generation Yokota Samurai family art and Shinjo-Ryu methods. With modern practice fitness goals in mind, training includes:
Classes focus on the Iaijutsu "quick drawing" skills Samurai utilize when their swords are sheathed and Ken-Jutsu methods employed after drawing the sword. Just as Samurai have trained for centuries in both areas to succeed in all phases of combat, students are trained in both skills, learning the combat methods Samurai faced from battle to battle.
What will students learn?
Students learn the intricacies of drawing, cutting, deblooding and sheathing, and also Tachi-Dori. In Tachi-Dori – a combat technique pitting swordsperson against swordsperson – students work with bokkens (wooden sword replicas) to refine the combat "unsheathed methods" of the blade. Students also learn Kata (choreographed movements practiced without a partner) performed standing, seated, running, rolling or moving while kneeling (Shinki-Waza). The goal is to defend and retaliate with the blade in the Samurai tradition. Fukasa-Ryu Samurai Sword training is more than a phyisical workout, it engages the mind as well as the body.
Interested adults and teens should contact the Sensei via email or call 212.380.8582 to arrange to observe a class and meet with Zenon, Sensei.
Zenon, Sensei is also available for private students of all ages and levels. Email Zenon, Sensei for more information or to be added to the Dojo mailing list.