The Shinbukan Dojo

The Shinbukan Dojo offers classes in the martial arts of Aikido and Shinkendo, both of which are based on the core principles that underlie all martial arts. These principles are as relevant today as they have been for thousands of years. In essence, the core principles relate to all aspects of conflict resolution and engagement, and include such things as distance, timing awareness and intent.

The Shinbukan Dojo consists of a community of individuals who share common interests in the physical and mental training of budo (martial arts). These interests involve character development, self-enrichment, self-defense as well as social and philosophical research. Training is intended to foster an individual’s highest potential in all realms (body, mind and emotions).

Our school is an official branch of the Itten Suginami Aikikai and the International Shinkendo Federation. Students of Aikido and Shinkendo are required to become members of the related organizations and are fully entitled to the rights and privileges contained therein. As members of the NCS ( Nederlandse Culturele Sportbond), we are a nationally recognized (Rijkserkend) school.


Aikido is a martial art that is both traditional and highly effective. In Aikido strength plays no role. Instead students learn how to redirect and use an attacker’s force against them - the harder the attack, the more effortless the defense.

Aikido is a purely defensive martial art. It has no attacking openings; it is effective through utilizing the directional energy and intention of the opponent. Through blending, redirecting and unbalancing, leading to locking and throwing techniques, Aikido does not require great strength and can therefore be practiced by all, male and female, young and old.

It has its origins in the battlefield arts of the ancient samurai where weapons and multiple opponents were the norm and competition rules had no meaning in the struggle for life or death. Refined in modern times to be a less destructive, but nonetheless efficient art, Aikido retains its roots as a combat form but places equal emphasis on the development of peaceful character. Due to Aikido’s effectiveness, many law enforcement and military organizations use it to arrest and control without injury.




In feudal times the core aspect of any Japanese warrior's martial education was that of swordsmanship. Shinkendo is a comprehensive reunification of what the Samurai once used and relied upon for survival, and can be classified as a combination of the founder's own technical and structural innovations and an amalgamation of several traditions of Japanese swordsmanship that have been forced to evolve and splinter over time. Unified, Shinkendo is a historically accurate and comprehensive style of Japanese Swordsmanship.

The Shinkendo school emphasizes very traditional and effective swordsmanship, which with serious training, leads to both practical ability as well as an understanding of classical martial arts. Shinkendo is steeped in the traditions of the samurai, in such ways as Heiho (strategy), Reiho (proper Bushido etiquette) and philosophy. Toshishiro Obata Kaiso is the founder, director and chief instructor of The Kokusai Shinkendo Renmei (International Shinkendo Federation), an organization dedicated to teaching authentic Japanese swordsmanship.


Bojutsu is the art of the long staff or rokushaku (1.8m) bo. Bojutsu is based on a variety of techniques from traditional Japanese polearms, Ryukyu Kobudo (Okinawan classical arts) as well as original techniques devised by Obata Kaiso. The principles that guide the use of the bo are very similar to those of the yari (spear) and naginata (glaive).

The bojutsu curriculum consists of suburi (Bo swinging exercises, body movement and footwork), kata (Solo forms), and kumite (partner drills). Bojutsu requires dynamic use of whole body power. As students progress they develop a more powerful and flexible use of the shoulders and hips and a more precise sense of timing and distance.


Where to find us

We're located at the van Ostadestraat 155hs, 1073TK Amsterdam.

Feel free to come by to check us out and maybe join for a trial class.