Wes Tasker, Sensei, throws Alex
F. in Tai Otoshi
What is Tenshin Shintai
About the Art We Practice
Tenshin Shintai Ryu Heiho
(literally- heaven-inspired divine-body flow/school [of] strategy) or Shintai,
for short, is a comprehensive martial art system practiced by the
of police in
Hiroshima, Japan in the 1800 and early 1900's and brought to the
US in 1980.
of Shintai are exposed to taijutsu (body ['unarmed'] skills),
buki (weapons) and kenkojutsu (health restoration) all based on
a very small number of 'Kihon' (literally, tree roots;
fundamentals) that pervade the entire art.
Both ranking and transmission of material centers on the three densho
(scrolls): Shoden (new/first), Chuden (middle), and Okuden
(esoteric/secret). At each stage, the kihon provide
of evaluating progress and of improving connection and timing.
Rather than a random collection of techniques, each densho is
designed to impart both physical skills and an underlying Heiho (strategy).
Shoden Mokuroku (catalogue
of Shintai comprises:
taiso [no] undo/tandoku renshu (body
conditioning), power generation, atemi (striking), ukemi (receiving
body, rolling/falling/etc.), tori waza (taking techniques), kihon and (36
kata, with henka (variations)
- Buki-ho- tandoku
renshu, sotai renshu (two-person conditioning drills), kumikata (forms)
and oyo (applications) for a number of tools (yari,
tanto, and bo-shuriken) usually,
in sets of 5
once one has developed a functional (if unrefined) basis of striking,
grappling, use of bladed and impact weapons and intrinsic body
mechanics (power generation and weight
and proprioception (personal spatial and awareness of connection,
timing and distancing), Chuden Mokuroku moves on to yoroikumiuchi/yoroinage
(armored grappling/armor throwing), adds tetsubo, jutte and a
variety of flexible weapons (chigiriki,
kusarifundo, kusarigama and torinawa), while expanding on taijutsu and
- Kenkojutsu- a range
of theory and manual therapeutics (hijoji tetsuda, honesei, amma and
very much its own art, Shintai does preserve
a limited number of basic kata from the three Ryu (schools/styles) that
influenced the system most heavily.
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