Arts transmitted to Richard Haight, Shihan
Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu (samurai school of body-guarding and self defense)
Shinkage-ryu Hyoho (samurai school of martial strategy)
- kenjutsu (sword fencing)
- battojutsu (sword quick-drawing)
- jojutsu (short-staff art)
It is not commonly known, but the way that most modern people move is not the only or best way to move the body. Modern movement is abrupt, noisy, and very unstable. For anyone seeking to improve their health, or to practice meditation or martial arts, the modern way of movement is extremely counterproductive.
Thousands of years ago, in the Far East, ways of moving the body were developed that greatly enhanced both the physical and mental well-being of the practitioner. These methods not only helped to improve the quality of life but also reduced injuries and greatly enhanced the combative skills of their practitioners.
Shinkaido movement came from the cauldron of ancient samurai martial, therapy, and meditation methods. This movement connects the entire body, making it like a ball that rolls smoothly on the ground, always in balance and equal on all sides. Through the balanced, smooth stability that comes from this training, the body quiets as the jarring effects of common movement are no longer inflicted on the nervous system. This allows the body to decompress and relax, and it greatly aids in meditation. An advanced meditator who employs common movement is severely hampered by the disharmony and discomfort of the body, which is why most ancient meditation systems also included movement training in their practice. Due to the remarkable efficiency of such movement, it is tremendously effective when employed as a means of self-defense.
In shinkaido movement training, we will be making use of bamboo and wooden swords, as well as ancient samurai training technologies, with the goal of finding harmony in our movement. The instructor, Richard Haight, Shihan is one of a handful of Westerners in the world to have received these arts and be certified as a master instructor.