Shinto and the Martial Arts

Many people may be surprised to know that Shinto and Martial Arts go hand in hand.  By this I do not mean that Shinto supports violence in any form as it does not, however, practicing true Martial Arts is seen as a way that one can attain a true understanding of  themself, and at the same time through rigorous Martial excercises attain a sense of  harmony with Kami and Spirits alike.

In this sense the Martial Arts should not be viewed as a destructive activity, but rather as  another vehicle by which the Shinto practitioner can develop themself.  Indeed many Shinto sects and groups are directly attached to one of Japans many Cultural Martial Arts. Koshinto Australia is no different in this regard.

Many Shinto organisations teach Aikido, Kendo, Japanese Archery and so forth.  For the Koshinto group in Australia we belong to the Bujinkan family, and practice Bujinkan Ko Budo or what is commonly called Ninjutsu.  We draw our lineage in this art from Soke Hatsumi the 34th Grandmaster.

The head of the Koshinto group in Australia Jason Sargent is a Ju Go Dan (15th) Dan Shihan (Master Instructor) who travels yearly to Japan to study under Soke.  The philosophy and principles, as well as the linkages with Kami, Spirits and the history of the Bujinkan have a clear and direct link to the Shinto way.

While Ko Shinto Australia has members who are involved with the Bujinkan, we make no distinction between any person who either undertakes another Art, or who undertakes no Art at all.   There is no requirement for any person considering becoming part of Ko Shinto to feel they either have to commence Martial Arts training, or that they have to give up their current Art.

You practice what you wish or not, we make no distinction everyone is equal in the view of Ko Khinto.

For anyone interested in the Bujinkan please visit: www.sargentbujinkan.com

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