Martial Arts: Taiden Shinden Kuden

When we talk about learning the martial arts, what are the components of such a process?

Martial arts are physcial, and while there are philosophical and spirituala spects, they are not an academic study.

In learning the martial arts we find three methods of transmission: taiden, kuden, and shinden.

Taiden is body tranmissison, watching your teacher, copying the movements, working on the physical aspects, making corrections and adjustments- what most people would think and appraoch the martial arts with.

Kuden is the verbal tranmission of the martial arts, the explination from a teacher- you do this because of that. Verbal transmission might also include certain phrases or sayings important to the teaching.

Shinden refers to the heart- the transmission of the heart. In physical training experiencing a technique. In viewing artwork from the school, capturing a feeling in that moment. 

Soemething that can’t be mentally understood, only felt.


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Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial art of Masaaki Hatsumi through the lessons of the Bujinkan dojo.

As friends (buyu) we come together to grow, learn, and share our individual potential in this wonderful martial art.

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