KAMINARIKAN

MOSCOW KENDO & NAGINATA DOJO

The sword is the soul. Study the soul to know the sword. Evil soul, evil sword.
MOSCOW KENDO & NAGINATA DOJO
The sword is the soul. Study the soul to know the sword. Evil soul, evil sword.

Experience unique Japanese fencing!

We are a kendo and naginata club based in Moscow. We eager to get any opportunity to do some kendo or naginata. Besides our mission is dedicated to make these martial arts popular, introduce kendo and naginata to new people and develop fair competition between kenshi in Russia and worldwide. Moreover we just love kendo and naginata and would love to share our experience with you!

If you feel same or share this kind of spirit just give us a call.

Kendo and naginata are traditional Japanese martial arts, which descended from koryu kenjutsu and naginatajutsu and employs bamboo swords / glaives and protective armor for dueling. Nowadays it has become more similar to the fencing. Above all plenty of people practice kendo and naginata everyday worldwide, which is the most important part. This gives a great opportunity to meet new acquaintances and see the world unseen!
MEET OUR TEAM
Ann, Andrew and Max — we are high qualified kenshi from Russia. Most of us have over ten years experience in practicing martial arts, kendō in particular, and we have achieved rewards for participation in national kendo championships as well, withal we are cool guys! We are a tiny part though, whereas our club is You, dedicated people who practice along with us. This is our team!
Andrew
KENDO SANDAN ・ NAGINATA IKKYU
Andrew is into koryu, Tendo-ryu in particular. He has about ten years experience in tameshigiri and kendō. He is a jōdan player.
Ann
KENDO YONDAN ・ NAGINATA IKKYU
Anya has more than 15 years of experience in kendo. Very strong and furious lady, naginata counts! She is a chūdan player.
Max
KENDO NIDAN ・ NAGINATA NIKYU
Max has been training for over 6 years now. He is the most indispensable sempai both in kendo and naginata.
god of thuder, god of wind
Kendo is a traditional Japanese martial art, which descended from kenjutsu and uses bamboo swords and protective armour for duelling. The art of killing with a sword trasformed into the way of mastering one. Nowadays it has become more similar to the modern fencing. Moreover, which is most important plenty of people practice kendo everyday worldwide. This gives a great opportunity to meet new acquaintances and see the world! Our dojō is affiliated with European and International Kendo Federation.
Common among women, a martial art of wielding a glaive-like pole arm. Today, it is practiced in the form of a sport mostly, which in Japan is governed by the All Japan Naginata Federation (AJNF). It is most common in Japan for this sport to be practiced by women at the collegiate level. However, many men including active kendo participants are joining ranks of modern naginata. Outside Japan naginata is practiced in Europe and America. Our dojō is a branch of Russian Naginata Association which belongs to the International Naginata Federation.
Common among women, a martial art of wielding a glaive-like pole arm.Today, it is practiced in the form of a sport mostly, which in Japan is governed by the All Japan Naginata Federation (AJNF). It is most common in Japan for this sport to be practiced by women at the collegiate level. However, many men including active kendo participants are joining ranks of modern naginata. Outside Japan naginata is practiced in Europe and America.Our dojō is a branch of Russian Naginata Association which belongs to the International Naginata Federation.
Japanese martial art which focuses on demonstrating swordsmans' skill wielding a katana and testing the quality of it by cutting a special target with density of the material which equals to approximate that of bone and flesh. Tameshigiri is practicing within our dojō time to time only by kenshi whose skill is trustworthy enough. We rely on koryu Tendo-ryu sogobujutsu when practicing tameshigiri in our dojo which is harmonically interweaved with both kendo and naginata.
KAMINARIKAN 雷館 DOJO

We offer cozy space for everyday practice!

Everything kenshi can ever need in one place. Located nearby the city centre.
KAMINARIKAN 雷館 DOJO
The name KAMINARIKAN is dedicated to Raijin (雷神) - a god of lightning, thunder and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology. He is typically depicted as a demon-looking spirit beating drums to create thunder. In Japanese art, Raijin is known to challenge Fūjin, the wind god, as it used via cover picture - Fūjin-raijin-zu by Tawaraya Sōtatsu, with Raijin shown on the left and Fūjin on the right.
Dojo
Our dojo located at one huge sports hall which is about 350 square meters.
Dojo
Every hall furnished with traditional kendo floor and has cozy loft layout. The dojo wall, according to tradition, is decorated with the patron god image - Raijin along with his friend Fujin.
Dojo
Our dojo has an armoury where the armour and equipment is stored in racks, wherein shinai and naginatas at special stands.
Kendo
There is the law in every martial art - 礼に始まり、礼に終わる ("rei ni hajimari, rei ni ovaru", "everything begins and ends with a bow"). Since the rei also has the meaning of “respect" or "courtesy" this saying also means - start with a bow to show respect to your opponent, and end with a bow to show respect to your opponent.
Kendo
The kendō equipment is very important thing. It is not just “stuff" but an instrument which helps to improve oneself. Kenshi has to treat such equipment with duly level of care and esteem.
Kendo
You have to be physically and mentally prepared for every duel you face. As they say - even if one's head were to be suddenly cut off, he should still be able to perform one more action with certainty.
That is an important thing to reflect upon...
Kendo
無心 ("mushin") is a mental state in Zen practice, as well as in martial arts. The term is shortened from 無心の心 ("mushin no shin"), an expression meaning the mind without mind and is also referred to as the state of no-mindness. That is, a mind not fixed or occupied by thought or emotion and thus open to everything which helps to achieve victory during every keiko.
Kendo
Kendō has variety of sword stances (“kamae") which makes it complex and interesting marshal art due to necessity of understanding different techniques from both sides.
Naginata
Daria Litunenko, kenshi from St. Peterburg, founded Russian Naginata Association in 2014 to make popularisation and expansion of this martial art possible in Russia. Our dojō has taken the baton in Moscow.
Naginata
Copyright © 2014-2019 - 修武館 サーペ Shyubukan (St. Petersburg).
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KAMINARIKAN 雷館 DOJo

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Here's a general schedule of our dojo. Feel free to join us! But please give us a call before showing up.

FAQ & ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

How to begin?
Just give us a call specifying exact day and martial art you would like to join. Please consider coming at the latest 20 minutes prior first keiko. The first training is free of charge!
Requirements
Very simple! You have to be at least 18 years old to participate in keiko. If you are younger (11-17 years old) you have to provide consent by one of your legal guardians. Do not forget to grab your ID. You do not need any special physical training, common level will do.
Equipment
You just need simple sports uniform for your first keiko, we will provide you with the rest equipment in the beginning! Though, in time you might like to purchase your own equipment. You can use the following reliable stores:
Where to buy?
Kazutaka — custom-made superior quality Japanese kendō store located in Nara, specialising in kote (free shipping, bogū customisation & repair services + discount for our club mates).
Kendo Bogu — Japanese kendō store (cheap and high quality shinais, free shipping).
Tozando — huge high quality Japanese budō store (kendō and naginata equipment available).
Zen Nihon Budogu — Japanese kendō and naginata store (free shipping).
Kendo Star - UK kendō store (free shipping).
Kendo Shop — Korean kendō store (cheap and fair quality equipment).
Hanshin KEC — Korean kendō equipment.
Online Kendo — Chinese kendo manufacturer, e.g. ZNB's supplier. Low prices.
Eastern House — tameshigiri equipment store located in Moscow (vast variety of shinken and nihonto, also repair and sharpening services).
Nippon Craft — superior handmade Japanese tenugui!


Beginners' kendo guide:
Kendo-guide is the most complete kendo FAQ for beginners available via internet. Including instructional kendo videos and explanation on most common cases. Essential kendō RTFM!

You should also read the following kendo handbook prior any real keiko you are willing to experience. Better prior any training at all.

It would be much easier for you to maintain your equipment if you use every trick of kendo equipment manual including how to fold a hakama, repair your shinai and tie your men properly as well as other similar issues.

For those of you who is about to purchase the first brand-new bogu set it is crucial to measure your head properly syne a helmet is the most important part of your armor, thus we advise to stick with the following measurement guide kindly provided free of charge by Shogun Kendogu, a superior kendo equipment manufacturer.
Beginners' naginata guide:
This is the most complete and comprehensive guide into fantastic world of atarashi naginata. Every page is accompanied with instructive illustrations for your convenience and amusement of cource.

This book includes all necessary tricks you have to learn to maintain your naginata equipment, which slightly differs the on in kendo.
Extremely useful kendo blog:
Kenshi 24/7 is a practical blog about kendo in English. It contains plenty of useful and unique information and references to kendo literature and articles.

Some of published articles are available via our relevant page.
European and Russian Kendo Federation:
European Kendo Federation (EKF) website contains every active personal dan-grade by country, including Russia, which is affiliated with Russian Kendo Federation (RKF).
Concerning jodan-no-kamae:
It is inevitable that one day each kenshi will face an inner struggle: to use or not to use the jodan-no-kamae (a stance of fire or upper stance). The reason for that may differ. You can sustain an injury of right heel, knee or shoulder one day, or you just find yourself in search of new inspiration or self-development. They say it is advisable that someone lower kendo sandan takes jodan as well lower kendo godan to use jodan during grading. I think, you should always keep in mind that kendo is infinite and bound by your own imagination. It is quite a problem to find a jodan teacher beyond Japan, a worthy one — impossible though. Find sufficient information on jodan is at leats as hard.

Thanks to our sempai's efforts who have been practicing jodan for quite a while we can offer you a comprehensive collection on jodan-no-kamae:

  • Kendo jodan manual can give a hand in practicing duly jodan kihon.
  • A jodan-kenshi can only commence keiko with opponents after training for a while with an uchikomidai. Starting from this very moment you should practice a set of techniques which will bring you closer to jigeiko.
  • It would be wise to learn some thoughts of great jodan masters or just wise kenshi, which our sempai put together in one convenient compilation.

You might want to look up several jodan articles via our relevant page.
The way of the sword:
We restrain from practicing any form of iaido in our dojo. We only practice Tendo-ryu sogobujutsu time to time. Battojutsu (or tameshigiri) is practiced only by kenshi of our dojo skilled with the sword in iai or kenjutsu.

As for jodan same applies to iaido or battojutsu — a proper teacher is required. You have to learn iai prior commencing a tameshigiry practice. We highly recommend to cast an eye over following manuals:


For those of you who seeks a samurai spirit or philosophy known as samurai code, which you shan't looking for at our dojo, you may find this Hagakure book by Yamamoto Tsunetomo very entertaining.

If you find Japanese swords concerned with beauty and you are into the crafting and maintaining process you should visit very interesting source of information made available by Usagiya sword-craftswomen.

Thanks to efforts of our friend – Japanese sword collector you are able to visit an online exhibition of very interesting and rare weapon collection.
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CONTACTS:
+7 977 990 55 38
info@kaminarikan.org

ADDRESS:
Talalikhina 33, Moscow
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