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Tsururyuren is pleased to offer you the opportunity to live in Japan and study martial arts for this Budo Uchi Deshi (live-in student) program. This unique course and mountain cabin accommodation mean you can live in a forest, at 1,600 meters in the mountains of the Japanese Alps, and find a foundation in full time martial arts training. Combined with deeply significant cultural pursuits, this course represents an unprecedented chance to immerse yourself in deep Japanese culture.
During the training, you will be accommodated in a mountain cabin. You will have access to full kitchen and onsite bathroom and laundry, as well as nearby onsen bathhouse. You will sleep traditional Japanese style on futon. You will be expected to assist in some cooking, cleaning, and basic shared living space as part of the course structure.
Tsururyuren offers the following arts:
You will choose from up to two martial arts and one cultural subject. Meditation will be taught daily and occasional lectures will be offered from historians and experts on a variety of related topics to the course matter (subject to availability of lecturers).
You will be required to be involved in basic operational chores. There is an element of responsibility for each other and you will be expected to demonstrate. Transport to training venues and translation during all classes to English from Japanese is provided. You will train in two-hour blocks several times a day, with weekends free to explore.
Shotokan is a style of Karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868 - 1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906 - 1945). Gichin was born in Okinawa and is widely credited with popularizing "karate do" through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs, including those at Keio, Waseda, Hitotsubashi (Shodai), Takushoku, Chuo, Gakushuin, and Hosei.
Funakoshi had many students at the university clubs and outside dojos, who continued to teach Karate after his death in 1957. As the most widely practiced style, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of Karate do.
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Chinese martial arts, particularly Fujian White Crane.
Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes, and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. Historically - and in some modern styles - grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital-point strikes are also taught.
Within Japan, there are about 1,800 other training locations affiliated with the Hombu. These are united under the All-Japan Aikido Federation. Overseas, there are about 100 foreign Aikido organizations recognized by the Hombu. These are ostensibly national Aikido organizations that each represents many dojos and many students.
The students of recognized dojo worldwide are loosely referred to collectively as the Aikikai school of Aikido - although this "school" is not an official organization. Their Aikido technique may be referred to as Aikikai style, although this encompasses a wider spectrum of technical styles characteristically than later (and smaller) schools of Aikido.
Aikido is a modern, non-violent Japanese martial art that was developed early in the 20th century by the late master Professor Morihei Ueshiba, commonly called O Sensei. The founder passed away in 1969 at the age of eighty six.
Aikido is effective as a martial art but its essence goes beyond the resolution of physical conflict. Based on a background of rigorous training in traditional Japanese Jujitsu, Professor Ueshiba spent the latter half of his life developing the art as a means of refining and uplifting human spirit.
The professor succeeded in creating what he then named "Aikido"; the way of harmony with the forces and principles of nature. Aikido is a true "budo" path in which the keen edge of martial training is utilized as a way to spiritual growth.
Iaido is a Japanese martial art and sport that emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack. Iaido is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard (or saya), striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard.
While beginning practitioners of Iaido may start learning with a wooden sword (bokken), depending on the teaching style of a particular instructor, most of the practitioners use the blunt edged sword, called iaitō. More experienced Iaido practitioners use a sharp edged sword (shinken).
Ninjutsu - sometimes used interchangeably with the modern term ninpō - is the strategy and tactics of unconventional warfare, guerrilla warfare and espionage, purportedly practiced by the shinobi (commonly known outside Japan as ninja). Ninjutsu was a separate discipline in some traditional Japanese schools, which integrated study of more conventional martial arts (Taijutsu) along with Shurikenjutsu, Kenjutsu, Sojutsu, Bōjutsu, and others.
During the warless Edo Period, archery was pursued as an art and developed into Kyudo - meaning "the way of the bow". However, at the Kobusho, an official military arts school established by the Edo Shogunate excluded Kyudo from the curriculum after a year on the grounds that it could not be adapted to actual combat in the age of guns and Western military training, but outside the school, guns were for low-ranked foot soldiers and horseback archery was still widely practiced in the samurai community.
During the Meiji Era, when the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai was established in Kyoto, naturally Kyudo was included and encouraged.
During the Taisho Era and the beginning of Showa Era, Kyudo was adopted in high schools as an extra-curricular activity - if not a regular subject. However, when World War II broke out, the Ministry of Education changed their policy and once again Kyudo was excluded as it did not link directly to actual combat. After the war, all martial arts were banned from schools.
In 1951, Kyudo was permitted to be practiced at schools again. In 1967, Kyudo was adopted as a regular high school curriculum. The educational and athletic aspect of Kyudo was recognized and reevaluated. Modern Kyudo launched thereafter as part of schools' physical education.
The mission of modern Kyudo is to pursue how Kyudo can contribute educationally under the new spiritual concept by taking any possible scientific approach available and to spread the art.
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called “the Way of Tea”, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha - powdered green tea.
In Japanese, it is called Chanoyu or Sadō, Shadō, while the manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called (o)temae. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the Japanese tea ceremony. Much less commonly, Japanese tea ceremony uses leaf tea -primarily sencha - in which case it is known in Japanese as senchadō.
Sumi-e is the Japanese word for black ink painting. East Asian painting and writing developed together in ancient China using the same materials - brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. The Chinese speak of “writing a painting” and “painting a poem.”
A great painting was judged on three elements: the calligraphy strokes, the words of the poetry (often with double meanings and subtle puns), and the ability of the painting strokes, to capture the spirit (Ch’i) of nature rather than a photographic likeness. The artists of Japan, Korea, and Malaysia learned from the Chinese and then developed their own versions of East Asian brush painting.
Japanese calligraphy is a form of calligraphy, or artistic writing, of the Japanese language. For a long time, the most esteemed calligrapher in Japan had been Wang Xizhi, a Chinese calligrapher in the fourth century, but after the invention of Hiragana and Katakana, the Japanese unique syllabaries, the distinctive Japanese writing system developed and calligraphers produced styles intrinsic to Japan.
The term shodō is likely derived from Chinese origin as it is widely used to describe the art of Chinese calligraphy during the Chinese Tang Dynasty period.
Tsururyuren is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing deep spiritual and traditional Japanese training into the lives of western practitioners. The support and involvement of the Matsumoto Athletics Association, as well as all the teachers and schools represented gives Tsururyuren a unique curriculum to offer.
Being a small organization, Tsururyuren is very focused on selecting the right students to offer the teachers, and as a result not all applicants will be approved. It is Tsururyuren’s main goal to ensure serious and dedicated students are engaged with the courses and that students have the correct knowledge of etiquette and respect needed.
Since 2009, the main course director has lived and trained in Matsumoto building relationships with martial artists, clubs, and cultural teachers to develop and bring together this unique and exclusive access.
The teachers want to be able to transmit useful training and ensuring you are there for a good duration of time is important. The minimum time frame sensei discussed as being able to build a student’s foundation was around two hours a day for eight weeks. This is precisely what Tsururyuren designed the course around.
With only 12 places per year, Tsururyuren ensures the quality of student and the quality of courses that is required for these martial arts.
This martial art training will take place not far from Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture at 1,580 meters’ elevation in the Northern Japanese Alps. The mountain itself houses one of Japans oldest Buddhist temples "Kiyomizu Dera" Built in 736 AD. Some of the statues were moved and are now displayed in Kyoto at the famous Kiyomizu dera world heritage site.
Nagano Prefecture is home to museums and cultural sites, a national treasure castle from the warring states period as well as the famous hot spring monkeys. Only a two-hour drive into Tokyo or to Mount Fuji and being centrally located, there is easy access via train, road or bus to anywhere in Japan.
All food is included.
Please book your flight to arrive at Haneda Airport (HND) or Narita International Airport (NRT). Transfer from and to either of the airport is included. Tsururyuren will pick you up from the airport.
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