Welcome to Shinbushido Academy, an online learning platform for martial artists!
Our goal is to spread traditional Bushido ethics, spirituality and philosophy by creating educational courses (gaku) to be coupled with independent martial arts practice (shugyo).
While many martial arts academies around the world focus on the physical aspects of martial arts, many martial arts masters of old strongly believed that physical training in the martial arts must also be tempered by spiritual and educational development as well. Even Jigoro Kano, former college professor and the founder of Judo, stated in regards to martial arts:
"I would says that it is an art the makes use of both the mind and body to the best possible advantage,"
-The Principles of Jujutsu, Jigoro Kano
Our courses cover a wide range of subjects related to martial arts including ethics from classical works such as The Art of War, Hagakure, Book of Five Rings as well as touch upon spiritual and philosophical works related to Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Shintoism with more and more courses being added as time goes on. These courses can be taken in any order and designed so that any dojo can require courses of their choosing within their martial arts curriculum for promotion if they so choose or be taken independently for your own edification.
For a Full list of courses and books please see below:
A FREE course laying out the precepts of Shinbushido-Kyo, an ideological and pseudotheological belief system rooted in East Asian philosophy that has taken the precepts of Bushido and integrated them into a cohesive way of life honoring the martial spirit represented by Osu!
Vendettas, honor, loyalty, murder and betrayal, key components of a classic and yet little known Japanese literary genre known as jitsuroku. This course is a Guided Reading experience of these tales coupled with self-reflective questions ideal for martial artists and those seeking introspection framed around the ethos of the Bushido mindset.
BUSHIDO AS AN ETHICAL SYSTEM
Martial arts schools in the modern era have their teachings rooted deeply in Eastern thought and ideology. Learn how through the study of Bushido as an ethical system we can gain great insight into the mindset of martial artists and understand the philosophy that drives them.
MARTIAL ARTS MASTERS
In an attempt to revive the philosophical components of traditional martial arts, included within this course are short biographies, quotes, anecdotes and precepts to facilitate internal self-reflection from:
-Anko Itosu (Itosu-Ryu)
-Jigoro Kano (Judo)
-Gichin Funakoshi (Shotokan)
-Morihei Ueshiba (Aikido)
-Chibana Chosin (Shorin-Ryu)
-Chojun Miyagi (Goju-Ryu)
-Kenwa Mabuni (Shito-Ryu)
-Choki Motobu (Motobu-Ryu)
-Tatsuo Shimabuku (Isshin-Ryu)
-Mas Oyama (Kyokushin)