Kendo Specialized Online Academy
Produced by Adeliae Planning Inc.
Kendo online group,
Morihiro Okada (Kendo/Iaido Hanshi)
trained by Goro Saimura (last name is Haku Un),
handed down for three generations in Shodokan,
supervision and guidance by Morimasa Okada 8th Dan
(Hanshi Master of Shodokan),
online community group by using digital method.
Haku Un Community
We provide lesson of Okada 8th Dan, with question and answer session, by using web conferencing tool and communication apps.
LiveOnline video lectures and practical training
Practical training, too!
Okada-sensei's lectures delivered once every month. The lectures weave together literature from the Shodokan's collection and current topics in the Kendo world to explore the essence of the sword. After the lecture, the participants will be able to watch a demonstration of Shodokan training and have time for a Q&A session. The lecture will be archived for later viewing, so you can watch it even if you are unable to attend on the day.
Basically, a training session for members is held once a month to provide an opportunity for training. Based at Shodokan in Tokyo, training sessions are also held in other parts of Japan and abroad. Members can receive direct instruction in the know-hows that is shown online on a daily basis, and can also deepen their friendship with other members. The practice sessions can also be viewed with streamed live or with recording at a later date.
Group Communication and lectures.
One-on-one coaching session by President Okada, too!
With the Academy President Okada as advisor, it is an interactive learning community on the web via a groupware application. Active communication is taken place where the members can exchange opinions and answers to the questions they have in their daily practice, and exchange opinions between the members on their own posted practice videos of themselves. In addition to open discussions, it is also possible to ask questions individually (one-on-one coaching session) with President Okada.
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Short term correspondence course［Web］
※Lecture in Japanese only.
Live lectures on Zoom + Archived viewing (viewed from the website, valid for 6 months)
First semester (May～September)
Individually held (each course) once a month, 60minutes x 5 times as 1 set (Friday evening classes)
First semester (May～September)
- Course1 ：Kendo Basic Course（For high school and university students.）
＊Learn the basic knowledge for studying Kendo as an academic discipline.
- Course2 ：Practical Theory of Kendo Competitiveness Improvement (For high school & university students)
＊Learn to be mindful and practical in improving competitiveness in Kendo.
- Course3：Kendo promotion examination Challenge (for those eligible to take the examination)
*Learn how to teach kendo in order to improve competitiveness in the field of kendo instruction.
Second semester (November～March)
- Course4 ：International Kendo Extension Theory (for instructors)
＊Think about the international spread of Kendo culture and learn how it should be done.
- Course5 ：Kendo competitiveness improvement coaching theory (for instructors)
＊Learn how to teach Kendo in order to improve competitiveness in the field of Kendo teaching.
- Course1 ：Kendo Basic Course（For high school and university students.）
Haku Un Calendar
We will guide you through a number of event calendars such as regular lectures and practical training at the dojo.
Please use it.
Haku Un Calendar
Everything started with our great-grandfather “Goro Saimura”, the last name is "Haku Un".
He is one of only five people in the history of Kendo to have been awarded the 10th dan.
He was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, trained as a first term student at the Dai Nihon Butokukai martial arts teacher training school, and worked for many institutions before and after the war serving as a Shihan Master (Metropolitan Police Department, Kokushikan, Waseda University, Imperial Police Department, Nihon University, Asia University, etc.) trained up his students and left a great mark on the modern world of Kendo.
We are considering to honor his great great-grandfather, the kenshi Goro Saimura, and would like to ensure to preserve and disseminate widely into the world, his spirit in pursuit of the essence of Kendo, which the late great-grandfather carried on.
The name Haku Un, comes from the dojo "Hakuunkan(白雲館)" which Goro Saimura built in the garden in his house in Setagaya, Tokyo, as his training ground.
The Academy has welcomed as its head with the Shodokan's third president, Morimasa Okada, 8th Dan, who is the current 3rd successor of the 85-year-old tradition Shodokan, and the grandson of Morihiro Okada Hanshi Master who founded Shodokan and studied under and was trained by Goro Saimura in the Metropolitan Police Department.
We will provide content and the community space for spreading and improving Kendo, based on the teachings of Saimura Goro, which have been passed down through three generations of the Okada family.
『Goro Saimura's moral instruction』Morihiro Okada
- 「Gendai Kendo Hyakka-shin」-
『齋村五郎先生の教訓』岡田守弘著 - 「現代剣道百家箴」-
Saimura Sensei, who was known as the "Master Swordsman (Ken Sei)", sadly passed away in 1969 (Showa 44), but he is an unforgettable Kendo teacher and role model /exemplar for my entire life. In 1923 (Taisho 12), I was commissioned as an officer in the Metropolitan Police Department, became an assistant in Kendo at the Metropolitan Police Department and in 1926 and spent 32 years under his tutelage and learned many valuable lessons.
One of the most memorable moments during that time was when I became a teacher in 1931 (Showa 6) and one day, 2
Sensei, probably by means of correcting my short distance maai Keiko, in the first half of the Keiko, he struck me when I raised my mind to attack, then after disengaged twice from the maai, he again struck me when I raised my mind to make further offensive move trying to enter into the maai, and was dragged around similarly like this repeatedly for 3-4 minutes which I couldn’t enter into the striking maai distance at all, and in the latter half of the Keiko, when I felt a little tired, Sensei boldly changed to the offensive mode and showed me altogether more than a dozen of model/exemplar techniques of striking "Men", "Kote", "Tsuki" from the “Issoku- Itou no maai” (maai with one step one sword), teaching me in detail how important the maai distance is, and unfortunately I couldn't hit even one strike back.
Even now, 23 years later, I can't forget how impressed I was by the essence/cardinal principle of the unity of mind, technique and body (心技体一致). When I thanked him after the practice, he persuaded to me, "This is the real Kendo, the silent education. Your left foot is side-stepping and your posture is not stable, which is why your maai is close and if you keep practicing like this, you will suddenly start declining sharply after the age of 60. Kendo is at its peak when you are in your 60s, and the limit is around 80. It is not too late for you to go back to the initial mind and redo the “Kiri-kaeshi” and “Uchikomi”.
Also, when I asked him if he had already mastered the MEN-technique, which is his strongest point, since he was a student, he told me remembering that time as follows;
"When I was a student at the Martial Arts Teacher Training School, I was a clumsy student, and was hated by my teachers. After graduation, I became an assistant professor at a Martial Arts College, and during a warrior training trip to the Tohoku region with my friend, I visited Madoka Tomiyama Sensei in Sendai and asked him to train myself. At that time, I wore a geta (Japanese wooden footwear), and due to the long journey, the bottom teeth of the geta was badly worn with an angle.
Seeing this, Tomiyama Sensei said, "The geta is reduced more on the outside like this. With this kind of reduction, I guess the footwork of yours, which is important, may not be sufficient.
This means that you are not even qualified yet to be trained by me. Please come back if the bottom of the geta will be worn flat horizontally. He simply got rid of me like that. I took that as a valuable lesson came deeply into my heart, and since then I have been training my footwork exclusively."
Sensei also said the following;“At the age of 30, I moved to Tokyo and first studied the foot, waist, and palm movements of Iaido under Hakudo Nakayama Sensei,
and then applied them to Kendo, especially focusing on the MEN technique from the Chu-dan posture. The most important thing when performing a MEN-technique from the Chu-dan posture is, from the hitting maai distance, upon the opportunity, kick off your left foot, and step on your right foot, and at the same time, sharply rub in with lowering your left heel slightly down without remaining your leg and hip behind
Then, at the moment the technique is to be executed, extend both hands forward and, using the action of the palms, strike hard rubbing in from the forehead.
In Kendo, many people look splendid from the front, but only very few look splendid from the back. This is because of neglecting the stabilization of left leg and hip.
For those who study Kendo, the most important thing is to train the legs and the hips”.
Saimura-sensei was well known for his excellent posture and attitude in the dojo, but I strongly felt that the essence of his magnificent gait in everyday life and the excellent strikes which can rarely be seen were due to the fact that he had used the lessons of Tomiyama Sensei and Nakayama Sensei for his legs and hips throughout from the beginning to the end.
Per my teacher`s lessons, I continued to pay attention to my side-stepping foot and finally it became facing to the forward direction and was able to have nimbler in my footwork.
Although I have passed my 60th birthday and have little time left in my life, I would like to enjoy real Kendo with my legs and hips, which I have trained for many years through Iaido.
I dedicate this poem memorizing Saimura Sensei the day he was present.
We provide Kendo content and community based on Goro Saimura for long years.
Adeliae Planning Inc.
Goro Saimura is the great-grandfather of the Adeliae Planning management family.
I have established the Academy, to honor the legitimate lineage of swordsmanship left behind by my great-grandfather in modern Kendo, and with the hope of spreading it throughout the country and the world and have it remaining for the future, leveraging the IT technology we specialize in, and with the swordsmanship and knowledge of President Okada.
Goro Saimura Family Tree
As Japan's first online school specializing in Kendo, I would like to empower to spread orthodox Kendo around the world.
We want to develop this as an academy where people from all over the world gather to learn and improve their skills together.
Enthusiastic Kendo enthusiasts from Japan and abroad People interested in how the essential Kendo should be. People who want to learn by online.
Kendo Instructor, 8th dan・Representative Director of Shodo-Gakuin Academy Morimasa Okada
Kendo Instructor, 8th dan
Representative Director of Shodo-Gakuin Academy, an incorporated association for the preservation and transmission of traditional culture. Head of Shodokan Part-time lecturer at Oberlin University
Born in 1967 (Showa 42).
From an early age, received instruction and training from his grandfather (Morihiro Okada) and father (Yasuhiko Okada) for Kendo, Iai (Muso-Shinden-ryu, Keishi [Metropolitan Police]-ryu) and Ko-ryu swordsmanship (Kurama-ryu and Ono-ha Itto-ryu).
Immediately after graduating from Nippon Sports Science University, he took over as a head of Shodokan. In addition to this, at the same time, worked as an assistant at the Budo Studies Laboratory of Nippon Sports Science University, part-time lecturer and Kendo club coaches, etc.
Also he led the athletes for the victory in All-Japan Women's Student Championships and the All-Japan Women's Student Victory Championships.
Kendo Specialized Online Academy Haku Un is produced by Adeliae Planning Inc. and General Incorporated Association Preservation and inheritance of traditional culture Shodo Gakuin.
Haku Un Organization
また、学校法人柏の葉学園（星槎国際高等学校 柏キャンパスKTS 柏高等技術学園）と提携し、剣道指導者、剣道具職人養成などの人材支援、バリアフリー剣道クラブ（滋賀・京都）へ協賛し障がい者への剣道支援・交流などにも取り組んでおります。
Voice of member
Our participants from around the world, including Europe, the U.S., and Australia, have been very pleased with the opportunity to learn the true essence of Kendo.
“A place where you can meet the best teacher and friends in your Kendo life”
I have been training Kendo for almost 18 years. I am currently 5th dan. I started in BCN Spain, and since then I have been practicing regularly in my country of residence, Germany, in Colombia, and also whenever I visit Japan. In the Kendo Innovation Lab I have the category of gold member.
1At the Kendo Innovation Laboratory, in addition to being able to experience a lot of Kendo knowledge through instructional videos and live distribution, it also provides a place to learn while collaborating with enthusiastic colleagues through the Internet.
Among them, I feel that the most valuable thing is that I can build a relationship with Okada teacher.
I first met Dr. Okada 15 years ago and it's almost everything in my Kendo life. Since then, it has had the greatest impact on my Kendo and my life.
Since I was a beginner, the image (model) that Okada Teacher has shown is the North Pole, and it is the most reliable and immovable navigation that points and guides the way I should go. Mr. Okada is the best leader in studying my favorite Kendo.
Please let me know what kind of service it is.
Comrades gathered at the online school , and Morihiro Okada (Kendo, Iaido Hanshi), who was directly taught by Goro Saimura (Hanshi 10th Dan), passed it on to the three generations. Under the supervision and guidance of Hachidan, this is a place to explore the swordsmanship by making full use of the latest digital technology.
- Regular video distribution and distribution of Okada Principal ’s column "Rehearsal" (every other week)
- Report on the themes that each member worked on
- Digital reference room where you can browse images and documents of old landlords
- Research discussions within the community
And individual question and answer (using BAND)
- Lectures and regular lessons (about once a month)
- Implementation of "practical training session"
Does this site support foreign languages?
- The column has been translated into English. (The English version will be delivered 2-3 weeks later.)
- We deliver videos with English subtitles about once a month.
- Communication in BAND and ZOOM is basically done in Japanese, but simultaneous interpretation is provided for overseas.
Can even beginners participate?
Yes, the members are widely used from the first dan to the seventh dan. You can get the appropriate advice for each level.
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