Martial Arts Performers
Educational Karate-Do: Karate-do is physical, mental, and spiritual. In addition to practicing kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring), we learn about the philosophy and Japanese culture. Arizona JKA has instructors with decades of experience teaching children and youth.
Lifetime Exercise: We train in karate as lifetime exercise. We have members as young as 5 and as old as 80. Martial Arts training helps in all aspects of life, increasing overall health and well-being, stress reduction, and increased focus. Shotokan Karate-do also provides its practitioners with self
Demonstrating laido, Sword Drawing/Sword Dancing
Training in iaidō, or Sword Drawing, involves drawing the sword from the saya or Japanese scabbard; a waza or specific sequence of cuts; the chiburi, a figurative or ceremonial cleaning the blade; then finally, returning the sword to the scabbard. Ken-bu, or Sword-Dance, uses the sword during the story telling of a song, or poem. Many of these songs or poems describe specific battles or specific samurai. The Kenshin Dōjō was established in 1985 and is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rare martial artform Hoten Ryu. With less than 15 total practitioners worldwide, Hoten Ryu Enten Dojo of Tempe, Arizona is the only one outside Japan practicing this artform.
Martial art of Meifu Shinkage Ryu demonstration. Video includes an exclusive interview with the headmaster of the art in Japan that he did specifically for the AZ Matsuri. Ryan Wells, of Tempe, Arizona leads one of only four Meifu Shinkage Ryu groups in the United States.
Arizona's Nansei Dojo has been in Arizona as early as 1993 and is a licensed branch of the International Shinkendo Federation (国際真剣道連盟 Kokusai Shinkendō Renmei). The dojo is currently led by Jared Lizano-sensei. Shinkendo teaches the authentic way of samurai swordsmanship; the meaning of the name Shinkendo can be interpreted as the "way of the real sword".