What we're about

Chikushin Martial & Cultural Training Group (Chikushin Group for short) was started in 2018 as a place to engage in Japanese classical martial arts, as well as Japanese language & culture. To learn more, you can visit our website at www.chikushin-arts.com .

Regular training classes offer the study of different styles (ryūha in Japanese) of classical martial arts (kōbudō in Japanese), both indoors and outdoors. We specialize in both hand-to-hand and weapons styles. Training approach is traditional, with a focus of strengthening the body, improving mental fortitude, and refining the spirit.

Another point that sets classical martial arts apart from the sports-oriented modern Japanese martial arts is that the techniques studied were honed from, as well as designed for, combat. Of course, great care is taken to ensure practitioners train safely.

To help understand the background of the classical martial arts learned in this group, sessions of Japanese language and cultural studies are offered as well to current students. This not only provides a deeper understanding in the ideology and philosophy behind Japanese martial arts, but can also help develop an appreciation for the culture as well. Those who are particularly interested in Japanese pop culture can benefit from this greatly.

The intention of Chikushin Martial & Cultural Training Group is to provide an environment for studying the Japanese martial arts, along with Japanese language & culture, based on 2 points:
1) Freely yet well-structured
2) Informative yet unhindered

Located in New York City, USA, we aim to help promote and support the Japanese culture and arts.

For more info about the regular training schedule and how to join, Please visit us at www.chikushin-arts.com .

Upcoming events (1)

Jūjutsu x Ukemi: Harmony Between Grappling and Safe Falling

DETAILS Background: The fighting method labeled "jūjutsu" (柔術) has been used for self defense in Japan's long history. There are different styles of jūjutsu, some possessing a tradition with a rich, historical background, while others developed through the progression of modern times. What they all share in common is to take an opposing force to the ground, which is generally a rough landing. WHAT TO EXPECT For this event, participants will get a chance to learn the basic components of jūjutsu in a non-competitive environment to ensure safety. This will include taking balance, joint manipulation, and takedowns. Atemi (strikes) and sabaki (advantageous positioning) are also utilized to make this process easier and fail-proof. To complement this, participants will also learn the fundamentals of ukemi. This will include stretching, proper form for rolling, and understanding how to safely fall to the ground. This event will be good for beginners who are interested in learning self defense & getting into martial arts, as well as intermediate martial artists who want to experiment with and gain more tools for their own personal arsenal. The ukemi will especially prove vital, as it is naturally adaptive to keeping one safe from trips & falls in our everyday life. WHO CAN ATTEND Both men and women can participate. Age 18 & up. Attendance is limited to 6 people, so be sure to reserve your spot early if you are interested. WHAT TO WEAR Dress in comfortable clothing appropriate for physical activities, such as sweat pants, exercise leggings, etc. Uniforms from other martial arts styles are also welcomed. No shoes, sneakers, or boots allowed during training. The training room is carpeted, so it is okay to train bare foot, or wear socks that are durable. FEE The cost to attend is $3 as a service fee. Please bring exact amount, if possible. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ POINTS TO CLARIFY 1) The lessons on both jūjutsu and ukemi will come from the methods taught in Takagi Yoshin ryu, one of the kobudō ryūha (Traditional Japanese martial style) studied in Chikushin Martial & Cultural Training Group. These methods are designed for quick and efficient control of an opponent, leading to unavoidable takedowns. 2) As this follows the principles of kobudō (traditional Japanese martial arts), big throws that send a person high into the air (such as those found in modern systems like judō) are not normally used. Due to this, mats are not necessary to study this. 3) For the event, all throws and takedowns will not be executed with force, but done in a way where participants are guided and assisted to the ground. 4) For the sake of developing a supple body, the event will take place in a carpeted room. This will apply a bit of cushioning as participants learn how to perform ukemi. This way, a person can understand how ukemi can be used in real life.

Past events (2)

Bōjutsu: Learning the Basics of the 6-Foot Staff

Prospect Park Southwest


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