Welcome to the Seishin-Kan!

Karate training at Shuri Castle, Okinawa 1937

The Seishin-Kan serves as the Texas shibu ("branch dōjō") of the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai.  We also sponsor and operate the original Web-Dōjō, a public website packed with information about classical Japanese martial arts for those who are not members of the Seishin-Kan.

At the Seishin-Kan we train in both Nippon Budō (the protective arts of the mainland Japanese samurai) and Okinawa Budō (the protective arts of the Ryūkyū Kingdom).  The differences in these arts and the styles are explained in greater detail below.

If you are already a Seishin-Kan member, please go directly to the Online Learning centre or log in to access the members-only areas of this site.  If you are not yet a member we invite you to use the public areas of this site to find out more about us and how to join if you decide to.

What is Budō?

Posted by Pellman Sensei on 19 September 2010

Karate-doThroughout this site, as well as in all the classes we teach, you will see and hear us using the term "budō" rather than "martial arts" for our activities and instruction. There is a reason for this:  budō and martial arts are extremely different—almost diametrically opposed—approaches to dealing with human conflict and protection of the innocent.

For decades, the Japanese word "budō" has been erroneously translated as "martial arts" in English. Budō (武道) has a much different meaning in Japanese than "martial arts" has in English, so the distinction between the two terms is an important one.  The "bu" (武) in budō means to stop or prevent combat, and the (道) means "Way of Life" in an all-encompassing and deeply philosophical context.  Thus, budō is a lifestyle in which its followers (budōka who should rightfully be called peacemakers) devote themselves to avoiding conflict whenever possible, engaging in actual combat only when the opponent is the wrongful aggressor and affords no alternative,  then finishing the battle in a manner that renders the aggressor incapable of further attacks.  Budō is not a sport!  Nor is it a method for street fights, bar room brawls, or schoolyard scuffles.  The techniques in budō are designed to kill, cripple, or permanently maim an opponent in a life-or-death situation, and used exclusively to preserve or restore peace

Conversely, "martial" means "military".  Martial arts are therefore military arts—arts of war, which are as readily arts of aggression, assault, and conquest as of defence.  On the surface they may appear similar, but the differences are more than merely semantic or philosophical.  There are no attacking technique in budō; only counter-attacking techniques, and their success is wholely dependant upon the opponent attacking first.

This is why you will rarely hear or see us speaking of "martial arts" at the Seishin-Kan.  Instead, you will read and hear us speaking of budō (the Way of Life of peacemaking) and budōka (peacemakers).  If you are looking for a place to learn how to fight, this isn't it.  Violence is the last resort for the budōka.   And if violence erupts, the budōka doesn't engage in it, but instead ends it ... often permanently.

Nippon Budō

Posted by Pellman Sensei on 19 September 2010

Karate-doAs its name suggests, the Nippon Budō Seishin-Kan focuses its activities and instruction on Nippon budō -- the martial arts of mainland Japan, which are also the martial arts of the samurai.  The arts currently taught at the Seishin-Kan include:  Musō Jikiden Eishin-Ryū Iaijutsu, Ono-Ha Ittō-Ryū Kenjutsu, Shindō Musō-Ryū Jōjutsu, Shindō-Ryū Kenjutsu, and Daitō-Ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, all of which were arts created and practiced by the samurai of ancient mainland Japan.  Musō Jikiden Eishin-Ryū Iaijutsu is ... (full article here)

Okinawa Budō

Posted by Pellman Sensei on 19 September 2010
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The martial arts that developed in the Ryūkyū Islands, principally the island of Okinawa, were created by people whose culture was significantly different from that of mainland Japan, so the arts of these islands have a markedly different character from those of the mainland.  The Okinawa budō taught at the Seishin-Kan are:  Shitō-Ryū Karate-dō and Aragaki-Ryū Okinawa Kobujutsu.  These arts began their development when the Ryūkyū Islands, governed from Okinawa, were a separate kingdom ... (full article here)

Web-Dojo

Posted by Michaela Pellman on 01 August 2010
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On our sister-site, the Web-Dojo, we will continue to offer all of the great content for which it has become known -- and all still as a free educational service to the general public.  In 2016 the design and functionality upgrades we have implemented here on our main Seishin-Kan site will be retrofitted to the Web-Dojo, as well, so visitors to the Web-Dojo will be treated to a significantly enhanced Web experience.

Coming April 4th

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Starting April 4th, 2016 the Seishin-Kan will be providing instruction in karate-dō at the Dawson Community Center, located at 2500 E. Commerce Street in central San Antonio. Classes will be every Monday and Wednesday evening, except holidays.

For complete information, click here or call (210) 591-7551.

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