Tenshin Shōden

Katori Shintō-ryū

Traditional Japanese Martial Art

Sword, Staff, Halberd, Short Sword, Twin Swords, Spear

Renbukan Dojo,
Durban, South Africa

We are a branch of the Shinbukan Dojo in Narita, Japan

Where to find us

Truro Hall, Westville
Tuesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm
Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm

What does it cost?

R400 per month for adults
R250 per month for students / learners

Who can join

Training is open to anyone 16 and over

One school, many weapons

Students start training sword on sword. They then progress to staff, halberd, two-swords and then short sword.

Kata – the truth in ancient ways

  • Training is done using paired forms called kata
  • Students use these to learn about the weapon, and the interaction between them and their partner.


  • These kata are based on drawing the sword, and then striking, and then resheathing the sword all in one movement
  • These are done with a metal sword, and are performed solo

“There are no shortcuts in Shinto Ryu”

Otake Nobutoshi