Sword lesson

Samurai School: Samurai for a Day

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1 hour - 2 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Attend a Samurai lesson in Kyoto
  • Learn from a master instructor how to bow, draw a samurai sword and strike with stylized movements
  • Enjoy a photo session in costume and receive a certificate
Prepare for battle as you learn the skills of the samurai during this 1-hour class studying the basic techniques of these ancient Japanese warriors. Get an introduction to the basics of the samurai art.
What to Expect
Study the arts of the samurai, the warrior class that ruled the battlefields of ancient Japan for centuries, during this session in Kyoto. Practice the graceful, stylized movements that make up the samurai technique as you handle a sword and uncover the discipline of Kembu, a samurai performing art that’s been perfected over many hundreds of years.

Start your samurai training by making your way to the Kembu Kyoto Dojo. Meet your instructor and watch a short 3-minute film detailing the basic practices of the samurai, the warrior class that dominated feudal Japan between the 12th and 19th centuries. Then suit up in your samurai uniform for the day, including a white belt, Japanese-style socks and, of course, your sword.

Start your experience by learning the proper methods to bow, then begin your sword training with an introduction to drawing it and replacing it in its protective scabbard. As you attempt to master this tricky technique, you’ll also test out various methods of striking the sword.

Take a moment during your training to suit up in a traditional samurai costume for a short photo session before learning how to wield the sword against a potential opponent. Your experience ends here with a respectful bow to your instructor. Grab your photos and a certificate of achievement before departing.
What's Included
  • English-speaking instructor
  • Photo shoot
  • Tenugui towel (Japanese traditional towel)
  • Lesson completion certificate
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Meeting Point

Samurai Kembu Theater (Kyoto dojo) 35-7 Sanchome (Higashi-iru, Sanjo-hanamikoji), Higashiyama-ku B1F Neo Art Bldg., Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture

What to Remember
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
• Minimum age is 5 years.
• Please wear clothes suited for exercise and moving around.

Cancellation policy
• Up to the day before the session: No charge
• On the day: 30% cancellation charge
• No show without any notice: 100%

Please come within five minutes before start time.

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