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Bob Davies
Bob Davies
Founder & Director
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 175 1282
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Shaz Davis
Shaz Davis
T'ai Chi Teacher & Webmaster
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 077 6553
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We also offer Corporate Classes focusing on Wellness and Stress Management. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Learn a Classical Sword Art

Sharpen your mind and reflexes; Improve your ability to strategise and plan. Put the validated MBA principles of the Art of War and Book of Five Rings into practice with Tenshindo.

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Wu-Shin Todejutsu is an effective all-round, integrated system of Civilian Self-Defence that teaches you to manage escalating levels of conflict (armed and unarmed) with minimum force.

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Our training will improve your flexibility, strength, and balance - both physically and mentally - making you more capable, confident, and adept.

Wu-Shin News Class announcements

A few house-keeping announcements:

Venue change for Wednesday evening Tenshindo classes

Wednesday evening Tenshindo classes will be at the Elmwood Bowling Club from 6pm with immediate effect.


24 June 2013, 06:29

Wu-Shin News New Tenshindo classes in June

We've got two new Tenshindo beginners' classes starting in June. Tuition is on Monday and Wednesday evenings or Monday and Friday mornings. Classes run for an hour.

Mondays at 06:30 - Salsa Latina Dance Studio - 12 Bath Street, Christchurch

Mondays at 18:45 - The Elmwood Club - 83 D Heaton Street, Merivale/Stowan Christchurch

28 April 2013, 22:25

Wu-Shin News Areas of the dojo

Here is a quick sketch of the parts of the dojo covered in the Tenshindo class this morning. Not a great artistic impression - but it should help if you have a visual style of learning. You'll find more detailed information in the Dojo environs post.

dojo parts

28 March 2013, 21:24

Wu-Shin News Live CTV interview and demo

We got some brief exposure on our local TV station today. Here it is...

Check out our events calendar for training times and venues.

27 March 2013, 10:12

Wu-Shin News New Tenshindo classes in April

We've got two new Tenshindo classes starting in April on Monday and Wednesday evenings - running in addition to the Monday and Friday morning classes at 12 Bath Road (behind South City Mall). Both evening classes start at 18:45 and run for an hour.

Mondays: St Christopher's Church - 244 Avonhead Road, Christchurch

Wednesdays: St Barnabas Church - 143 Fendalton Road, Christchurch

If you're interested in learning the art of the sword then fill in the reservation form and join us for two trial classes.

Current Tenshindo students training more than once-a-week are welcome to join either or both of these classes for extra training.

Wednesday classes start from 3 April and Monday classes from 8 April. Hope to see you there!

Check out our events calendar for more information.

404 samurai

25 March 2013, 19:48

Wu-Shin News Successful Japan Day 2013

We extend our thanks to everyone for their interest in our stand and for dropping by at the Canterbury Japan Day on Sunday.

We had a busy, if somewhat hectic weekend. So hectic that Shaz forgot to pack the camera on Sunday... but - the good news is that Teddy caught the first bokuto kata on video.

05 March 2013, 00:47

Wu-Shin News Canterbury Japan Day - 3 March

WSCDoldlogoWe're at the Canterbury Japan Day at Riccarton Racecourse, in Christchurch, on Sunday, 3 March. Pop in and say hello or catch our Tenshindo demonstration at 12:15 (based on the classical martial art of the samurai - tenshin shoden katori shinto ryu). There's a lot happening, including these demonstrations. Hope to see you there!

Tenshindo, based on the classical koryu bujutsu art of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu Heiho Jutsu – the 560+ year-old Martial Art of the Japanese Samurai – embraces the actual training strategies, tactics, techniques, physical and mental conditioning methods used by the Samurai warriors to prepare themselves for battlefield as well as one-on-one mortal combat.

For more information about us and Tenshindo, read our FAQs, contact Bob Davies or join us on the Tenshindo Japanese Sword Facebook page.

26 February 2013, 22:47

Wu-Shin News Tenshindo Kenjutsu - the art of training the mind

The warrior class of Japan developed and made use of a wide range of weapons, including the bow and arrow, spear, naginata, and sword. Of all the weapons taught, the sword was paramount.

A famous quote by shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa referred 'the sword is the soul of the samurai'.

There are fundamentally three current approaches to training with the sword…

1. Kendo - practised widely in Japan and quite popular worldwide.  It is a system of sporting combat in which the participants wear armour and try to score points on designated targets by striking with imitation, round bamboo swords (shinai).

17 February 2013, 19:46