Think Together, Support Each Other
Chiseikan is a martial arts dojo in Kyoto. Our practice is built upon a foundation of Aikido and integrates techniques and forms from other Japanese martial arts including karate, judo, jujutsu, and iaido and teaches the underlying philosophy of the Japanese martial arts.
What makes Chiseikan unique?
Learn many martial arts
Nenshin Ryu Budo is built upon a foundation of Aikido and integrates techniques and forms from karate, judo, jujustu and iaido. From these integrated practices, we will help you discover new ways to smoothly handle the challenges of daily life.
Classes limited to 10 people
Because each class is limited to 10 students we provide careful and personalized guidance to each student. Each student can deeply understand their own strengths and challenges, and will receive personalized practice advice through a dedicated smartphone app.
There are no competitive tournaments in Aikido, so you never have to worry about winning or losing . Instead, the purpose of our practices is to improve your own capabilities, so you can enjoy learning at your own pace. Also, since we adjust techniques according to the opponent, it is possible for different body types, genders and ages to practice together. Because of this, you can continue your practice throughout your entire lifetime.
language and culture skills
You can naturally acquire Japanese (and English) communication skills and intercultural understanding as we practice in both English and Japanese and our classes enable you to practice with people across a wide range of ages (from elementary school to adults) and nationalities.
Want to learn something new?
Something fun? cool? or healthy?
At Chiseikan Dojo you can learn all of these things, plus you can gain a source of lifetime learning. After receiving your black belt, it is also possible to help others grow and improve by becoming a teacher yourself..
For many people, the martial arts have a scary, old-fashioned and strict image, but at Chiseikan, you can enjoy learning martial arts with friends from different occupations, ages, genders, and nationalities under the guidance of supportive teachers. Within this international environment in the heart of Kyoto, we've confident that your view of Japan and the world will continue to expand and grow.
Shihan (Master Teacher)
Born in 1969. Yoshie Sugai is the main teacher (Shihan) of Chiseikan and an 8th degree black belt (Shihan-dai) in Nenshinryu Budo. She has been studying Aikido in Japan and abroad since 1996. Four years after taking a break from practice (for giving birth and childcare for her two sons), she met the Kinefuchi Shihan in 2003 and established the Aikido Club at the International University of Minami Uonuma City. Yoshie-sensei practiced for 10 years in all four dojos where Kinefuchi-sensei taught, and helped create the style of Iyonumaryu Aikido. In 2013, she opened the Iyonumaryu Aikido Kyoto Dojo. In addition to managing two dojos, Yoshie-sensei has created unique workshops and training programs for top executives at large companies that teach how to apply martial arts philosophy to business strategy and everyday life.
In the fall of 2020, Iyonuma Ryu Aikido was renamed Nenshinryu Budo, and in the spring of 2021, the Chiseikan dojo was established in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City.
To Increase "Resilience"
Today both children and adults feel as if they are constantly being chased by something and feel stressed from living in the midst of constant change. These changes include adversities, difficulties and also some things that are fun. In these difficult times, enhancing our "Resilience" will help us thrive in any situation no matter how difficult or challenging.
At Chiseikan, our aim is to train our bodies and minds to become stronger and more flexible in a friendly and collaborative environment.
Photos of Chiseikan Dojo in Kyoto
How to Join our Dojo
Please apply to watch or experience (2,000 Yen) one of our classes from the buttons below.
Children's classes are only available for elementary school students. All others can choose to attend one of our beginner classes.
* Free during special campaign periods.
After the trial class or watching a practice session, scan the QR code to receive the membership application. You'll need to enter your personal information and confirm your payment method then. At that time, you will be asked to choose the day or days of the week that you will practice with us.
Next, please download our custom smartphone app for Chiseikan. With this app, you will be able to communicate with our teachers and have an up-to-date record of your attendance.
Join your first practice and have fun learning Nenshinryu Budo!
Please use this form to ask any questions you have about our dojo or practice.