Sports Chanbara is a lively, low impact, free-fencing sport that inculcates the spirit, grace & discipline of traditional swordsmanship, incorporating air-soft padded training weapons.
Sports Chanbara is a free-style Japanese combat sport, which originated from Kodachi Goshindo (Self-defense with short sword). Sports Chanbara uses the short sword (Kodachi), long sword (Choken) and other traditional Japanese weaponry, such as the dagger, spear, halberd, long and short staff.
Equipment used in Sports Chanbara are padded, hollow-core, inflatable training weapons. With the use of “air soft” equipment, Tanabe Sensei hopes to promote the spirit of safety, fairness and freedom through SpoChan training.
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TANABE TETSUNDO SENSEI
"I believe that this sport essentially does not require referees.
If players would recognize the results of the game, frankly admit to being hit and defeated, and refreshingly admire each other, there is no need to be concerned with the results of the game.
That is to say "self-judgement". This is the judgement by the players towards themselves for their own sake.
And then, in the spirit, it breeds that one can be considerate towards one's opponent, and that one can accept other people.
Self-awareness depends on the understanding of the importance of honesty.
All the people in the world would like to promote mutual understanding as fast as possible. We are trying sincerely to achieve this.
By overcoming ethnic barriers and breaking the thick wall of racial color, people in the world are trying to create the mind of the World Citizen. Japanese are also participating in the process."
1996.1.1 by Tetsundo Tanabe
SHIRAI MASARU SHIHAN (1925 - )
Semi-retired from his days as an aviation engineer, Shirai sensei has a been a budoka for well over 80 years. With over 50 years of experience in helping to promote and develop Sports Chanbara, he now works tirelessly to engage all in active pursuit of holistic fitness and the sharing of universal values.
His background in traditional martial arts from Toyama Ryu Iai-Battodo, Jukendo, Kendo, Goshindo, Jodo, just to name a few, has seen him reach out to empower numerous youths and communities around the world, in the sharing of traditional martial philosophies.
He specializes in Tameshigiri (test-cutting), Kihon dosa (basic and advance kata), Tanto (dagger), Kodachi (short sword), Choken (long sword), Yari (spear) and Nito (double sword) and is currently the
active head of 8 branch Dojos - 6 in Japan, 1 in Singapore and 1 in Hongkong; with humble students from Japan, Russia, Germany,
Egypt, Malaysia, Hongkong and Singapore.
He served as the founding Vice-President for the International Sports Chanbara Association (ISCA) and holds a 10th Dan in Sports Chanbara Goshindo.