Shintaido is a unique combination of martial arts and body movement that cultivates the spirit along with the mind and body. It has been called a moving meditation. In Japanese, Shintaido means “new body way.” Shintaido’s forms exemplify openness and freedom. The movements of Shintaido provide a new way of experiencing our relationship with ourselves, others, nature, and the spiritual world.

Shintaido is also a healing art, and a form of artistic expression. Shintaido attracts people who are interested in change, self development, and re-connecting with their bodies, their community, their spiritual nature.

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Shintaido was started in Japan in the 1960’s under the leadership of Mr. Hiroyuki Aoki, with a group of martial artists, musicians, actors, visual artists, and others who wished to combine traditional wisdom with aspirations for peace, freedom and equality. The Shintaido philosophy is grounded in body movement. It takes us to the core of our beings to express our highest aspirations:

  • to find our true selves,
  • to communicate with others,
  • to become unified with nature,
  • and to contribute to the struggle for world peace through the practice of Taimyo kata and the development of the worldwide Taimyo network.

Menu Outline:

     Practice: SoA scheduled classes and instructor contact

     News: Current Body Dialogue articles

     Media: media offerings
           Podcasts – collection of readings and interviews
           YouTube – collection of video offerings
           Body Dialogue – digital articles on topics of shintaido
                 Archive – PDFs of past printed newsletters

     Curriculum: SoA curriculum outlines for
          Shintaido – core teachings and open-hand movement
          Shintaido Karate – karate forms within shintaido
          Shintaido Bohjutsu – long staff forms within shintaido
          Shintaido Kenjutsu – Japanese sword forms within shintaido
          Examinations – general outlines of rank expectations
          Glossary – major terms used in shintaido practice

     Membership: Pay membership dues and sign-up to become a member
          Member Resources – a collection of student forms and booklets

     Store: purchase books, pay dues, make a donation

     About Us: Overview of the SoA organization
          The Organization – information about the functioning of SoA
          Board of Directors – information about the people running SoA
          Contact Us – contact SoA and find other international shintaido organizations
          Join Our Mailing List – sign-up to receive the SoA digital newsletter