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Books

TOTAL STICK FIGHTING : SHINTAIDO BOJUTSU
by Hiroyuki Aoki, 140 pages, illustrated with photos, $27

Released in March 2000 by Kodansha, this authoritative work covers the art of Bojutsu as practiced in Shintaido. Aoki sensei presents traditional bo katas adapted for Shintaido as well as his own new and established creations. This book is offered by online retailers and vendors nationwide.

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SHINTAIDO: THE BODY IS A MESSAGE OF THE UNIVERSE
by Hiroyuki Aoki, 120 pages, illustrated with photos, $20

For ten years this textbook has served as a gateway and guidebook to the practice of Shintaido. Includes sections on the history and philosophy as well as detailed explanations of technique. This second printing features more information about the ten Shintaido meditation positions.

UNTYING KNOTS: A SHINTAIDO CHRONICLE
by Michael Thompson, 120 pages, illustrated with photos, $20

Written by one of the co-founders of Shintaido of America, this autobiographical memoir tells the story of the author’s cross-cultural adventures in France, Japan, and California over the course of his 25-year Shintaido career.

CUTTING THE BLUE SKY
$20

An anthology of the best articles from the Shintaido of America newsletter over the past 25 years, commemorating the significant milestone. The articles were written by students and instructors. There are 32 articles, 33 photos, 162 pages, grouped by topics: the roots of Shintaido, cultural clashes, spiritual development, using Shintaido in the world, and musing on timing, facing death, the invisible world of the 4th dimension, and passive resistance.

Booklets

SET OF 5 BOOKLETS
$25

The following booklets are available individually or as a set of five booklets for $25. Order the full set of booklets here:

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TENSHINGOSO AND EIKO
by Hiroyuki Aoki, $10

This booklet is for Shintaido practitioners what the Diamond Sutra is for Buddhists: a concise yet thorough description of the basis of practice. Tenshingoso and Eiko are two of the fundamental movements of Shintaido, which embodies philosophies and prescriptions for human growth. Contains practical advice for all levels.

THE ZERO POINT OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE WORLD OF KI
by Hiroyuki Aoki, $5

In this interview Mr. Aoki describes his experience of reaching the “space of mu” (nothingness). He also discusses the unique understanding of ki energy (life force) that he came to in synthesizing Shintaido Body Movement.

ORIGINS, A HISTORY OF SHINTAIDO
by Shiko Hokari, $7

One of the founding members of Shintaido relates the stories of Rakutenkai (the group that developed Shintaido), and the conditions of society and consciousness in the late 1960s in Japan. Contains insights into the continuing evolution of Shintaido forms from their earliest manifestations.

IMPROVISATION AND THE BODY
$3.50

Japanese jazz musician Toshinori Kondo discusses Shintaido, performance, and music in an interview with French composer Gilbert Dalmasso. Illustrates how one artist benefitted from Shintaido by going beyond his limits.

STUDENT HANDBOOK
by Faith Ingulsrud, $3

Written by an American Shintaidoist who grew up in Japan, this handbook helps ease the culture shock sometimes experienced by Americans encountering Japanese customs and terminology in Shintaido. Includes a glossary and description of the basic structure of a Shintaido practice.

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DVDS

H. F. ITO PRESENTS BODY MOVEMENTS OF SELF-EXPRESSION: SHINTAIDO
$25

In this DVD, H.F. Ito offers his innovative interpretations of selected techniques and forms of Shintaido, the “new body way,” founded in Japan in the 1960s. A movement art, with deep roots in sword and karate practice, Shintaido infuses the rigorous martial arts tradition with creative expression.

Born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1942, Haruyoshi Fugaku Ito co-founded Shintaido of America in 1976. In 1988, he became the first practitioner awarded the International Shintaido Federation rank of Master Instructor, and in 2001, he established the Taimyo Network for Peace, an international group that transcends space and time to pray and meditate for world peace.

Content includes: Tenshingoso, Eiko, Hikari, Wakame, In-yo-ittai-ken, Toitsukihon-kumite, Kyu-ka-jo, Shinkendo, Jissen-Kumitachi, Taimyo, and an interview.

DVD

KATA AND KUMITE
$15
H.F. Ito gives instruction for kaiho-kei (opening and challenging) exercises with Michael Thompson and Robert Breant. Includes: kaiho-kei group practice, Bojutsu kata (hi no kata, kaze no kata, sho-dan, nidan), Jojutsu kata (taishi, hojo), karate kata (sanchin, tensho), kumibo (bo vs. bo) arrangements, kumitachi (sword vs. sword).

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SELF CARE PROGRAM FOR HOSPICE CAREGIVERS
$15

Master Instructor H.F. Ito leads hospice caregivers in a Shintaido program designed to relieve the stress of their emotionally demanding jobs. Master Ito uses the Shintaido techniques of Kenko Taiso, Wakame and Tenshingoso to teach caregivers how to relax and meditate.

KENKO TAISO INSTRUCTION
by On-Site Enterprises, $20

This 50-minute DVD presents the classic Shintaido kenko-taiso warm-up sequence with detailed explanation. The 15-minute warm-up sequence, done in a standing position, is an easy-to-follow stretching and strengthening routine that is excellent for those who are relatively new to body movement. Makes an excellent gift to introduce friends to Shintaido.

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TAIMYO / TENSHINGOSO
$15

Master Instructor Masashi Minagawa performs Taimyo Kata, then leads a group of students through Tenshingoso. This beautiful DVD, set in an English park, provides a step by step illustration of the Taimyo Kata form, as well as basic Tenshingoso technique.”

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Donations

SHINTAIDO OF AMERICA DONATION

Shintaido of America supports and encourages the practice of Shintaido throughout the United States. The activities of Shintaido of America are paid for through membership dues, sales of items through the bookstore, and donations.

Your tax-deductible contribution is greatly appreciated!