Shintaido

Founded by Hiroyuki Aoki, an actor, painter, and master of Shotokai karate, Shintaido was born in Yokohama in 1965.

There Mr. Aoki formed “Rakutenkai”, or “Meeting of Optimists.“ This group of approximately 30 people, including some of Japan’s top martial arts instructors and a variety of artists, musicians, actors, and men and women young and old, set out to create a new art — they did not yet know what — from their own ideals and sense of optimism. They practiced together every day and many nights to test their physical limitations and discover what Aoki sensei called “the unknown world which begins at the end of our psychological strength.”

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Savate

Savate, also known as boxe française, French boxing, French Kickboxing or French Footfighting, is a French martial art which uses both the hands and feet as weapons and combines elements of western boxing with graceful kicking techniques.

Only foot kicks are allowed, unlike some systems, such as Muay Thai and Silat, which allow the use of the knees or shins. Savate is perhaps the only style of kickboxing in which the fighters habitually wear shoes (savate being a French word for "old shoe"). A practitioner of savate is called a savateur (male) or savateuse (female).

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Ninjutsu

The traditional Japanese method of espionage; involves stealthy movements and the use of camouflage.

Ninjutsu was developed by groups of people mainly from the Iga Province and K?ka, Shiga of Japan.

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Naginata

Is a Japanese martial art form for men, women, and children. The Naginata originated over 1,000 years ago. The Naginata is a weapon with a rich history, utilized and refined from the Nara Period (710-784 A.D.) to today.

Employed initially by the Bushi, it later found itself the specific weapon of the Sohei or Buddhist monks. It is the school of the spear and, as such, is a shafted weapon. The length of its oval shaft varied, from 5’ to 8’, depending on battle conditions and personal requests. The most striking feature, however, was the blade; it could be anywhere from 10 inches to more than 2 feet, and was sharpened on a single side, fashioned in the manner of either Sakizori or Uchizori.

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Muay Thai

Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is a form of hard martial art practiced in large parts of the world, including Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.

The art is similar to others in Southeast Asia such as: pradal serey in Cambodia, lethwei in Myanmar, tomoi in Malaysia, and Lao boxing in Laos. Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the country's national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies significantly from the ancient art muay boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing.

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