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Samurai School in Kyoto: Samurai for a Day

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    Study the arts of the samurai, the warrior class that ruled the battlefields of ancient Japan for centuries, during this 1- or 2-hour session in Kyoto. Practice the graceful, stylized movements that make up the samurai technique as you handle a sword and uncover the discipline of Kembu, a samurai performing art that’s been perfected over many hundreds of years.
    Start your samurai training by making your way to the Kembu Kyoto Dojo. Your class time will vary depending on the length and option you have selected. Meet your instructor and watch a short 3-minute film detailing the basic practices of the samurai, the warrior class that dominated feudal Japan between the 12th and 19th centuries.
    Then suit up in your samurai uniform for the day, including a white belt, Japanese-style socks and, of course, your sword. Start your experience by learning the proper methods to bow, then begin your sword training with an introduction to drawing it and replacing it in its protective scabbard. As you attempt to master this tricky technique, you’ll also test out various methods of striking the sword.
    Take a moment during your training to suit up in a traditional samurai costume for a short photo session before learning how to wield the sword against a potential opponent. For those that selected the 1-hour session, your experience ends here with a respectful bow to your instructor.  Grab your photos and a certificate of achievement before departing.
    Optional Upgrade: 2-Hour LessonIf you booked a 2-hour lesson, continue to learn stylized movements of the samurai, including how to walk and how to use the folding fan if you wish. Complete your session with some challenging Kembu choreography, which you will perform with your sword on stage, accompanied by a poem and music.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We learned some basics with actual swords and had lots of fun. The costumes were top quality. The instructors let us take as many photos and videos as we wanted. Highly recommend!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank KellyMcSl
    Reviewed July 6, 2019

    This is not a traditional fighting style, but rather a choreography style for theatre plays. Participants are mainly families with kids. And instructions are very basic and easy to understand, although sometimes a bit dumbed-down. However, the Katana are real and costumes are brilliant. Instructors...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank abyrupus
    Reviewed July 4, 2019

    I visited the kembu theater for a couple of hours. Very good service and nice people. We had a lot of fun and took some pictures at the end. Highly recommended.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Jorge M
    Reviewed June 14, 2019 via mobile

    This was a great change of pace for me and my wife after all the shrines. It was a totally private lesson where we got to grips with some of the basics and we were hands on from the moment we walked in. Exactly what...More

    Thank pmarillat
    Reviewed June 7, 2019 via mobile

    I took my 10 and 6 year old boys to samurai training and we all loved it. We chose our outfits and learned lots of positions. We got great photos and the samurai masters were fun. They told my 6 year old he was a...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Mckenzd
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    • Samurai Kembu Theater
    • Duration: 1h
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    • Languages Offered: English
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