- WHEN ARE CLASSES?
- WHERE ARE CLASSES?
- HOW MUCH ARE CLASSES?
- HOW LARGE ARE THE CLASSES?
- ARE SPECIAL SEMINARS INCLUDED?
- DO I NEED TO PURCHACE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
- DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?
- IS IT DANGEROUS?
- TESTING & RANKING?
- ARE THERE OTHER DOJOS AFFILIATED WITH RYUSHIN SCHOUCHI RYU?
- HOW DO I TIE AN OBI?
- HOW DO I TIE A HAKAMA?
- HOW DO I FOLD A HAKAMA?
WHEN ARE CLASSES?
We hold a beginners intro class on the first Tuesday of every month from 6 – 7:30pm
Normal classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
WHERE ARE CLASSES?
NY SPACES RIPLEY-GRIER STUDIOS (map)
520 Eighth Avenue
(Between 36th – 37th Street – Sixteenth floor)
Please check video monitor in lobby to see what room we are in.
HOW MUCH ARE CLASSES?
>>SEE OUR CURRENT PROMOTIONS
Our fee structure works like this:
$100 per month + $100* Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Annual Dues = first month $200 ($100 after that).
For any reason you will be absent for an extended period of time, please let us know and we can suspend your account until you come back.
*We pay $100 – $120 (depending on Yen exchange rate*) annual Ryushin Shouchi Ryu dues directly to the Honbu (main branch in Tokyo), this allows you to be “officially” ranked within this system and to be able to attend seminars when Yahagi Soke (the headmaster) comes to the US.
NOTE: We are a volunteer organization, this means no one gets paid. We do this because we are dedicated to the preservation and continuation of the art of the sword. All money collected goes to paying for the location, equipment, notes, etc...
TOTAL ANNUAL DUES (INCLUDING ANNUAL RSR DUES) = $1300*
*This does not include seminar, testing or certificate fees.
HOW LARGE ARE THE CLASSES?
Class size fluctuates depending on attendance. We are a fairly small study group, usually we average 10 – 15 people per class. That being said, small class size means more individual attention.
ARE SPECIAL SEMINARS INCLUDED?
Unfortunately seminars are a separate fee, this is determined on how many people are attending and where the location is, etc. we normally just divide it up evenly. Ranking is through Japan so there are testing and certificate fees (NYB goes up to 3 – 1 KYU). Non-RSR members are not allowed to attend full seminars and are subject to higher seminar fees.
DO I NEED TO PURCHACE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
As far as equipment is concerned all you need are gym clothes at first. We can lend you everything, if you decide you want to join you’ll eventually be required to purchase your own equipment. We do not sell equipment, however please feel free to visit some of our preferred vendors. >>EQUIPMENT SITES
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?
No, just a positive attitude and a willing to learn. Just remember that we all started out as beginners.
IS IT DANGEROUS?
Safety is always our number one concern, however there is always a fair amount of risk when training in any martial art.
We use unsharpened swords (iaitos) during practice for safety. There is also a dojo policy to never fool around during class.
Please be sure to sign our legal waiver before attending classes. >>LEGAL WAIVER
Also please read our Dojo Rules & Class Etiquette.
TESTING & RANKING?
New York Budokai follows a dan/kyu system like that used for many other modern martial art forms. Ranking in Ryushin Shouchi-ryu is overseen by Kunikazu Yahagi, Soke.
Most of these rankings are awarded to students when they visit Japan or when Yahagi Soke visits NY. New York Budokai can award rankings up to 3 – 1 KYU, independently of Japan.
The awarding of rank reflects progress in the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu curriculum. A student who attends class regularly can expect to test for shodan (first-degree black belt) in two to three years.
Regular rankings occur every two to three years, up to the rank of yondan (fourth degree black belt). Godan (fifth degree) rank is usually attained ten years after yondan, at which time the student is permitted to teach on her own if they wish.
Testing and certificate fees are determined by Japan and are not included in your monthly and annual dues.
The fees are determined by the current Yen – Dollar exchange rate. For more information, see Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Certificate & Testing Fees.
ARE THERE OTHER DOJOS AFFILIATED WITH RYUSHIN SCHOUCHI RYU?
The answer is yes, there are several schools in the US and Europe that study Ryushin Shouchi Ryu. If you (or your dojo) want(s) to become a member of the RSR organization please contact the nearest affiliated dojo.