The Institute of Japanology was in 1989 Europe's first special school for studies in the Japanese martial tradition, studies in Japanese cultural and martial history, and the phenomena that are associated with the exciting philosophy of the life of the samurai.
Budo, in its traditional form, still inherits much of its old special flavor, which once was the ideal for education and discipline. The special Budo spirit - Bushido - lives on especially in the classical martial arts such as the art of swordsmanship and archery.
The Institute of Japanology is not just for Budo practitioners. We have courses, study circles and seminars for anyone interested in Japan and its culture. We have extended courses and also short, concentrated courses in small groups. All led by qualified teachers.
Traditional Japanese Martial Arts for Selfcontrol and Selfassurance
Bujutsu – the origin of today's Budo martial arts. You will practice techniques of samurai combat with various weapons. Use the effective sword arts of the samurai through Kenjutsu and Batto-jutsu. Learn how to handle naginata, yari and unarmed martial arts. You will study classical strategies from medieval combat schools. The course is continuing with weekly practice and several seminars and camps throughout the year. The course material is the same as Robert Sandor taught to his private students.
Samurai’s Philosophy of Life
This course takes you into the fascinating world that made up the legendary samurai's life during a near-millennial era of Japan's history. You will learn about how the living conditions of the samurai changed during different eras, how they influenced his way of looking at existence and how they shaped different fighting styles, fighting schools and how the culture flourished during the Tokugawa period, when the samurai rarely had to use his sword as a weapon. You get a deep view into Bushido, the rules that governed the samurai's actions and which still characterize the Japanese people and society.
Tea Ceremony and Mental Relaxation
The Japanese tea ceremony, Cha no yu, originated in the Tang Dynasty's Zen Buddhist China (618-907). Its final form, on the other hand, is an all-Japanese phenomenon. Since the 16th century, different masters have developed different schools in the art of tea ceremony. It is a supreme form of association between artistic creative power, spirituality and social existence. This seminar shows the significance of the tea ceremony for mental relaxation while giving you an overview of its rituals and techniques.