Nanashi dōjō

Welcome to our dōjō

Our goal is providing our students the very best tuition in learning the Japanese sword, shuriken, shoken and other small hand held weapons.

Our Dōjō
Nanashi dōjō your local traditional Japanese martial arts club in Southend-on-sea.
Two classical Japanese budō forms are taught, Mugai-ryū iaidō (sword) and Meifu Shinkage ryū (shuriken).


Three different styles of classical Japanese budō forms great for self motivation.

Mugai-ryū iaidō, Meifu Shinkage ryū & Toyama-ryū iai battōjutsu.

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Mugai-ryū iaidō

Mugai ryu is a genuine Japanese koryū martial art which was founded in 1680.

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Meifu Shinkage ryū (shuriken and other small weapons)

Meifu Shinkage-ryû includes several specialized weapon skills that can be traced to the ancient Samurai in Japan.

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Toyama-ryū iai battōjutsu

A simplified form of sword technique for the Japanese army that emphasized the most essential points of drawing and cutting.

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New students are always welcome

The dōjō based in Southend-on-sea first opened in 2013 and has grown, with the exciting addition of Meifu Shinkage ryū and Toyama-ryū iai battōjutsu added to our curriculum in 2019.

New students are always welcome and we offer a polite environment for anyone wanting to join. Our friendly dōjō members strive towards ever improving themselves both inside and outside of martial arts. Please make no mistake in assuming we are a ninjutsu dōjō, our Southend on sea martial arts club practices a variety shuriken and other bladed weapons of Meifu Shinkage-ryû which originated from Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū, a 600 year old martial art. Throwing shuriken is both fun and very sensible, a strict safety guideline is in practice at all times. We teach two iaidō or Japanese sword fencing styles, iaidō is the perfect martial art for focus and removing stress as well building your confidence. Mugai ryū iaidō is the first syllabus new students will be taught and when ready for shodan (black belt grading) the introduction of Toyama ryū sword syllabus is taught.

All your grades and registration documents are sent from Japan, ensuring your martial arts qualifications are of the highest standard, as well as being authentic.


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Throwing spikes and stars

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The most famous example of Shuriken is a Ninja Star, shaken were a weapon of the samurai before they were known as a ninja weapon.
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About your local koryū dōjō

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It all started for me back in the 1980's I was in my first year of high school...