Intensive Training program

For those who want to go deeper into the study of the art, the Intensive Training Program provides an opportunity to commit yourself to a rigorous schedule and be involved in all aspects of dojo life. Requirements of training hours, dojo duties, and self-study are all part of this program. By committing to this type of training, you will get a glimpse of the depth of this practice and be given the opportunity to push beyond many self-imposed limitations.

Individuals must put the dojo and their training above their own personal needs while participating in the program, and the expectations placed on you will be more rigorous and demanding than that of general members.

Program Length

  • One month

  • Three months (successful completion of the one-month program must occur before applying for three-month intensive)

The following is a list of requirements applicants should consider before applying. This is a starting point and the Chief Instructor will determine the exact program for your training needs.

  • Training a minimum of four days/week (participation in all eligible classes on four mornings and/or evenings; not only 4 classes/week)

  • Attend a minimum of one zazen session/week

  • Attend a minimum of one weapons class/week

  • Commitment to daily suburi (solo weapons striking practice)

  • Additional training as assigned by the Chief Instructor

  • Coordinate and help with daily chores in the dojo (cleaning, maintaining membership records, recording classes, greeting and assisting visitors)

  • Weekly interview with the Chief Instructor

  • Attendance at any seminars held during the time in the program


Applicants must be ranked 4th kyu or above and complete an application form; after applying, an interview with the Chief Instructor will determine acceptance into the program.

“A written regulation is only the surface and a fragment of the principle of discipline.  The essence of discipline is found within one’s conscience.  True strength of virtue is best cultivated with a spirit of self-sacrifice and actions carried out when there are no eyes to see them.  Therefore, daily life and training should be led by one’s own conviction and subjective attitude, seeking neither recognition, praise, nor return for what has been done, but making practice be about Silent Work.”

– TK Chiba