Welcome To Toku Bu Kan

A traditional Japanese sword school located in South Florida

About the Dojo

The meaning behind Toku Bu Kan

In Kendo, defeating your opponent should not be obtained by ruthlessly overpowering your opponent or by actions of trickery or anger towards them. Winning using these things will only create feelings of anger, revenge and unhappiness, however winning by true virtue (Toku) is truly winning. Your opponent will thank you when being defeated by you in this fashion, and in the end, you will gain the respect of your opponent for these qualities you uphold during your exchange.

Therefore, we use Virtue (Toku 徳) for the Dojo’s first kanji, and for the second kanji, we use ( Bu 武) as in Budo (Martial Art). The last kanji is ( Kan 館) as in group.

(徳武館) Tokubukan has a deep meaning and gives us a goal to strive for every day we train.

Dojo Motto

“The sword and the mind (soul) are one. If the mind is right, the sword is right. If the mind is not right, the sword also cannot be right. The person who wishes to study the sword must first study their mind”.

– Shimada Toranosuke

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