Student Impression of Noble House Kenjutsu Dojo

One of the things that I have always greatly appreciated about studying this style of kenjutsu is the lack of illusion. Everything is transparent and open to be questioned, tested and studied. There is no mysticism sold, nothing sacred. Right from the beginning we have been taught to study, question and prove the validity of what is being taught to us. It is refreshing to never hear “this is just the way we do it here”, or “don’t ask questions, just do as we tell you”. This is not to say that everything is easily learned or understood, but that we are always encouraged to critically think and analyze. Knowledge has never been withheld, only ever being limited by our ability to learn it and comprehend it at that time. What is then amazing is that the system, the art of Kenjutsu always stands up to this scrutiny. Inside an environment where the art is routinely examined and tested, it continually proves itself.

There is an underlying arc of theory that is wound throughout the entire art. From the first kata I was taught, to the more advanced that I am currently learning, there is a plan and purpose joining it all. Everything makes sense, nothing is extraneous. Everything is interwoven and connected, building upon and supporting each other. There are no gaps, nothing missed. The intellect behind this structure is amazing. A whole system designed to teach you Kenjutsu. All kata and movements have a place and purpose, each building layers of technique, skill and theory upon each other and weaving them into a greater tapestry. This integration is one of the things I love. Whether practising with bokken or shinai, yari or naginata, jo or bo, two sword or iaijutsu, you can see the concepts and theory coming through. So every time I practise is a chance to see, to understand further the underlying purpose behind it all.

Andrew Noble House Kenjutsu Dojo student