(link to the Finland homepage)

Kashima-Shinryu is a traditional martial art (koryu)
which has been passed down for almost 500 years through 19 generations
of master instructors in Japan. Kashima-Shinryu focuses on the primary
arts of URA (self defense) and OMOTE (swordsmanship) as well as several
related arts such as Battoujutsu (sword drawing), Kaikanjutsu (Dagger), and
Sojutsu (spear or Yari). Beginning students will learn the fundamental techniques
and ideas behind Kashima-Shinryu using a bokuto (wooden sword) and Fukuroshinai for kenjutsu as well
as bare handed for jujutsu.

I have practiced the art about five years during my stays in Japan (1995 - 1997; 2000 - 2002, 2007 and 2013),
and since 2002 also at Tampere University of Technology (TUT). My current
rank is Kaiden, and together with me four other students having the ranks Chuden, and Shoden (2) and
Kirigami join the workouts. We practice on every Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at TUT. Now and then
we also visit the Kashima-Shinryu group at Helsinki University, and practice with
Ari Yliniemela and Peter Nysten (both Menkyo-Kaiden) and their students.

The Kashima-Shinryu Federation of Martial Sciences webpage can be found at :


For more information please contact Professor Franzen at robert.gu.franzen@gmail.com