The Kageshujin (shadow master) Dojo is the Hombu (本部 headquarters) for the Kurai Kotori Martial Arts Tradition. The Hombu serves as the primary resource for all things pertaining to the system, its activities, current teaching methods, written materials, and official weapons and equipment used in training.
The Kurai Kotori Ryu is a tradition that follows the path of Sword & Shadow. The sword (刀) serves as a foundation weapon used to cultivate hand/eye coordination, enhance intuition pertaining to the crucial art of timing, heighten awareness to combative distancing, and imbue the importance of strategic thinking in all things. The shadow (影) serves as a concept for how to approach conflict in a manner that uses guile over brute force, calm resolve over rash action, and the ability to adapt to an enemies aggression like a leaf that floats on the surface of water... harmonizing with the natural flow of energy.
In Kenjutsu (剣術) the student is taught all the skills associated with the Katana (long sword), which includes combative postures, basic angles of attack, movement drills, body dynamics, advanced cuts, parries, blocks, clashing, striking, and controlling techniques before learning the prearranged fighting sets that test their overall knowledge along with the classical strategies used by the Samurai of Feudal Japan.
In Ninjutsu (忍術) the student is taught unarmed fighting skills known as Taijutsu (body art), which includes striking, joint manipulation, throws, pressure attacks, finger locks, chokes, and reversals. The Ninja is also exposed to Nin-Buki (weaponry), which is comprised of dozens of specialized weapons, including throwing blades, staves, halberds, chains, sickles, spears, cords, short bow, and blowgun.
Although both Samurai and Ninja skills have a practical use in today's society as a method of self-protection, we also utilize the art to perform theatrical combat. This is known as Chambara, which is slang for films set in Feudal Japan.
Shodai Jonin (ninja leader) Mark Steven Grove has been studying Ninjutsu since 1972. He opened his first school in 1983 and has been practicing and teaching every since. He is the founder the Gendai system of Kurai Kotori Ninjutsu and has organized the skills into a complete training program that maintains the spirit of the Ninja. Nidai Jonin (ninja leader) Sara Salazar is a 5th degree black belt who has been training in Kurai Kotori Ninjutsu under Mr. Grove since 2003 and is the successor to the system.
Wednesdays 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sundays 11:00am to 1:00pm
COST$175.00 a month.
8031 Wadsworth Blvd A-4
Arvada, Colorado 80003
Monthly Tuition: $175.00 (due between the 25th and 1st)
Black training uniform, sash, leg ties, synthetic sword, plastic scabbard, rattan short staff, training knife, practice chain, synthetic throwing blades. Other gear as needed. (Inquire for costs)
Please fill out the Dojo Source Waiver before attending class
This is where you will find all that you need to begin training with our official uniform and accessories as well as custom designed Ninja weapons created in the Ninja Armory workshop by Jonin Mark Steven Grove.
This is a single sword wielder who uses drawing, cutting, and re-sheathing against two opponents.
Students practices cutting technique combinations and unarmed flow exchange.
Here you see four sword sets applied by multiple practitioners against a variety of attacks.
Here you see multiple practitioners demonstrating three sword sets using strategic principles.
Training outdoors so we can practice sword versus chain and a two person sword set.
This preview shows an interactive form where a practitioner holds his ground against two attackers.
Here you see two practitioners demonstrating some of the basic fast drawing skills.
Locking and hyper-extending the knee is a powerful technique that causes pain and hinders mobility.
Swordsmanship for camera where Chambara practitioners techniques flow from one opponent to the next.
Here you see a clip of two practitioners applying elbow locks with a variety of follow up techniques.
Practitioners train with a variety of weapons against targets, against an opponent, and in solitary forms.
Here you will see the cross arm entangle technique applied against various attacks.
Conquest is a TV show on the History Channel hosted by Peter Woodward. In each 30 minute episode, Woodward teaches his small group of assistants a particular type of weapon, or a set of weapons from a particular time period, while demonstrating their function, describing their comparative advantages and disadvantages, and discussing their history. In episode 24, he examines THE WEAPONS OF THE NINJA. Assisted by real life Ninja Master Mark Steven Grove of the Kurai Kotori Ryu, Peter explains many aspects of the art of Ninjutsu while Mark teaches various unarmed and weaponry skills.