The Japanese sword (nihonto) is deeply bound to Japanese history. Traditionally seen as the soul of the warrior, it was believed to possess divine power. For these reasons, kenjutsu, the art of sword fighting, is one of the most highly respected martial arts.


Kenjutsu is based on battlefield experience and practices developed by individual warriors.


Educated warriors of the highest rank always carried a sword, and they studied kenjutsu above any other martial art.


Our style is coming from Giacomo Spartaco Bertoletti, Italy (pic on the right). His title is 5th Shike KODEN ENSHIN RYU Honmon ENSHIN RYU-BUJUTSU

Kenjutsu training / Short description


  • Higher belts are training with hakama, others are training with gi.
  • Bokuto + saya, a wooden sword with scabbard
  • Iaito, training sword (no sharp)
  • Katana, real sword for cutting purposes

Description for one training session:

  • 30% of session is basic training:
    basic stands, basic strikes, basic blocks
  • 30% of session is KATA training
  • 40% of session is training with partner
    Fast, moving tecniques with contact + sparring
  • + now and then suemonogiri, cutting the bambu


Enshin Ryu’s iai kenpô officially has forty-two kata. For each of these forty-two kata there are eighteen henka (variations), making a total of 756 different techniques. These henka contain many traditional fighting skills. The first kata Jûmonji is the base of all iai kenpo kata. These kata also include the idea of invoking divine protection, much like the ancient purification rites in shrines all over Japan, not only against external danger but also against evil spirits deep within one's mind.