This course is for those who want to experience more things than what we offer in our 30 minutes Quick Samurai course. At the end of our lesson, you will be performing a Samurai sword fighting scene with our professional actor while we play a BGM and insert sound effects as you act.
1. Seiza (kneel down sitting posture on the floor) and bow
2. Learn how to hold a sword (wooden, metal with no sharp blade?) and handle it
3. Wear a Haori (a short coat for kimono)
4. Practice the basic forms and movements of “Tate” (sword fighting) action
5. Practice speaking your lines in Japanese, and practice acting with a sword (Rehearsal)
6. Perform a fighting scene with a professional actor
7. Souvenir photo session
In the past, “Tate” or the art of Japanese sword flighting was considered as a special technique only for stage and/or movie actors, and for students in acting school. The art has been seen as refined movements in acting; but it also includes graceful manners, appropriate behaviors, harmonious movements with others, proper conduct in behavior and attitudes, and respecting others involved. In the end, the art teaches us a moral principle – or “Do” in Japanese – to discipline our souls and spirit.
At Japan Tate-do Association, we emphasize the “Do” aspect of the art, and introducing “Tate Do” to general public. Through practicing the art of “Tate Do” with us, we sincerely hope for practitioners of the art to advance their appreciation toward traditional Japanese culture.