Our Story

The roots of Shinjinkai go back to the early 1980's, when the original Shinjinkan dojo was established by the famous Aikido and Zen master, Tenzan (Fumio) Toyoda Sensei.

Our History: From Then Till Now.

In 1991, Toyoda Sensei appointed his principal student Meido Moore Sensei as the chief instructor.

 

Moore Sensei founded Shinjinkai as a community in 2002, and in 2003 Moore Sensei was ordained in the Zen Buddhist tradition. A Rinzai Zen lineage holder, he today serves as abbot of Korinji, a rural monastery near Madison, WI, and as guiding teacher of the Madison Rinzai Zen Community. In 2015 He appointed Keizan Murray, one of his senior students, as the Dojo-Cho (manager) of Shinjinkai. Moore Shihan continues his personal martial art practice, serving on the advisory board of Aikido Shimbokukai.

 

Shinjinkai is a community united by a common purpose: intensive study of Japanese warrior arts. You'll find our culture to be one of camaraderie, hard work, and the joy of practice. Our dojo is known worldwide for traditional, rigorous training. Today, society may judge individuals by what they do or own. In the dojo, however, our only interest is what you use your life to become. This is the spirit of shugyo: deep mind-body training to live fully and benefit others. New members are welcome at anytime. Read within to learn about our group classes and how to get started. We also offer private instruction, and conduct special training events worldwide.

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Teachers

Several dynamic teachers labored unsparingly to maintain a training hall

in Chicago; a place where anyone could study Zen, martial arts, traditional

fine arts, and Japanese language. Click the button below to read about

the persons who have been instrumental in developing our dojo and community.

 “Learning is to a man as the leaves and branches are to a tree, and it can be said that he should simply not be without it."

- Takeda Shingen (1521-1473 A.D.) 'The Iwamizudera Monogatari'