Yushinkan is a dojo in Utrecht, the heart of The Netherlands, where you can practise iaido. Yushinkan's iaido practitioners are affiliated with the Dutch Kendo Federation (N.K.R.), which in turn is a member of the Federation for Oriental Martial Arts (F.O.G.), which comes under the NOC*NSF (Dutch Olympic Committee). The iaido practice consists of a combination of Z.N.K.R. iaido and Shinkage ryu iaido (koryu). The dojo is lead by David Smits (4th dan). To propagate the practice of Shinkage ryu iaido in the widest sense, the Dutch Shinkage ryu Foundation was founded. There are currently three Dutch dojo operating under this Foundation: Yushinkan in Utrecht, Marobashikai in Den Bosch and Kodokan in Rotterdam."

The Name

The name Yushinkan was given to the dojo in 1998 by Vitalis sensei. The Japanese characters mean so much as excellence or courage (yuu), belief or self-confidence (shin) and dojo or club, in other words the place where a budo discipline is being practised (kan). Yagyu Munenori elaborated on the virtue of yuu and what it means to a swordsman in his treatise Go Ho Ken. Yushinkan is also the name of the dojo of Nakayama Hakudo in Tokyo. Nakayama sensei was the sixteenth headmaster in the tradition of Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (in the Shimomura branch), and is the founder of contemporary Muso Shinden Ryu iaido. Yushin, which also means having confidence in what you do or 'ambition,' is one of his epithets: Nakayama Hakudo Yushin Hiromichi. Finally, yushin also means 'new again.' The original calligraphy was made for Yushinkan by Richard Boel.

Kalligrafie: R. Boel

kalligrafie: R.Boel