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Brief History of the Dojo.

Kage Dojo was founded in 1994 in Toronto to provide realistic self defense training to Law Enforcement Professionals.  Originally only people who were involved in Law Enforcement were accepted as students.  Since 2005 though, Kage Dojo has been accepting students from all walks of life into the family.

There is a misconception that it is called CAGE Dojo, but that is not the case, the school name is JAPANESE.  And is part of our logo.  It is KAGE Dojo.

The Japanese Kanji for Kage (pronounced KA - Gay) is composed of 2 lesser characters being

the sun over the capital  which means VIEW and

. rays which creates:

Translations include

  1. shadow
  2. image
  3. light (stars, moon)
  4. a shape or form reflected in light
  5. trace (of human presence); presence (of people or things); occurrence (of events)
  6. picture; photograph
  7. (Cantonese) to  take (a picture)

And the definitions of shadow include:


a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.

trees cast long shadows

synonyms: silhouette, outline, shape, contour, profile

used in reference to proximity, ominous oppressiveness, or sadness and gloom.

the shadow of war fell across Europe

synonyms: black cloud, cloud, pall, gloom, blight, threat

an inseparable attendant or companion.

her faithful shadow, a Yorkshire terrier called Heathcliffe

synonyms: constant companion, alter ego, second self, close friend, bosom friend, Siamese twin, bosom buddy


envelop in shadow; cast a shadow over.

the market is shadowed by St. Margaret's church

synonyms: overshadow, shade, darken, dim

follow and observe (someone) closely and typically secretly.

he had been up all night shadowing a team of poachers

synonyms: follow, trail, track, stalk, pursue, hunt, tail, keep tabs on

In Japanese there are these definitions to consider:

Definition and Synonyms for


bulletrefuge from danger or observation
bulleta premonition of something adverse
bulletshade within clear boundaries


bulletsomething existing in perception only


bulletthe impression that something is present


bulleta perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)


bulletan outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)


bulletrelative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body


The Dojo has a very deep and personal meaning to each student.  The Shadow Dojo is a place where students learn to become shadow warriors.  A place to train in safety, to learn skills to defeat oppressors, to face our own darkness and master ourselves within a community of like minded individuals.  We do not shy away from the demon’s that plague us, rather we drag them into the light of our being and face them.  We better ourselves and others by being able to be both light and dark without losing ourselves in blind devotion to someone else’s philosophy.  Every student’s journey is different, just as their motivation for training is different.  We have one common goal, to protect ourselves and our family’s.  We are a family within the Dojo.  Not bound by blood, rather bound by mutual respect and dedication to the betterment of all. 

We venture into the darkness, unfearingly, protected by our own light to help others, because we care and we can. We live the motto of the dojo.

Seeking enlightenment through accomplishment, we understand that every encounter; violent or otherwise offers us this chance for spiritual advancement. 

We train in the ways of the warrior because we understand inherently within our deepest selves, that those that cannot defend themselves own nothing, neither good fortune nor their own lives.


What Style Of Martial Arts Should I Study?

Anyone who has thought of studying a martial art had to ask him or herself this question at least once. No one person can tell another which art will be best to practice. This is because everyone is different and there are endless reasons why each individual seeks to study a martial art.

The martial arts require a different sort of commitment than taking up other pastimes like sports and hobbies. The martial arts start to positively affect the rest of your life. Martial artists often find that their training changes their lives outside the training hall.

Martial arts also encompass philosophical and spiritual dimensions in addition to physical exertion. To many, the "moving meditation" afforded by martial arts study enhances clarity of thought, improves mental focus, and promotes a sense of inner peace.

What Is The “Best” Martial Art?

The "best" martial art to study is the one that's best for what you want to do with it--in terms of your physical attributes, spiritual needs, and philosophical interests.

Just because a person may be tall and muscular doesn’t mean they can’t be soft and flowing. In contrast, just because a person may be smaller and weaker doesn’t mean they cannot defend themselves against a larger stronger opponent.

By combining several effective martial arts into our curriculum an individual will be able to see which style works best for them. Whether you like to strike, grapple or throw people using minimal energy, Shin Tengu ryu can show you a path to begin your journey. 

About Kage Dojo

Kage Dojo was created with a select purpose in mind.  Its soul purpose is to instruct individuals in the art of self-protection survival.

While other arts and schools are teaching from a purely defensive or sport attitude, Kage Dojo's methods incorporate the skills of precise attack.

The skills developed at Kage Dojo are geared towards fighting skilled opponents; to fighting for one's life, thereby, not all techniques are to restrain.  This is a survival art.  What others may call dirty fighting we call basics.  We believe that there are no rules in a fight.  No strikes that are not allowed.

The foundation of all aspects of the Kage Dojo combat method are the practice and perfection of Taijutsu.



Taijutsu is the original japanese warrior method of unarmed combat, and its roots can be found far back in the history of Japan.  As a system of life-or-death, survival self-protection, as opposed to the modern martial arts more popular today, Ninpo Taijutsu has to be able to cover all fighting possibilities.  Without the luxury of rules, weight classifications and skill level rankings, it is not possible to eliminate any potential technique or strategy that could be encountered in hand to hand combat.  Taijutsu is by nature a comprehensive method of employing the bodies natural movements to avoid injury while dealing out the appropriate degree of injury to one's adversary.

Taijutsu literally translated as skill of the body, forms the basis for all understanding in the fighting arts of ninjutsu.  By concentrating on developing natural responsive actions with the body during initial ninja training, one can then use the physical lessons as models for psychological and tactical training in advanced studies.

Some of the more popular Oriental martial arts and training systems attempt to mould the practitioner’s ways of reacting and moving to fit a stylized set of predetermined movements.  In effect, they are "adding to" the student's total personality.  The taijutsu of Shin Tengu-ryu works in the opposite manner to naturalize all movements by stripping away the awkward or unnatural tendencies that may have been picked up unknowingly over the years.

As a fighting system, taijutsu relies on natural body strength and resiliency, speed of response and movement, and an understanding of the principles of nature for successful results in self-protection.  The techniques take advantage of natural physical construction and efficient employment of body dynamics.  The students need not imitate some sort of animal, nor distort or deform the natural body structure, in order to employ the taijutsu techniques for self defense.

The principles of taijutsu also provide the foundation for combat with weapons in ninjutsu.  The loose, adaptive body postures and movements readily fit the fighting tools employed in the ninja's art.  Footwork, body balance, speed, energy application and strategy are identical for practitioners of ninjutsu, whether fighting with fists, blades or chains.

The effectiveness of taijutsu as a total fighting system is based on the ninja's reliance on the harmony inherent in nature.  Even the fundamental fighting postures and techniques model themselves after the manifestations of the elements in our environment.

Obviously to anyone who has witnessed even a few actual street fights, this means that the unarmed combat method will have to provide ways of successfully subduing a boxer, a wrestler, a kicking expert, a martial artist, a body builder, a weapon wielder, or multiple attackers, not to mention dogs or mechanical objects that can do one harm.

Broad based fighting skill is the key to surviving attacks on the street or in the field.

This broad based fighting  system teaches:

bulletPressure Points and Motor Nerve Clusters
bulletJoint Manipulations
bulletVascular and Respiratory Restraints
bulletGround Fighting and Grappling
bulletStriking techniques
bulletWeapons - improvised and traditional

The martial arts are a manifestation of your intentions to live your life as it should be lived, as a total human being.  That is what flows on as the basis of the authentic historical martial arts.  This is the foundation of Kage Dojo.


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