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The breath is the very essence of life,

as we take in 20,000 breaths each day,

fueling our bodies with the energy we need to thrive.

Discover the power of conscious breathing
with the Nishino Breathing Method
– a groundbreaking approach that activates all the cells in your body,
promoting greater health, inner peace, and vitality.
By harnessing the energy of your breath,
you can transform your own life and ultimately create a better world for all.

What is the Nishino Breathing MethodⓇ?

The Basic Concepts of
the Nishino Breathing Method

  • Sokushin Breathing
    Open-Close Law
    Nurturing a youthful and health body by circulating Ki-energy throughout the entire body
  • Chūyū Reaching a comfortably relaxed and ideal physical condition
  • Jūsoku Methods Cultivating a body full of energy by Ki-energy filling exercises
  • Taiki Enhancing Ki-Energy by practicing in pairs

How to Practice
the Nishino Breathing MethodⓇ

■ Sokushin Breathing

"Sokushin Breathing" is a unique breathing technique in the Nishino Breathing Method, in which one inhales through the nose with the image of taking in energy from the soles of the feet (sokushin) and exhales through the mouth with the image of releasing energy from the soles of the feet, while consciously circulating the breath throughout the whole body.


■ Karin (Axis Rotation Exercise)

Karin is a preparatory exercise for the Nishino Breathing Method. It helps loosen up the body and create an ideal physical condition called 'Chūyū' (which literally means 'playing in the universe'), thereby enhancing the benefits of the Method.

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1. Stand with the entire body relaxed, feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Breathing out, gently swing to the left and right, rotating around the axis of the spine. Move from the Tanden or lower abdomen region. Let the arms, which are relaxed and loose, wrap around the body as a natural result of rotating the trunk.

2. Continuing to rotate left and right, let one arm wrap around the shoulder while the other arm wraps around your hip.

3. Maintain the same swinging motion. Turn your body to the left and the right, look at the heel of the farthest leg. Arms wrap naturally around your body. The swing to the right and then left is one set. Repeat each set about thirty times. Karin is practiced with normal inhaling and exhaling.

Karin Body Axis Rotation Exercise-YouTube

■ Basic Sokushin Breathing

This is one of the very basic breathing exercises in the Nishino Breathing Method. It is done with a childlike spirit of innocence, free and unencumbered under the open sky. With regular practice, it is possible to improve blood circulation, as well as enhance energy and stamina.

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1. Release all tension from the body and stand, knees relaxed, with the feet shoulder-width apart.

2. While exhaling from your mouth with your attention down toward the soles of the feet, slowly bring the upper body forward.

3. As you inhale from your nose, visualize your breath coming upward from the soles of your feet, gradually bring your arms forward and up. Lift both arms until they come above your head and bring the breath to Hyakue (the crown of your head).

4. Then hold the breath down to your Tanden (lower abdomen). Bring both arms down, extending them wide on either side at shoulder level.

5. Slowly lower your arms to your sides as you exhale from your mouth and return to the original starting position. If you repeat, continue to bring the upper body forward to the position of 2.

Sokushin (soles of the feet) Breathing Exercise-YouTube

■ Taiki

Taiki is a practice that enhances Ki-energy by working in pairs. In our classroom at the Headquarters, we do about an hour of basic breathing training followed by an hour of Taiki. Taiki literally means the exchange of Ki-energy. A student and an instructor work in pairs to exchange Ki-energy by placing the backs of their hands together. Through their hands, one transmits their entire body's Ki to the other person.

Note: Practicing Taiki requires a lot of training. Due to the risk of injury, we recommend that you practice Taiki under the supervision of certified instructors accredited by the Nishino Method Headquarters or its certified organizations.

Taiki Ki-Energy Enhancing Practice-YouTube


The Nishino Method Headquarters has a wide range of trainees of various ages, from elementary school students to retirees at the age of 96, from Japan and other countries. Trainees from different professional fields and walks of life continue to enjoy their training for years. Here are some of the striking written testimonials from our trainees outside of Japan.

The Nishino Breathing Methods are
the World of Sensing and Enjoying your “DeepBody”


Toshihiro Nukiwa, M.D., Ph.D.
Certified Senior Instructor
Director, NBM.Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University
Resides in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

When I started to practice the NBM at the beginning of January 1989, I was astonished at the practice of Taiki because I had already understood the interest of breathing through my previous experience of Zazen. What is this Taiki practice about? What medical and physiological significance does it have? I remember it was a time when few people were still responding to Taiki.

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For the next 10 weeks, I practiced the basics, such as Sokushin Breathing and Karin, but the body did not respond at all to the practice of Taiki. In March, Nishino Sensei said to me, “Oh! That's good,” but I was not sure what it meant. A week or two later, during a Taiki practice with one instructor, I suddenly flew backward and slid backward on the floor. The instructor said, “You were reacting before I touched you.” What? What does this mean? I immediately changed instructors, but this time the same physical impact occurred with every instructor.

Now I am glad that I had the patience and perseverance to endure these 10 weeks. It was a “brain-body” process that took a long time for my body (I was in my forties at the time) to change. There are many people who start the NBM exercises and give up after only one month, saying that they are not good enough or that they have no chance to feel so-called “Ki” or “Qi” at that time. It is unfortunate. There are many things in the world that cannot be understood by simple logic.

The background physiology for this phenomenon is that we vertebrates have had two motor systems during our 500 million years of evolution. One is the old brain (subcortical) including basal ganglia-medulla oblongata-spinal cord CPG (central pattern generator: I call this the “DeepBody”). The other is the well-known cortical motor cortex. The former is relevant to the phenomenon of Taiki (for more details on this topic, access to the link and use AI translator. It is necessary to recognize that our body trunk is, in the first place, an organ of forward movement in the long evolution. The physical response that releases this forward motion of the trunk from basic inhibition system is the Taiki response.

Let me explain with a little imagination. The inhibitory substance in the evolutionally old brain system here is GABA. The substance that releases this inhibition is the well-known transmitter, dopamine. Dopamine is known as the substance for reward in the brain (it brings satisfaction as a reward). Dopamine probably affects the surrounding limbic systems. So, when you are blown away by Taiki, you feel exhilarated and full of energy.

Except for a few martial arts, there is almost no such phenomenon or practice in the world. In Sendai, I explain the NBM trainees that although the phenomenon appears to be a martial art, this practice is actually a training in the more general purpose, for example, in business, to face the other person and communicate with him or her other than through words. If verbal communication were enough, it would be a world of AI customer service robots with existing information, and there would be no such thing as coincidence.

I directly heard Nishino sensei said, “Life without coincidences (or synchronicity) is not true.” It is in coincidences that a whole new path will open up. This is what I mean when I say, “Taiki is a practice to make a body that invites coincidences in life.”

Stimulation of Taiki causes a shower of dopamine in the brain

Returning to science for a moment, a paper in Nature in 2023 drew attention to the fact that dopamine promotes spontaneous movement in addition to its function as a rewarding substance. The more spontaneous behavior, the more coincidences we will encounter.
Another science is that this practice is not necessarily for the young. In NBM exercises, people around ninety years old run around the practice hall. There is no other bodywork like this. Why is this?

I believe that the dopamine shower-like (so to say) of the Taiki stimulation is not only for the limited moment but induces a long effective substance. BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) is one such substance currently attracting attention for its anti-depressant and pro-cognitive functions. Fact speaks itself, as you see elders run around at the Taiki practice.

I believe that this is the “cutting edge medicine” involving diverse brain substances and locomotion physiology. In the 20th century, no one would have imagined that it would be possible to access the evolutionarily old brain (or subcortical area). However, in the NBM “Taiki”, this is happening right before our eyes. What do we call this without calling it “the cutting-edge medicine”? If the world understands the principle, the whole world will start the NBM “Taiki”.

Let's practice Taiki every day, release the inhibitions of the old brain, and live a DeepBody life that is full of energy, invites the coincidences of life, and is expected to have an anti-aging effect.

Training Endlessly
in the Boundless Dojo of Earth and Life


Naoki Kojima
Certified Senior Instructor
Nishino Breathing MethodⓇ
Director, Kyusyu-Oita School
International Business Specialist

This time, I have once again been assigned to go abroad due to work commitments. Specifically, I will be heading to Germany at the beginning of May 2024. Since returning to the practice at the Nishino Breathing Method® Headquarters in April last year, I have received tremendous support from the Head Coaches and fellow students for about a year, and I would like to express my deep gratitude.

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The practice at the Headquarters was a series of eye-opening experiences. Initially, I struggled just to keep up with the practice, irritated by my inability to rid myself of bad habits, and embarrassed at being the worst despite having done this for 30 years. However, by discarding my petty pride, actively participating in the NK class (a special basic training program), standing close to the Head Coaches on purpose, and overcoming each challenge one by one, my desire to "practice again with my long-distance Kyushu member friends" and "share this new and wonderful concept" grew day by day. Consequently, since June last year, I aimed to become a Certified Instructor of the Nishino Breathing Method® and was fortunate to receive certification promptly. As I mentioned in the Headquarters' official YouTube video (Naoki’s Café Talk), I believe the value of the official recognition system lies in its process. In this sense, I hope many people will take on the challenge!

The practice at the Headquarters was revolutionary for me, akin to "Nishino Breathing Method 2.0", especially the interactive elements like Walking Taiki (Ki Energy Enhancing Practice with Parter), the initiative through the Assistant Instructor System, and the fundamental review of basic breathing practice through the NK class, which were exactly what I had hoped for. I deeply appreciate and agreed with these aspects. In addition to strictly preserving the traditional aspects of the Nishino Breathing Method®, I admired the Headquarters' fundamental stance of digging deeper into them through initiatives like NK Special, while boldly changing what should be changed according to the times, such as active public relations using SNS and careful attention to each student.

I spent about two years in Chile, continuing my practice alone, especially feeling frustrated in the last year, watching the Headquarters' videos and thinking, "How can I possibly join!" Finally, being able to return home and then leave Japan again in less than a year is honestly disappointing. On the other hand, I have attended practice nearly every day this year, thinking, "I have done everything I could." Practicing on one's own is completely different when one has learned the correct methodology than when doing it in one's own way. Furthermore, Europe is very encouraging as a couple of Senior Instructors are already active, unlike in South America. I hope to contribute to the further development of the Nishino Breathing Method® abroad by mutual improvement and stimulation.

Of course, there is no doubt that the best environment for practicing the Nishino Breathing Method® is at the Headquarters, where trustworthy Head Coaches and many serious peers are present. In this sense, I will be taking a step or two back. However, continuing to generate energy even when stepping back is the essence of Taiki learned at the Headquarters. In a sense, I have been given the opportunity to practice endlessly across the globe and in my life, and I am grateful to my company for providing me with this new chance. In fact, I like to think that this may have been guided by late Master Kozo Nishino.

Since there is still some time left, I plan to practice intensively until the end of April. I believe there will be opportunities to participate in the Headquarters' practice after moving to Germany, through business trips or temporary returns home, so please continue to support me. Also, my fellow practitioners at Nishino Kyushu-Oita School plan to continue their self-practice which is being coordinated by Manager Katura Yamauchi who has more than 30 years of practice experience, so I hope those in Oita and nearby prefectures will join us. Of course, I also plan to participate and sweat together when I return home.

Lastly, I pray for the further development of the Nishino Breathing Method® Headquarters and all its students and extend my greetings for now.

Auf Wiedersehen!
February 28, 2024

The Wondrous “Physical Now”


Timur Ucmak, M.D., Ph.D.
Certified Senior Instructor
Nishino Breathing MethodⓇ
Director, Nishino Swiss-Zurich

At the Headquarters the lessons are not teacher-but “trainees-centered”. Whoever wants to learn can learn. If you are facing overthinking, come here straight to practice. See how easy and instant it is to get out of an overthinking mind and right into a physical reality -I would say: the wondrous “physical now”.

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The first time when I started to practice NBM (Nishino Breathing Methods) was 23 years ago. My father-in-law - he himself a long-term attendee of NBM Juku and a Tai Chi Chuan master - used to teach me the basic exercises. Back then I started to get a glimpse of how powerful those exercises were. After 20 minutes of Sokushin breathing and Karin I was totally relaxed and at the same time completely energized.

Definitely I wanted to learn more: a couple years later I began to travel regularly to Tokyo to attend the NBM classes. As a young medical student my rational and scientific understanding was challenged in many ways, because what I saw and experienced at the Nishinojuku (Nishino School) was absolutely amazing.

Just within one lesson (breathing, turning around ones axis and through Taiki) every attendee had an instant access to an invisible power - which was vitalizing the whole body and freed the mind of its overactive boundaries. These positive effects - so quick and so strong - were and still are truly the trademark of this wonderful method.

There are not enough words to express my gratitude towards Nishino Sensei (Master Kōzō Nishino). I believe he changed the lives of thousands and thousands of people. As a Nishino method student and as a medical doctor I can say: I am sure everybody who gets in touch with the Nishino Method will see its positive and powerful impact on one\'s mental and physical health. And not enough to mention it again and again: the NBM makes me happy. Thank you, Nishino Sensei and all the instructors who are diligently teaching this method.

-After attending the Headquarters’ training in February 2023-

I experienced the new way of teaching at the Nishino Headquarters: on the one hand the lessons are completely rooted on the well-known basics of the Nishino Breathing Methods developed by Nishino Sensei. And on the other hand - and that is outstanding - the instructions are much more in detail. In every single journey to Japan (approximately around 30 times until now) I was looking for that, finally it is accessible to everyone.

And that makes the practice much more effective and joyful. Formerly it took a week to acclimate and to get the body into a deep relaxation. But at the Headquarters now I was able to get that intense sense from Day 1. There are so many new exercises of non-verbal communication (Taiki). I think that accelerates the experience immensely.

At the Headquarters the lessons are not teacher- but “trainees-centered”. Whoever wants to learn can learn. The transparency of teaching is something that is not measurable in value. Normally, in most traditional practices, the teachers keep many things secret.

Long story short: here the attendee can experience an open and generous way of transmission of knowledge which stands for: “There are no secrets!”. Every practitioner or seeker of “internal arts (any kind of exercise which deals with internal power or Ki)” will find a very high quality of teaching here.

Also, there are so many teachings dealing with quieting the mind. If you are facing overthinking, come here straight to practice. See how easy and instant it is to get out of an overthinking mind and right into a physical reality - I would say: the wondrous “physical now”.

A Joyful Path


Jonathan Stockdale, Ph.D.
Certified Senior Instructor Candidate
Nishino Breathing Method®
Professor of Religion, Spirituality, and Society
University of Puget Sound
Washington, U.S.A.

When I was a young teenager, I became deeply interested in two things:  martial arts and Asian philosophy.  I loved the cultivation of the body that the martial arts provided, and I loved even the simple word “dojo” (道場) – a place for the practice of “the Way.”  Whatever “the Way” was, I loved the idea that there were physical spaces where you could practice it using your body.

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As a teenager, I was also deeply curious about stories I read about ancient martial arts masters who demonstrated remarkable feats and possessed a kind of invisible power called qi, or ki.  Whenever there was a martial arts demonstration in my hometown of Seattle I would try to attend, and if there was a chance to ask questions afterward, I would always ask “what about qi or ki?”  But no-one seemed to have an answer, or if they did, they weren’t interested in sharing it with me.  So, I started on my path in the martial arts, first studying Chinese kung-fu and then, while studying abroad in Japan during college, switching over to aikido.  I wasn’t sure I would ever find answers to my questions about invisible power—or if the answers even existed—but at least I could keep training my body and practicing “the Way.”

Over time, I realized that most people in the martial arts world have little or no idea about what ki is, and even if they do have an idea, very few have a palpable experience of ki. Finally, however, in my twenties, I found what I had been searching for:  I began training with an aikido teacher in the U.S who had a deep understanding of breath power, and who remains my teacher to this day.  I owe a deep debt of gratitude to him for introducing me to the reality and the power of Ki energy.  And I learned something unexpected at his dojo that has remained true throughout all my experiences at the Nishino Breathing Method Headquarters:  wherever there is Ki energy flowing strongly, there is also great laughter and deep joy.

Aikido involves practicing with a partner, so it’s not something you can easily do by yourself.  So, when I was back in Japan during graduate school, a friend who knew I was interested in Ki energy gave me a book by someone named Kōzō Nishino, which included instructions on how to cultivate Ki energy through breathing exercises that you can practice on your own.  I read the book and began practicing the exercises for a few months, until it dawned on me that I could just visit the Tokyo headquarters of the Nishino Breathing Method and see first-hand what the book was talking about.  So, in 2000, I paid my membership fee and walked into the Tokyo Nishino headquarters dojo for the first time.

Needless to say, I was blown away, mentally and physically, and I was overjoyed.  Watching Master Nishino do taiki with students was kind of like watching a drama unfold, or like watching a great choreographer at work.  His students would receive a profound exchange of Ki energy, and through the alchemy of that interaction, you could see some of the students’ own unique talents shining forth:  it was clear that some were dancers, or gymnasts, or singers, or martial artists, each receiving Ki energy in their own unique way.  It seemed that the experience of taiki with Master Nishino touched people at the very core of their being.  It was incredible to see and to experience, as well as mysterious, and unforgettable.

At the same time, I’ve always felt that in every century there are a few miraculous people who walk the earth, which is exactly what I had read about in books as a teenager.  So, while it felt amazing to be in Master Nishino’s presence, the fact of his existence itself didn’t surprise me.  The real question remained:  can those incredible people who walk the earth transmit their abilities to others?  What truly surprised me were all the Shidōin (指導員)—the instructors who led the classes under Master Nishino.  They were ordinary-seeming people, men and women, some older, some younger, all of whom possessed extraordinary breath power, who could send me flying across the room while barely moving a muscle.  This is what ultimately amazed me and continues to amaze me about the Nishino Breathing Method:  not just that one incredibly talented human could develop the method, but that he could transmit it to so many “ordinary” instructors, who are each filled with their own unique reservoir of powerful Ki energy.

I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the instructors and students of the Nishino Breathing Method in Japan, who keep the teachings alive and who work tirelessly to make the teachings available to everyone.  As I continue to train with my dear teachers whenever I am able at the Nishino Breathing Method, Tokyo Headquarters, I hope that I will continue to learn one millionth of what Master Nishino knew, and one thousandth of what the instructors understand.  No matter how little or how much I develop, however, it’s a joyful path to be on.

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    Zeev Golan
    President, Golan Architects
    President, Golan Consultants
    Lives in Kfar Yona, Israel with his wife Ronit

    My personal experience with the Nishino respiration method

    In 2015, my life took an incredible turn, after my encounter with Master Nishino, and with his help, I got to know the breathing method he developed. During the weeks I spent in Tokyo, I came to the institute every day and made sure to stay for a couple of classes every day.

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    When I returned to Israel, I began to practice on my own what I learned in Japan. Without a doubt, the ability to disconnect thoughts from the daily unpleasantness flying around us, to isolate external sounds, listening to the body, the breath, directing and focusing the thought in the flow of energy from the earth to the body from the body back to the earth, helps me a lot to start another work day when my thoughts are clear, and the body feels lighter.

    Many people were interested in what I did in Japan, what method I speak of so much. I thought about it a lot and finally came up with a personal idea: the breathing method teaches me to use the body and its respiratory systems more properly and feel connected to the world that surrounds us.

    For a better understanding of the method, I made sure to purchase many books by Nishino. And although they are written in Japanese, I spend hours translating the pages and trying to better understand the wonderful method I learned.

Kōzō Nishino


The Nishino Breathing MethodⓇ

Biography of Kōzō Nishino

Kōzō Nishino (1926 – 2021) was born in Osaka, Japan. While studying at the Osaka City University Faculty of Medicine, he was inspired by the great accomplishments of the famous ballet producer Sergei Diaghilev, and joined the Takarazuka Musical Dance Revue, soon becoming the resident ballet instructor and dance choreographer. In 1951, Nishino enrolled in the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School in New York.

After returning to Japan, he established the Nishino Ballet Troupe in 1954, and produced famous prima dancers. After embarking on a career that encompassed choreography as well as T.V. and stage productions, he created a string of a great hits by producing and directing many T.V. shows.

He learned Aikido from Kisshomaru Uesiba Doshu (son of the Aikido Founder) and trained in Kung Fu under Master Kenichi Sawai. He attained the highest rank "Shihan"(Master) in both Aikido and Kung Fu. Through his mastery of the sciences of life - "medicine", of the arts of the body - "ballet", and from his acquisition of advanced interactive senses - "martial arts", he originated and developed the way to cultivate life energy, The Nishino Breathing Method.

(Books in Foreign Languages only)

<b>THE BREATH OF LIFE</b> <br>
		<span>Nishino, Kozo. The Breath of Life, Using the Power of Ki for Maximum Vitality. Japan: Kodansha International Ltd., 1997 ISBN 4-7700-2022-8</span>

Nishino, Kozo. The Breath of Life, Using the Power of Ki for Maximum Vitality. Japan: Kodansha International Ltd., 1997 ISBN 4-7700-2022-8

<b>LE SOUFFLE DE VIE</b><br>
		<span>Nishino, Kozo. Le Souffle de Vie, Utiliser le Pouroir du Ki. Paris, France: Guy Tredaniel Editeur, 1998 ISBN 2-84445-027-x</span>

Nishino, Kozo. Le Souffle de Vie, Utiliser le Pouroir du Ki. Paris, France: Guy Tredaniel Editeur, 1998 ISBN 2-84445-027-x

		<span>Nishino, Kozo. Il Respiro Della Vita, La massima vitalita dalla forza del Ki, Esercizi di Respirazione facili, effieaci, completamente illustrati. Roma, Italy: Edizioni Mediterranee, Via Flaminia 1999 ISBN 88-272-1256-6</span>

Nishino, Kozo. Il Respiro Della Vita, La massima vitalita dalla forza del Ki, Esercizi di Respirazione facili, effieaci, completamente illustrati. Roma, Italy: Edizioni Mediterranee, Via Flaminia 1999 ISBN 88-272-1256-6


Training Courses

■Regular Course for all trainees

Group Lessons:

Sokushin Breathing exercises (1 hour)

Taiki Ki-Energy enhancing practice in pairs (1 hour)

The total training duration is 2hours. Sokushin Breathing exercises are being practiced in Japanese. English-speaking instructors briefly explain how to practice before and after the class.

Regular Class Schedule
Regular Class Schedule
Monthly Membership Fees
Membership Registration Fee
10,000 yen(11,000 yen including tax)
Monthly Membership Fee

20,000 yen for 4 lessons(22,000 yen including tax)

30,000 yen for 8 lessons(33,000 yen including tax)

40,000 yen for 12lessons(44,000 yen including tax)

※ Additional fees will be charged for every 4 lessons.

※ If you add only one lesson, the additional fee is 5,000 yen (5,500 yen including tax).

■Intensive Course for Overseas Visitors

  1. Private/Semi-Private (up to 2 persons) lessons with English-speaking Senior Instructors
    Fees: 10,000 yen(11,000 yen including tax)per person for each lesson.
  2. Small Group Lessons(3~5persons) with English-speaking Senior Instructors
    Fees:7,000 yen(7,700 yen including tax) per person for each lesson.
  3. Group Lessons(the same system as the Regular Course)

For the above three programs, there are two courses: Beginner Course(12 lessons or more) and Intermediate Course(12 lessons or more).

■Certified Instructor Training Course

Are you interested in teaching the Nishino Breathing Method in your local area or country? We offer training to become a Certified Instructor of the Nishino Method. To be qualified as a Certified Instructor candidate, the trainees must complete the Beginner and Intermediate Courses. Then, the trainees are required to practice by themselves or attending the Regular Course for a couple of years (depending on the individual trainee).

An organization operated by a Certified Instructor can join the network of Certified Organizations under the Nishino Method Headquarters.

For more information, please contact the Headquarters.

Trial Lessons

Experience the Nishino Breathing Method with our trial lessons. Trial fees are 5,000 yen (5,500 yen including tax). Secure your spot by making a reservation in advance. Reach out to us at to reserve your spot or for any inquiries you may have.

Contact for Inquires or Reservations for Trials


Please wear comfortable clothing. You will practice barefoot in a matted room.

If you enroll immediately after your trial on the same day, 5,500 yen will be deducted from the monthly membership fee.



3 minutes’ walk from JR Shibuya Station

2minutes’ walk from the B1 or B3 subway exits

1 minute walk from the 20B subway exit (elevator)