• About

  • Shugyo Kage (修行影) started as a shibu training group in 2015 in Richmond, Virginia by a group of like minded individuals practicing the teachings of Sensei Joe Rae of the Tidewater Bujinkan.

    The name Shugyo Kage represents our dojo philosophy. Shugyo (修行) means, "to refine your character while acquiring knowledge in a martial art," and was undertaken by students traditionally as a means of growing on their own. It is a form or warrior's quest or pilgrimage. Shugyo can also mean ascetic practice, or the practice of severe self discipline. Kage (影) simply means shadow. It is a way for us to honor our teacher's dojo the Karasukage or Crow's Shadow, as well as remember that our art form existed and lived in the shadows. The dojo's full name can be translated as Ascetic Practice of Shadows and represents our belief that training should be austere and rigorous.

    We support and train with our Budo community. One such example is Doug and Michelle Tweedy of Richmond Shima Dojo.

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  • Specific Rules for Participating in the Shugyo Kage Bujinkan Dojo

    1) Students should try to arrive 15 minutes early for class with his/her training notebook, bokken, and hanbo. Use the time before class to warm up, stretch and get into the spirit of what is to come. Mentally go over what you have covered in your last class. Ask for information you need from your fellow students.


    2) Monthly training fees are due the first class of each month. Dues are considered late after the 9th.

    3) Food is not to be eaten inside the dojo, drinks must have a secure lid to be brought inside.


4) Instructors must be informed before anyone conducts training with a live blade in the dojo. This includes times when no one else is in the dojo but you.


5) You should wear a black T-shirt under your Gi. Colors other than black indicate staff. You should remove any jewelry or watches for safety reasons.

    6) Keep talking to a minimum. Pay careful attention to the teacher's instructions. Concentrate on the actions you are working to perfect. Ask questions as you need, but avoid taking up class time to tell stories. Unnecessary talking and laughing distracts you and others from what you are trying to learn.

    7) The Dojo is a place for training. To properly cultivate skill, we need to know that the training is safe. We engage in study, not competition. Never force a technique on your partner beyond safe training limits. Never resist a technique beyond reasonable limits. Any damage resulting from willful misconduct by the student will be solely his/her responsibility.

    8) Do your homework! Do not restrict your growth to physical training in the dojo. Stretch, drill, review, and condition your body and mind on your own. Explore lessons taught in class. Study all available reference materials to boost your areas of personal power covered in the training.


9) Treat your seniors with respectful attention and your juniors with helpful care. If you are approached by a blackbelt, as a show of respect, stand up. The moment you become a member of the Dojo, you are the elder brother or sister of anyone who joins after you.

    10) As a member, you are expected to treat the dojo as though it were your own property. It is each students responsibility to assist in cleaning the Dojo. A clean dojo is a reflection of the dedication of the students.

    11) Good personal hygiene and neat appearance are required. Fingernails are required to be trimmed so as not to injure your fellow students.