Several versions of Uchi Deshi or apprenticeships are offered as in Japan and can be taken as full time or part time and in blocks where you train each day and night discussing techniques constantly inside and outside of the dojo. This helps you make large learning jumps and assimilate together many of the strategies and subjects of the ryu and more importantly immerses and internalises the teachings. Here you are taught one/two on one in a way that has not changed for hundreds of years and you have total privileged access to our subjects and oral transmissions as handed down from head master to head master.
The training is hard and sometimes demanding as it stays constantly outside your grasp and comfort zone which is where you will learn the fastest. You are expected to train in your own time if not staying at the dojo and this is not for people who would like once a week training, but aimed at committed people who want to learn the breadth and depth of all the arts.
The following is a Japanese excert from a Japanese master who was an apprentice for many years - “Many people leave their apprenticeships at this point. They think that they have ‘made it.’ It is a big mistake. The master-apprentice relationship is very close, like a father and son living in the same house—sleeping on opposite sides of paper fusuma doors. The master may not only comment and advise the apprentice on his work, but also his private life. This was easy to take during the early years, but got more difficult as time passed. Living and working in Kyoto made it easier to stick out the long and intense apprenticeship." I visited all of the great masters and it was a very supportive atmosphere.
Please contact us for any more information about this type of training along with a martial arts history, other things about you and your character, times and lengths you would like to train and any questions you may have. If suitable to both parties then an introduction meeting with initial training examples will be held after which you can then make a decision of commitment or not.