Taiko-Do (太鼓道): The ‘way’ of Taiko
In the our Culture, there are many ‘ways’. For example, there is ‘Kado’; the way of Flower Arrangement, there is ‘Chado’; the way of the Tea Ceremony, Kendo; the way of the Sword, Judo, Aikido etc.
It is through this ‘way’ that traditional Japanese Culture has been handed down through the past, through the ‘Essence of the Spirit’.
This quality, this tradition of the ‘way’ forms the very basis of life for the life. Having this precious experience of the learning of Taiko and wishing to share these amazing life long learning philosophy of Do and keep it pure as much as possible. I founded the Wakonkan Dojo in Phoenix Arizona.
I realised that I had a dream to open a Dojo and Wakondan dojo is not just a simple school for leaning drumming, songs and posture but also learn another form of Do learning and starting real philosophy of Do harmonizing nature with entire body movement and communication through soul. Wakondan dojo is the bridge of all cultures sharing goodness of us and be inspiration and influence each other.
Ken Koshio’s producing classes in Japanese traditional discipline with
for creating a great team and community building with Wa (和）Taiko （太鼓）Drumming spirit .for YOU
535 W Iron Ave #121, Mesa, AZ 85210
We opened Dojo in the Mesa area in 2017. We are so glad that have the opportunity to hold classes in the art of Taiko at a NEW location!
We are fortunate to share the space with Riki Judo Dojo. In its own right, Riki Katagiri sensei's dojo is the only martial arts school in Arizona that teaches youth and adults original, authentic Kodokan Judo and Japanese Jujutsu, for health, personal protection, and competition. We wish to expand these ideals with respects to Taiko Drumming, as both disciplines are great for improving the mind, body, and spirit!
Please view the page below for more info, and join us for Koshio-Ryu Taiko-Do (Koshio style - the Way of Japanese drumming): a truly unique workout combining martial arts and traditional Japanese drumming into one.
WaKonkan Dojo in Phoenix
(Ken Koshio's private studio)
2217 N. Dayton St. Phoenix AZ 85006
This is an original Dojo established by Ester Vandecar who started Fushicho Daiko. Ester retired and moved to Michigan in 2011. Since then Ken Koshio started his own Taiko Do based on traditional discipline Shin Gi Tai, (Sprit, Skill and Body). Named as Wa Kon Kan, which means
Wa: harmony, balance
Kan: Place, Dojo
STARTING WITH RESPECT ~ FINISHING WITH RESPECT (Etiquette and manners)
In the Dojo, there are rules of Etiquette which are required every time you enter the Dojo. Firstly, to greet the Dojo by bowing down and bringing the hands together (known as ‘gassho’), then entering by making the first step with the left foot into the Dojo (leaving firstly with the right foot).
By behaving in this way and having respectful manners, by opening and pouring out from the Heart, by following the correct procedure and using the appropriate conduct, it will become possible to improve the practise.
We also clean and polish all taiko and floor at the end of the class to show the gratitude for instruments and Dojo.
Riki Judo Dojo:
535 W. Iron Ave. Ste. 121
Mesa, AZ 85210
DATE & TIME
TUESDAYS, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
SATURDAYS 11:30 - 1:00 PM
TUESDAYS, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
SATURDAYS1:00 - 3:00 PM
FIRST TRIAL CLASS FREE
(Regularly $40/class or $90/month)
Bachi (drum sticks): $30
TAIKO is energetic drumming combining rhythm & martial arts movement!
Please wear comfortable clothes to be able to exercise.
2217 N. Dayton St
Phoenix, AZ 85006
ADULT BEGINNER CLASS
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
$40 PER CLASS OR $90 MONTHLY
instructor Ken Koshio & John Paul Mendes
KOSHIO GUMI ADVANCE CLASS
MONDAYS & THURSDAYS
6:30PM – 9:00PM
$30 PER CLASS OR $80 MONTHLY
(INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE, BUT ANYONE WELCOME TO OBSERVE AS A GUEST!)
instructor Ken Koshio & John Paul Mendes
$40 PER HALF HOUR, ANY DAY AND ANYTIME.
CONTACT KEN KOSHIO
BY E-MAIL OR CALLING.
instructor Ken Koshio
For YOU who wants to develop and try a new challenge and discover your possibilities!