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VIRTUAL DOJO

Online taiko training

Bringing the Mugen Taiko Dojo to you

The Virtual Dojo brings the Mugen Taiko Dojo online and offers taiko training at a range of levels from introductory to advanced. It is an invaluable opportunity to access the expert instruction of the Dojo from the comfort of your own home and play alongside taiko players from around the UK & beyond, as well as regular Dojo members & the professional players of Mugenkyo.

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The Virtual Dojo offers online taiko training with accessible sessions for complete beginners right through to ongoing training for experienced players. You don't need a real taiko drum to join, only bachi drumsticks of some kind, which we can provide or you can make yourself (some members use wooden spoons!) and something to play, even a pillow on a chair can get you started.

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The Virtual Dojo sessions for Taiko Players are taught by Miyuki, head instructor at the Mugen Taiko Dojo and co-founder of Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, with 30 years experience in taiko drumming, training & developing all Mugenkyo members past & present here at the Dojo.  The method taught is Mugen Taiko-Do, our own method honed over decades of professional touring and teaching. 

 

The Virtual Dojo sessions for Beginners & Improvers are taught by Edina Nagy, experienced performer with Mugenkyo & the main instructor for the in-person beginners classes here at the Dojo.

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Each session is 75 minutes, which may also include a Q&A, demonstrations, cultural background, history etc. The sessions are recorded and can be accessed afterwards in a private YouTube playlist, so you can also learn at your own pace, review the lesson afterwards, or even choose to do the sessions in your own time, which makes it easy to fit online taiko into busy lives. The rhythm sheets are emailed to you after each session, along with the YouTube link.

Groups

There are 4 ongoing training groups, which mirror our long-established Dojo training system, and complement in-person physical sessions, whether this is with the Mugen Taiko Dojo or with your own group.  The focus is on technique, drills and short rhythm sequences, and each session is independent, so that new members can easily join at any time.  After each session you will receive an email with the relevant rhythm sheet, and/or learning links.  Written rhythms will also be shared on-screen during the live zoom session.

If you have taiko playing experience, please do let us know your background so that we can help guide you to the correct group.  Once you've joined, you're welcome to try out different sessions for a couple of weeks until you settle into a group.  We'd like to ask that if you're a member of a regularly rehearsing group already, please do check with your group leader / teacher that they're happy with you joining our Virtual Dojo, as it is good taiko etiquette to do so.

Standard membership for the Virtual Dojo is £20 per month, for access to the weekly online session in a single group. This is a monthly subscription paid by standing order to the Mugen Taiko Dojo account.

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Courses

For established taiko players (non-beginners), we offer set courses learning traditional & modern repertoire with different styles of playing. Each course is approximately 8 weeks long and consists of a weekly 75min session (including warmups and Q&A) with the cost at £60 for non-members, or a discounted £40 for current Virtual Dojo members, if already signed up to a regular course with us.

 

Each session is recorded, and the course fee includes online access to the recorded sessions afterwards, which allows for independent study, flexibility and enables the participant to join at any time throughout the course without missing out. Additional background information and rhythms sheets are sent by email after each session, for a thorough & comprehensive learning experience. Each course corresponds with a level within the overall Dojo training system: Taiko Night / Foundation / Mugen Training.