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Martial Arts Center, Groups Accommodation and Retreat Center “Ten no Mon” is located in the Loches National Forest, on a dead end road, at a place called “La Frillière”. This old manor house is situated in the heart of Touraine region between Loches and Genillé (Indre et Loire).

The Center offers accommodation for 42 persons, a dojo beside a 5,000 sq meter pond (54,000 sq ft), with a 200 sq meter wood floor (2,150 sq ft) plus two 40 sq meter areas of tatami (430 sq ft), surrounded by 18 hectares (44 acres) of parks and forest.

The domain is managed by Richard Hiegel, Karate teacher (DEJEPS = State Sport Certificate of Teaching : major Karate), student (Godan) of Tsutomu Ohshima, French Karate Federation Expert for the Shotokan Ohshima karate, 7th dan FFKDA black belt.

“Ten no Mon” means “Gates of Heaven”. Not only does it perfectly suit this gorgeous place, but it also refers to a specific practice of the Shotokan Ohshima karate, prerequisit for Shodan candidates (black belt candidates).

“Ten no Mon” Retreat Center will handle logistics for your group session in a quiet, inspiring place to allow you an optimized practice of your discipline.

  • Karate
  • Kobudo
  • Aikido
  • Kendo
  • Tai Chi Chuan
  • Qi Gong
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Fast
  • But also ballet dancing, choral singing or any other discipline which requires the use of a room with parquet floor or tatami
  • Or walkers, cyclotourists, riders who would need accomodation and food

(For the anecdote, La Frillière already has its street name in Paris!
Actually, its owner in the 19th century, Doctor Moreau, also owned land in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, which he donated to the city. In 1887, in recognition, the city gave the name of his Tourangelle property to an avenue in the same arrondissement.