About Five Rings Training

"There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself."  The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi


"Great training, very instructive and helpful."  Yahoo, Paris

"The point of this work was to create a place of thinking, studying and training which could help people develop, give them skills they need to cope with life and its often quite brutal challenges, and to become strong and self mastered enough to become who they are meant to be."

                                                 FRT's Founder on the building of Five Rings Training



FRT focuses on the the cultivation and development of the individual through advanced physical, energetic and mental training programmes.


Our specialist training systems have been developed for strategic training, life betterment, performance enhancement and rebalancing of the system.


"Hugely insightful, interesting, helpful."  Estee Lauder

Integrated System Training 

One Integrated Coaching System, one Training Architecture, multiple applications.


FRT's integrating training systems are derived from one coaching system built by FRT's founder Kirsty Henderson. The system is applied to a spectrum of:


Prevention > Recovery > Balance > Development > Advancement


allowing mutiple applications and is built of a root architecture which acts as a software for the ongoing development of further learning systems.


"Enjoyable and inspiring. Brilliant instructors with a depth of knowledge and understanding"  

                                                                                                                                Exxon Mobil



Working along one spectrum of applications. Using keying, recovery, development and growth mechanisms for:


  • Athlete training, mentorship and performance 

  • Corporate Leadership

  • Performance advancement

  • Personal development 

  • Rebalancing the system

  • Recovery from trauma 


FRT Systems are used by: 


  • British Soldiers 

  • Competitive fighters and athletes

  • Companies, Organisations & Government Departments for staff training

  • Children requiring assistance with Autism  

  • Individuals interested in preventative healthcare

  • Individuals who enjoy advanced personal training



Five Rings


Five Rings Training takes its name from the classic Japanese text 

The Book of Five Rings

by Miyamoto Musashi

commonly regarded as a manual on how to succeed in life and titled the Classic Guide to Strategy.





Musashi was Japan's most legendary and unconquerable Samurai. He wrote the book in 1645 distilling the philosophies of Zen, Shinto and Confucius. Used by martial artists and business leaders alike, the Book of Five Rings articulates the ancient wisdom of the Samurai Way which provides strategy for decision in all areas of life - the home, the battleground and the boardroom. 




Take Responsibility


FRT motto is Take Responsibility

for which we focus on overcoming our limitations to unleash potential and be a highly efficient version of ourselves.



Our philosophy is based on understanding the body as an energy system. We respect the Zen disciplines of meditation, mindfulness and living in the moment and coach comprehensive training systems which uniquely train mind, body, energetic system and spirit in unison. This is the route we choose for health, peace, balance and fulfillment of lifepath. 


Our focus is on the development and cultivation of the Individual, as change at a societal level, begins and ends with each one of us. We encourage individuals to train towards self responsibility in all they do, from tackling the challenges of day to day life, creating and maintaining personal wellbeing, fulfilling their full potential, being able to protect themselves and others and developing an awareness which will lead to a path of constant self development and personal advancement.


The knowledge and way brought to the fore of our programmes is that which we have trained in, and live, ourselves. With a deep understanding of traditional Budo training, we teach and study strategy, how to understand the link between mind and matter, how we impact upon our environment, how our environments impact upon us, teaching the requirement and necessity for self responsibility at all levels. 

Through dedicated research of the body in combat and studies of 'human states' (ref lecture series) in the aftermath of stress and during life changes, our specialist training systems have been developed for strategic training, life betterment, performance enhancement and rebalancing of the system.


The Institute consists of a central core business of Research Unit, Training LABs in UK and abroad, Corporate Training Unit, Defence & Security Unit, and a not-for-profit organisation (FRTFA) delivering training in top London Universities and educational establishments.


Five Rings Training benefits from its own UK specialist defence unit Personal Safety London, instructor training school and its own security teams.



Exxon Mobil




Pro Vinci


Channel 4


Estee Lauder


Home House

Knight Frank

General Dental Council


British Airways

Baker Street Quarter

Wheb Group






Publicis Chemistry

Madame Tussauds

Crest Nicholson

Mott MacDonald

Cabinet Office

London Metropolitan Police

City of London Police

British Forces



Lexicon Partners

MAC Cosmetics


Opps Development




Running Man 2


Conde Nast

Company Magazine

Lion Television

Global Radio



Its Pretty Green


World Service


Her Majesty's Treasury

The Royal College of Physicians

The Museum of London

The Peabody Trust

Sir Oswald Stoll Trust

National Autistic Society


Think London

Tracie Giles

The Connaught Hotel

Leeds University

University College London

Transport for London

MET Police Cadets


City Gateway

Victim Support

Platform 51

Kings College London

London School of Economics

BC Partners

Park Plaza


Broadgate Estates

St Mary's School Ascot

Frances Holland

Chingford Foundation School

Thomas's Day Schools

and more...


FRT Logo



The logo is the Enso symbol, Japanese word meaning circle, which represents an expression of the moment when the mind is free to let the body and spirit create; the condition of no-mind or mushin.





Mushin is achieved when the mind is free from fear, anger and ego and allows the true self to shine through and function at a highly intuitve and creative level.





The enso symbolises absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, and mu (the void). At Five Rings Training the enso reminds us of the importance of the quest for personal and spiritual development, and the significance of the space bewteen.



Daily Ritual


Drawing Balance. Some artists will draw enso daily as a type of spiritual diary: the shape of the circle formed in a single stroke displaying balance, patience and development.


Physical action for spiritual purpose.