Introduction:

Oishi Shinkage-ryū kenjutsu (大石神影流剣術) originated in the Yanagawa-han (柳河藩) during the late Edo Period, spreading throughout southern Japan based on the notoriety of its founder, Oishi Susumu Tanetsugu (大石進種次), and his son, Oishi Susumu Tanemasa (大石進 種昌). B...

August 4, 2018

​​Oishi Susumu was a famous swordsman from the Yanagawa domain. It was next to the Mike domain and Oishi's family were samurai who guarded the border between the two regions. They were skilled shihan (masters) of Aizu Kage Ryu, a now extinct style of swordsmanship, and...

July 29, 2018

Shibukawa Ichi Ryu is an old style (koryu) of jujutsu that was practised in the Hiroshima and Matsuyama domains of Japan. It was created for self-defence, however, it was also trained for warfare by the samurai of the Matsuyama clan.​

Une Shigemi Tsuguaki 畝 重實嗣昭 ,

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June 24, 2018

In addition to the paired exercises and solo forms of Oishi Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu, and Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu, there is also free sparring called bogu chakuyo keiko防具着用稽古

This is similar to gekiken, a term used in the Kantou area, around Edo (now Tok...

June 3, 2018

Picture shows Shuto Kuranoshin Mitsutoki (right) the founder of Shibukawa Ichi Ryu jujutsu. Kunio Morimoto(top left), the current headmaster of the style. A list (bottom left) of past students of the style at a shrine.

The customs of a koryu are passed down from generat...

May 31, 2018

Around 500 years ago, when our school Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho (MSERIH) was created by Hayashizaki Jinsuke, the swords used were longer than what many schools use today. By the time of the 7th headmaster, Hasegawa Chikaranosuke Eishin, the swords used by samur...

February 18, 2018

When some individuals, younger ones in particular, visit a koryu jujutsu dojo they often have the wrong expectations. Many state they want to do real japanese jujutsu. However, not having done significant prior research, they often think they'd find some kind of 'enhan...

February 16, 2018

The question arises about striking in koryu jujutsu and specifically Shibukawa Ichi Ryu. Depending on the style, striking may be taught as stand-alone techniques or they may be integrated as a part of a larger technique or both. This is the case with our koryu style, S...

February 12, 2018

In Japanese martial arts the word shin 心 may be used to described the heart and mind. Shin may also be loosely interpreted to mean 'spirit'.

While many martial artists are often greatly focused on the movements of their body to overcome an opponent, they seldo...

February 8, 2018

This January, the Kan-oukan organisation hosted a Basic International Seminar (koshukai) in Hiroshima prefecture Japan where koryu styles of jujutsu and swordsmanship were taught to members and specially invited guests. Koryu refers specifically to styles that were der...

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