An Amazing Weekend of Katori Shinto Ryu

Last weekend we had the privilege of hosting a Tenshinshō-den Katori Shintō ryū seminar at Wild Geese Martial Arts.

Jeffrey Balmer (Menkyo, Shidosha) travelled all the way down to Dublin for a full weekend training program with the Dublin study group.

Beginners were introduced to iai-jutsu (sword-drawing art) and itsusu no tachi (the very first combat paired sequence in kenjutsu, sword art), the more advanced students had the chance to train and improve bōjutsu (staff art).

People had the chance to learn about the tradition of the school, the different weapons that it masters and a glimpse of the real application of the techniques hidden behind the sequence of movements called kata.

Tenshinshō-den Katori Shintō Ryū includes in its martial curriculum:

  • Iai-jutsu
  • Kenjutsu
  • Bōjutsu
  • Naginata-jutsu (glaive art)
  • Jūjutsu(flexible art)
  • Shuriken-jutsu (throwing blade art)
  • Ninjutsu (espionage art)
  • Sōjutsu (spear art)
  • Senjutsu (tactics)
  • and Chikujō-jutsu (field fortification art).

Even today, the ryū retains the traditionally strict custom in which a candidate for study in the ryū is required to execute the keppan, signing, in the person’s own blood, a solemn oath to abide by the policies of the ryū.

In this way, the Tenshinshō-den Katori Shintō ryū has been able to maintain the originality of its teachings, both in spirit and form, precisely as Master Iizasa Chōisai Ienao, the founder, detailed these matters over 600 years ago.

The Tenshinshō-den Katori Shintō ryū has become a well-known and much sought after traditional martial art in many countries around the world.

Regrettably, a number of people are teaching and using the name of the ryū without written authority.

A Kyōshi (teaching) license does not signify permission to teach in Katori Shintō Ryū; in fact, no one is permitted to represent in any way, or teach the techniques of this ryū without a written Shidōsha (instructor) license from Ōtake Risuke Shihan.

Thank you guys for an amazing weekend.

Giancarlo Sanchez

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