The 46th Nihon Kobudo Demonstrations 2023
Part 2


Excerpts of the second part of the 2023 demonstration. The full video can be found on YT.

19 初實剣理方一流剣術
Syojitsuken Rikata Ichi-ryū Kenjutsu

Imaeda Sanaka Fujiwara Ryotai, born in 1647, is mentioned as the founder of this art. From his father he learned the Imaedaryu Kenjutsu, and traveled with his uncle to Edo, accomplishing his studies of the sword under his uncle's guidance. Imaeda also learned Yagyuryu, Kittoryu, Kashiwararyu and founded a Bujutsu Dojo in Edo.
The characteristics of his school are deeply rooted in the family's Imaedaryu Kenjutsu, especially the techniques of drawing the sword. The maneuver to shake off the blood of the sword and wipe it clean with two fingers before returning it to its scabbard, as well as the way of kneeling are also special to this art.

20 宝蔵院流高田派槍術
Hōzōin-ryū Takada-ha Sōjutsu

Hozoin-ryu was founded by Hozoin Kakuzenbo Hoin In'ei (1521–1607), a Buddhist monk, head of Kofuku-ji temple in Nara. He was also a skilled Shikage-ryu swordsman. The original Hozoin-ryu became distinct but the main techniques survived in the Takada branch.
Sojutsu school. The spear of the Hozoin-ryu Sojutsu is characterized by its cross-shaped spearhead.

21 円心流居合据物斬剣法
Enshin-ryū Iai Suemonogiri Kempō

Based on the art of Hayamizu Nagato no Kami Enshin, who was a bodyguard of Emperor Ogimichi (1557-1586). In 1827 Kobashi Shobei added swordtechniques of Shinden Munen Ryu to those of Enshin Ryu and started to call the school Enshin Ryu Iai Suemonogiri Kenpo.
Iai-jutsu school in which the art of cutting (objects) is called Suemonogiri.

22 神道無念流剣術
Shindō Munen-ryū Kenjutsu

Founded by Fukui Hyoemon (student of Yoshihira Shin Shinkage Ichien-ryu under Nonaka Shinkura) in the early 18th century.
The school took part in the development of Gekiken (Fencing), the pre-cursor to modern Kendo. Gekiken contained the use of several or multiple weapons, grappling and striking. The kata of the school were also part of the founding techniques of Keshiryu, the kenjutsu and iaijutsu school established for the training of the Japanese police.

23 金硬流唐手・沖縄古武術
Kingai-ryū-Karate Okinawa Kobujutsu

"Our family started with the first generation Taiso Masatake, and has lived through the Ryukyu Dynasty era. During the mid-Qing Dynasty, martial arts developed at a dizzying pace.
In addition multiple weapon techniques from the Ryukyu Dynasty era were completed by combining Yamato martial arts and traditional Chinese techniques."
In the middle of the Meiji period Matayoshi Tsukiyoshi Shintoku Unjo and his son, Matayoshi Chikara Unjo Shinchin preserved the techniques and weapons.

24 竹内流柔術日下捕手開山
Takenouchi-ryū Jūjutsu Hinoshitatoritekaisan

Takenouchi-ryu is one of the oldest jujutsu schools in Japan, founded in 1532 by Takenouchi Nakatsukasadaiyu Hisamori.
Although famous for its jujutsu, Takenouchi Ryu is a complete system including amongst others: armed grappling (yoroi kumiuchi), staff (bojutsu), sword (kenjutsu), sword drawing (iaijutsu), glaive (naginatajutsu), iron fan (tessenjutsu), restraining rope (hojojutsu), and resuscitation techniques (sakkatsuho).
Koshi-no-mawari Kogusoku are the techniques of defeating an opponent by grappling while using a short sword (dagger). It also includes techniques of binding in order to capture the opponent (torite).

25 雲弘流剣術
Unkō-ryū Kenjutsu

Founded by Higuchi Fumotou (also known as Higuchi Shichiro-saemon) of the Okushu Itatsu Clan, who had studied Katori Shinto Ryu. The initial name was Ko Ryu. The name Unko Ryu meaning "Cloud Shadow style", was given by the third soke, Goro-saemon.
Kenjutsu school of the Higo Clan. The concept of Shinken-Shobu (or life or death matches) is considered important and students should be prepared for this.

26 大東流合気柔術琢磨会
Daitō-ryū Aiki Jūjutsu Takumakai

According to the current headmaster Kondo Katsuyuki, the name Daito-ryu can be traced back about 900 years, to Shinra Saburo Minamoto no Yoshimitsu (1045-1127).
Nowadays, Daito-ryu is mainly known by the larger public of budoka, as the jujutsu school that was the basis for modern aikido. Ueshiba Morihei practiced Daito-ryu for some twenty years.

27 戸田派武甲流薙刀術
Toda-ha Bukō-ryū Naginata-jutsu

Derived from Toda- ryu, founded by Toda Seigen in the 16th century (the school was renamed as Toda-ha Buko-ryu by the 13th headmaster, referring to Mt. Buko).
Naginata school but also other techniques like kenjutsu, sojutsu, bojutsu and kusarigamajutsu.

28 和道流柔術拳法
Wadō-ryū Jūjutsu Kempo

Wado-ryu Kujujutsu and Wado-ryu Jujutsu Kempo were founded by the first generation, Hiroki Otsuka.
"The way of martial arts is the way of peace and the art of peace. We do not go against the ways of heaven, we do not go against the laws of earth, we do not follow the ways of men, we harmonize with the ways of heaven, earth, and people. However, once the technique is released, the enemy's attack is diverted, it goes forward, it rides on it again, it suppresses it first, it controls it later, it blocks the attack from the first time, and it changes forever and restores peace."
"Once the king of martial arts is angry, the people of the world are at peace, and it is the expression and essence of Japanese martial arts."

29 小野派一刀流剣術
Ono-ha Ittō-ryū Kenjutsu

Itto-ryu branch, founded by and named after Ono Jiroemon Tadaaki (1565–1628), student and successor of Ittosai Kagehisa, creator of Itto-ryu. It is the oldest surviving Itto-ryu style (one-sword school).
The reference to “one” is also philosophical and indicates that everything starts with one and ends with one. In the school, there is the saying “Itto soku banto”, which means that one sword equals many (lit. 10.000) swords.

30 為我流派勝新流柔術
Iga-ryūha Katsu Shin-ryū Jūjutsu

Iga-ryu Katchu Yawara was originally founded by Ebata Masaemon Mitsusane, who had studied different schools.
Jujutsu school including nage, atemi, keri and gyakuwaza with resemblance with Tenjin Shinyo-ryu.

31 神道夢想流杖術
Shindōmusō-ryū Jōjutsu

Founded by Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi, who is known for his 2 duels with Miyamoto Musashi, in the early 17th century.
Jojutsu created to be used against a sword by using the superior length of the jo to keep an opponent armed with a sword at a disadvantage. Today also known for its auxiliary arts (e.g. kusarigamajutsu).

32 長谷川流和術
Hasegawa-ryū Yawara-jutsu

Created by Hasegawa Chikaranosuke Hidenobu (another reading for Hidenobu is Eishin), better known for his Iaijutsu.
Jujutsu school with emphasis on torite (capturing an enemy with the hands).

33 甲源一刀流剣術
Kōgen Ittō-ryū Kenjutsu

Founded in the mid-Edo period (1783) by Henmi Tashiro Yoshitoshi, a student of Sakurai Gosuke Nagamase.
Kenjutsu school, that used to have some iaijutsu as well. Along with kenjutsu, some naginata techniques are studied. The reiho (etiquette) of the school consists of the laying out of the weapons before uchikata and shikata take their place, apparently a left over from duelling etiquette.

34 鹿島新當流剣術
Kashima Shintō-ryū Kenjutsu

Founded by Tsukahara Bokuden ca.1530 in the Muromachi period.
Kenjutsu, with still a lot of focus in finding weaknesses in an opponent wearing an armour. Some techniques also include atemi (strikes). The school is also characterised by low solid stances. There is also has Bojutsu, Sojutsu, Naginatajutsu and Battojutsu.

35 森重流砲術
Morishige-ryū Hōjutsu

Founded circa 1800 by Morishige Yukie Tsuyoshi, an expert in Naval and Military strategy.
School of Gunnery. The first kata taught to the disciple is Ihanashi no kata, a kata of etiquette performed in front of distinguished guests. Other kata include basic firing positions and loading patterns. The licences bestowed are Shoden, Kirigami, Mokuroku and Kaiden.