Koryu Bu Jutsu History

Seminar dedicated to the history and forms of traditional Japanese martial arts schools - Edition II

Shinkage no Ryuha

Koryu Bujutsu History seminar aims at the second edition of Shin Kage Ryu to going deeper one of the most famous and important martial traditions of Japan. Shinkage Ryu influenced to a major extent martial arts in Japan. Tokugawa shogunate adopted as a sword school for family members but also having strong links with the famous Iga ninja clans through Yagyu (Yagyu Shinkage Ryu) and with Sagara Ninja through Marun Kurando (Taisha Shinkage Ryu). Shinkage ryu distinguished as a separate tradition among many available in that momnet in Japan.

Ise Kamiizumi Nobutsuna, founder of Shinkage Ryu tradition was born in 1508 in the castle Ogo which was property of family in the province Kozuka (now Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture).

He was introduced by his father to master to Matsumoto Bizen no Kami Masanobu founder of Kashima Shinkage Ryu tradition. After the death of Matsumoto Bizen, Kamiisumi learn from Bokuden Tsukahara, foremost student of Matsumoto and Kashima Shinto Ryu founder. Kamiizumi often went to Kamakura learn from Higuchi Haruchika from Nen Ryu. Later he studied Kage Ryu tradition that influenced most the new Shin Kage Ryu.

Kamiizumi Ise had more famous students, who in turn have established their martial traitor. Among them we can mention the most important of them:

  • Suzuki Ihaku – Suzuki Shinkage Ryu
  • Hikita Bungoro – Hikita Shinkage Ryu
  • Yagyu Muneyoshi Sekishusai – Yagyu Shinkage Ryu
  • Kakuzenpo Hozoin Inei – Hozoin Ryu
  • Marune Kurando no Suke – Taisha Ryu
  • Komagawa Terosaemon – Komogawa Kaishin Ryu
  • Kamiizumi Tsunehide – Kamiizumi-ryu
  • Kamiizumi Seiken – Aizu Ittō-ryu
  • Saemagawa Kai no Kami – Semagawa-ha Shinkage Ryu
  • Matsuda Oribe no Suke - Matsuda-ha Shinkage-ryu
  • Okuyama Kyugasai – Jiki Shinkage Ryu / Kashima Shin Ryu

The seminar consists of studying significant historical aspects and comparison of techniques of three traditions, namely Hikite Shinkage Ryu, Taisha Ryu and Yagyu Shinkage Ryu.

Taisha Ryu Kenpo - Marune Kurando

The founder of this military tradition, Marune Kurando was born in the village of Yatsushiro, as Yamamoto family member in 1540. His family was a vassal of Sagara clan, which had at that time Yatsushiro provinces, and Kuma Ashik from Higo area. Showed particular interest for military discipline since childhood and at 16 Marune has the first duel. After that he followed for 3 years Hyoho courses (military strategy) and Chūjo Ryu under Master Amakusa Izu no Kami. Some sources indicate that Marune studied with Tsukahara Bokuden.

In 1558 its Marune meets the founder of Shinkage ryu, somewhere in Kansai region. How Kamiizumi Ises reputation was already famous, Marune not lose the opportunity to ask a fight. Being easily defeated by Kamiizumi, young Marune required to be accepted as a disciple. In February 1564 Kamiizumi Ise leaves Yagyu village and goes to teach shogun Ashikaga Yoshiteru (1536-1565) heiho, the military strategy . According to the document Gyokuei Shui in Kyoto Kamiizumi Ise had no fewer than 84 students, but the most promising of them was Marune. On March 10, 1564 Kamiizumi Ise had a demonstration in front of Yoshiteru having as partner Marune Kurando no Suke. In February 1568 Kamiizumi Ise issue a certificate of transmission in Shinkage Ryu for Marune. Later Marune Kurando introduce multiple techniques from Mikkyo and especially the cult of Marisha Ten in practice. Another important aspect of this school is connection with clans of Shinobi no Mono or better known as Ninja. Work for senior Nagatsune Sagara, Marune Kurando, along with Den Rinbo Raigyo formed a group of ninja that he became known as Shinobi Sagara.

Hikita Shinkage Ryu - Hikita Bungoro

Because of the complicated system of alliances during Sengoku Jidai (Warring States period) Kamiizumi Ise was employed in protecting Minowa castle against famous Takeda Shingen. Minawa Castle was a fort difficult to conquer and after two unsuccessful attacks, Shingenmust to rethink fight strategy. Carefully studying surroundings found that water supply in the castle o was a mountain stream. Immediately gave the order to divert the course of stream, so as not to get water inside the castle. From this point it was a matter of days before the insiders had to make a rash decision. Be fought to the death or surrender. In these circumstances the date of 22 February 1567 the castle gates were opened and insiders go out in a desperate attempt to break enemy lines to be able to take refuge in another region ally. In this attempt, most fighters lost their lives, but few of them have managed to pass the castle siege and reach to Kiryu. Among them was also Kamiizumi Ise accompanied by two of his vassals, respectively Jingo Muneharu and Hikita Bungoro. Hikite was from Ishikawa, Kaga province on the coast of the Sea of ​​Japan. It was the oldest student of Kamiisumi and also his grandson after his mother. Since Kamiizumi Ise begins musha shugyo, Hikita Bungoro was next to him. After Kamiizumi Ise goes to Kyoto to teach shogun Ashikaga, Hikiae starts musha shugyo alone. Was often with Hosokawa family who hired him as a martial arts instructor. Hikite Bungoro was renowned for its ability to fight with a sword but also for superior spear technique.

Yagyu Shinkage Ryu - Yagyu Sekishusai

Yagyu Muneyoshi Sekishusai was born in 1529 in the village of Yagyu, former Yamato province (now Nara district) as a son of a minor lord Yagyu Ietoshi.

Yagyu family documents stated that before Muneyoshi meet Kamiisumi Ise, he studied Katori Shinto Ryu and Toda Ryu. Besides martial arts Muneyoshi studied Confucianism, Zen and Shingon Buddhism. In 1563 Yagyu Sekishusai accompanied by Kakuzenpo Hozoin Inei, meet Kamiizumi Ise. The meeting is marked for Sekishusai and invite Kamiizumi in Yagyu village as guest. Another aspect looks very interesting as it concerns Yagyu Muneyoshi. His wife Shunto Gozen, was a daughter of Okuhara family. This family was resident in Iga and is known for its strong network of spies, famous Shinobi no Mono. Many seniors have courted the Yagyu Muneyoshi in those troubled times. How he did not have a significant army, the interest of big senior it can not be explained unless the family ties with famous Ninja. In 1594 Tokugawa Ieyasu invites Muneyoshi to show Shinkage Ryu in front of him. Astounded by this masterly work, Ieyasu asked to accept as a student but was refused be Muneyoshi because his age was too advanced. But he recommended his son, Munenori for this work. Ieyasu accepted and signed a pledge promising to learn Shinkage Ryu and treat with favor on Munenori. Muneyoshi has returned in villege of Yagyu in order to continue to teach martial arts, specifically his nephew, Yagyu Hyōgonosuke Toshitoshi, who will become future Soke of tradition.


Address: Jean Monnet 6 Str, District 1, Bucharesti, Romania.

10.00 - 12.00 training and speech
12.00 - 13.00 break
13.00 - 15.00 training and speech

10.00 - 12.00 training and speech
12.00 - 13.00 break
13.00 - 15.00 training and speech

Contact address: seibukan[a]martial.ro

Equipment needed: Keiko Gi; Bokken Tachi & Kodachi; Iaito and/or Bokken with Saya.


  • Saturday - 30 Euro
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  • Saturday + Sunday - 50 Euro


Event organizer: Seibukan Dojo - Takara Takanashi & Dragos Chiric

Takara Takanashi
Studied several martial arts and techniques since childhood.
He studied Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu with Sensei Inamura Kiyoshi how was student of the 8th Soke Aoki Kikuo Hisakatsu 1886-1969.
In 2009 opened in Kanto area a branch of Sekiguchi-ryu Iai lead by Soke Yamada and established Kobudo Gakusha Seifu-Kai.
Since 2011, received approval for teaching Shinkage-ryu by Sensei Yamamoto Atsushi.

Dragos Chiric

Is the unique representative of the Taisha Ryu and Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu for Romania, having transmision directly from the 13th Soke of Taisha Ryu, Yamakita Takenori and from the 11th Soke Iwami Toshio of Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu. Also studied or are studying other martial traditions such as Aiki Jutsu, Ju Jutsu or Shinkage Ryu.


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