February 12th, 2018
“The maintenance of the Japanese sword”
Tennen Rishin Ryū’s main practice consists in katageiko with bokutō and gekiken with shinai. Therefore, new students seldom have the chance to hold a real sword. As we are going to practice tameshigiri during a joint training session soon, our students needed a lecture on the maintenance of the Japanese sword. At the end, our student Hashimoto instructed everybody on the shinai maintenance as well.
January 20th, 2018
Sean Askew Sensei from States visited us today. We practiced the bokutō techniques and kogusoku section together. As he is extremely skilled in jūdō, he was so kind to give our students some tips about the throwing (nage) used in our jūjutsu. Learning from somebody like him was a great experience and we are looking forward to training with him again in April.
December 29th, 2017
The beginner seminar held on December 29th was the last event of the year. We have welcomed participants from abroad (Italy) and other places in Japan (Ōsaka). Almost everyone had previous martial arts experience. As advertised on the program we have mainly focused on the five kenjutsu omote techniques, giving as many details as possible about the concepts expressed through them in order to provide something more than a basic body and sword movement. Why does uchitachi move? How do you induce your opponent to move? These are just few of the points we went through while trying to explain their real application with the bōgu. It was a great experience for all our disciples since their dedication to the school was appreciated by the participants and because each one of them was able to gain something from other people. In the future we will organize another seminar, this time focusing on the jūjutsu and the iai of our school.
December 16th, 2017
“Last training of the year”
Despite our beginner seminar on December 29th, we held our last training of the year on Saturday 16th.
I had my students perform what they have learned until now in order to check if any of them developed the necessary skills to be graduated to a new level. Although none of them made it, I still think they did a good enbu.
For each one of them, I have pointed out what they need to work on. I hope they will keep putting passion in training and become even stronger next year.
November 26th, 2017
“A visit from Bangkok”
David Sensei, a martial arts teacher from Thailand, visited our dōjō today. As a police instructor, besides Japanese martial arts, he is also skilled in other combat systems including fire weapons.
From now on he will come to Japan once a year in order to practice Tennen Rishin Ryū. This time we have taught him kenjutsu omote and kogusoku (jūjutsu techniques).
We are looking forward to practicing with him next year.
November 19th, 2017
Akiyama Kano Sensei and Suzuki Eiji Sensei, two of the most famous Japanese historical novels (jidai shōsetsu) writers in our days, visited our dōjō to watch Tennen Rishin Ryū training.
We only had three hours to show part of the kirigami and some basic concepts of uchikomigeiko, followed by a free sparring session in bōgu. We hope that what we performed could become a good source for one of their next novels.
It was a great experience for everybody. Many thanks to Akiyama Sensei and Suzuki Sensei for visiting us!
September 24th, 2017
We performed an enbu at the Ozaki Kannon in Akiruno City. This is the former location of a Tennen Rishin Ryū’s dōjō that was previously led by Ōnishi Seijū. In the past years we have seen his documents many times, but this time we were granted the honor to visit his house. Although the dōjō is not there anymore, Ōnishi Sensei’s swords, naginata and yari are still preserved. His descendant, Mrs. Sasazuka, was so kind to tell us a lot of stories about her ancestor. It was indeed a great day for our school!
September 10th, 2017
“To the East and to the West”
Martial arts teacher Filip Bartoš from the Czech Republic visited us again during his musha shugyō to Japan. He went trough Omote Bokutō, tsukakudaki and other basic concepts of the school.
In the meanwhile Masaki Hashimoto, Kirigami of Tennen Rishin Ryū, visited our keikokai in Hanoi, Vietnam. Our school is spreading out to the East and the West!
August 20th, 2017
We participated in the Lion Dance Festival in Hazama-chō, Hachiōji, performing the bōjutsu of Tennen Rishin Ryū. Four members of our school took part in the enbu together with other seventeen kids from Hazama! We hope to see even more of them next year.
July 30th, 2017
We went to Hazama-chō (Hachiōji) for our Tennen Rishin Ryū bōjutsu training. As we have stated many times in the past, the bōjutsu of our school was lost for almost its entirety. However, a small part of it it is still preserved in the Lion Dance Festival held every year in this small town in the Hachiōji area, where Tennen Rishin Ryū used to be very popular. We were particularly happy to teach more than twenty children, whose interest for the Tennen Rishin Ryū bōjutsu has been growing in the last few years.
The Lion Dance Festival will be held on August 20th from 2pm. Please come to see it if you can!
July 30th, 2017
We received a visit from Sean Askew Sensei, a martial arts teacher from America. He learned the first two kata from the Kenjutsu Omote, and the whole jūjutsu section of Tsukakudaki and Kojirisabaki. Sean Sensei is an expert of jūdō, kōsen jūdō and other fighting styles, therefore it was very easy for him to understand the concept of kuzushi in our school. He has already promised us that he will visit our dōjō again during his next trip to Japan. We are looking forward to practicing with him soon!
July 23rd, 2017
From today, Bianca from Germany will practice with us for three weeks. She is a practitioner of Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō Ryū, Jikishinkage Ryū Naginatajutsu, Mugai Ryū and Kyūdō, and now she has shown interest in Tennen Rishin Ryū. Bianca has already learned three kata of our Kenjutsu Omote section and some basics of gekiken. We hope this experience will be fruitful for her so she can take back to Germany some knowledge of our school.
Also, the “bōjutsu season” has finally started. Even this year we will participate in the Lion Dance Festival at Hachiōji, Hazama-chō, demonstrating Tennen Rishin Ryū bōjutsu. The festival will be held on August 20th, but we will start teaching the kids at Hachiōji from next week.
July 1st～2nd, 2017
“Second training camp at Mount Mitake”
Tennen Rishin Ryū Bujutsu Hozonkai held its second training camp at Mount Mitake (Ōme city) on July 1st-2nd. We spent two great days in a place where a lot practitioners from our school used to live in the past. On the first day, we practiced katageiko in the morning and shinaigeiko in the afternoon. We also had the chance to FaceTime with our official keikokai in Hanoi, Vietnam. Everybody was quite tired after long hours of training.
On the dawn of the second day, we went on the top of the mountain to participate in ascetic practice under the Ayahiro waterfall, but high temperatures and a lack of rain has resulted in the shrinking of waterfalls. Nonetheless, it was an important experience for those students who were not with us last year.
In the near future, we would like to organize a training camp on the mountains with other schools and hold a gekiken tournament.
April 30th, 2017
We received a visit from Vittorio Sola Sensei and Fulvio Rossi Sensei from Italy. The kumiuchi training with them was of the utmost importance to us, as their deep experience in jūjutsu has served them in their life as policeman and prosecutor. Our teacher Katō Kyōji Sensei was also presented with a special gift: the emblem of the police force where Vittorio Sensei is teaching. It was a great honor for us to welcome such a guests.
March 25th, 2017
Joint training with Hokushin Ittō Ryū Hyōhō
We received a visit from Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke Masatomo Sensei, the 7th generation headmaster of Hokushin Ittō Ryū Hyōhō, and his student Emori Naoyoshi (Shihandai). Practitioners from both schools enjoyed the training a lot. In particular, this experience was very meaningful for the new students. Our friend Sazaki Ryō Sensei from “Hiragana Times” joined us too.
February 12th, 2017
“Martial Arts Exhibition at Ono Jinja”
Members of Tennen Rishin Ryū recently participated in a votive martial arts exhibition held at Ono Jinja in the Tama area.
This was organized by the Hayashizaki Shin Musō Ryū in Tōkyō as a joint training event, and proved to be a valuable chance for us to observe various styles distinct to the schools in attendance.
Needless to say, the massive long sword used by members of Hayashizaki Shin Musō Ryū captured everyone’s attention; especially, in the small hall of the shrine.
We’re proud to say that the priest of the shrine was actually so fond of the exhibition that he promised to make it an annual event from now on.
Next time it will hopefully be performed in a larger space so we can attract even more spectators!
January 22nd, 2017
As a result of the examination taken at the end of last year, Masaki Hashimoto has received the Kirigami of Tennen Rishin Ryū. I have issued his scroll in the exact same manner that my beloved teacher did for me. This is the only transmission permitted in our tradition. At the moment, there is only one examination period a year, but I am willing to increase the sessions should more students join the school.
December 18th, 2016
Tennen Rishin Ryū Bujutsu Hozonkai held its final training session of 2016 on December 18th. Each student was asked to recap and demonstrate what they learned this year, and as a result Masaki Hashimoto received the kirigami, or the first progression level at our school.
Besides this, we also received a visit from Michael Reinhardt Sensei, who trained with us in gekiken using a naginata. The gekiken training with Michael Sensei was of the utmost importance to us, as each student came to understand just how hard it is to close the distance when a tall and skilled opponent (like him) uses a long weapon.
In addition, a togishi and a writer, Nagaoka Sensei and Sazaki Sensei, both joined our end of the year party. We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the knowledge that they continuously share with us.
December 11th, 2016
Wai Tat Leung, a Seitei Iai yūdansha from Hong Kong, has come to Japan to learn Tennen Rishin Ryū. His frequent travels to Japan will allow him to practice the school from now.
We also received a visit from Komiyama Sensei of the Kyōnan Kendō Club. Tennen Rishin Ryū Bujutsu Hozonkai is always looking forward to having training with teachers from other schools, koryū and gendai budō alike. We hope to see him again soon.
November 6th, 2016
The Kendō tournament commemorating the 40th anniversary of Tsukagoshi Ken’yūkai was held in Warabi City, Saitama. Every participant, including both children and high-level teachers, fought their match fiercely. Furthermore, additional schools, Komaba Ken’yūkai from Urawa and the Jinkenkai from Soul, South Korea, were invited as well. After the tournament’s completion we performed a Tennen Rishin Ryū enbu, and showcased our school’s techniques in front of many Kendō and Iaidō teachers. The unique feeling we experienced while doing this is definitely a lasting memory.
November 5th, 2016
We received a visit from Ryō Sazaki Sensei, a free writer who interviewed us for a magazine called the ‘Hiragana Times.’ Sasaki Sensei is an expert of Japanese history and literature, and has written in regards to works such as ‘The Tale of Genji;’ furthermore, in addition to his academic ability, she is also a skilled kendōka.
We hope that through this interview many foreign nationalities will have a desire to approach Japanese traditional martial arts. Keep a watch out for our interview, most likely to be told in the January issue.
November 4th, 2016
We finally uploaded our video from the ‘Traditional Martial Arts Exhibition for the Reconstruction of Kumamoto’. Please enjoy!
October 8th, 2016
Tennen Rishin Ryū Bujutsu Hozonkai recently participated in the ‘Traditional Martial Arts Exhibition for the Reconstruction of Kumamoto’ held at Suizenji Jōjuen of Izumi Shrine.
This was our school’s first enbu in Kumamoto thanks to an invite kindly given to us by Uehara Sōke and Yamamoto Shihan of the Ryūsenkan dōjō of Hyōhō Taisha Ryū.
Since the devastating earthquake that struck Kumamoto this April, we have inquired many times in regards to how we can aid in any way. Our hope is that our martial arts demonstration and thoughtful prayers will help assist the people who suffered the disaster to return to their usual life as soon as possible.
It was a great honor for us to perform together and build connections with many outstanding teachers: Hyōhō Taisha Ryū, Yagyū Shingan Ryū Taijutsu, Unkō Ryū, Mugai Ryū Iai Heidō, Yakumaru Jigen Ryū, Hontai Yōshin Ryū Jūjutsu, Hōzōin Ryū Sōjutsu, Noda Ha Niten Ichi Ryū, Hokushin Ittō Ryū Hyōhō, Hōki Ryū Iaijutsu Kumagai Ha, and Yagyū Shinkage Ryū Heihō.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Uehara Sōke, Yamamoto Shihan, and all other teachers/students of Hyōhō Taisha Ryū for the kind hospitality we received.
More pictures and a video of our school’s demostration will be available soon.
September 25th, 2016
“Ozaki Lion Dance Festival”
Members of Tennen Rishin Ryū performed an enbu at the Ozaki Kannon during the Lion Dance Festival held in Akiruno City. This is the former location of a Tennen Rishin Ryū’s dōjō that was previously led by Ōnishi Seijū, whose bōjutsu techniques’ heritage is believed to be preserved within the Lion Dance itself. We were honored to have the experience of performing near his gravestone in addition to having the opportunity to talk with the people of Ozaki.
For this, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the people of Ozaki.
September 4th, 2016
After a two week delay due to bad weather conditions, the Lion Dance Festival at Hachiōji was finally held. This year’s festival was a great success, with many local children participating in the bōjutsu exhibition. They truly put a lot of effort in the training, and showcased much passion necessary for preserving this tradition for future generations. We hope to see some of them also become good swordsmen someday.
In closing, we would like to convey our appreciation to the people of Hazama-chō.
August 27th～28th, 2016
We participated in a training excursion at Mount Mitake, where in the past many priests living in the area were practitioners of our school. Today, it still maintains a strong bond to Tennen Rishin Ryū.
After practicing kata and gekiken on the first day for several hours we paid a visit to Mitake Shrine, where it is still possible to contemplate the votive tablet (hōnōgaku) offered to the shrine by Kaihei Sanchi Ryū. This school had a deep link with Matsuzaki Watagorō, one of the fourth generational masters of Tennen Rishin Ryū.
On the dawn of the second day, we went into the mountains to participate in ascetic practice under the Ayahiro waterfall. Ultimately, it was a great experience for all of our students.
July 24th, 2016
Martial arts teacher Filip Bartos from the Czech Republic has come to Japan for his musha shugyō, and is willing to learn Tennen Rishin Ryū. He will begin his Tennen Rishin Ryū training group (keikokai) in his dōjō. We will instruct him and his students periodically during their stays in Japan.
May 21st, 2016
A few members of Tennen Rishin Ryū Bujutsu Hozonkai participated in a training session organized by the Hayashizaki Shinmusō Ryū of Shūbudō, under the direction of Oyama Takahide Sensei.
April 17th, 2016
Matteo Serafini Sensei, a Ittō Ryū branch swordsman from Italy, came to Japan for his musha shugyō. He visited Tennen Rishin Ryū dōjō in order to practice gekiken with our students. Although the training allowed kumiuchi and nagewaza, he was able to show us his splendid style of kenjutsu passed on from his teacher, Dino Forconi Sensei, a pupil of Takano Hiromasa Shihan.
The time spent together was an extremely fruitful experience for everyone. The purpose of gekiken is not winning a match, but to increase one’s fighting spirit and polish learnt techniques during the katageiko in order to apply them practically.
April 16th, 2016
Tennen Rishin Ryū participated in an enbu with the Hokushin Ittō Ryū Hyōhō, Mugai Ryū, and a representative shihan from the Japanese shuriken federation in the Kita Ward at Nanasha Jinja.
Despite the beautiful weather and ideal setting for demonstration, we felt the sorrow of loss caused by the earthquake in Kumamoto . Our prayers were sent towards citizens there, and to our friends of Hyōhō Taisha Ryū.
March 26th, 2016
Tennen Rishin Ryū was invited to a ceremony that celebrated Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke Masatomo’s advancement in becoming the 7th generational headmaster of Hokushin Ittō Ryū Hyōhō. Our school had the great honor to perform an enbu; furthermore, our representative shihan, Katō Kyōji, was asked to give a toast.
We would like to express our sincere congratulations to Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke sōke and all practitioners of Hokushin Ittō Ryū Hyōhō.
March 20th, 2016
A kōryū shiai (friendly match between schools) was held with the students of Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke Masatomo Sensei, the 7th generation headmaster of Hokushin Ittō Ryū Hyōhō.
Although kumiuchi was not permitted this time, students from both schools showed good shinai kenjutsu techniques. The joint training was very meaningful for everyone. Tennen Rishin Ryū Bujutsu Hozonkai is always looking forward to having gekiken training with practitioners from other schools. Please, visit us whenever you want!
Picture includes: Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke Sensei, Katō Kyōji Sensei and the students that participated in the match.
January 24th, 2016
Tennen Rishin Ryū Bujutsu Hozonkai has participated in an enbu held at the Konnō Hachimangū, organized by the Hayashizaki Shinmusō Ryū of Shūbudō: a martial arts research organization under the direction of Oyama Takahide Sensei, successor of Bokuden Ryū kenjutsu. Since this exhibition was the first one that we took part in as Bujutsu Hozonkai, it was a great honor for us to stand on the same stage and perform among several teachers from all over Japan.
Below is a summary of the enbu Katō Kyōji Sensei has participated in when he was a pupil of Hirai Taisuke Sensei.