The hardest thing of all?

Students and teachers alike are faced with very particular challenges in the study of Koryū-bujutsu. For the casual observer these challenges are usually not as obvious as they may seem. One key question is always: Ultimately, what is really the hardest thing of all to be a member of a classical japanese ryūha of warfare? … Mehr The hardest thing of all?

The second Ōtsuka Gekikenkai at the Chiba-Dōjō of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō

The second edition of the Ōtsuka Gekikenkai took place from November 30th – December 01st, 2019 in the Chiba-Dōjō which is the Hombu of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō. I would like to note especially the quite strong turnout of kenshi from other ryūha! Twenty kenshi with experience in Hokushin Ittō-ryū Hyōhō, Mugai-ryū, Tenshin Shōden Katori … Mehr The second Ōtsuka Gekikenkai at the Chiba-Dōjō of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō

Harmony: The new obsession

Recently, due to various incidents, I observe a recurring phenomenon in the world of Koryū-Bujutsu: Obsession with harmony. The quintessence of the classical japanese schools of warfare is basically contest and rivalry. This does not mean a simple sporting comparison, but an active and practical confrontation of ryūha and their teachers and students with other … Mehr Harmony: The new obsession

Fighting methods in full Yoroi – A lecture

The exhibition of extraordinary Samurai armour at Kunsthalle Munich runs very well and is a huge success. Around the exhibition there are many different events taking place to attract visitors and aficionados alike. One such event was held on May 7, 2019. It was a lecture about the topic of fighting methods in full Yoroi … Mehr Fighting methods in full Yoroi – A lecture

Samurai exhibition at Kunsthalle Munich and the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō

The exquisite exhibition of a world-renowned collection of remarkable Samurai armour hand in hand with one of the most famous japanese schools of swordsmanship, the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō. That’s a plan to work out! From February 1 – June 30, 2019 there will be held a marvellous exihibition at the famous Kunsthalle Munich: SAMURAI / THE SPLENDOUR … Mehr Samurai exhibition at Kunsthalle Munich and the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō

The first Ōtsuka Gekikenkai at the Chiba-Dōjō of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō

The interested readers of this blog may possibly already know that on October 13th + 14th, 2018 a quite historic event took place in the Honbu-Dōjō of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō: The Ōtsuka Gekikenkai Gekikenkai have been a common activity well into the Taishō period (1912 – 1926). In a Gekikenkai, representatives of various Ryūha … Mehr The first Ōtsuka Gekikenkai at the Chiba-Dōjō of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō

The Tōkyō-Shibu of Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō

The all new website of our Tōkyō-Shibu ist now online: https://www.hokushinittoryuhyoho.jp/ In Tōkyō there are two Keikojō, one in Suidobashi and the other in Kudanshita. A third one in Meguro is already at the planning stage. Keikojō Suidobashi is led by Emori Naoyoshi (Kajōmokuroku / Shihandai) and training is held on Thursday evenings.       … Mehr The Tōkyō-Shibu of Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō

About Yoroi

On my five-hour drive home, including a snowstorm in Bavaria, I had a lot of time to contemplate my experiences I made over the last two days. The past weekend I have stayed again at the Chiba-Dōjō (Honbu) of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō for a private Kaichō seminar with the 7th Sōke of the school, … Mehr About Yoroi

Timeless

The school I am a member of, the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō, was founded almost two hundred years ago (in the early 1820‘s). The first fifty years of its existence are probably the most important and most eventful in Japanese history. The subsequent five decades have been shaped by a boisterous atmosphere of change as well … Mehr Timeless