About Yagyu Shinkage Ryu



Yagyu Shinkage Ryu is one of the oldest extant schools of swordsmanship in Japan. During the Warring States period (1467 ? ca.1570), Shinkage Ryu was created by Kamiizumi Isenokami Hidetsuna (later Nobutsuna). In 1565 Kamiizumi Isenokami passed on the headmastership to Yagyu Sekisyusai Munetoshi, who continued to develop the school. After that, Yagyu Shinkage Ryu became well known all over Japan through the activities of successive masters and disciples.
We call our school Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Heihou. We use the word heihou (strategy) instead of kenjutsu (sword technique) because the school teaches not only techniques for killing but rather a way to see and approach any situation, even the way of ruling an entire country. We call this Katsuninken.
To use the sword, we stress using the body completely and naturally, so as to draw out and apply all of the individualfs potential power.
In the present day, this mission is continued by the Yagyu-kai under the leadership of the 22nd headmaster, Yagyu Koichi.
Many people in the modern world are interested in the traditional martial arts of Japan, of which Yagyu Shinkage Ryu is representative. If our school could inspire people not only in Japan, but in other parts of the world as well, we would be very grateful.

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