Introduction to the Headmaster, Yagyu Koichi

The Succession of The Headmastership of Yagyu Shinkage Ryu

The late 21st Headmaster(Left)
The 22nd Headmaster (Right)

February 18, 2006

A reception was held, and the succession of the headmastership of Yagyu Shinkage ryu from the 21st headmaster, Yagyu Nobuharu, to the 22nd headmaster, Yagyu Koichi, was officially announced.

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The 21st Headmaster, Yagyu Nobuharu (Toshimichi)
January 11, 1919

Born in Tokyo as second son of the 20th headmaster Yagyu Toshinaga.

Graduated from Waseda University with a degree in Japanese literature after Aichi Dai-ichi Junior High School and Dai-ni Waseda High School.

November of 1943

Conscripted and assigned to the Army air troops in Botan-ko and Sainan, China.

Continued the practice of Shinkage ryu with the guidance of the 20th headmaster Yagyu Toshinaga, after the war, while working as a teacher of junior high school in Gifu and Nagoya.


Succeeded Yagyu Toshinaga as the headmaster of Yagyu Shinkage Ryu and also as president of the Yagyu-kai. Quit his job and devoted his life to Shinkage ryu thereafter.


Part time lecturer at Chukyo University in the School of Health and Sport Sciencesf Department of Martial Arts Science

March of 1982 Traveled to Paris, France to demonstrate Yagyu Shinkage Ryu.

June of 1993

Lectured and demonstrated at the United Nations and the Japan Society in New York City, U.S.A.

December of 1996 Demonstrated gMuto-dorih (taking the opponentfs sword while unarmed oneself) for the first time in public at a Symposium on Japanese and German culture.

March of 1998 Traveled to Paris, France to demonstrate Yagyu Shinkage Ryu a second time.

Long-term Executive Director of the Nippon Kobudou Kyokai and the Nippon Kobudo Shinko Kai.

May 4, 2007

Died at the age of eighty-eight.

The late 21st Headmaster, Yagyu Nobuharu
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The 22nd Headmaster, Yagyu Koichi (Toshinobu)
1952 Born in Tokyo.

Joined Saitama Bank after graduation from Musashi University and left in 2002 to study closely under Yagyu Nobuharu.

February of 2006 Succeeded the 21st headmaster of Yagyu Shinkage Ryu, Yagyu Nobuharu, as the 22nd, and delivered a lecture at a symposium titled gA Great Swordsman: Kamiizumi Isenokamih.

September of 2006 Lectured and demonstrated at the 21st Century Center of Excellence Programfs symposium on Japanese traditional body movements, which was organized by the Institute of Theatre Research, Waseda University.

December of 2006 Spoke and demonstrated at a public lecture on Noh and Kyogen organized by the Toyota City Noh Theatre.

The 22nd Headmaster,
Yagyu Koichi