The Purpose of Founding the Yagyu-kai

The ideas of gestablishingh and "passing downh are very important in life. Indeed, establishing or creating something is more difficult than simply taking something over, but maintaining that thing over many generations is even more so. This requires the passing down of both a sense of spirituality and a personal inclination toward effort, to a degree not expected of most people. Accordingly, there's nothing harder than passing down an enterprise that incorporates high degrees of spirituality and character.

The Way of the Sword is a magnificent art, realized by the skill and spirit of the Japanese people, through the most dedicated of training. For that reason, passing it down is a highly difficult endeavor. Needless to say, the Shinkage Ryu handed down from Kamiizumi Nobutsuna to Yagyu Sekishusai is truly a primary source of the Japanese Way of the Sword.

And so it must be said that this is an extraordinary thing; that this art should come down correctly transmitted through 20 generations to master teacher Yagyu Toshinaga. It can be said that this is a proud point in Japanese history. We hope to protect this precious traditional art and hand it down forever. This is the reason for establishing the Yagyu-kai. We humbly hope for the strong support of many people in this endeavor.

-- Yasuoka Masahiro sensei, September 1955

The Essential Purpose of Shinkage Ryu

Shinkage Ryu Heiho makes as its purpose a deep understanding of a primary source of native Japanese martial principles through diligent study, and the expression of the great truths of this Ryu.

Shinkage Ryu Heiho intends to illuminate the principles of the mind and spirit through the principles of the sword, and to enable us to accomplish what we must in our lives, utilizing the inherent potential natural to all people.

Shinkage Ryu Heiho intends the comprehensive development of character through a complete engagement with all things: family, country and the world, through onefs personal understanding of heiho, which provides kyorei-fumai shuri. Kyorei-fumai shuri is the essence of Shinkage Ryu Heiho -- kyorei-fumai is unseen but reflects all things like a mirror; shuri is the many philosophies inherent in Shinkage Ryu Heiho.

Yagyu-kai Members Code

The Yagyu-kai is a dojo (training hall) wherein we respect the Way of the Sword, firmly believe in the teachings of those who came before us, and diligently train ourselves in the manner of the Three Learnings: proper conduct, concentration, and understanding with the heart. We do not accept those who, without reason or a high level of understanding, engender conflict with their personal opinions.

This Way is a lifelong discipline to accomplish what we must in our lives, utilizing our inherent potential. So, once one has joined this Way, one should keep a firm mind and not abandon the discipline. Even though we may not attain full enlightenment, we will be able to attain peace of mind by continually devoting ourselves to Yagyu Shinkage Ryu.

The secrets of heiho (strategies of war/combat) cannot be understood by just anyone. Therefore, if we students mistakenly believe we may master the strategies without great effort, we will cause serious harm to this Way, ourselves and others. Members of the Yagyu-kai should always conduct ourselves as gentlemen. We should never forget ethics and the virtues of budo. Members should never bring disgrace on the Yagyu-kai by our words or activities,

If we attain a superior level after long patient practice, we are obligated to devote ourselves to public service, spreading the Ryu widely without self-righteousness, clearly demonstrating its vitality and relevance, and with the intention of repaying those who came before for what they have given us.