Tenshinshō-den Katori Shintō-ryū was founded by Iizasa Choisai Ienaō Sensei during the mid Muromachi era (1336-1573) in the Katori region of Shimōsa province (present-day Katori city, Chiba prefecture). At approximately sixty years of age, Iizasa undertook a thousand days of prayer and austere training devoted to the deity of the Katori Shrine, within its grounds. It is said that the deity then presented him with a divine scroll on the warrior arts. Since the art was received through divine transmission, Iizasa named it “Tenshinshō-den” (direct and authentic transmission from the deities) Katori Shintō-ryū. The tradition has been handed down to the present day.
The Shinbukan Dōjō's practice of Katori Shintō-ryū follows the teachings passed down from Hayashi Sakuichirō Shihan to Hayashi Yazaemon Shihan, who was then succeeded by Ōtake Risuke Shihan (Shinbukan Dōjō founder). Practice is currently led by Ōtake Nobutoshi Shihan, with instruction and supervision by Ōtake Risuke Shihan.
The tradition has been preserved and transmitted through centuries to present day by many generations of master teachers. In 1960, through the efforts of Hayashi Yazaemon Shihan and Ōtake Risuke Shihan, Tenshinshō-den Katori Shintō-ryu was awarded the status of Intangible Cultural Asset of Chiba Prefecture. The tradition was the first martial art in Japan to be designated as a cultural asset. Both Ōtake Risuke Shihan and Ōtake Nobutoshi Shihan hold the official title of Guardian, as designated by the authority of the Chiba Prefecture Office of Education.
Today the tradition maintains an extensive syllabus of martial training which includes kenjutsu (swordsmanship), iaijutsu (sword drawing), bōjutsu (staff techniques), naginatajutsu (halberd techniques), sōjutsu (spear techniques), shurikenjutsu (throwing spikes), and jūjutsu (unarmed combat). 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵
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