This is an art with tremendously deep roots in self-defense dating back to feudal Japan. By training in Jujutsu, one gains a practical understanding of the use of joint locks jimi , arm bars kansetsu , chokes shimi and strikes atemi. This awareness runs contrary to how we are conditioned in the outside world. This is good jujutsu and this is part of the path of training at Yosokan Dojo. This would include the movement from one posture to the next which, when thought about, is still posture. By using movement from one good posture to the next and creating unbalance in your opponent kyushin or kazushi , we discover the potential for both powerful and effective technique waza. With these things combined we can affect the very same in our opponent. Early training is focused largely on learning to use our structure to create technique having only a basic awareness of the possibilities of ki, kokyu and metsuke development.
Iaijutsu – Drawing the sword
These techniques were crucial for samurai to protect and serve the reigning lords. Of course swordsmanship skills are no longer necessary, but at HiSUi TOKYO, we believe that with safe and proper instruction, learning this ancient art can be an opportunity to exercise not only your body and mind, but to broaden your horizon and spirituality. One of the first techniques you will be able to learn is cutting at 45 degree angles from either side. Over the course of several lessons, you will learn how to master a variety of cutting techniques such as horizontal cutting and a 5-form cut. If you are visiting Japan and interested in learning more about Japanese tea ceremony or other Japanese art forms, please try our Culture Experience Plan.
Kenjutsu – Fighting techniques for the sword
Our approach differs from that of other quick-draw practitioners in that the initial drawing action is followed up by the execution of additional techniques instead of returning the sword to the sheath , thus engaging multiple directions and multiple targets in the flow of movement. Kenjutsu , "the art of the sword" or "sword techniques," is an all-encompassing term used to denote the practice of Japanese swordsmanship. Through time, kenjutsu has had the connotation of being highly combative, and engagement with an opponent generally happens in situations where the sword is already drawn. Kenjutsu training with Ishi Yama involves paired training exercises, refining individual techniques, and free sparring using padded instruments and protective gear. Kata are prearranged solo forms that serve as the foundation for internalizing the principles of a style. Basic kata within the Ishi Yama curriculum are designed to distill the complexities of swordsmanship into manageable components for beginner students, while higher level kata build upon that foundation by adding new levels of complexity that create a deep and dynamic art form. At its highest level, this style is designed to address multiple attackers coming from multiple angles within a continuous flow of movement. Kumitachi are paired forms that involve an attacker and a defender. This type of training helps the student to develop a sense of proper distance and timing, and enables them to begin reading an opponent and implementing an appropriate response under a variety of conditions.
Unlike modern budo that specialize in one specific field, such as kendo, judo, or iaido, our traditional kenjutsu, sword techniques, involves a comprehensive study of a broad range of martial arts. The content of this study can rightly be called bugei juhappan eighteen categories of martial arts, a complete study of the martial arts. While today arts such as suiren swimming , hojutsu gunnery , and kyusutsu archery are no longer extant within the tradition, the syllabus of Katori Shinto Ryu is comprehensive, and even includes an understanding of ninjutsu espionage and noroshi use of fires for signalling , transmitted through oral instruction. For more information about the curriculum please visit the official website of the ryu. Nobutoshi sensei iaijutsu. Katori Shinto Ryu has always permitted farmers and common townspeople to study the tradition. Kusanagi no ken and other fundamental forms provide those unaccustomed to sword-handling with a basis for familiarizing themselves with the weapon. In addition to these techniques our tradition also still practices the Gokui no iaijutsu. These techniques are secret.