Katori Shinto Ryu Bojutsu


Please join us for an exciting class in bojutsu (wooden staff vs. sword). This special 2-part seminar will examine the unique philosophy, fundamental techniques, and some of the fight sequences (kata) from one of the oldest styles of Japanese koryu bujutsu: Katori Shinto Ryu.

The first day will focus on learning the fundamental techniques of swinging and striking with the bo and learning one of the kata. On the second day, we will expand upon our understanding of fundamental technique and explore more kata.


If you are learning the bo side (uchi komi), you will need a bo (6 foot non-tapered wooden staff with 1 inch diameter).

If you are learning the sword side (uke tachi), you will need a bokken.

* Participants do not need to learn both sides of the kata if they do not wish to. Participants could focus on only one side (e.g., sword side or bo side) and specialize in becoming good at that side.

Douglas Tong

Our guest instructor will be Mr. Douglas Tong from Tokumeikan. Douglas was one of the last direct pupils of the legendary Master Yoshio Sugino, who was the swordfight choreographer for Director Akira Kurosawa’s two most famous samurai films, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, and also for Director Hiroki Inagaki’s celebrated epic, Miyamoto Musashi (re-titled as the Samurai Trilogy in North America). The swordplay in these movies has been hailed as some of the best Japanese swordplay ever captured on film. Douglas teaches the old version of Sugino-style Katori Shinto Ryu, a stylish and highly-sophisticated version that he learned in Japan a long time ago. Douglas is one of only a few people in the world who preserve this elegant form of Shinto Ryu.

Website: www.tokumeikan.org

Last modified April 11, 2012 by Kim Taylor
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