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About Hyoho Taisha ryu


Hyoho Taisha Ryu is a swordsmanship style founded by a swordsman of the late Sengoku and early Edo period Marume Kurando (1540 – 1629).


The word “Tai” (タイ) of Hyoho Taisha Ryu has multiple meanings namely: “big, body, wait, fight against, thick” (大・体・待・対・太) but also others. The reason for this is that it is written in phonetic script known as Katakana, making the meaning implied.


The use of the ideogram  “大” (large, big or great) implies that Marume Kurando “lost his great master”, the very famous “Kamiizumi Isenokami Nobutsuna” when he died.


If you interpret “Tai” as “体” (body) – meaning to or forget about your body, or as “待” – to forget about waiting, or as “対” - forget about fighting against opponent, and also as “太” – to achieve “original nature”. In addition, our style is also free to move between these meanings to encourage dynamic understanding without becoming trapped.

【Characteristics of the skills】

The style of this swordsmanship we teach is considered as “Kassatsu Kempo” – the swordsmanship of life giving and of killing and is based on Shinkage-ryu. Marume Kurando obtained full certificates of “Satsuninto Tachi” the killing sword and “Katsuninken Tachi” the life giving sword from Kamiizumi Nobutsuna.


*the 13th head of Marume family, Mr. Marume Hiroyuki owns the certificates

The most remarkable feature of our skills is found in our characteristic “Kamae” - fighting stance. Our skills start with “Migi-hankai” right-stance and finish with “Hidari-hankai” the left stance. All movements are completed with “Kesagiri” - a slash to cut through the opponent’s shoulder and ribs.


We have skills to confuse opponents such as jumping before moving on and attack.


Our school has inherited various practical sword fighting skills, including other skills teachings such as, sword techniques and kicking, joint locks, eyeball gouging and more.


Founder Marume iwaminokami nyudo tessai Kurandonosuke

           Fujiwara Nagayoshi

      2nd Konose Gunsuke

             Ookami Tadayuki

      3rd Sagara Shojiro


      4th Sagara Sahe


      5th Konose gouemon nyudo isai

           Ookami Tadanobu

      6th Oda Shichiroemon

           Fujiwara Sadanori

      7th Oda Sekika

           Fujiwara Sadaki

      8th Oda Naozaemon

           Fujiwara Sadayoshi

      9th Oda Kindazaemon

           Fujiwara Sadabumi

    10th Oda Hachirozaemon

         Fujiwara Sadanao

    11th Samuta Chuzo

         Fujiwara Yoshioki

    12th Oda Sekika

         Fujiwara Sadataka

    13th Yamakita Takenori

         Fujiwara Sadamune

    14th Kino Takao

         Fujiwara Sadataka

    15th Uehara Eriko

         Fujiwara Hidesada

【Intangible cultural property】

Two of our school’s Soke (Headmasters) have received the honour of “intangible cultural property” (無形文化財). These are:


The 12th Soke - Oda Sekika Fujiwara Sadataka

On the 1st of September 1962, Kumamoto prefecture Board of Education provided him the documentation “certification of Hyoho Taisha Ryu Kempo” with the addition of Kumamoto prefecture intangible cultural property, based on Article 16, Section 2 of Kumamoto prefecture Cultural property protection regulations.


The 13th Soke - Yamakita Takenori Fujiwara Sadamune

On the 1st of October 1994, the Nishiki-machi Board of Education provided him the documentation “certification of Hyoho Taisha Ryu Kempo” with the addition of Kumamoto prefecture intangible cultural property, based on Article 16, Section 2 of Nishiki-machi Cultural property protection regulations.

【Japanese heritage constituent cultural property】

In May 2017, Hyoho Taisha Ryu has been designated as one of the constituent cultural properties of the Hitoyoshi Kuma area “Preserving and Enterprising cultures developed by 700 years history of in the Sagara area”. Our school therefore remains a treasure for the world.


《Training schedules and venues》


〇Regular training〇

Tuesdays (venue: Kagami Budo kan) 20:00~22:00

Welcome to visit and observe the trainings

〇Short term intensive training〇

One-off bases with availability for official members (venue: Ryu Sen Kan headquarter and/or Kagami Budo Kan) 10:00~16:00

〇Kids class〇

Tuesdays (venue: Kagami Budo kan) 18:00~20:00

【Dojo and training groups other than Yatsushiro headquarter】

 Hyoho Taisha ryu Kansai branch (Osaka)

Shihan (master with the certificate) directly trains members. Welcome to become a new member, as well as visit and observe the training

Training groups (self-training)


Hyoho Taisha ryu Ryu Sen Kan

address: 307-2 Kagami-machi Shiohama, Yatsushiro, Kumamoto 869-4224, Japan


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《Queries and contacts》

If you would like to become our member or you have questions, please reach us via the “Contact” page


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