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
2nd Konose Gunsuke
3rd Sagara Shojiro
4th Sagara Sahe
5th Konose gouemon nyudo isai
6th Oda Shichiroemon
7th Oda Sekika
8th Oda Naozaemon
9th Oda Kindazaemon
10th Oda Hachirozaemon
11th Samuta Chuzo
12th Oda Sekika
13th Yamakita Takenori
14th Kino Takao
15th Uehara Eriko
【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》
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
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