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Richard Elias
05-02-2012, 01:50 AM
Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu & Takagi Hachi Ho ryu
Kenjutsu and Bojutsu (jo)
Two-day weapons seminar with Toby Threadgill, Menkyo Kaiden
Saturday July 21st & Sunday July 22nd, 2012

Experience Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu kenjutsu history, etiquette, basics, postures, and paired practices taught by the leading authority on the art. And, for the first time in a public seminar, Threadgill sensei will share the basics of Takagi Hachi Ho ryu bojutsu, a fuzoku ryuha (assimilated school) taught in tandem with Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu.

Takagi Hachi Ho ryu 高木八方流
This bojutsu school, founded by Takagi Isoga, is a gendai budo derived from the personal teachings of TSYR shihan, Namishiro Matsuhiro who had studied Yoshin Koryu, Shinto Muso ryu, and Matsuzaki Shinkage ryu, in addition to Shindo Yoshin ryu.

A unique feature of Takagi Hachi Ho ryu bojutsu, (Takagi school of 8 directions staff arts) is the use of a 5ft jo staff, which a bit longer than those typically used by other ryuha. The arts curriculum is comprised of 32 kata separated into 8 sections represented by the 4 cardinal and 4 ordinal directions. These eight sections cover three subjects: staff vs sword, staff vs staff, and empty-hand vs staff.

Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu 高村派新道楊心流
Historically, in addition to the Akiyama Yoshin ryu line via Tenjin Shinyo ryu, and the Nakamura Yoshin Koryu line via Totsuka ha Yoshin Koryu, Shindo Yoshin ryu's mainline included teachings from the kenjutsu schools Jikishinkage ryu and Hokushin Itto ryu. The Takamura ryuha includes further influence from Matsuzaki Shinkage ryu via Namishiro Matsuhiro.

The kenjutsu curriculum through Shoden and Chuden levels is comprised of 10 Batto (sword drawing), with omote and ura variations, and 30 kumitachi (paired sword vs sword kata), with additional kata for both taught at Joden level. The kumitachi are separated into groupings of five based on the elements and seasons. Additionally, there are kata for short sword, weapons retention, tanto, and while wearing armor.

Attendees are asked to bring a bokken (wooden sword) with a tsuba (hand guard) and a 5 ft jo (wooden staff).
A limited number of practice weapons will be available for use at the seminar.

Day 1: Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu Kenjutsu
Day 2: Takagi Hachi Ho ryu Bojutsu
10:00 am -- 5:00pm each day
$75.00 for one day
$120 for both days
$10.00 observation each day

Senpokan Dojo
1418 E. Wilshire Ave.
Santa Ana, Ca. 92705

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Richard Elias
05-08-2012, 10:24 AM
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Richard Elias
07-09-2012, 12:28 AM
Just two weeks until the seminar.

Richard Elias
07-18-2012, 01:59 PM
We are expecting a good turnout and have almost reached capacity on reserved mat space for the seminar this weekend. For those who want to attend and have not yet contacted us please do so as soon as possible.

Please e-mail us if you haven't registered but are planning on showing up to the seminar.


07-18-2012, 03:28 PM
If I were still in the OC I would so be there.

I miss not training with the man.

Highly recommend.