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Richard Elias
05-18-2013, 03:27 AM
Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu & Takagi Hachi Ho ryu
Kenjutsu and Bojutsu
Two-day weapons seminar with Toby Threadgill, Menkyo Kaiden
Saturday July 27th & Sunday July 28th, 2013

Experience the traditional koryu kenjutsu of Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu, and gendai bojutsu of Takagi Hachi Ho ryu, by the leading authority on these arts. Threadgill sensei will share the history, etiquette, basics, postures, and paired practices of these unique systems.

Takagi Hachi Ho ryu 高木八方流
A fuzoku ryuha (assimilated school) taught in tandem with Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu. 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 is 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).

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

For registration and information contact:

Please make checks payable to:
John Lovato

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Kenshinyokan dojo
5846 Eastbrook Ave
Lakewood, CA 90713

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05-18-2013, 06:33 AM
One of the many things I miss about So Cal is events like this ...
Everyone else, be there or regret it ...
Highly recommend ...

Keith Larman
05-27-2013, 05:09 PM
Argh, fine, pick one weekend when I'm out of town. Sheesh. It's been too long and I sure as hell need some of that perspective.

Richard Elias
06-11-2013, 05:49 PM
Here's our FB event page...


Richard Elias
07-14-2013, 07:42 PM
With the seminar just two weeks away we'd like to get a more complete head count for mat space. Please e-mail us if you haven't registered but are planning on showing up to the seminar.