Tetsuzan Kuroda Sensei, renowned for his incredible swordsmanship and his "hidden" or "disappearing" movements, today carries on the traditions of his family's samurai bujutsu. Shinjinkai is pleased to host one of the few study groups outside of Japan authorized by Kuroda Sensei.
Tetsuzan Kuroda Sensei performing iaijutsu
Kuroda Sensei performing kenjutsu kata with his son.
Kuroda Sensei has written 6 books on the Shinbukan Kuroda Ryu-gi, relating his experience and theories of bujutsu:
- Bujutsu Dangi - Bujutsu Monologue
- Kieru Ugokiwo Motomete - The Search for the Disappearance of Movement
- Kenjutsu Seigi - The Details of Kenjutsu
- Iaijutsu Seigi - The Details of Iaijutsu
- Kikentai Ichi No Bujutsuteki Shintaiwo Tsukuru - Making a Warrior's Body Where the Spirit, Sword and Body are One
- Kikentai Ichi No Bujutsuteki Shintaiwo Tsukuru II - Making a Warrior's Body Where the Spirit, Sword and Body are One, Part II
Official Shinbukan Dojos and Shinbukan Membership
Kuroda Sensei, who resides in Japan, is the only teacher of his system. There are only 7 official dojo in the world where students may practice the Shinbukan Kuroda Ryu-gi under the direction of Kuroda Sensei. These are:
- Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo (Hombu Dojo) in Saitama-shi,Japan
- Shinbukan Tokyo Keikokai in Tokyo, Japan
- Shinbukan Kansai Keikokai in Amagasaki-shi, Japan
- Shinbukan Texas Keikokai in San Antonio, Texas, USA
- Shinbukan California Keikokai in Encinitas, California, USA
- Shinbukan Chicago Keikokai in Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Shinbukan Europe Keikokai in Paris, France
Persons wishing to study the Shinbukan Kuroda Ryugi must be personally accepted by Kuroda Sensei before beginning training, and must abide by the rules of Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo. Since Kuroda Sensei is the only teacher within the Shinbukan, all kata (forms) are transmitted directly by him; this means that Shinbukan members outside of Japan must be willing, and have the means, to periodically travel to train with Kuroda Sensei.
Please contact us for more information on our study group, the Shinbukan Chicago Keikokai, which is under Kuroda Sensei's direction. We apologize that we are unable to recommend persons to Kuroda Sensei that we have not personally met. For some more detailed information on Tetsuzan Kuroda Sensei and the history of the Shinbukan lineage, please see the information on the excellent Shinbukan Texas Keikokai site here. Kuroda Sensei's page (Japanese language) is here.
Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo, Shinbukan Kuroda Ryu-gi, Komagawa Kaishin Ryu Kenjutsu, Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu (founded by Tamiya Gon-emon), Shishin Takuma Ryu Jujutsu, Tsubaki Kotengu Ryu Bojutsu, and Seigyoku Oguri Ryu are all copyrighted and trademarked by Kuroda Tetsuzan, and are not to be used for any purpose without this approval.
!!! The 2013 USA Shinbukan Seminar will be in Chicago at Shinjinkai, May 23-26
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PROGRAMS: SHINBUKAN KURODA RYU-GI
The Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo was founded by Yahei Masayoshi Kuroda in 1848 to transmit four styles of martial arts inherited by the Kuroda family. Together, these arts comprise the Shinbukan Kuroda Ryu-gi, or style:
- Komagawa Kaishin-ryu Kenjutsu
- Shishin Takuma-ryu Jujutsu
- Tsubaki Kotengu-ryu Bojutsu
Komagawa Kaishin-ryu Kenjutsu was founded by Tarouzaemon-Kuniyoshi Komagawa in the sixteenth century. Komagawa was a student of Kamiizumi Ise no Kami, the founder of Shinkage-ryu. Komagawa Kaishin-ryu Kenjutsu teaches the use of many weapons, including the tachi (long sword), kodachi (short sword), jitte (a hooked truncheon used for arresting and disarming), naginata (a bladed polearm) and ryoto (two-sword techniques).
Tamiya-ryu Iaijutsu was founded by Gon-emon Muneshige Tamiya, about 350 years ago. It comes from Hayashizaki Jinsuke, the original founder of iaijutsu, through Tamiya Heibei, founder of Heibei Tamiya-ryu, through Nagano Murakusai, to Gon-emon Tamiya, who founded his own style of iaijutsu, also called Tamiya-ryu. Tamiya-ryu contains almost 70 waza, both seated and standing (note: the Tamiya-ryu instructed in the Shinbukan is different from a more widely known iai style also known as Tamiya-ryu; the two names are written with different characters).
Shishin Takuma-ryu Jujutsu was founded, according to legend, in the Tenth Century, A.D. It was originally handed down within monasteries; the first few headmasters of the style were Buddhist monks. Shishin Takuma-ryu is a comprehensive system of jujutsu taught through many 2-man kata.
Tsubaki Kotengu-ryu Bojutsu was founded during the Keichou period (1596-1615). Tsubaki Kotengu is a pseudonym, and the true name of the founder is not known. Tsubaki Kotengu-ryu teaches the use of long and short staves against the sword.