The Hokushin Ittō-ryū Hyōhō was founded by Chiba Shūsaku Taira no Narimasa during the early 1820s and focuses on kenjutsu, battōjutsu, naginatajutsu and jūjutsu. Chiba Shūsaku was the last sword master of the Edo-period who was called a kensei (sword saint) and was listed by Tokugawa- Shogunate records as the strongest swordsman of his time. He fought and won many recorded duels against very famous schools like for example Maniwa Nen-ryū, Shinto Munen-ryū and Jikishinkage- ryū among many others. In his later years he became the official swordsmanship instructor of the Mito clan and of the Tokugawa family.
At the end of the Edo-period in the so called Bakumatsu (1853–1867) the Hokushin Ittō-ryū was on the top of the so called San-Dai-Ryū, the three strongest and biggest schools all over Japan. The San- Dai-Ryū consisted of the Hokushin Ittō-ryū, Shintō Munen-ryū and Kyoshin Meichi-ryū.
Currently the Hokushin Ittō-ryū is headed by Otsuka Ryunosuke Taira no Masatomo, the 7th Generation Sōke. It is a very intense dueling style, which focuses on simple and fast techniques where no unnecessary movements are made. Controlling the enemy’s center line with the kiri-otoshi and dominating him with extremely fast tsuki-waza are the signature techniques of the Hokushin Ittō-ryū. The principles of this style are that a perfect technique should contain defence and offense in one action. Furthermore, gekiken (i.e. free sparring with bōgu and shinai) has been an essential part of the curriculum since the foundation of the school and the Hokushin Ittō-ryū is one of the very few schools still alive which preserved this historical training method over the centuries which gave birth to modern kendō.
Il referente della Scuola è il Sōke Ōtsuka Ryûnosuke Masatomo del Chiba dōjō diMonaco di Baviera.
大塚 龍之介 政智
Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke Masatomo
Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō
7th Generation Headmaster
81369 Munich - Germany
+49 151/ 4017 2453