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History

"Tenshinryu (天心流)" was born in the Edo era Kan'ei (寛永).
Yahei Tokizawa (時沢弥兵衛) is the founder of Tenshinryu.
Tenshinryu derived from the corps of shadow to protect the Tokugawa shogunate (徳川幕府) which is called "Shilin Dan (士林の団, the population of samurai)".
They served Munenori Yagyu (柳生宗矩). Munenori Yagyu has devised a lot of "Kata (勢法, techniques)".
Tenshinryu originated from "Shinkage ryu (新陰流)". Yahei integrated the techniques of Shinkage ryu and techniques created by Munenori into Tenshinryu. Tenshinryu is handed down as a sword of samurai to serve to the castle which was called "Joshi no Ken (城士の剣)".

Tenshinryu is a school of "Hyoho (兵法), comprehensive martial arts". It comprises of the following arts;

● Kenjutsu (剣術): The art of the sword
● Battojutsu (抜刀術): The art of drawing the sword
● Sojutsu (槍術): The art of spear
● Jumonjiyarijutsu (十文字槍術): The art of cross-shaped spear
● Naginatajutsu (薙刀術): The art of glaive
● Kusarigamajutsu (鎖鎌術): The art of chain sickle
● Tesajyutu (鉄鎖術): The art of chain
● Yawara (柔): The art of unarmed grappling

Tenshinryu has the technique used inside castle which is called "Denchu Toho Saya no Uchi (殿中刀法鞘之中)". In addition, we study not only the form of "Uchigatana (打刀)" but also those of "Tachi (太刀)" as "Koden (古伝), old style". In accordance with the lifestyle of samurai, we always wear "Wakizashi (脇差) in training.
Tenshinryu teaches modern people knowledge of tactics and rich techniques which are needed in various situations such as "lying down, waking up, sitting, standing, walking and running".
It's an extraordinary piece of martial art!

Tenshinryu founded an Specified Nonprofit Corporation(NPO) corporation in 2016.
In recent years, seminars are held to spread to foreign countries.

Masters

■8th Grandmaster Ishii Seizo (石井 清造)
He was born as 4th son of 7th Grandmaster Ishii Benzo (石井辨蔵) in Tokyo in 1892.
In that era, people did not respect traditional martial and therefore, only he inherited tenshinryu from his father.
He could not find the student and teach Tenshinryu stably because it was confused and chaotic period between both world warsWWI and WWII.
After WWII, he finally found one person, Nakamura Tenshin (中村天心) who is 8th Grandmaster later.
After that, he established the "Kokenpo Hozonhukyukai (古剣法保存普及会, the organizations to preserve and spread traditional martial arts) to maintain the tradition of the Tenshinryu. Unfortunately the organization disintegrated and however, the will is still inherited.

■9th Grandmaster Nakamura Tenshin (中村 天心)
Nakamura Tenshin (中村天心) was born in Tokyo in 1943.
He practiced Judo, Karate, Iaido, Jujutsu and other Japanse martial arts since childhood. When he adored samurai wearing two swords (二本差, Nihonzashi), he met 8th Shike (師家, Grandmaster) Ishii Seizo (石井清造) and started to learn Tenshinryu.
All the other students stopped to learn Tenshinryu due to severe training by Ishii. Only he endured it, mastered Tenshinryu, and succeeded to 9th Shike.
After that, according to Ishii's desire, he opened school "Hyoho Juku (兵法塾)" at home and started teaching Tenshinryu.
And according to Ishii's teachings, he did street performance around the country as "Mushashugyo (武者修行, Knight-errantry)".
He met and interacted with successors of martial arts on the street performance trip and learned and trained.
However, his wife passed away so young unfortunately. After that, he decided to dedicate his time to his three children and therefore, taught Tenshinryu only his relatives and his acquaintance.

After his retirement, he allowed people to learn Tenshinryu. On 11th February 2012, his student, Kuwami Masakumo (鍬海政雲) succeeded to 10th Shike. He still continues to check Kuwami's guidance and teach Tenshinryu together.
"Tenshin (天心)" of Nakamura Tenshin (中村天心) is the "Bugo (武号, nickname for matial arts)" given by Ishii.

■10th Grandmaster Kuwami Masakumo (鍬海 政雲)
Kuwami Masakumo (鍬海政雲) was born in Hokkaido in 1978.
He practiced the one of Japanese martial arts since childhood. When he was teacher of the one, he met Nakamura Tenshin (中村天心) by strange coincidence, and devoted his time to learn Tenshinryu.
Although it is in the middle of learning, he inherited Tenshinryu from Nakamura on 11th February 2012. Currently, he is trying to instruct Tenshinryu to succeed to the next generation.
"Kuwami Masakumo (鍬海政雲)" is the "Bugo (武号, nickname for matial arts)" given by Nakamura.

■Daihan (代範) Ide Ryusetsu (井手 柳雪)
He also also hold the following post;
・Chief international affairs coordinator
・NPO (specified nonprofit corporation) Tenshinryu hyohou commissioner
Ide Ryusetsu (井手 柳雪) was born in Kanagawa in 1983.
When he was a college student, he wanted to learn Japanese traditional martial arts and found Tenshinryu. However, at that time, Nakamura Tenshin (中村天心) taught Tenshinryu only his relatives and his acquaintance. He tried to ask Nakamura to allow his entry to Tenshinryu for six monthes and finally, Nakamura acknowledged his enthusiasm and allowed him to learn Tenshinyu.
He strivied to learn Tenshinryu, resulting in that he became "Daihan (代範, the assistant instructor)" in 2010, and acquired the Mokuroku (目録) in 2012.
Based on Nakamura's trust, he manages Tenshinryu international section.
"Ryusetsu (柳雪)" of "Ide Ryusetsu (井手柳雪)" is the "Bugo (武号, nickname for matial arts)" given by Nakamura.

■Daihan (代範) Takizawa Dofu (滝沢 洞風)
He also also hold the following post;
・NPO(specified nonprofit corporation)Tenshinryuhyohou commissioner
・The head of Shinjuku Branch

Takizawa Dofu (滝沢 洞風) was born in Fukushima.
He loved Japanese culture since childhood.
He was blessed with the Japanese martial arts environment and therefore, practiced "Kenjutsu (剣術, the art of sword)", "Shurikenjutsu (手裏剣術, the art of throwing sword)", kyujutsu (弓術, the art of archery) and other Japaneser martial arts by himself.
When he entered college, he learned "Tamiya ryu (田宮流)" in the club of "Iaido (居合道)". In the club he was the captain in the second year and also acquired excellent results in the tournament.

He always wears "Kimonos (着物, Japanese clothing)".
One day he met Nakamura Tenshin (中村天心) in antique market. And he was invited by Nakamura and started to learn Tenshinryu.
Because he learned Iaido, he learned Tenshinryu very well.
He was evaluated for his skill and human nature and therefore, he started to manage the Shinjuku branch in 2013, and acquired "Hatsu yurushi (初許)" and became "Daihan (代範, the assistant instructor)" in 2016.

"Dofu (洞風)" of "Takizawa Dofu (滝沢 洞風)" is the "Bugo (武号, nickname for matial arts)" given by Nakamura.

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Practice Locations

Practice Locations and Schedules as of 12th March 2017

- Yokohama Headquarters (Midori Sports Center)
329-25, Nakayama-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan 226-0011
Saturdays,
Teacher: Kuwami Masakumo (鍬海政雲) sensei, Nakamura Tenshin (中村天心) sensei

- Setagaya Branch (Sakuragaoka Kumin Center)
5-14-1 Sakuragaoka Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0054
Sundays, 18:00-22:00
Teacher: Kuwami Masakumo (鍬海政雲) sensei

- Kawagoe Branch (Mutuzuka Kaikan)
2-8, Motomachi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama, Japan, 350-0062
Mondays, 19:30-22:00
Teacher: Takizawa Dofu (滝沢洞風) sensei

- Shinjuku Branch (Shinjuku Cosmic Center)
3-1-2 Okubo, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 169-0072
Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 18:00-22:00
Teacher: Takizawa Dofu (滝沢洞風) sensei, Kuwami Masakumo (鍬海政雲) sensei

- Kakio Branch
6-32-21, Kamiasao, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan, 215-0021
Fridays, 18:00-20:00
Teacher: Kuwami Masakumo (鍬海政雲) sensei

*Please note;
Sometimes schedule and place are changed.
Please let us know in advance if you would like to come to our dojos.




We do not have any overseas dojos(Official of the branch) so far.
Keikokai is voluntary training Group(Not yet branch).

■ Keikokai (稽古会, study group) Outside of Japan

BUGEIKAN (Affiliated dojo)
Location:Spain Valencia
Shihan:Gabriel García
Official Website:Tenshin ryu Hyouho Spain Keikokai
Official Website:BUGEIKAN
Contact: 0034 652409231
Contact(mail):gabrielgarciashihan@gmail.com

Sei ryu dojo Padova (Affiliated dojo)
Location:Padova-Italy
Organizer: Giovanni Nalesso / Alessio guarnieri
Official Website:"Sei ryu dojo Padova" F.B.
Contact(mail):kherydan@tiscali.it (Giovanni) / aguarnieri55@gmail.com (Alessio)
Contact(FB):Giovanni Nalesso / Alessio Guarnieri.

Shibukan Hombu Dojo (Affiliated dojo)
Location:Reggio Calabria
Organizer:Iadanza Franco
Official Website:志武館忍法武芸連盟 Shibukan Ninpo Bugei Federation
Contact:shibukan@email.it

Membership

Membership fees as of 12th March 2017
- Admission fee (once) in Japan
JPY 5,000
- Monthly fee in Japan
JPY 5,000
- Personal training fee with teachers including grandmaster in Japan
JPY 1,000-2,000 by 2 hours plus JPY 500 as venue fee

・Guidelines For Participation
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Menkyo system

Menkyo system(伝位)
-1st. Hatsu Yurushi (初許)
-2nd. Naka Yurushi (中許)
-3rd. Oku Yurushi (奥許)
-4th. Kirigami (切紙)
-5th. Mokuroku (目録)
-6th. Menkyo (免許)
-7th. Soden (相伝) Transmission to one pupil

Seminar

Open or closed Seminar
If you would like to invite us to arrange seminar, you need to prepare round-trip ticket, accommodation, meals and seminar fee.
Please note we basically follow the information of "Overseas Travel Safety Information" from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and therefore, can not travel to some countries.

Notes

DVDs and books
We do not have any DVDs and books.
Any hope and want to sell.


Do not sell
Materials for practice(e.g. bokken, practice sword, real sword, keikogi, hakama)
We do not sell any materials for practice.

Fund raising

Donations to Tenshinryu
Donate to
TENSHIRYU'S ACTIVITY FUND
TENSHINRYU 's activities require a lot of funds.
This fund will be various expenses such as purchase of equipment and facility fee.
We need your cooperation to protect the tradition and to communicate the tradition widely.
(For example, DVD production and book publication.)
We would appreciate it if you could support and cooperate with us.

Bank account for the transfer
Beneficiary Bank:Resona Bank,Ltd
Branch Name:Shibuya Branch
Address:2-20-11 SHIBUYA SHIBUYA-KU TOKYO 150-0002
Country:JAPAN
BIC(SWIFT CODE):DIWAJPJT
Account No. :3222134
Name:Tenshinryu-hyouhou
Address:1938-44,Kitahassaku-machi,Midori-ku,Yokohama-shi,Kanagawa,226-0021,JAPAN

Contact info

Send us s an inquiry
If you want more information about Tenshinry, please contact us at e-mail.
You can also find answers to many popular questions by visiting Q&A page.

e-mail address : tenshinryu-international@tenshinryu.net