Toyama Ryu - Nito Ryu - Bojutsu


The Shinkendo system emphasizes traditional and effective swordsmanship, which with serious
training, can provide practical ability.
Shinkendo is a comprehensive reunification of what the samurai once
used and relied upon for survival, and can be classified as a combination of the founder's own technical
and structural innovations and an amalgamation of several traditions of Japanese swordsmanship that have
evolved and splintered over time. Unified
, Shinkendo is a historically accurate and uniquely comprehensive
style of Japanese swordsmanship.

                                                             Toyama Ryu
       Originally a small sub-system of sword drawing techniques created for officers of the Japanese
Imperial Army, Toyama Ryu is now represented in various forms throughout the world as an independent
sword art. Originally created and standardized (seitei) in 1925, in response to concerns that officers would
not be able to effectively draw and employ their sword (gunto) should the need arise while operating in
hostile environments. After WWII, the Japanese Imperial Army was disbanded, and three major lines of
Toyama Ryu were adapted and taught independently. Morinaga style, Yamaguchi style, and Nakamura
style. Nakamura Taizaburo Sensei was one of Obata Sensei's main sword instructors. In view of Obata
Sensei's skill and dedication, the art of Toyama Ryu was charged to him upon his relocation to America as
the Chief Instructor in America.

                                                              Nito Ryu

Nito Ryu, also referred to as Nito Ken, two sword, training involves the use of two regular sized bokken
(wooden sword), and eventually two regular sized katana (live blade). Nito Ken training requires better than
average coordination and dexterity. Managing two swords at the same time adds another level of danger to
one's training. Safety being paramount, Nito Ryu is only introduced to those students that have advanced in

  Bōjutsu involves the use of a six-foot staff that combines Obata-sōshihan's original techniques with
traditional Japanese techniques and Ryūkyū Kobudō methods. Bōjutsu requires extensive twisting of the
body, so one develops softer and more flexible shoulder and hip movements that are useful for aikidō,
shinkendo, and other budō. Bōjutsu also involves kamae, attacks, blocks, solo kata, and paired kumite, and
serves as an important basic foundation for other weaponry styles, such as the naginata and yari, which
are longer polearm weapons historically.
(excerpted from
Toshishiro Obata Kaiso