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·      HISTORY






Ken Jutsu was the samurais' martial practice par excellence, in order to get the most possible skill in the saber handling. Considering the frequency of the confrontations and the combats at that time, when warriors should solve in their eagerness to conquer lands and achieve power, the skill in this art was an urgent need.

The daily training was exhaustive, each domain or clan had its own katana style or school, weapon that has the connotation of being "the Soul of the Samurai". They also had other weapons that distinguish them, such as the Yari (lance), the Naginata, the Bo (stick), the Yumi (bow), etc., but the katana was always considered the main weapon.


During feudalism there were known more than 200 different styles of katana handling, appearing the term Ken Jutsu towards the year 1281 AD.

However, the biggest improvement of the katana use was during the Edo or Tokugawa period. During this 250 years long period of peace, after the Shogun (supreme commander) Eiyasu Tokugawa ended with the continuous civil wars that raze Japan and after achieving to reunify it; the schools that studied the art of war flourished. Besides, the influence of Zen derived in a most spiritual way.


Actually, practiced with bokken (wood saber), it is accessible to anyone who practices martial arts. The use of the bokken allows experiencing very really what a confrontation with sword (katana) would be. Despite bokken is a non-cutting wood tool, its use by neophytes involves an enormous risk, that's why it needs a lot of care in its use.

Although Ken Jutsu is an own and complete discipline, it should be practised as complement of any other combat art (Judo, Karate, Kendo, Aikido, Ninjutsu, etc.), since experience confirms that the saber combat extends and improves the sense of distance, of chance, of perception, of dodging, of anticipation, of calmness, of versatility and other qualities that any budoka has to cultivate.




The Nakanishi Ha Ittou Ryu is the school we practice in our Dojo. Studied by Tormo Sensei since 1992, during its stays in the Shiseikan Takizawa Dojo, in the city of Atsugi (Japan), under the direction of Togashi Tetsuo Sensei, 7th Dan; it's a wonderful complement to the Kendo and Iaido practice (both in the Z.N.K.R. Seitei Iai school; and in Koryu the Musho Shinden Ryu school), that we practice in the Dojo three days a week.




Ittou Ryu is a Ken Jutsu style that was created by Ittou Ittou Sai, who studied a school named Tomita Ryu about the end of the Toyotomi Hidejoshi period (end of the 16th century). Although he was the creator of this style, he never called it by its own name, being one of its disciples, Ono Tadaki, who reached the point of becoming Ken Jutsu instructor of Tokugawa's army, who gave greatness to the Ittou Ryu style, spreading it and making it well-known. Before Ittou Sai's death, the style was officially named Ittou Ryu school. From this school, with the time, appeared new styles. Ono Tadaki - Chuichi - reaffirmed the Ittou Ryu school that from this moment on was known as Ono Ha Ittou Ryu.


Around the year 1750, a Ronin called Nakanishi Chuta Shitei, who worked for Onojiro Uemon Tadaichi, 4th Soke of the Ono school (school that at this moment was considered official and very prestigious, so it was not taught in public), opened with the permission of the aforementioned, a different Dojo to the usual ones, since it was endowed with high status and its students were Hatamotos and Daimios. It had so much prestige that the keiko days, in the Dojo entrance was usual to see more than 200 Yari (lances) piled up.

Chuta founded the Nakanishi Ha Ittou Ryu school, improved the sword practice and introduced the Kote as wrist protecting element, since his style emphasized the attack to this point. Likewise, on the contrary of other pure Ken Jutsu schools where Kumitachi (Bokuto combat) was practiced, the Nakanishi Ha style introduced between 1765 and 1770 the protector Bogu, the Shinai made with four bamboo strips and a leather Tsuba, and the Shinai keiko or combat with Shinai.


The Shinai keiko appeared because of the fact that in the Kumitachi practiced in other schools with Bokuto (very heavy and big bokken), the injury risk was very high, and for that reason the Shinai keiko soon became very popular, up to the point that Chuta founded a great Dojo in the Shimoya area, in Edo, with more than 3000 students.


At the end of the Edo period, from this school appeared three very notable kenshi. Two of them, Shirai and Terada, were Kumitachi masters and always complained about the Shinai keiko. The other kenshi, called Takasashi, didn't accept the step backwards that the Shinai keiko supposed. Chibatsu Saku, other school's kenshi, supporter of the Shinai keiko, even returned his diploma and opened a new Ittou Ryu school devoted to the Shinai keiko. With that fact and the resignation of Shirai, Terada and Takasashi, the Nakanishi Ha school decayed, ending up being finally a mainly Kumitachi Ken Jutsu school.





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