Our Tradition

Our Tradition

The Ryū of Higashi Shunpūkan

As mentioned elsewhere, the foundational koryū bujutsu of Higashi Shupūkan are Shinkage Ryū heihō and Owari Kan Ryū sōjutsu.

Shinkage Ryū Heihō Koryū (新陰流兵法古流) Also known as Yagyū Shinkage Ryū, this tradition is one of Japan’s oldest and most influential martial traditions. It is particularly well known for its swordsmanship – kenjutsu (剣術) and the related sword art of battō (sword drawing). However, as it was battlefield tradition, it also contains training methods for several other battlefield weapons, including naginata (Japanese halberd), ōdachi (great sword), kodachi (small sword), yari (spear), (staff) and (short staff or “stick”), as well yawara (or kogusoku).

Owari Kan Ryū Sōjutsu (尾張貫流槍術) is a tradition of sōjutsu (spear art) using the kuda-yari. This tradition dates back to the 1500s, though its roots lie in earlier ryū of the Warring States Period (1467-1600). The main form of training in Owari Kan Ryū is called jyūshiai (or, jigeiko). In this form of training members freely contend against one another while wearing protective gear similar to that used in kendo.

In addition to Shinkage Ryū heihō and Owari Kan Ryū sōjutsu, there are several adjunct traditions that are also trained within Higashi Shunpūkan along with their associated weapons.

Enmei Ryū 円明流 nitō – a two-sword system founded by Miyamoto Musashi.

Kakukū Ryū 覚空流   jūmonji yari – cross-shaped bladed spear.

Shizuka Ryū 静流 jizaiken (more commonly known as nagamaki) – a glaive type, long-bladed polearm.

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