Collage of Nitō-ryū from a 1661 Denshō document

FIRST SESSION: 10:30am -12:30pm - Ittō (Single-sword)


Learn the following essential fundamentals of, two-handed single-sword, legitimate Koryū Kenjutsu as taught by the late Ishida Hiroaki shihan.

  • The key difference in the essence of technique and underlying rationale between two of the foremost progenitor schools in traditional Japanese Swordsmanship; namely Shintō-ryū founded around 1450 and Kage-ryū (Aizu) founded around 1490
  • Proper posture, foot and heel usage relating to Koryū Kenjutsu based on the traditional wearing of Yoroi (armour)
  • Significance of the directional use of the knees and toes, and connection to hips and proper Koshi stability
  • Proper use of wrists, elbows and shoulders and the significance of the three ponds (dents) of Yōchi, Kyokuchi & Kenchi
  • Proper cutting and thrusting grips and the distinction between the tenouchi of Kirite (cutting hand) and Uchite (striking hand)
  • Ideal body movement and striking of Ki-Ken-Tai-Ichi (spirit, sword & body as one) with Tachi-no-kage (sword’s shadow)
  • Essential teachings of Ichi-no-tachi, Kiriotoshi (Uchikomi/Gasshiuchi), Tachi-no-kage, Hanegiri and Hei-dachi (Hōhei-ken) as taught by Ishida shihan


Practical Techniques/Swordmanship being taught;

Tachi no Kiso; Foundational Sword: five (5) techniques for both tandoku dosa (solo movements) and sotai dosa (paired movements)

Ichimonji-gachi (straight cut victory) - Ukenagashi (to receive and let flow away) - Sujiokaeru (alter the line) - Jūmonji-gachi (diagonal cut victory) - Kiriage (Upward cut)

Kihon-tachi; Basic Sword Strokes: five (5) kumitachi (partnered sword practice)

Seigan - Gedan - Wakigamae - Mukei - Hassō


BREAK FOR LUNCH: 12:30pm-2:00pm – Pizza & Salads



SECOND SESSION: 2:00pm-4:00pm - Nitō (Dual-sword)


Learn the essential fundamentals of Nitō-ryū Kenjutsu, featuring;

  • Key distinctions and contrast between Ittō and Nitō – basis, theory and practical application of use
  • Essential kamae and pathways of the sword/s when using dual-swords
  • Explanation of the key differences in Musashi's middle guard position (chūdan) of Ensō-no-kamae (Niten Ichi-ryū), Enkyoku-no-kamae (Enmei-ryū) and Gasshō-no-kamae (Genshin Nitō-ryū Kenjutsu)
  • Logic behind Gasshō-no-kamae and waza of Taka-no-ha (Hawk's Wings), and the connection to Musashi's signature Jūjidome (X-shaped/Cross Block) method
  • Comparative analysis and breakdown of Niten Ichi-ryū's Chūdan Nitō Seihō (Kata) to illustrate the common basis and essence in both the Santō-ha and Noda-ha henka (variations), and the relationship to Owari Enmei-ryū's Roppon-me/Happon-me
  • Offensive and defensive efficacy of the short sword and the long sword in ma-ai (distance) and de-ai (timing) within Kata


You will be taught the following;

Genshin Nitō-ryū Kenjutsu no Kiso: the first five (5) partnered dual-sword foundation.

Uken (right sword) - Saken (left sword) - Uchikomi (strike into) - Yokouchi (lateral strike) - Ashiuchi (leg strike)

Please note: To attend the Nitō session participants need to attend the prior Ittō session.


DATE: SEMINAR CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID but regular Dōjō training is still open to new potential members - refer to homepage.
WHERE: 855 Logan Road Holland Park QLD

COST: $60 (includes Lunch)
Participation is limited to 10 signups only to maintain the quality and integrity of instruction provided.

WHAT TO BRING: Loose comfortable clothing and your own Drink/Refreshments.

Please note: All Bokutō (woodern training swords) are provided. Suitable for persons (aged 18+) without disability, regardless of gender.


This seminar is an ideal setting to introduce Beginners with no prior martial arts and/or weapons experience to Japanese Swordsmanship, or to simply try out what we do without any commitment to ongoing training.

Further, the above structure and content is representative of how we initiate a new trainee into our Dōjō - in other words: to learn Nitō-ryū a practitioner needs to initially acquire the fundamentals of proper sword usage in traditional two-handed Ittō (single-sword) kenjutsu, after all the whole of the initiating or attacking uchidachi side of Genshin Nitō-ryū Kenjutsu involves high-level Ittō swordsmanship.

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