Collage of Nitō-ryū from a 1661 Denshō document

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


Learn the following essential fundamentals of 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 tandokudosa (solo movements) and sotaidosa (partnered 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 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.


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.

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