Niten Ichi-ryu -
The late Imai Masayuki Sohke (1916-2006) & his successor Iwami Toshio Sohke
Niten Ichi-ryu was developed by Miyamoto Musashi, author of the "Book of Five Rings" (Go Rin no Sho) and one of Japan's most famous swordsmen.
Niten Ichi-ryu techniques are economical, with no flashy or exaggerated movements. Targeting is precise, and the distance and timing of techniques is exceptionally tight and without wasted motion.
The school is most noted for its' series of 5 two sword (Nito) techniques, but there are also 12 single long sword (Itto) forms and 7 single short sword (Kodachi) forms. The Kata, know as Seiho in Niten Ichi-ryu, are normally learnt in the order of Itto first, then Kodachi and finally Nito. Adapted from a 'Field Guide to Classical Japanese Martial Arts'.
more information and history on Seito Santo-ha Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu, please visit this website.
In 2004, Greg Clarke was introduced to Niten Ichi-ryu through Colin Watkin Sensei and subsequently accepted as a monkasei (direct-student) by the 11th generation head, Iwami Toshio Harukatsu Sohke.
From the direct transmission and personal one-on-one keiko with Iwami Sohke at his private home dojo - Dokugyo-an in Kitakyushu-shi, Greg was taught the Itto, Kodachi and Nito Seiho over the following years.
In 2007 he was appointed by Iwami Sohke as the Shibucho for Seito Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu in Australia. At Iwami Sohke's request and with his permission Greg began to teach HNIR in Brisbane.
However, since that time Iwami Sohke has appointed Kajiya Takanori Sohke as his successor and 12th generation head of the ryu. Therefore, out of respect towards the succession of the ryu and Kajiya Sohke, Greg has stopped the public teaching of Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu he learnt from Iwami Sohke.
Greg does, however, continue to practice and teach Niten Ichi-ryu (kenjutsu component only) privately to accepted dojo members only.
We recommend if you're interested in learning authentic Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu that you consider making contact with the HNIR honbu of Kajiya Sohke and visit Japan.
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