Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu

The late Imai Masayuki Sohke (1916-2006) & his successor Iwami Toshio Sohke

Hyoho 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. This 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 HNIR, are learnt in the order of Itto first, then Kodachi and finally Nito. Adapted from a 'Field Guide to Classical Japanese Martial Arts'.

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Hombu Keiko - Human Media Center DVD for HNIR
Screenshots from Human Media Creation Center DVD on HNIR & Iwami Sohke

In 2004, Greg Clarke was introduced to Niten Ichi-ryu through Colin Watkin Sensei and then subsequently accepted as a monkasei by the 11th generation head, Iwami Toshio Sohke. From the direct transmission and one-on-one training with Iwami Sohke, at his home dojo over the following years, Greg was personally taught the Itto, Kodachi and Nito Seiho. In 2007 he was appointed by Iwami Sohke as the Shibucho for HNIR 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 HNIR he learnt from Iwami Sohke. Greg does, however, continue to practice and teach HNIR privately to accepted dojo members only.

We recommend if you're interested in learning authentic HNIR that you consider making contact with the HNIR honbu of Kajiya Sohke and visit Japan.


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