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    From the video's introduction: Kamigawara...

    From the video's introduction:

    Kamigawara Shinto Katori Ryu bojutsu's history goes back 479* years to the Tenbun era (Muromachi Period, aka Sengoku Jidai). It was brought to Kamigawara...
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    You mentioned kenjutsu but since Toyama Ryu (New...

    You mentioned kenjutsu but since Toyama Ryu (New York Battodo) made the list, I'll also point out that there is iai available in NYC as well. My personal recommendation is the Ken Zen Institute...
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    Thanks for sharing. I'm sure it's just a typo,...

    Thanks for sharing. I'm sure it's just a typo, but two of the readings got switched.
  4. You may also want to look into Toda-ryu*...

    You may also want to look into Toda-ryu* (possibly called Tsugaru Toda-ryu), Itto-ryu (Ono-ha, Kaji-ha, and Nakanishi-ha), and Bokuden-ryu which were apparently the three big ryu-ha of Hirosaki-han...
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    My understanding is the same as Nathan's. ...

    My understanding is the same as Nathan's. Masaoka Katsutane sensei of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu wrote the following:

    "When I tried tameshigiri with this katana, cutting diagonally from the right...
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    My understanding is the same as Nathan's. ...

    My understanding is the same as Nathan's. Masaoka Katsutane sensei of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu wrote the following:

    "When I tried tameshigiri with this katana, cutting diagonally from the right...
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    Oops. Forgot to translate that part. You're...

    Oops. Forgot to translate that part. You're correct. When I asked my teacher wasn't clear if this was just a different appellation for Itabashi Ryu Bojutsu, a derivative of it, or something...
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    I got fed up with the internet and went and found...

    I got fed up with the internet and went and found some books. Regarding Oe Masamichi's martial arts training, in his book Chi-no-Maki Masaoka Katsutane lists the following:

    神影流剣道 Shinkage Ryu...
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    It seems I missed a very recent thread about...

    It seems I missed a very recent thread about Oishi Shinkage Ryu in a different subforum (link). My apologies, I must have only searched Sword Arts the first time.

    Colin Watkin's comments there...
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    Oishi Shinkage Ryu

    I am looking for information about Oishi Shinkage Ryu (大石神影流), both its history and information regarding the people practicing it today.

    Some unsourced websites claim the school was founded by...
  11. It's interesting to reread this thread after...

    It's interesting to reread this thread after three years. I stand by my original comments but would like to comment on a few additional points.

    First, I think the situation in and out of Japan is...
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    If anybody is interested in doing something...

    If anybody is interested in doing something similar to Peter, the Budo Shop in Tokyo runs workshops that allow one to take part in forging of their own kozuka. They offer one day, two day, and one...
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    I'm not 100% on this as I too have never heard...

    I'm not 100% on this as I too have never heard this word before but here are my thoughts on it. I base this on my general knowledge of the Japanese language and how I have been taught Seiza no Bu.
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  14. You seemed to be really concerned about how MJER...

    You seemed to be really concerned about how MJER is taught and practiced and you seem worried about federations or how MJER compares to other schools. I'm not really sure why, but let me set a few...
  15. I'm not arguing they aren't easier or safer*. As...

    I'm not arguing they aren't easier or safer*. As I mentioned above, we learn the TUNKata first and don't move on to TUNKurai until the first set can be done reasonably well and we do so for a...
  16. There are differences between groups regardless...

    There are differences between groups regardless of affiliation. Keep in mind that there are kae-waza for the kumi-tachi. What is taught in one dojo might be considered valid but non-standard in...
  17. Have you tried liberal amounts of sake?

    Have you tried liberal amounts of sake?
  18. I think the kumi-tachi kata are an important part...

    I think the kumi-tachi kata are an important part of MJER and think it is lamentable that it is an often overlooked portion of the curriculum. I also think the idea that only high-ranking students...
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    Ken, that's the same list I linked to. What you...

    Ken, that's the same list I linked to. What you have marked as numbers 11 - 16 are actually part of (#10) Natsubara Ryu Yawara.


    That's great to hear. My teacher was taught only the first two...
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    It took me more than the 15 minutes allowed for...

    It took me more than the 15 minutes allowed for editing to compile the following info, so here's a new post.

    The major differences between the curriculum in the above link and modern MJER seem to...
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    The curriculum was mostly what it is today as...

    The curriculum was mostly what it is today as shoden/chuden/okuden come from Omori Ryu, Eishin Ryu, and Shigenobu Ryu, respectively. Check out this great post from the archives: MJER Curriculum.
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    Because Eishin Ryu is the best? Here's one...

    Because Eishin Ryu is the best?

    Here's one possible answer: MJER history 1: Nakayama Hakudo.

    Oe Masamichi was a reknowned swordsman, eventually receiving the title of hanshi from the...
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    I recommend B. Not only do you get a place to...

    I recommend B. Not only do you get a place to train, you get out of Hartford. While you're at it, I recommend leaving CT all together.

    If moving is not an option, your only other choice is...
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    I also recommend looking through this somewhat...

    I also recommend looking through this somewhat recent thread: Iaido in Massachusetts?.
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    The video shows 無限神刀流 (Mugen Shinto Ryu)...

    The video shows 無限神刀流 (Mugen Shinto Ryu). I couldn't catch everything the announcer said, but the system is connected to Takeda Sokaku through one of his last students, Yamamoto Kakayoshi. Yamamoto...
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