Brief Introduction

Chris de Feijter, Branch Chief, Shihan-Dai.

Meifu Shinkage-ryū (MSR) is a modern Japanese Martial Art. The techniques taught are part of an almost forgotten skill-set,  going back to some of the warrior arts of the samurai and ninja of ancient Japan. If you always wanted to learn how to throw the Japanese throwing nail, you have come to the right address.

In late summer of 2014, I thought of the idea of establishing a Meifu Shinkage Ryu group in Saskatchewan Canada. After about 5 months of hard learning, I invited Otsuka-Sensei to teach the first Meifu Shinkage Ryu Seminar in Canada in March 2015. During the following years, seminars occurred in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The most current seminar was in Saskatchewan, in winter of 2023.

Join our groups of dedicated enthusiasts and become part of the Meifu Shinkage Ryu family in Canada. Our members are in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and even Buffalo New York (USA). We would love to work with you!

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Located in beautiful Northern Saskatchewan, the Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada Branch™ coordinates licensed and high quality Meifu Shinkage Ryu learning opportunities in dojo and study groups in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Alberta. Other MSR Canada members are located in Buffalo, New York (USA), Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

Frequently Asked Questions

All members are required to pay a monthly membership fee to the headquarters in Japan. Normally such is paid per 6 months. Since conversion rates fluctuates, Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada has stabilized the membership fee at CAD 78 per 6 months. Please note that these membership fees are used to further develop Meifu Shinkage Ryu as a martial art by the current Soke Yasuyuki Otsuka in Japan.
All training groups connected to Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada are not-for-profit. This means that the training fee only needs to cover the cost of training including space rent, and travel expenses of the group leader. The training fee also depends on the number of times that training occurs. Membership fees are as per donation of a minimum of CAD 40 per hour of private (online training).
Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™ strives to organize at least one two-day seminar per calendar year. These seminars are quite costly as it includes flying in the current headmaster from Japan, Otsuka-Sensei. The most recent seminar was in Calgary, in February 2018 and again November of 2019.
The current headmaster (Soke) of Meifu Shinkage Ryu Yasuyuki Otsuka-Sensei once mentioned that Someya-sensei was a physician who provided unrivaled care to his patients. In addition, Someya-sensei wanted to create training methods that were safe. He perfected the use of the training weapons in Meifu Shinkage Ryu. Otsuka-Sensei build upon this principle and developed safe training weapon alternatives to enhance the safety of members. Meifu Shinkage Ryu is proud to report that no member has been seriously injured since the inception of the martial art.
MSR Canada members have to opportunity to participate in examinations. Passing an exam successfully entitles participants to gain rank registration with the Meifu Shinkage Ryu head quarters in Japan. There are 5 student levels as well as 4 black belt levels in Meifu Shinkage Ryu.

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The instructor was very descriptive with the lesson. We really appreciated the different viewing angles during the instruction. Information was clearly explained and demonstrated. I will be working on memorisation of reiho, zanshin, and focusing on the "brush" technique and relaxing. The recorded session is definitely a useful tool in progressing in training; allowing us to recall on focuses of that particle lesson. It was quite enjoyable and we are looking forward to continuing our training.

Awesome. The drills provided have already made an improvement in my skills and are helping me break past barriers. I will focus on Shomen uchi shuriken Jutsu at 1.5 Ken with proper hand work. Very helpful session, It will make a huge difference in developing good hand work to improve all shuriken skills

Absolutely fantastic. The way Chris has everything set up makes (online) lessons actually advantageous.The lesson today was a very thorough introduction. I don't think I could ask for anything more from the lesson. I will repeat the throwing form from reiho to zanshin multiple times to make it feel natural. I will also practice throwing from jodan-no-kamae, separately. finally, I will incorporate the actual throwing into the form. (The combination of the two will come when I feel that both have become fluid movements on their own).

Besides traditional training, I didn't even know online lessons could be this effective until today. With the ability to download the recorded lesson for future review, I wouldn't be surprised if I come to prefer an online format over in-person training.

Sarena Armsworthy MSR Student
Tom Gillis MSR student
Josh Hobbs MSR Student

You're in Good Hands!

The MSR Canada Branch chief travels to Japan at least once per calendar year to continue his own studies in Meifu Shinkage Ryu as well as other Japanese martial arts. The time spent with Otsuka-sensei (Grand Master in Japan) as well as many of the senior MSR students not only provides valuable learning experiences, it also creates a strong relationship that our students in Canada directly benefit from.