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Frequently Asked Questions

Find below important and interesting information about training Meifu Shinkage Ryu in Canada. This page is updated frequently with new information.

Modern or Traditional

Martial Art

Meifu Shinkage Ryu Shurikenjutsu was developed from the shurikenjutsu in Katori Shinto Ryu by the founder (ryoso) Someya Chikatoshi (1924-1999). Besides martial artist (Budoka), Someya-sensei was also a researcher. Based on his lengthy research about the use and application of the shuriken, he developed the bo-shuriken (throwing nails) that are currently used. Meifu Shinkage Ryu blends enjoyment, recreation, and excitement, with traditional values, training, and endurance.

About Responsible and

Safe Training

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.



Meifu Shinkage Ryu uses a style of Bo-shuriken (throwing nails) that underwent quite some testing and research. Someya-Sensei researched the length, weight, and diameter of the current bo-shuriken extensively. This resulted in the current style of Meifu Shinkage Ryu Bo-shuriken. In addition, other training tools are also required such as a soft fundo-kusari, soft shuriken, and wooden sword (bokken) for the kenjutsu aspect of our training. Starting members can borrow such equipment from the school. Only approved equipment is allowed.

Other sources

Unofficial Equipment

Meifu Shinkage Ryu members use equipment developed by craftsman who understand the dynamics of Meifu Shinkage Ryu shuriken as well as the accompanied body movements. Someya-Sensei was not only a dedicated Budoka but also a skilled academic researcher. He used sound research methods to determine the current weight, length, thickness and shape of the MSR Bo-Shuriken. We have tried many “MSR-Styled” bo-shuriken. Although many of them were of high quality, none were exact replications of the Meifu Shinkage Ryu authorized craftsmen. That is why our members only use official MSR Bo-Shuriken.


Uniform, shoes, etc.

Starting members are free to wear comfortable training clothes such as a plain t-shirt and jogging pants. However, after three months of training and around the first examination, members are required to purchase a blue Uwari (similar to Kendo jacket), black Hakama (traditional samurai pants), as well as white tabi (split Japanese socks with rubber sole). The cost starts at about CAD100 depending on quality and desired customization.

Official Japan


All members are required to pay a monthly membership fee of JPY 1.000 to the headquarters in Japan. Normally such is paid per 6 months. Since conversion rates fluctuates, Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada has stabilized the monthly membership fee at CAD 15. 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.


Training Cafe

Unique to Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™ are the Bi-weekly Online Training Cafe sessions on Sundays. This is a fantastic opportunity to talk Budo in general and Meifu Shinkage Ryu especially. Online Training Cafe Sessions require Internet and Webcam/Microphone access. Please note that these sessions are not private teaching sessions. Rather, they are sharing sessions as well as opportunities to watch each other progress. Online Training Cafe Sessions are free of charge and available to all Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™ members.


Training Fee

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 renting, and travel expenses of the group leader. The training fee also depends on the number of times that training occurs. In general, Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada asks for a training fee of CAD 40 per month per member. If space rental and travel fees exceeds the collective membership fee, members mutually agree to cover the additional costs.

How to Start a

Training Group

Starting an informal training group in your area is easier than you may think. All that is required is to invite an instructor to your area for at least a one-day seminar. Then an informal training group can be started. After three months of training Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada can request permission from Otsuka-Sensei in Japan to formalize the training group as an official Keikokai in the Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada group of schools. Another option would be to jointly organize a national open seminar inviting Otsuka-Sensei to Canada for at least a two-day seminar. To learn more information, please visit this page.

Other Schools

MSR-Style Training

Everyone can practice Meifu Shinkage Ryu skills, however, to teach them and to lead a group, authorization is required from the current headmaster in Japan, Otsuka-Sensei. If you wish to confirm if a school in Canada is an authorised school, please contact us. It is important to learn only from an official Meifu Shinkage Ryu Branch Chief or Keikokai Leader.



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 October 2016. In addition, seminars are also arranged with other high-ranking Meifu Shinkage Ryu members from around the world. An example of this was the intensive two-day training with Filip Bartos from Czech Republic in May 2016.

Training Trips to


In March of 2016, Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™ organized the first Japan Training Trip. These trips provide members with additional training opportunities directly with the headmaster in Japan, and exposes members to the rich Japanese culture. In addition, dedicated members also have the opportunity to join dr. Chris de Feijter during his training sessions with other Japanese headmasters. Such training sessions are normally not accessible to non-members. Please note that attending Japan Training Trips is costly as members are required to pay for their own flight ticket, lodging, and food. The average cost for a 5-day Japan Training Trip are around CAD 2,500 per person. The next Japan Training Trip has been scheduled for July 2018.

Videos, Books, etc.


Take a look at our videos to learn how to build two types of targets fur Bo-shurikenjutsu. In the near future, other resources will be added.

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