Meifu Shinkage Ryu and

Kenjutsu

Since the founder of Meifu Shinkage Ryu adopted the shuriken techniques from Katori Shinto Ryu, it is understandable that the art has close ties to Kenjutsu (the art of sword fencing and strategy).  However, the connection to kenjutsu goes much deeper, as can be observed in many of the techniques.

Follow the path of the

Katana

The above heading can be taken literally in two ways. Firstly, many members who study Meifu Shinkage Ryu are dedicated to studying  Budo as  way of life. Secondly, the path that many of the Meifu Shinkage Ryu tools follow is similar to the path of the Katana. For example, in the photo to the left, Someya-Sensei (founder of Meifu Shinkage Ryu) performs a diagonal strike using a Fundo Kusari. Understanding the direction, the path is similar to the diagonal cut Kesa-giri in many forms of Kenjutsu.

Kenjutsu

Study

Many dedicated Meifu Shinkage Ryu members throughout the world study some form of martial art with the katana. Many study Mugai-ryu Iaido, Katori Shinto-ryu Kenjutsu, and even Yagyu Shinkage-ryu and other Shinkage-ryu Kenjutsu forms are intensively studied by members. Most Meifu Shinkage Ryu members in Canada study one or more forms of kenjutsu or iaido, as connections exist to Katori Shinto-ryu, Mugai-ryu, Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, and Bujinkan Bikenjutsu.

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