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Saskatchewan

Meifu Shinkage-ryū Saskatchewan® is an authorized dojo, managed by Taka Budo Dokokai Martial Arts Inc., a not-for-profit corporation studying and promoting Japanese martial arts in Saskatchewan and Canada. The Saskatchewan Dojo was established by Dr. Chris de Feijter. Meifu Shinkage-ryū Saskatchewan® is part of Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™ Branch.

Enjoyment and Endurance

Our Training

The training in Meifu Shinkage Ryu (MSR) is primarily focusing on traditional Japanese throwing spikes and blades called Bo Shuriken. This is supplemented with the study of a weighted chain called a Fundo Kusari (we use a safe practice version) and the use of hand held blades called Shoken. In addition, techniques from Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu are used to present to practitioners how shuriken and the katana were used in real combat.

How we train

In-person & Online Training

Regular training sessions occur at least once per week. In addition, due to the large geographical area in Saskatchewan and the need for extensive travel for many of us Saskatchewanians, our in-person training opportunities are supplemented by virtual training sessions, using Live Streaming Connections. These virtual training sessions do not replace regular in-person sessions, but may be attended when participants reside too far away to attend every in-person training. Such supplemental training sessions were discussed with Otsuka-Sensei, who recognised the importance of these.

Primary Training Tool

Bo-Shurikenjutsu

In Meifu Shinkage Ryu, Bo-Shuriken (棒手裏剣) are used as the primary training tool. These Bo-shuriken are somewhat similar to throwing knifes or pub darts, following authentic Japanese designs that are often centuries old. Bo-Shuriken are widely known as throwing nails and come in many shapes. The Meifu Shinkage Ryu Bo-Shuriken was designed by Someya-sensei after extensive researching different sizes, weights, and shapes. The approved Meifu Shinkage Ryu Bo-shuriken is 14 to 15 cm long, 7 to 8 millimetres in diametre, and weight 36 to 38 grams. Currently, authentic Meifu Shinkage Ryu Bo-shuriken are manufactured by two craftsman in the world, in either the cut-version or the forged version.

Secondary Training Tools

Fundo Kusarijutsu

A Fundo Kusari (分銅鎖術) is a weapon made from chain with a weight and a ring. Since metal versions can be quite dangerous, novice members use a safe alternative, consisting of composite or plastic components with padded “weights”. This alternative was developed by Otsuka-Sensei. Other schools training with the Fundo Kusari often use a rope version for restraining, however, such techniques are not trained in Meifu Shinkage Ryu.

Secondary Training Tool

Shokenjutsu

This art uses shuriken as hand weapons. In addition, the founder of Meifu Shinkage Ryu developed a special training tool called Shoken (掌剣). These can be used to study various techniques for stabbing, scratching and slashing, or cutting the attacker. Shoken are used in pairs, following similar movement trajectory as the Fundo Kusari. Members from 4th kyu level and higher start training with safety Shoken with rounded edges.

Training with only the Hands

Shutojutsu

Shutojutsu (手刀術) is a series of techniques and drills developed by Someya-Sensei and illustrated in his book Kakushibuki jutsu Nyumon. Shutojutsu is related to what is called tegatana in karate-jutsu. Although not commonly practiced, Meifu Shinkage Ryu Saskatchewan incorporates these techniques in the foundational curriculum as skills to progress towards Shokenjutsu.

Training with Knife

Tantojutsu

Tantojutsu (短刀術) is a series of techniques and drills developed by Someya-Sensei and illustrated in his book Kakushibuki jutsu Nyumon. Tantojutsu incorporates the use of the “short blade” in kata similar to those in Shutojutsu. Although not commonly practiced, Meifu Shinkage Ryu Saskatchewan® incorporates these techniques in the foundational curriculum.

Philosophy and Reading

Knowledge and Research

Besides actively practicing the Meifu Shinkage Ryu Arts, participants also actively study and research academic and non-fiction content relating to samurai arts. We do this by purchasing and reading old (Japanese) books to compare skills, weapon construction, as well as details related to cultural heritage and practices. Participants are actively involved in their connections to others who have a similar interest as well as interests in other martial arts from around the world.

The last instruction from Chikatoshi Someya-Sensei.

Founder of Meifu Shinkage Ryu

“You must not become attached to the idea of piercing the target. If you do, you may desire more targets to pierce. The heart which desires a target is the same as the heart which desires an enemy.” – Someya-Sensei.

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