About weapons we study

Training Tools

Meifu Shinkage Ryu uses a variety of training tools (tools), some having a long history. A group of three tools is currently studied by members world wide.

A Variety of Training Tools –
from Spike to Chain.

The founder of Meifu Shinkage Ryu, Someya-Sensei, described in his book a wide variety of training tools. Today, some of these are actively studied by members around the world, with the focus being on the shuriken and fundo kusari techniques.


Bo-Shuriken are throwing nails or spikes. These are the primary weapon, coming in soft and hard versions. Bo-shuriken have a long history and are amongst some of the oldest weapons found in the world.


A chain with a ring and a weight, this is a secondary weapon. For safety reasons, practitioners train with a soft fundo kusari made from plastic and foam.


Various hand held blades are also studied, normally starting at 3rd kyu level. Shoken come in various forms, however the main tool was designed by Someya, Sensei, the founder of Meifu Shinkage Ryu.

TANTO (短刀)

Small handheld knife-type weapons, with a hole at the end to secure around your finger.

Members around the world study at least two tools, being the Bo-Shuriken and Fundo Kusari. These two make up the main curriculum in Meifu Shinkage Ryu. However, some members also learn some of the other tools described in Someya-sensei’s books. Such tools may be included in the general curriculum in the near future by the current headmaster Otsuka-Sensei.

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