Meifu Shinkage ryū is a gendai budō form as it was founded in the early 1960’s by Dr Chikatoshi Someya
Meifu Shinkage-ryû includes several specialized weapon skills that can be traced to the ancient Samurai in Japan. Many of the weapon skills taught in Meifu Shinkage-ryû were once kept as secret or hidden techniques, only taught to more advanced students of traditional schools such as Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryû.
Meifu Shinkage-ryû teaches skills using Bo-Shuriken.
Such throwing spikes are made of 14 to 15cm long square bar steel, and are 6 to 7mm wide. The official MSR Bo-shuriken was designed by Someya-Sensei.
Another major weapon taught in Meifu Shinkage-ryû.
The Fundo Kusari is another major weapon taught in Meifu Shinkage-ryû. A safety Fundo Kusari, made of a plastic chain and a soft “weight”, is used to teach novice practitioners in a safe manner and for sparring purposes.
More advanced practitioners of Meifu Shinkage-ryû learn how to use hand held blades, known as Shoken. Shoken are part of a specialized category of hidden weapons, known as kakushi-buki.
Commonly associated with ninjutsu
Shoken are a variety of traditional hand held blades and weapons, these weapons are taught to more experienced students in a series of kata where the weapons are hidden during kata. This is also known as kakushi-buki. These weapons are more commonly associated with ninjutsu however the true origin is of samurai fighting styles.
We are directly under Otsuke Soke after being personally invited to represent Meifu Shinkage-ryû in the UK.
Yasuyuki Otsuka welcomes you to the official South East website for Meifu Shinkage-ryû in England. This webpage is to promote Meifu Shinkage-ryû in Southend and the South East of England.
Otsuka-Sensei is the current Head Master of Meifu Shinkage-ryû (Soke). In addition to teaching Meifu Shinkage-ryû in Japan, he teaches in official Branches and Study Groups (Keikokai) in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. His skills are recognized and highly appreciated by many Budoka in the world. Currently Otsuka-Sensei guides and teaches about 200 students world-wide. This number has been growing steadily in recent years.