Martial arts - sword

Emphasizing the most essential points of drawing and cutting

The special school for training army personnel founded in 1873, called Rikugun Toyama Gakkō or “Toyama Army Academy” in Toyama, Tokyo, Japan, led to the establishment of Toyama-ryu. Today, three separate lines of Toyama-ryū are primarily located in the Kantō, Tokai and Kansai region of Japan. In 1925, since not all officers had sufficient background in kenjutsu to deploy these weapons in combat, a simplified form of sword technique was devised that emphasized the most essential points of drawing and cutting. The army iai-battō kata differ from those of many koryū sword schools in that all techniques are practised from a standing position. This modern ryū has a strong emphasis on tameshigiri, or “test-cutting”. This is part of the DNIK (Dai Nippon Iaido Kyokai) HQ in Japan, this syllabus requires both mugai and toyama styles of iai.

There are three lines of Toyama-ryū, Shimojo sensei was a direct student of Morinaga sensei one the three original founders.