Tenshinshō-den Katori Shintō-ryū is a comprehensive art comprised of martial training, strategic study, philosophy, and character development.

Training methods include: kenjutsu (swordsmanship), iaijutsu (sword drawing), bōjutsu (staff techniques), naginatajutsu (halberd techniques), ryōtōjutsu (two swords), kodachijutsu (short sword techniques), sōjutsu (spearmanship), jūjutsu (unarmed combat) and shurikenjutsu (art of throwing spikes).

Studies on strategy include gunbaihō (troop movement and positioning), chikujohō (fortifications), jin’ei (troop formation), noroshi (smoke signaling), ninjutsu (espionage), and tenmon chimon fūsui based on yin/yang and five element theory.

These advanced studies of strategy and the way of peace have been transmitted through the generations to the present day.


Recommended videos which explain the ethos:

天真正伝香取神道流 APRIL 2018

Publications by Ōtake Sensei:

Strategy and the Art of Peace

Published: January 19, 2016

『平法 天真正伝香取神道流』(英語版)

ISBN-10: 4583109849

English Version of Hei Ho


平法 天真正伝香取神道流

Hei - Ho Tenshinshō-den Katori Shintō-ryū

Published: March 29, 2012

ISBN 978-4-583-10462-1

Japanese Language


Katori Shintō-ryū: Warrior Tradition

Published: June 30, 2007

ISBN-10: 1890536202

ISBN-13: 978-1890536206

English and Japanese


The Deity and the Sword (3 Volumes)

Published from: May 31, 1977

Vol 1. ISBN: 9780870403781

Vol 2. ISBN: 9780870404061

Vol 3. ISBN: 9780870404054

English and Japanese - Out of Print

If you are not based in the United Kingdom and would like to inquire about beginning training in the tradition, please visit the Shinbukan Dōjō website, using this link: