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:
Way of the Warrior BBC TV 1983
Nippon Budokan 1976
Narita A Taste Of Traditional Japan, NHK, 2018
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
English Version of Hei Ho
Hei - Ho Tenshinshō-den Katori Shintō-ryū
Published: March 29, 2012
Katori Shintō-ryū: Warrior Tradition
Published: June 30, 2007
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: