July 2018 Keiko Report

During the July 2018 Japan Training Trip, we spent quite some time in Fujiyshida city in Yamanashi Prefecture. Fujuyoshida is the location where the International Suigetsujuku Bujutsu Association (ISBA) is established.

We arrived on July 6, 2018, and immediately started studying Nihon Jujutsu. We reviewed the Shoden Gyaku Dori kata set in detail. The next day on July 7, 2018, we continued Nihon Jujutsu, reviewing the Shoden Gyaku Nage katas as well as the Chuden Gyaku Dori katas.

In the afternoon, we started with Shibukawa Ichi-ryu. This koryu school of Yawara (jujutsu) is different from our regular Nihon Jujutsu program. We reviewed 3 kata from the first kata series called Kutsugata.

July 8, 2018 was a mix of Nihon Jujutsu and Shibukawa Ichi-ryu. We went through some of the Chuden Gyaku Dori kata, as well as some new kata for Shibukawa Ichi-ryu. We finished the this day with two Fundo Kusari kata.

July 9 was an evening training, and we finished all 24 Kutsugata kata for Shibukawa Ichi-ryu. THe next morning I returned to Tokyo.

July 13 and 14 was mainly Shibukawa Ichi-ryu, although we also spent some time on Bo-shurikenjutsu theory. We reviewed the second set of 24 Shibukawa ichi-ryu kata called Kikake, as well as the third set called Komi-iri (24, we reviewed 18).

July 15 was all about Nihon Jujutsu again, reviewing the Chuden Gyaku Nage kata series as well as the Okuden Gyaku Dori set.

This was very intense keiko (training) with many new skills and old skills to review. At the end of the day, during an award ceremony, Chris was awarded 3rd dan (sandan, 3rd blackbelt), as well as presented the opportunity to become an official branch of the ISBA. Now the Canadian branch school name has become Hekisuikan, as formalized by Osano-sensei.