Sudo Kuranoshin Mitsutoki
Sudo Kuranoshin Mitsutoki

Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu (澁川一流柔術) is of one the last traditional (Koryu) jujutsu systems of Japan. It was founded by Sudo Kuranoshin Mitsutoki. Shibukawa Ichi-ryu jujutsu was based on the three schools (ryuha), namely Shibukawa-ryu, Namba Ippo-ryu and Asayama Ichiden-ryu. The name is an abbreviation of Shibukawa Ippo Ichiden-ryu and combines the names of the three ryuha.

The Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu techniques are arranged using the "fixed-attack method" (kata). It includes the study of seated, standing and ground grappling techniques, combining a  variety of strikes, joint locks, pins, restraints, chokes, as well as throws. The basis of Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu is self-defence. Many defensive and receiving techniques exist, resulting in quite some variety amongst the techniques. Besides unarmed skills, Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu include armed techniques using traditional Japanese weapons such as the Bô (long staff), Hanbô (short staff), Jitte (trugeon) and Kusarigama (sickle with chain).

The Shibukawa Ichi-ryu kata can be classified into several groups of skills. The "Kutsugata" are basics of Shibukawa Ichi-ryu and contains 27 kata. Following are many other classifications sorting the rest of the kata. Below is a general classification of the system.

I.    Jujutsu: 231 techniques;
II.   Sanjaku-bô (Hanbô): 10 techniques;
III. Jitte: 3 techniques;
IV.  Fundô (Chain): 3 techniques;
V.   Rokushaku-bô (Long staff): 10 techniques.

Our Line

The Shibukawa Ichi-ryu that we study has branched off from two lines (4a and 4b) and is headed by Osano Jun, Menkyo Kaiden holder. We mainly follow the curriculum as compiled by Tanita Juichi Tsugutoki-sensei.

How we Learn

Studying Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu is available to a few students who have successfully created a foundation in our Nihon Jujutsu program. These students are selected and invited to participate in the Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu in addition to our regular Nihon Jujutsu program. We do not teach Shibukawa Ichi-ryu publicly as a separate ryuha (school).

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