DEVELOPMENT OF THE MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
Sekiguchiryu originated over 450 years ago around the 1560
Thus, it was "born in a baptism of fire" during the peak of the bloodiest Wars
known as "Sengoku Jidai" The Age of Warring States period.
SEKIGUCHI = FAMILY NAME
RYU = MEANING FLOW OF THE TRADITION
This system was developed by a man named Sekiguchi Ujimune.
He was more widely known as Sekiguchi Jushin, (same person as above picture).
Sekiguchi Family was part of the famous Seiwa Genji descendants
from the Minamoto's bloodline 12th Century.
Sekiguchi Jushin that served Imagawa Clan during the Sengoku Jidai 1467-1603
Period.Age of Warring states. When the once powerful Imagawa family fell to the conquests of Oda Nobunaga at the Battle of Okehazama in June 1560.
Jushin devoted his life to martial arts. He left the castle of his lord for the Atago Mountains located just outside of Kyoto region, where he underwent intense physical and spiritual training in Shugendo religion, A form of Esoteric Buddhist practice's and nature worship.
The result of that training became known as Sekiguchiryu
Rumours of this wanderer and his unique art rang out throughout the country.
Sekiguchiryu was a favored combative system of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Jushin was part of the famous Imagawa clan and his aunt was wife to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Therefore Sekiguchiryu remains close in connection to the Tokugawa regime.
When Tokugawa Yorinobu, head of the Kishu Han
(modern day Wakayama Prefecture) heard about Jushin Sekiguchi and after meeting him,
Jushin was asked to become a permanent guest at Wakayama castle and to teach his Sekiguchiryu
to the Samurai-retainers there.
Even the 8th Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684–1751)
was a practitioner of Sekiguchiryu he had attained (Menkyo -Kaiden) in the system.
Sekiguchiryu is most known for its Ju-Jutsu.
Jujutsu focus is on perfection of effortless technique, over brute strength
thus allowing for a smaller and weaker person to control a physically stronger person.
According to scrolls the word Jujutsu and fighting skills -
was the invention of Jushin Sekiguchi himself, before this unarmed techniques were referred to as Yawara or Kumi-uchi or Taijutsu also the term and concept "Ukemi" evasion / reversal of techniques when applied all involved from Jushin Sekiguchi observations of a cat falling down from a roof
the cat always seems to land safely on its feet, because of its ability to tumble in mid air.
Today the word Jujutsu is now widely used as a name for unarmed
fighting methods in most Japanese martial arts.
At its peak Sekiguchiryu contained all aspects of Samurai Warfare.
Now however a lot of its fighting methods are contained only within handed down historical scrolls.
This my Authority to teach Sekiguchiryu Battoujutsu
Koryu Bujutsu Tradition.
Signed and sealed with Hanko signature seals
from Shihan Yamada Toshiyasu.
SEKIGUCHIRYU - RANK STRUCTURE
Shoden Menjo Certification / Entry Foundation Level
Chuden Menjo Certification / Intermediate Level
Okuden Menjo Certification / Inner Secrets Level
Menkyo Kaiden Certification / Full Transmission of the Tradition
Menkyo is a Japanese term meaning "License" it refers
to the permission level of education.
Traditional Japanese culture for other arts such as (Sumi-e) painting, (Chado) tea ceremony, (Ikebana) flower arranging and (Shodo) caligraphy all share this Menkyo system; although this Menkyo Kaiden system is commonly associated with the study of Martial Arts in Japan, for various
Koryu Bujutsu Traditions = Classical Japanese Martial Arts.
This ancient system is a way to maintain the order of skill sets within the tradition, 'Quality control."
Each individual Menjo Certification / licence is a portion of knowledge
contained within the overall curriculum.
The Hanko signature seals is the proof and recognition from the Shihan = Head of Family
for a Monjin member to represent that level of competency.
It is the formal approval for a Monjin member to pass on the knowledge
to another person with the consent and support of the Shihan.
The Menkyo System dates back to the 8th Century.