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The teachings of the
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu

The teachings of the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu are described in the Mokuroku Heiho no Shinsho and contain weapon techniques.
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Techniques of attack and defense with equal and unequal weapons, the art of strategy and the philosophy of the school. In so far as concerns the weapon techniques the curriculum of the Katori Shinto Ryu consists of the following parts: (Japanese names are given according to the Hepburn-system and are as far as possible translated. These names are key words; some are rather cryp-tic. Kajo means 'part' or 'chapter'.)

TACHI-JUTSU (sword fighting)
Omote no tachi Basic techniques 4 kajo
Gogyo no tachi Higher techniques 5 kajo
Gokui hichijo no tachi Secret techniques 3 kajo
Ryoto Fighting with two swords 4 kajo
Gokui no kodachi Secrets of the short sword 3 kajo

IAI-JUTSU (drawing and striking with the sword)
Iai goshi Squatted on the left knee 6 kajo
Tachi iai-jutsu Standing 5 kajo
Gokui no iai-jutsu Secret techniques 5 kajo

BO-JUTSU (fighting techniques with the long staff)
Omote no bo Basic techniques 6 kajo
Gokui no bo Secret techniques 5 kajo

NAGINATA-JUTSU (fighting techniques with the halbard)
Omote no naginata Basic techniques 4 kajo
Gokui hichijo no naginata Secret techniques 3 kajo

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SO-JUTSU (fighting techniques with the spear)
Omote no yari Basic techniques 6 kajo

SHURIKEN-JUTSU (dart techniques)
Omote no shuriken Basic techniques 7 kajo
Gogyo no shuriken Higher techniques 8 kajo
Gokui no shuriken Secret techniques 9 kajo

JU-JUTSU (unarmed combat) 36 kajo

Text: Willem Bekink
Translation: Stephen Snelders

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