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Taisha-ryu’s 15th soke

Grading-March 2015.

Grading-March 2015 – Uehara Eriko with back to the camera.

Hyoho Taisha-ryu has announced that on the 1st of August 2015, Uehara Eriko-sensei will become the 15th soke of Hyoho Taisha-ryu Kenjutsu. In a lineage that dates back nearly 450 years from the late 16th century she will be the first ever woman to lead our ryu.

In the gallery below – Tazoe-sensei and Uehara-sensei at the 33rd annual Asakusa Taikai enbu in Tokyo 11th April, 2015.

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Intensive Training March, 2014 – the first day – Corrections and more corrections.

DSC_0123 DSC_0124DSC_0119DSC_0144DSC_0165DSC_0209Members of the four study groups who travel to the Yastushiro dojo for training are able to take part in the Intensive Training sessions which run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Here are a few shots from my first day – I was terrible. Taisha-ryu being a koryu style that was created during the Sengoku Jidai for use on 16th century battlefields is very different to anything I’d studied before in my twelve years of iaido and kenjutsu – believe me, it’s harder than it looks in these pictures.