Katori Shinto Ryu Demonstration
Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū (天真正伝香取神道流) is one of the oldest extant Japanese martial arts, and an exemplar of koryū bujutsu. The Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū was founded by Iizasa Ienao, born 1387 in Iizasa village (present day Takomachi, Chiba Prefecture), who was living near Katori Shrine (Sawara City, Chiba Prefecture) at the time. The Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū is a comprehensive martial system. This means that unlike modern martial ways such as Kendo or Iaido, which concentrate on one specific area of training, study is made of a broad range of martial skills. The main emphasis of the school is on Kenjutsu (sword technique). A wide range of other weapons are being taught as part of the curriculum, but the sword remains the central weapon. As such in 1960 the school received the first ever "Intangible Cultural Asset" designation given to a martial art. It claims to have never aligned itself with any estate or faction, no matter what stipend was offered. This allowed the ryū to maintain its independence and integrity.
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Katori Shinto Ryu Demonstration.
In 1988 he began the practice of Katori Shinto Ryu. In 1992 he traveled to Japan to practice various martial arts, Jodo (Shindo Muso Ryu and Setei Jodo), iaido and kendo with the master Tetsuzan Aono (9º Dan) in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture. At the same time, he combines the karate training under de direction of master as Kimura and Ogawa with the practice of Jukendo and Kyudo. In subsequent years he returned to Japan and gets the Katori Shinto Ryu school entry in 1998, by becoming the first Spanish making the oath of admission to school (keppan). In October 2000 obtained the degree of Mokuroku. In October 2001 he received the diploma Shidôsa for Spain. In April 2004 he received from the hands of Soke Iizasa Shuri no Suke Menkyo Yasusada the title of Kyoshi, unique in Europe which holds that grade.