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Welcome to the official website for the Arakido World Headquarters, Japan. Home of the Edo branch of Yagyu Shingan Ryu. Founded by the legendary Araki Mataemon in the 1600's, the school is currently under the direction of Kajitsuka Yasushi, 11th Generation Lineal Headmaster.

The Tradition

Yagyu Shingan Ryu originated in Japan's Tohoku region in the early Edo period (c. 1600). It is a comprehensive koryu martial art tradition, with an extensive curriculum based in armored combat. At it's inception, the tradition was taught mostly to foot soldiers on battlefield front lines. Yagyu Shingan Ryu is known for its unique methods of striking. Throughout the Edo period, the style further evolved into a sophisticated system of self-defence, focusing on direct engangement, simplicity, efficiency and overall economy of motion. The name Shingan Ryu, literally translates as School of the Heart's Eye. Alternative readings could be Mind's Eye or Spirit's Eye, which in Japanese philoshophy are all considered one and the same. Permission to affix the Yagyu family name was given to the founder, Araki Mataemon by his teacher, Yagyu Jubei. Yagyu Shingan Ryu could be described as both an internal martial art (mind, breath, spirit, energy) and an external martial art (strength, agility, posture, mechanics). Training begins with jujutsu (hand-to-hand combat) and bojutsu (staff fighting). From there, various forms of sword fighting are introduced, such as odachi-jutsu (great sword), kodachi-jutsu (short sword), ken-jutsu (swordsmanship), iai-jutsu (quick draw sword techniques) and naginata-jutsu (glaive fighting). 

The Yagyu Shingan Ryu Taijutsu lineage is also referred to as Edo-ha Yagyu Shingan Ryu, as it was carried to the capital of Edo by Koyama Samon and disseminated there. During the Meiji period, the tradition moved it's base to Kamakura city, on the outskirts of greater Tokyo. Two of the biggest names in Japanese martial arts, Kano Jigoro (founder of Judo) and Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Aikido), were students of our school, (Edo-ha) Yagyu Shingan Ryu Taijutsu. 

Ueshiba Morihei & Kano Jigoro

Japan Kobudo Association

(Nippon Budokan Foundation)

​日本古武道協会 公益財団法人日本武道館

Japan Kobudo Promotion Society

(Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai)



Our Lineage

1. Araki Mataemon  荒木又右衛門吉村 

2. Koyama Samon  小山左門

3. Oriemon Matsuo  松尾織右衛門
4. Maehara Gentazaemon  前原源太左衛門
5. Iwamoto Chōuemon  岩本長左衛門
6. Gotō Yagyusai  後藤柳生斎
7. Ōshima Masateru  大嶋正照
8. Hoshino Tenchi  星野天知
9. Yamamoto Wasaburō  山本和三郎
10. Masao Mutoh  武藤正雄
11. Yasushi Kajizuka  梶塚靖司

Hoshino Tenchi

 Hoshino Tenchi 

Yagyu Shingan Ryu Kamakura Sasame Dojo

 Sasame Dojo, Kamakura 

Meet the Soke

Kajitsuka Yasushi, 11th Generation Headmaster

Born in Yokosuka city, Kanagawa prefecture in 1952. Moved to Zushi city and enrolled as a student of the 10th Generation Headmaster, Muto Masao in 1965. Began training in the Otsubo-line of Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Heiho in 1979. Relocated from Zushi city to Kuroiso city, Tochigi prefecture in 1992. Succeeded Muto Masao as headmaster in 2001, becoming the 11th Generation Head of Yagyu Shingan Ryu Taijutsu and Head of Otsubo-line Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Heiho. Member Soke of the Japan Kobudo Association & Japan Kobudo Promotion Society. Former Secretary General of the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai.


Grading & Licensure

The Arakido curriculum requires the practice of both Yagyu Shingan Ryu and Yagyu Shinkage Ryu in unison. For those eligible, grading and licensure are awarded directly by the Soke, Kajitsuka Yasushi.


⨳Hombu Dojo : Kuroiso city, Tochigi.

⨳Hayama Dojo : Hayama city, Kanagawa.

⨳Yamato Dojo : Yamato city, Kanagawa.

⨳Sakae Dojo : Yokohama city, Kanagawa.

⨳Kamakura Dojo : Kamakura city, Kanagawa.

⨳Hiroshima Dojo : Hiroshima city, Hiroshima.

⨳Bursa Keikokai, Turkey.

⨳Krivoy Rog Keikokai, Ukraine.

⨳Dnipro Keikokai, Ukraine.

⨳Wisconsin Keikokai, United States.

⨳Melbourne Keikokai, Australia.

⨳Toronto Keikokai, Canada.

Home Of Muto Masao

 Home of Muto Masao 

Arakido overseas students

 International Students 

International Keikokai are study groups under the guidance and instruction of the Honbu Dojo in Japan.

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