Chapter Thirteen

THE TRIP TO JAPAN DECEMBER 1989 NOT SO LONG AGO THE LITTLE RESTAURANT – THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP   I meet Hachua san and his lovely wife My first real Japanese meal I’m introduced to rice wine – sake Déjà vu! It was December 1989.  It was my first visit to Japan and Shimizu to […]

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Chapter Twelve

THE TRIP TO JAPAN SEPTEMBER 1996 THE FIRST DAY IN SHIMIZU – OLD MEMORIES.   We are in for a busy time The Yokosuna district of Shimizu The Shimizu Ginza Evening in the ryokan Memories – Starting to train in Kobujutsu – 1985 Some philosophical thoughts We were in for a busy time over the […]

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Chapter Eleven

MARTIAL ARTS PHILOSOPHY THE TRADITIONAL WAYS – THEIR IMPORTANCE TO US.   The past is part of the present Know your martial arts history to understand the present An unusual experience Kobujutsu have always been important to me. Yuishinkai Kobujutsu is like a living antique. It really is important to analyse the history of the […]

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Chapter Ten

THE TANAKAMINOMOTO FAMILY THE SUMMER OF 1530 – IN THE MOUNTAINS OF SHIMIZU A SAMURAI BATTLE – THE ART OF THE DUEL.   Strange happenings during my first night in Shimizu in 1996 The duel during the battle in 1530 I see Lord Tanakaminomoto no Yosinori for the first time Lord Tanakaminomoto no Yosinori catches […]

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Chapter Nine

MARTIAL ARTS HISTORY THE HISTORY OF JAPAN IT’S AFFECT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MARTIAL ARTS   Japan from the 10th Century onwards The 47 Ronin The warrior lords and their Ryu The Monasteries and the Yamabushi The martial arts Ryu The Ryu’s Sensei Recognition of martial arts expertise Ryu training methods Secrets of the […]

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Chapter Eight

THE TANAKAMINOMOTO FAMILY APRIL 1498 JAPAN – KAMAKURA LORD TANAKAMINOMOTO RECEIVES HIS SWORD   Lord Tanakaminomoto tests and accepts the Sword He visits the Abbot of Kencho-ji The sword is named Lord Tanakaminomoto follows the road past the bamboo grove Lord Tanakaminomoto no Yasuyosi was standing in the small yard of the Yasukuni house.  After […]

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Chapter Seven

THE TANAKAMINOMOTO FAMILY FEBRUARY 1498 KAMAKURA – JAPAN THE SWORD SMITH – THE ART OF SWORD MAKING   Early spring The need for swords during the time of The Warring States Yasukuni – a member of the Soshu School of sword makers Making of a special sword for Lord Tanakaminomoto A record is made of […]

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Chapter Six

MARTIAL ARTS HISTORY A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MARTIAL ARTS   The connection between the classic martial arts and Yuishinkai Kobujutsu The Japanese connection The Okinawan connection Classical Kenjutsu at a temple in Tokyo The traditional martial arts that are taught in the Yuishinkai Kobujutsu dojo have a very long history in Japan and Okinawa. […]

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Chapter Five

MARTIAL ARTS HISTORY INOUE O’SENSEI – THE HEADMASTER OF YUISHINKAI KOBUJUTSU   What is Yuishinkai Kobujutsu? Is it any different from any of the many other martial arts Ryu or styles? Who was Inoue O’sensei? Why was he so highly respected in Japanese martial arts organisations? Who were his teachers? Inoue O’sensei (1918 – 1993) […]

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Chapter Four

THE TRIP TO SHIMIZU MY EARLY LIFE AND GROWING UP IN THE MARTIAL ARTS.   A quick look at my early life Rhodesian army days A personal tragedy I find the martial arts I was born in South Africa and my family moved to Zimbabwe or Rhodesia as it was then called in 1948.  When […]

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