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Robert A. Trias

Robert A. Trias

  • Lived from 1922 to 1989
  • The person responsible for the first karate tournament in the U.S. in 1955
  • Developed Shuri-Ryu Karate
  • Opend the first martials arts school on the U.S. Mainland in 1945 in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Founded the United States Karate Association (USKA) in 1948
  • The USKA became the largest karate organization in the world with more than 600.000 members
  • Student of:
    1. Tung Gee Hsing
    2. Konishi Yasuhiro
  • Teacher of:
    1. Roberta Trias
    2. John Linebarger
    3. Mike Wall
    4. Dale Bensonn
    5. John Pachivas
    6. Robert Bowles
    7. Dirk Mosig
    8. Pete Rabino

Masayoshi Mitose

Masayoshi Mitose

  • Lived from 1916 to 1981
  • The person responsible for the development of the other kempo styles
  • The 21th Great Grand Master of Kosho-ryu Kenpo
  • Opend the first martials arts school in 1942 – The Official Self Defense Club
  • Teacher of:
    1. Thomas S.H. Young
    2. William Chow
    3. Arthur Keawe
    4. Paul Yamaguchi
    5. Edward Lowe
    6. Giro Nakamura
    7. Fusae Oshita
    8. Bruce Juchnick

Tie a Sageo for display

First of all, the pictures used here isn’t my work.
This entire post is based on the work of the people of “” and “”

The Sageo is the cord you can find on the scabbard of your blade running trough the Kurikata (the knob on the scabbard)

This is how the final result wil look like.
However this isn’t the only way it is done.
Here there will be 4 loops down and 3 loops up to the Saya.
but 3 loops down and 3 loops up is also commonly done.

Now to begin:

To start the Kurikata (knob on the Saya (scabbard)) has to be upfront of you with the Tsuka (handle) to the left.
The left side of the Sageo goes onder the Saya to the right.
the right side goes over the other to the left.

Now you have your Sageo to the right lying under the Saya.
This goes around the Saya under the Sageo making a loop and going back to the upper side of the sageo.
Tighten the Sageo by pulling the lower side of the loop towards yourself making it so that the loop stays put.

Now it’s just repeating the same process another 3 times
I used a pencil to fit through the loops to make it easier to tighten the sageo without making the loops to small.
And whe are ready to start the other side beginning with bringing the Sageo under the Saya again.

We repeat the loop making process whe did earlier 3 times.
and don’t forget your pencil if you used it like I did.

So this time you have 2 ends of your sageo lying about, one to the right and one to the left.
Starting with the end on the right we fold it and put it trough the loops we created earlier.
By doing this we create a loops to the left and have a small piece of the Sageo to the right.

And we repeat the same thing again with the other end of the Sageo.
Ending with 2 loops, 1 on each side of the Kurikata.

We now have a tied Sageo making your Katana ready for display.

(source: “”)

The Three Heroes of Japan

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan in 1590, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, who founded the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603, were loyal followers of Nobunaga. These two were gifted with Nobunaga’s previous achievements on which they could build a unified Japan. There was a saying: “Nobunaga pounds the national rice cake, Hideyoshi kneads it, and in the end Ieyasu sits down and eats it.”
Nobunaga is the one that started the unification of Japan and Hideyoshi is the one who succeded in unifying Japan, but in the end it was Ieyasu who ruled over a unified Japan and had al the glory and benefits

Hideyoshi was brought up from a nameless peasant to be one of Nobunaga’s top generals. When he became a grand minister in 1586, he created a law that the samurai caste became codified as permanent and heritable, and that non-samurai were forbidden to carry weapons, thereby ending the social mobility of Japan from which he himself had benefited. These restrictions lasted until the dissolution of the Edo Shogunate by the Meiji revolutionaries. Hideyoshi secured his claim as the rightful successor of Nobunaga by defeating Akechi Mitsuhide within a month of Nobunaga’s death.

It is important to note that the distinction between samurai and non-samurai was so obscure that during the 16th century, most male adults in any social class (even small farmers) belonged to at least one military organization of their own and served in wars before and during Hideyoshi’s rule. It can be said that an “all against all” situation continued for a century. The authorized samurai families after the 17th century were those that chose to follow Nobunaga, Hideyoshi and Ieyasu. Large battles occurred during the change between regimes and a number of defeated samurai were destroyed, became ronin or were absorbed into the general populace.

Ieyasu had shared his childhood with Nobunaga as a hostage of the Oda clan. Though there were a number of battles between Ieyasu and the Oda clan, Ieyasu eventually switched sides and became one of Nobunaga’s strongest allies.


Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616)

Tokugawa Ieyasu

Tokugawa Ieyasu was born in Okazaki Castle in Mikawa. Originally named Matsudaira Takechiyo (松平竹千代), he was the son of Matsudaira Hirotada (松平広忠), the daimyo of Mikawa, and Odainokata (於大の方), the daughter of a neighboring samurai lord Mizuno Tadamasa (水野忠政).

In 1548, when the Oda clan invaded Mikawa, Hirotada turned to Imagawa Yoshimoto, the head of the Imagawa clan, for help to repel the invaders. Yoshimoto agreed to help under the condition that Hirotada send his son Ieyasu (Takechiyo) to Sumpu as a hostage. Hirotada agreed. Oda Nobuhide, the leader of the Oda clan, learned of this arrangement and had Ieyasu abducted from his entourage en route to Sumpu. Ieyasu was just six years old at the time.

In 1549, when Ieyasu was 7, his father Hirotada died of natural causes. At about the same time, Oda Nobuhide died during an epidemic. The deaths dealt a heavy blow to the Oda clan. An army under the command of Imagawa Sessai laid siege to the castle where Oda Nobuhiro, Nobuhide’s eldest son and the new head of the Oda, was living. With the castle about to fall, Imagawa Sessai offered a deal to Oda Nobunaga (Oda Nobuhide’s second son). Sessai offered to give up the siege if Ieyasu was handed over to the Imagawa clan. Nobunaga agreed and so Ieyasu (now nine) was taken as a hostage to Sumpu. Here he lived a fairly good life as hostage and potentially useful future ally of the Imagawa clan until 1556 when he was age 15.

The Matsudaira family was split in 1550: one side wanted to be vassals of the Imagawa clan, while the other side preferred the Oda. As a result, much of Ieyasu’s early years were spent in danger as wars with the Oda and Imagawa clans were fought.

In 1556, Ieyasu came of age, and following tradition, changed his name to Matsudaira Jirōsaburō Motonobu (松平次郎三郎元信). One year later, at the age of 16, he married his first wife and changed his name again to Matsudaira Kurandonosuke Motoyasu (松平 蔵人之介 佐元康). Allowed to return to his native Mikawa, the Imagawa ordered him to fight the Oda clan in a series of battles. Ieyasu won his first battle at the Siege of Terabe and later succeeded in delivering supplies to a border fort through a bold night attack.

In 1560 the leadership of the Oda clan had passed to the brilliant leader Oda Nobunaga.

Ieyasu decided to ally with the Oda clan. A secret deal was needed because Ieyasu’s wife and infant son, Nobuyasu were held hostage in Sumpu by the Imagawa clan. In 1561, Ieyasu openly broke with the Imagawa and captured the fortress of Kaminojo. Ieyasu was then able to exchange his wife and son for the wife and daughter of the ruler of Kaminojo castle.

In 1567, Ieyasu changed his name yet again, his new family name was Tokugawa and his given name was now Ieyasu. In so doing, he claimed descent from the Minamoto clan. No proof has actually been found for this claimed descent from Seiwa tennō, the 56th Emperor of Japan.

In 1579, Ieyasu’s wife, and his eldest son, Matsudaira Nobuyasu, were accused of conspiracy to assassinate Nobunaga. Ieyasu’s wife was executed and Nobuyasu was forced to commit seppuku. Ieyasu then named his third and favorite son, Tokugawa Hidetada, as heir, since his second son was adopted by another rising power: Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the future ruler of all Japan.

In late 1582, Ieyasu was near Osaka and far from his own territory when he learned that Nobunaga had been assassinated by Akechi Mitsuhide. Ieyasu managed the dangerous journey back to Mikawa, avoiding Mitsuhide’s troops along the way, as they were trying to find and kill him. One week after he arrived in Mikawa, Ieyasu’s army marched out to take revenge on Mitsuhide. But they were too late, Hideyoshi—on his own—defeated and killed Akechi Mitsuhide at the Battle of Yamazaki.

In 1583, a war for rule over Japan was fought between Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Shibata Katsuie. Ieyasu did not take a side in this conflict, building on his reputation for both caution and wisdom. Hideyoshi defeated Katsuie at Battle of Shizugatake—with this victory, Hideyoshi became the single most powerful daimyo in Japan.

Hideyoshi, after three more months of increasing sickness, died on September 18, 1598. He was nominally succeeded by his young son Hideyori but as he was just five years old, real power was in the hands of the regents. Over the next two years Ieyasu made alliances with various daimyo, especially those who had no love for Hideyoshi. Happily for Ieyasu, the oldest and most respected of the regents died after just one year. With the death of Regent Maeda Toshiie in 1599, Ieyasu led an army to Fushimi and took over Osaka Castle, the residence of Hideyori. This angered the three remaining regents and plans were made on all sides for war.

In June 1600, Ieyasu and his allies moved their armies to defeat the Uesugi clan who was accused of planning to revolt against Toyotomi administration (Led by Ieyasu, top of Council of Five Elders). Before arriving to Uesugi’s territory, Ieyasu had got information that Mitsunari and his allies moved their army against Ieyasu. Ieyasu held a meeting with daimyo, and they agreed to ally Ieyasu. He then led the majority of his army west towards Kyoto. In late summer, Ishida’s forces captured Fushimi.

Ieyasu and his allies marched along the Tōkaidō, while his son Hidetada went along the Nakasendō with 38,000 soldiers. A battle against Sanada Masayuki in Shinano Province delayed Hidetada’s forces, and they did not arrive in time for the main battle.

This battle was the biggest and likely the most important battle in Japanese history. It began on October 21, 1600 with a total of 160,000 men facing each other. The Battle of Sekigahara ended with a complete Tokugawa victory. The Western bloc was crushed and over the next few days Ishida Mitsunari and many other western nobles were captured and killed. Tokugawa Ieyasu was now the de facto ruler of Japan.

In 1616, Ieyasu died at age 73. The cause of death is thought to have been cancer or syphilis. The first Tokugawa shogun was posthumously deified with the name Tōshō Daigongen (東照大権現), the “Great Gongen, Light of the East”. (A Gongen (the prefix Dai- meaning great) is believed to be a buddha who has appeared on Earth in the shape of a kami to save sentient beings). In life, Ieyasu had expressed the wish to be deified after his death in order to protect his descendants from evil. His remains were buried at the Gongen’s mausoleum at Kunōzan, Kunōzan Tōshō-gū (久能山東照宮). After the first anniversary of his death, his remains were reburied at Nikkō Shrine, Nikkō Tōshō-gū (日光東照宮). His remains are still there. The mausoleum’s architectural style became known as gongen-zukuri, that is gongen-style.


Periods of the Japanese History

Periods of the Japanese history

Name Year
Jomon 14.500 – 300 BC
Yayoi 300 BC – 300 AD
Kofun/Asuka 300 – 710
Hakuho 645 -710
Nara 710 – 794
Heian 794 – 1185
Kamakura 1185 – 1333
Muromachi 1333 – 1568
Momoyama 1568 – 1600
Tokugawa (Edo) 1600 – 1868
Meiji 1868 – 1912
Taisho 1912 – 1926
Showa 1926 – 1989
Heisei 1989 – Today

To be continued…
(source: “Capitool Reisgidsen Japan”)

Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu

Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido (Iaijutsu) is the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship which emphasizes drawing and cutting with the samurai sword (called a ‘katana’) in a single fluid motion. Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu is a ‘koryu bujutsu’ (which means ‘traditional martial art’) with a direct lineage back over 450 years to its founder, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu, who developed this particular style of swordsmanship.

The current and 20th headmaster of our branch of
Iaido is Miura Takeyuki Hidefusa, Hanshi, Jyudan (10th dan black belt) and founder of the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-kai (Japanese Ancient Weapons True Spirit Association).

The Jikishin-kai USA & International continues the tradition of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu iai-jutsu outside of Japan under the instruction of Masayuki Shimabukuro, Hanshi, hachidan (8th dan black belt). Shimabukuro Sensei is a direct student of Miura Sensei and has studied Iaido (Iaijutsu) for over 30 years.

The Jikishin-kai honbu dojo emphasizes traditional practice and application of the techniques in the Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu curriculum. This curriculum encompasses the practice of waza (solo techniques of which there are over 40), katachi (paired patterns using a wood sword or ‘bokken’), and also tameshigiri (test cutting using a live/sharp sword on rolled mats). These three components serve to reinforce and improve the other to make the student of iai-jutsu aware of proper body mechanics, focus, and technique for the effective use of the sword. All three of these, plus the integral observance and practice of sincere etiquette make up the core curriculum of our dojo.

Iaido requires extreme precision of its techniques and demands tremendous concentration during practice-both of which ask a great deal of self-discipline and sincere personal commitment on the part of the student in order to master. As a reward for these efforts, it can offer the individual a lifetime of physical, mental, and spiritual growth, as well as an enlightened and peaceful state of mind.