Kashima Shintō-ryū

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Kashima Shintō-ryū (鹿島新当流)
FounderTsukahara Bokuden (塚原 卜伝)
Date foundedc.1530
Period foundedLate Muromachi period
Current information
Current headmasterYoshikawa Tsuenetaka
Arts taught
Kenjutsu - ōdachi, kodachiSword art - long and short sword
BōjutsuStaff art
SōjutsuSpear art
NaginatajutsuGlaive art
Ancestor schools
Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū
Descendant schools
Yamaguchi-ryū ; Tennen Rishin-ryū

Kashima Shintō-ryū (鹿島新当流) is a traditional (koryū) school of Japanese martial arts founded by Tsukahara Bokuden in the Muromachi period (c.1530).[1][2]

Due to its formation during the tumultuous Sengoku Jidai, a time of feudal war, the school's techniques are based on battlefield experience and revolve around finding weak points in the opponent's armor. The sword (katana), spear (yari) and glaive (naginata) are some of the weapons used by the school. The current headmaster of the school is Yoshikawa Tsuenetaka.

Kashima Shintō-ryū formerly had a series of iaijutsu techniques in its curriculum, but these were lost over time.[3]


  1. ^ *Encyclopedia of Aikido entry for Kashima Shinto-ryu Archived 2007-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Koryu.com Entry on Kashima Shinto-ryu
  3. ^ Skoss, Diane (2002). Keiko Shokon. Classical Warrior traditions of Japan, Volume 3. Koryu Books. ISBN 1-890536-06-7.

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