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|Founder||Toda Seigen (戸田 清眼)|
|Date founded||c. 1560|
|Period founded||Late Muromachi period (1337-1573)|
|Current headmaster||Kent Sorensen (sokedairi)|
Toda-ryu was adopted by the Suneya family in the mountainous Chichibu region. Among other weapons, the clan apparently focused on the naginata, and its study, over many generations, was known as Suneya-kei naginatajutsu. In the mid-1800’s, Suneya Ryosuke and his wife Suneya Satō initiated a renaissance of the naginata. This became the Toda-ha Bukō-ryū.
The ryū contains an extensive curriculum of weapon-arts centering on naginatajutsu (naginata, kagitsuki naginata (a naginata with a small cross-bar beneath the blade, used for deflecting, trapping and breaking enemy's weaponry), nagamaki), but also sōjutsu, bōjutsu kenjutsu and kusarigamajutsu.:64
After the untimely death of 20th generation sōke, Nakamura Yoichi, Toda-ha Bukō-ryū is currently under the direction of sokedairi, Kent Sorensen, in Tokyo, Japan with the assistance of a number of shihan in the United States, Europe and Australia. The 19th generation sōke was Nitta Suzuyo.:64
- Skoss, Diane, Sword & Spirit: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Vol. 2, Koryu Books, 1999.
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