Toda-ha Bukō-ryū

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Toda-ha Bukō-ryū
Founder Toda Seigen (戸田 清眼)
Date founded c. 1560
Period founded Late Muromachi period (1337-1573)
Current information
Current headmaster Kent Sorensen (sokedairi)
Arts taught
Art Description
naginatajutsu Glaive art
sōjutsu Spear art
bōjutsu Staff art
kenjutsu Sword art
kusarigamajutsu Chain-and-sickle art

Toda-ha Bukō-ryū (戸田派武甲流) is a Japanese koryū martial art which has its roots in the Toda-ryū, founded in the late Muromachi period c. 1560 by Toda Seigen (戸田 清眼).[1]:64–66

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.[1]: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.[citation needed] The 19th generation sōke was Nitta Suzuyo.[1]:64


  1. ^ a b c Skoss, Diane, Sword & Spirit: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Vol. 2, Koryu Books, 1999.

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