Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu (柳 心 照 智 流) is a school of Japanese swordsmanship, a kobudo (ancient martial art) focused on Iaijutsu (quick-draw sword art) founded by Kawabata Terutaka in 2006. The origins of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu can be traced to Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu, which was founded around the Eiroku era (1558 – 1570) as a branch tradition of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu.

The curriculum of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu comprises over 60 Iai kata (型 or 形 literally: “form”/”pattern”) and dynamic Iai kumitachi (組太刀)(meaning “crossing/meeting of swords”).

Dominique Pierre, Jobe Groot, Yahagi Soke, Joel Posluns, Tiki Shewan

North Vancouver Aikikai is the regional HQ for Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada – we are affiliated with RSR International and current Soke (headmaster) of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu, Yahagi Kunikazu Sensei: ryushinshouchiryu.com

On October 7, 8,  & 9, NVA held an annual seminar featuring Yahagi Sensei and RSR practitioners from Europe, US and Canada.  Grading for Kyu and Dan Ranks were held at North Vancouver Aikikai and an Embu was performed at the Rogers Plaza in the Lower Lonsdale area just two blocks from the dojo.  The following video material was from the seminar grading and public demonstration.

Kyu Grading

Shodan Grading

Nidan Grading

Yondan Grading

Embu 2017

As well as instructing and demonstrating Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu, Yahagi Sensei’s visit to Vancouver BC was an excellent opportunity to experience one of the activities that makes the lower mainland famous around the world, Salmon Fishing.

Fishing Excursion pictures taken by Jobe Groot.

A spectacular Chinook, absolutely gorgeous but we let it go because it was a wild salmon that was needed to help repopulate the Capalano River where Salmon stocks have been greatly reduced in the last number of years.

Jobe Groot, Yahagi Soke, Joel Posluns

For more information on Ryshin Shouchi Ryu Canada, please go to the website.

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