SAMURAI CULTURAL CENTRE
* DEVELOPMENT OF THE MIND BODY SPIRIT *
Sekiguchiryu originated & was developed over 458 years ago.
Around the 1560 era Thus, it was "born in a baptism of fire" during the peak of the bloodiest Wars
known as The Age of Warring States period "Sengoku Jidai".
SEKIGUCHI FAMILY NAME
RYU MEANING FLOW OF THE TRADITIONAL SYSTEM
This system was developed by a man named Sekiguchi
He was more widely known as Sekiguchi, same person as above picture
Sekiguchi Family was part of the famous Seiwa Genji
descendants from the Minamoto's bloodline 12th Century
Sekiguchi that served Imagawa Clan during the Sengoku Jidai 1467-1603
Age of Warring states. When the once powerful Imagawa family fell to the conquests of Oda Nobunaga at the Battle of Okehazama in June 1560.
Sekiguchi devoted his life to martial arts.
He left the castle of his lord for the Atago Mountains located just outside of Kyoto region, where he underwent intense physical and spiritual training in Shugendo religion, A form of Esoteric Buddhist practice's and nature worship. The result of that training became known as Sekiguchiryu = Rumours of this wanderer and his unique art rang out throughout the country.
Sekiguchiryu was a favoured combative system of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
He was part of the famous Imagawa clan and his aunt was wife to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Therefore Sekiguchiryu remains close in connection to the Tokugawa regime.
When Tokugawa Yorinobu, head of the Kishu Han
(modern day Wakayama Prefecture) heard about Sekiguchi and after meeting him,
he was asked to become a permanent guest at Wakayama castle and to teach his Sekiguchiryu
to the Samurai-retainers there. Even the 8th Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684–1751)
was a practitioner of Sekiguchiryu he had attained (Menkyo -Kaiden) in the system.
Sekiguchiryu is most known for its Ju-Jutsu; Ju jutsu focus is on perfection of effortless technique, over brute strength thus allowing for a smaller and weaker person to control a physically stronger person.
According to scrolls the word Ju jutsu and fighting skills -
was the invention of Sekiguchi himself, before this unarmed techniques were referred to as Yawara or Kumi-uchi or Taijutsu also the term and concept "Ukemi" evasion / reversal of techniques when applied all involved from Sekiguchi observations of a cat falling down from a roof
the cat always seems to land safely on its feet, because of its ability to tumble in mid air.
Today the word Ju-Jutsu is widely used as a name for "unarmed fighting methods"
for many systems of the Martial Arts.
At its peak Sekiguchiryu contained all aspects of Samurai Warfare, however now a lot of Sekiguchiryu fighting methods are contained only within handed-down historical scrolls.
SEKIGUCHIRYU - RANK STRUCTURE
Shoden Menjo Certification / Entry Foundation Level
Chuden Menjo Certification / Intermediate Level
Okuden Menjo Certification / Inner Secrets Level
Menkyo Kaiden Certification / Full Transmission
Complete flow of knowledge transmitted directly to student from Shihan
Menkyo is a Japanese term meaning " License " it refers to the permission level of education & dates
as far back as the 8th Century.
The "Hanko" signature seals is the proof and recognition from the Shihan = Head of Family for a Monjin member to represent that level of competency,
for it is the formal recognition & approval for a "Mon-jin" member to pass on the knowledge to another person with the consent and support of the Shihan.
Traditional Japanese culture for other arts such as (Sumi-e) painting, (Chado) tea ceremony, (Ikebana) flower arranging and (Shodo) calligraphy all share this Menkyo system although this Menkyo Kaiden system is commonly associated with the study of Martial Arts in Japan, for various Classical Japanese Koryu Bujutsu Traditions
This ancient system is a way to maintain the order of skill sets within the tradition, 'Quality control" of Each individual Menjo Certification / licence is a portion of knowledge contained within the overall curriculum.
A Special document Presented to me directly from 17th Shihan Yamada
This my Authority & License to teach Sekiguchiryu Battoujutsu
which is a unique system of Koryu Bujutsu this supporting document has been Signed & formally sealed with Historical Hanko signature seals.