Articles About Hōki-ryū
- Entry for "Katayama Hōki-ryū" at Koryu.com, which includes a photograph of Paul Smith demonstrating the art at the Woodinville Seiryukai Kagami Biraki in 2000.
- Rennis Buchner's blog, Acme Bugei, contains a number of informative and thought-provoking articles about budō, all of which are worth reading. Of particular interest to Hōki-ryū students are:
Buchner's unpublished 78-page paper, "Adaptive Traditions: Martial Culture in Edo Japan As Seen From Katayama-ryū Kenjutsu and Hōki-ryū Iaijutsu" (2001), is probably the best work on this tradition in the English language.
- Entries for Hōki-ryū in English and in Japanese on Wikipedia. This is a user-created reference work without a professional vetting process. Readers should exercise caution.
- Entry for "Hōki-ryū" on Samurai-wiki. Ditto.
- "Ikkansai," "Hōki-ryū iaijutsu ni oite" (in Japanese).
- Images of a document entitled Iai shōshin tegami waka, from Yamagishi-ryū, a derivative of Hōki-ryū.
- Images of an unusual Hōki-ryū document entitled Iai heihōka no maki.
- Ron Beaubien, review of S. Mol's Classical Fighting Arts of Japan, which appeared on the website of the International Hoplology Society, contains information on the reconstructed "Katayama Hōki-ryū" jujutsu. Note that we do not derive from this line of Hōki-ryū.
- While not directly on Hōki-ryū, Diane Skoss' "Koryu Primer" provides a good explanation to what koryū is about. Indeed, most of the articles at Koryu.com (her site) are quite informative. Similarly, Ellis Amdur's writings are also worth reading— see "The Importance of Paper" and "Public Presentations of Skills in Traditional Japanese Martial Arts" for example.
|Above: Katayama's scrolls. Iwakuni Chōkokan Museum. Photo courtesy of Nakamura sensei.
The Japanese Sword
- Illustrated parts of the sword, with Japanese names.
- The Japanese Sword Guide.
- Information about Japanese sword shows in the Midwest may be found at the Midwest Tōken-kai site.
- Michihiro Tanobe, "The Beauty of the Japanese Sword: History and Traditional Technology," Macao Museum of Art.
- C. U. Guido Schiller and S. Alexander Takeuchi, "Koshirae: The Mounting of Japanese Swords," Macao Museum of Art. Note that Hosokawa Tadaoki (1564-1645), the daimyo of Higo, supposedly studied Hōki-ryū, and he developed the graceful sword mounting that came to be known as Higo-koshirae, in part to meet the demands of iai. However, the samurai of Higo apparently preferred the more practical Tenshō-koshirae, and indeed, buyer beware: the Higo-koshirae is not necessarily more suited than other mountings to Hōki-ryū practice. For more information, see "Hōki-ryū to Higo-koshirae ni oite."
- Japanese Sword Glossary, Macao Museum of Art.
Iai Kata Videoclips
Though we have no connections to the individuals featured in the following Youtube videos, we provide these links for the reader who want to get a sense of Hōki-ryū iaidō. Note that there may be differences between these videos and our practice.
- Demonstrations by the Italian Hōki-ryū group: (1) iai at Miyajima, 2006, at Kyoto, 2008, and at Iwakuni, 2009; (2) iai kumitachi at Nagoya, 2005, and at Miyajima, 2009, by Kumai Kazuhiko (8th-dan) and Costantino Brandozzi; and (3) reconstructed koshi no mawari, 2009;
- Demonstration by Kuze Kōji, 8th-dan, of the Kyoto Hōki-ryū group at Hachimangu Shrine, Kyoto, 2007.
- Demonstration by Horishima Hisashi and Kōno Keiko at Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto, in 2009.
- Zen Nippon iaidō tōhō, performed by a 2nd-dan in ZNIR. Another set of internet demo can be found here: Mae-giri, Zengo-giri, Kiriage, Shihō-giri, and Kissaki-gaeshi. A slightly different set is the Dai Nippon iaidō tōhō, performed by Kuze Kōji.
Above: Obata Keika, 8th-dan, from a Hōki-ryū school in Hiroshima, 2002.
Other Hōki-ryū Dojo Websites
Japanese Weapons Arts in Indiana
There are a number of Japanese weapons arts in the state of Indiana, including naginatajutsu, atarashii naginata, jōdō, and other forms of iaidō. However, the only other one with a website that we are aware of is the Indiana Kyūdō Renmei.
|Above: Naginata demonstration by Takami Tanner, 5th-dan, and her group from Batesville in April, 2000, at Indiana University.
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