Niten Ichi-ryū -
Brisbane, Australia

The late Imai Masayuki Sōke (1916-2006) & his successor Iwami Toshio Sōke

Niten Ichi-ryū was developed by Miyamoto Musashi, author of the "Book of Five Rings" (Gorin no Sho) and one of Japan's most famous swordsmen.

The school is most noted for its series of 5 two sword (Nitō) techniques, but there are also 12 single long sword (Ittō) forms and 7 single short sword (Kodachi) forms. The Kata, know as Seihō in Niten Ichi-ryū, are normally learnt in the order of Ittō first, then Kodachi and finally Nitō.


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Screenshots from Human Media Creation Center DVD
on Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū & Iwami Sōke

In 2004, Greg Clarke was introduced to Niten Ichi-ryū through Colin Watkin Sensei and subsequently accepted as a monkasei (direct-student) by the 11th generation head, Iwami Toshio Harukatsu Sōke.

From the direct transmission and personal one-on-one keiko with Iwami Sōke at his private home dōjō - Dokugyo-an in Kitakyushu-shi, Greg was taught the Ittō, Kodachi and Nitō Seihō during numerous visits over the following years.

In 2007 he was appointed by Iwami Sōke as the Shibuchō (official branch head) for Seitō Santō-ha Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū in Australia. At Iwami Sōke's request and with his permission Greg began to teach Niten Ichi-ryū in Brisbane.

However, since that time Iwami Sōke has appointed Kajiya Takanori Sōke as his successor and 12th generation head of the 'Seitō Santō-ha' ryūha. Therefore, out of respect towards the succession within this branch-line of transmission, Greg has stopped the public teaching of the Santō-ha Niten Ichi-ryū he learnt from Iwami Sōke.

Greg does, however, continue to practice and teach Niten Ichi-ryū (kenjutsu component only) privately to Kobudōkai Australia dōjō members only.

To learn more about Kobudōkai Australia, please don't hesitate to visit our other two websites - for Shintō Musō-ryū Jōjutsu and Shintō-ryū Kenjutsu or for Musashi-related Nitō-ryū Kenjutsu and upcoming introductory seminars.

Ittō Seihō - Niten Ichi-ryū

Demonstration of Ittō Seihō.

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Nitō Seihō - Niten Ichi-ryū

Demonstration of Nitō Seihō.

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