Niten Ichi-ryū -
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.
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 - Jojutsu.com for Shintō Musō-ryū Jōjutsu and Shintō-ryū Kenjutsu or Nitojuku.com for Musashi-related Nitō-ryū Kenjutsu.
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