Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu is a style of Kenjutsu or classical Japanese swordsmanship. Kenjutsu refers to sword fighting techniques which were developed and practiced by the samurai prior to 1868. Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu is distinguished by sharp, dynamic, direct techniques and its concurrent use of two swords – long and short.
Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), founder of this style, was one of the greatest swordsmen and martial artists in Japanese history. He is said to have fought over 60 duels without ever facing defeat. His “Book of Five Rings,” well known in Japan as well as abroad, is a classic text on military strategy and philosophy.
The style is currently headed by Kajiya Takanori, 12th Seito Soke (headmaster of the officially recognized main school of the style). The head- quarters is located in Kitakyushu, Japan.
Jason began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in 1999 with Reg Sakamoto Sensei and also became a student of Mits Karasawa Sensei, Alan Shumak Sensei, and Takeshi Kimeda Sensei. In 2004 he began training in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu with Creagh Dermot Sensei and returned to Toronto in 2005 and began training in Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu with Reg Sakamoto. In 2009 he traveled to Japan to train with Iwami Soke and began teaching Niten Ichi Ryu in 2010.
Shu began training in Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu with Reg Sakamoto Sensei in 2005. In 2007, he began training in Kyudo (Japanese archery) with Mie Takahashi Sensei at the JCCC where he obtained a Shodan ranking. He has travelled to Japan to train with Iwami Soke in 2009 and continues to maintain ties with the current Soke. Shu began teaching Niten Ichi Ryu in 2010.
Pavel has trained in martial arts since childhood, beginning with Karate and then competitive Boxing. He began training in Aikikai Aikido under Robert Zimmerman Sensei and then in Yoshinkan Aikido under Kimeda Takeshi
Sensei, where he achieved 1st Dan. Pavel also holds rank in Kendo (2nd Dan), Jodo (2nd Dan) and laido (3rd Dan). He began training in Niten Ichi Ryu in 2007 under Reg Sakamoto Sensei. He lived and trained in Japan for two years
with the 11th Soke, lwami Toshio Harukatsu Sensei. He has been teaching Niten Ichi Ryu since 2010.
As with most classical Japanese martial arts, there is no ranking system in Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu. Thus, there are no gradings or belts. Advancement in the style is determined by how much effort the individual puts into their train- ing. The goal of training is to deepen one’s understanding of the style and its principles, a process which can last a lifetime. It is a requirement to observe a class before joining Toronto Niten Kai.
“See to it that you temper yourself with a thousand days of practice, and refine your- self with ten thousand days of training. You should investigate this thoroughly.” -Musashi