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Shinden Yōshin Ryū Denshō Bungaku

Study Manual for the Traditional Willow Heart School


March 17th, 2009 -- Page updated: Textual note: Heh heh heh, Ur real cute there chumms. U like to hack websites and alter text. Between me and U, did U really think I wouldn't notice that U had removed one of the kanji in our school name? U did this on a few of my pages, apparently. How about giving a guy a break? BTW, obviously U intended that I should look like some dork posting flawed info and not even able to properly enter my school name (shinden yoshin ryu, shinden YO ryu, see what I mean?) I couldn't miss this intentional alteration of my text page if I tried fellas... I have the original text file for each page on my home PC and download to the website from there... see what I mean? You did it like eight times now on various pages in this website. Please don't do that.

This text is a Master instructor's manual for the Shinden yōshin ryū school of Jujutsu. This document is my own instruction and authorship, a record of the things taught in the school and its dojos. Hence the term denshō-bungaku is being used to mean “study manual” in that it was meant to be an instructor's manual for teaching (any form of) Shinden yōshin ryū, or otherwise as a study manual for practitioners of Shinden yōshin ryū. That's why it's posted openly to the Internet – free access for all to make use of. As for the contents and body of the text: Certain parts of each entry (may) have relevant contributions from Japanese language documents translated by myself between the years 1982 and 2007, the text contains only potential quotes of my own translation of these materials, and my own remarks. Obviously, those materials being written in Japanese, the translation was done as my own work and so it's not possible to call it 'quoting'. The documents in question were written between 1952 and 1999 and consisted of the following: (1) School manuscripts and documents (shinden yōshin ryū and other relevant ryūha, budō kan and budō kai) a proliferation of these, (2) School texts and document facsimiles (photocopies, typed print and etc) a proliferation of these, (3) <Japanese language> Books, magazines and specialized newspapers on Japanese Budō (on relevant fields such as jujutsu, kenjutsu, iai-jutsu, kakushi buki and etc) a proliferation of these. (4) <Japanese Language> Texts, lists and magazines on Japanese history or specific periods of Japanese history (as relevant to the subjects of Budō.) This gives you an idea of where the information in the text came from (notes taken and memory on the remarks and contents of all these materials.) In fact, even the structure, titles and sub-titles of the subject matter of this text came from those various written materials (all or most titles and sub-titles are in Japanese language, clearly indicative of this fact.) The text shouldn't be disappointing by any means.

The text is highly structured, each entry and sub-entry appears in a purposeful and specific order. This order of information needed to optimize the transmission of budō instruction, whether using it as an instructor or personally as a student of jujutsu. It is suggested that you study the table of contents, entry per entry and also taking note of the order in which the sub-entries appear (do this even after you are quite familiar with the text and it will unlock the information further.)


October 4th 2008



Table of Contents

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Shinden Yōshin Ryū Denshō Bungaku

Study Manual for the Traditional Willow Heart School

龍虎ノ巻    Ryūko No Maki     Manual on the Transmission of Budō Instruction

兵法ノ概論    Heihō No Gairon     General Remarks on the Martial Arts

柔半剱ノ概論    Juhanken No Gairon     General Remarks on learning Body, Sword and Staff

初心ノ心得    Shoshin No Kokoroe     Knowledge of Initial Intent

精神的供与    Seishinteki kyōyo     Furnishing One's Mental State

無念無想ヲ弁    Munen Musō Wo Wakimae     Distinguishing the state of Munen Muso (being free from worldly or worthless thoughts)

十悪ヲ弁    aku Wo Wakimae     Discerning the 10 Abominations

柔半剱    Juhanken

重犯剱    Juhanken     Sword of Offense

十判剱    Juhanken     Sword of 10 Judgments

食生活ノ戒    Shokuseikatsu No Imashi     Dietary Instructions

気合ヲ掛ケルノ弁 ノ弁    Kiai Wo Kakeru No Wakimae     Distinguishing when to Produce Spirited Shouts [Kiai]

気中リノ大事    Kiatari No Daiji     Important Affair of Striking Ki’

体中リノ大事    Tai Atari No Daiji     Important Affair of Striking the Body’

修業ノ心得    Shūgyō No Kokoroe     Knowledge of Ascetic Practise

體意ノ論    Taii No Ron     Theory of Physical Intent [“body feeling”]

技能ノ修得ノ心得    Gino No Jutoku No Kokoroe     Knowledge of being Skillful

武術必勝ノ論    Bujutsu Hisshō No Ron     The Theory of Martial Arts Certain Victory

試合ニ可打塩合ノ事    Shiai Nika Uchi Shiogō No Koto

The Matter of the Worth of Exchanging Blows in Shiai (matches / bouts)

勝法ノ大事    Kappo No Daiji     The Important Matter of Resuscitation of the Fight

当身ノ心得    Atemi No Kokoroe     Knowledge of Combative Physiology

気心論    Kigokoro No Ron     Theory of Disposition

陰陽強弱ノ論    Inyō Kyōjyaku No Ron     Theory of the Strength of Cosmic Dual Forces

一心ノ心法ノ論    Isshin No Shinpō No Ron     Theory of the Core Method of Single Mindedness

奥入ノ弁    Okuiri No Wakimae     Distinguishing the Level of 'Entrance into Secrets'

刀剣術ノ部    Tōkenjutsu No Bu     Section on the Use of Swords

霊妙剣ノ事    Reimyōken No Koto     the Matter of the Miraculous Sword

剣法執握ノ法    Kenpo Torinigi(ru) No Hō     The Method of Fencing Grip

刀剣術ノ構ヲ弁    Tokenjutsu No Kamae Wo Wakimae     Discerning the Postures of Fencing / Swordsmanship

柄頭ノ弁    Tsukagashira No Wakimae     Distinguishing the Pommel

遠当ノ法    Tōate No Hō     Method of Striking from a Distance

巻藁土段ノ事併図    Makiwara Tsuchidan     Makiwara Post Usage

短刀ヲ弁    Tanto Wo Wakimae     Distinguishing the Tanto Knife

隠シ武器    Kakushi Buki     Concealed (Pocket) Weapons

太刀半棒立合ノ計画    Tachi Hanbō Tachiai No Keigaku Strategy of the Long Sword Paired Against Half staff

戸田竜両分銅鎖    Toda Ryū Moro Fundo Kusari     Toda Dragon Double Counterweighted Chain

匕首ト毒針    Aikuchi To Dokubari     Dirks and Iron Needles

早縄ノ大事    Hayanawa No Daiji     Important Matters of the Quick Rope

捕縄捕縛型ノ心得    Torinawa Hobaku Gata No Kokoroe     Knowledge of Arrest Form Rope

早懸    Hayagake     Quick Hooking

留縄ノ大事    Tomonawa No Daiji     Important Matters of Rope Stopping

九字秘法ノ大事    Kuji Hihō No Daiji     Important Matters of the 9 Syllables Secret Method

十字大法    Juji Daihō     10 Syllables Great Method

年中風雨考    Nenjū Fuu Kangae     Consideration of Meteorology

不成就日    Fujōju Hi     Unrealized Days

賢木原健吉後秡    Sakakibara Kenkichi Gobatsu     Shintos Sacred Evergreen Meadow Imparting Health to Damaged Grain

柔術ノ部    Jujutsu No Bu    Section on Jujutsu

手解    Te Hodoki    Initiation to Basic Info

当込ノ十法    Atekomi No Jūhō    the 10 Methods of Reliable Attack

殺括ノ辨    Sakkatsu No Wakimae    Discerning how to Bind by 'Killing'

霞ノ殺    Kasumi No Koroshi    Killing Kasumi (“Mist” vital point) can also be written () means dimness of vision”

松風ノ殺    Matsukaze No Koroshi    Killing Matsukaze (“Pine-wind” vital point)

村雨ノ殺    Murasame No Koroshi    Killing Murasame (“Village Rain” vital point)  

電ノ殺    Inadzuma No Koroshi    Killing Inadzuma (“Lightning” vital point)  

月影ノ殺    Getsuei No Koroshi    Killing Getsuei (“Moon Shadow” vital point)

腰壺ノ殺    Koshitsubo No Koroshi    Killing Koshitsubo (“Hip bowl” vital point)    

雁下ノ殺    Ganke No Koroshi    Killing Ganke (“Wild Goose Down” vital point)

明星ノ殺    Meishō No Koroshi    Killing Meishō (“Bright Star” vital point)  

水月ノ殺    Suigetsu No Koroshi     Killing Suigetsu (“Moon Water” vital point)

恭敬ノ殺    Kyōkei No Koroshi     Killing Kyōkei (“Kyōkei” vital point) Instep of foot

基本型    Kihon gata    Basic forms

打込    Uchikomi    Striking-in

突込    Tsukikomi    Thrusting-in

蹴込    Kerikomi    Kicking-in

当込    Atekomi    Hitting-in

籠手逆    Kote Gyaku    Reversing the Armguard

鬼砕    【腕絡】    Oni Kudaki    [Ude Garami]    Demon Crusher [Arm Entanglement]

竹折    【腕挫】    Take Ori     Ude Kujiki]    Bamboo Breaker [Arm Wretching]

武者捕    【腕締】    Musha Dori   [Ude Jime]    Warrior Capture  [Arm Constriction]

岩石    【肩固】    Ganseki   [Kata Gatame]     Big Rock  [Shoulder Lock]

片手解    Katate Hodoki    Freeing One Hand

両手解    Ryote Hodoki     Freeing Both Hands

体解    Tai Hodoki    Freeing the Body

親殺    Oya Goroshi    Killing the Thumb

子殺    Ko Goroshi     Killing the Little Finger

鼻拈    Hana Hineri    Nose Wringing

耳拈    Mimi Hineri    Ear Wringing

腰砕    Koshi Kudaki    Hip Crusher

足砕 (四法蹴)  Ashi Kudaki   (Yonho Geri)    Leg Crushing    (4 Methods Kicking)

足絡 (足輪ウ)  Ashi Garame    (Ashi Rau)     Leg Entanglement  (Leg Encircling)

隠シ武器    Kakushi Buki    Concealed (Pocket) Weapons

初伝ノ型稽古    Shoden No Kata Geiko    “Formal Patterns of the Intitial Transmission”

霞捕    Kasumi Dori     “Mist Capture”

胴返    Dō Gaeshi    “Body Counter”

搦捕    Karame Dori     “Entangling Capture”

追掛捕    Oikage Dori     “Pursuing Capture”

膝車    Koshi Guruma    “Hip Wheel”

拳流    Kobushi Nagashi    (AKA Ken Nagashi)    “Fist Flowdown”

虎倒    Koto    “Tiger Throwdown”

亂勝    Ransho    Aka ‘ Midare Gachi)    “Undone Victory”

片胸捕    Kata Muna Dori    “Single Chest Capture”

両胸捕    Ryu Muna Dori    “Both Chest Capture”

行違    Yuki Chigae    “Misunderstanding (in-passing)”

唯逆    Yui Gyaku    “Going Against”

天狗捕    Tengu Dori    “Goblin Capture”

戒後砕    Kaigo Kudaki    “Rearguard Crusher”

中伝ノ型稽古    Chuden No Kata Geiko    “Formal Patterns of the Middle Transmission”

片胸捕    【手流】    Kata Muna Dori    (Te Nagashi)    Single Chest Capture   (Hand Flowdown)

両胸捕    Ryo Muna Dori     Double Chest Capture

鬼砕    Oni Kudaki    Demon Crusher

脊負投    Seoi Nage    Shoulder Hoist Throw

腰投    Koshi Nage    Hip Throw

衣返    Koromo Gaeshi    Clothing Counter

片手車    Kata Te Guruma    Single Hand Wheel

鬼門投 / 嫌イ落    Kimon Nage/ Yarashi Otoshi    Demon Gate Throw / Abomination Drop

蝴蝶捕    Kocho Dori    Butterfly Capture

腰車    Koshi Guruma    Hip Wheel

四ツ手 / 四ツ手崩    Yotsude / Yotsude Kuzushi    Four Hands / Four Hands Destroyer

洞返    Hora Gaeshi    Cave Counter

腰折    Koshi Ori    Hip Breaker

    Kasasagi    Magpie (a bird)

組反    【腕流】    Kumi Gaeshi  Ude Nagashi  Grapple counter Arm Flowdown

両手止    Ryote Dome    Double Hand Stopper

水流    Mizu Nagare    Flowing Water

柳雪    Ryusetsu    Snow Willow

瓢落    Fukube Otoshi    Gourd Drop

絞之型    Shime no kata    Strangulation forms

本絞    Hon jime    Basic choke

逆絞    Gyaku jime    Reverse choke

片手絞    Katate jime    Single arm choke

一擲絞    tteki jime    Casting off choke

痛絞    Itami jime    Pain choke

押絞    Osae jime    Pinning or immobilization choke

逆押絞    Gyaku osae jime    Reverse pinning choke

無刀捕ノ型    Muto Dori Gata    Capturing without a Sword

一文字    Ichimonji    Straight Line

片手落    Katate Otoshi    Single Hand Drop

向捕    Muko Dori    Diverting Take

回捕    Mawashi Dori    Rotating Take

平一文字    Hira Ichimonji    Level Line

後捕    Ushiro Dori    Rear Take

正眼    Seigan    Straight Eye

柄砕    Tsuka Kudaki    Hilt crusher

沈捕    Shizumi dori    Sinking take

松葉落    Matsuba otoshi    Pine needle drop

奥伝ノ型稽古    Okuden No Kata Geiko    “Formal Patterns of the Inner Transmission”

梅吐    Baido    Plum Drop"

車返    Kuruma Gaeshi    Wheel Counter"

転返    Ten Gaeshi    Rotating Counter"

流捕    Nagare Dori    Flowing Capture"

山落    Yama Otoshi    "Mountain Drop"

鞆嵐    Kura Arashi     "Armguard Storm"

袖車    Sode Guruma    "Sleeve Wheel"

両手掛    Ryote Gake    "Both Hands Hooking"

膳砕    Tansai    "Tray crusher"

未落    Sue Otoshi    "Ram Drop"

朽木倒    Kuchiki Taoshi    "Dead Tree Throwdown"

帯返    Obi Gaeshi    "Belt Counter"

弁慶捕    Benkei-Dori    "Strong Man Capture"

内股    Uchi Mata    "Inner Thigh"

俵返    Tawara Gaeshi    "Bale Counter"

蟹鋏    Kani Basami    "Crab Scissors"

体砕    Tai Kudaki    "Body Crusher"

坂落    Saka Otoshi    "Hill Drop"

乱雪    Ransetsu    "Snowstorm"

風折    Fusetsu    "Wind Breaker"

大小捌ノ型    Daisho Sabaki No Kata    “Sword Manipulation Forms”

柄砕    Tsuka Kudaki    "Hilt Crusher"

引捕    Hiki Dori    "Pulling Capture"

居捕    Iri Dori    "Entering Capture"

潮返    Shio Gaeshi    "Tide Counter"

掛落    Keiraku // Kake Otoshi    "Hooking Drop"

小手止    Kote Dome    "Forearm Stopper"

四ツ手刀    Yotsude To    "(Releasing) 4 Hands (on the) Sword"

刃結    Ninketsu    "Blade Knot"

透捕    Sukashi Dori    "Sinking Capture"

掬捕    Sukui Dori    "Scooping Capture"

補型録    Hōgataroku    “Auxiliary Patterns”

撞木    Shumoku    Wooden Bell Hammer  

毛髪捕    Mohatsu dori    Hair Capture 

引落    Hiki otoshi    Pulling Drop

下藤     Kato / Sagari fuchi    Under the Wisteria Tree

呼吸投    Kokyū Nage    Breath/Trick Throw

飛違    Tobi chigahi    (Tobi-chigae)    Flitting About

壁添    Kabezoi    Against the Wall

眼潰    Gan tsubushi    Sight Destroyer

秘伝ノ表ノ仕付    Hiden No Omote No Shitsuke    Teachings of the Outer Secret Transmission

当身切紙    Atemi Kirigami    List of Kyusho Vital Points

活法ノ心得    Kappō No Kokoroe    Knowledge of Resuscitation Methods

真活    Shinkatsu    Resuscitation of the Fight

手巾    Shukin    Hand towel

刺抜ノ法    Toge Meki No Ho    Method of Thorn Removal

出血止    Shukketsu Dome    Blood Stopping

首縊活法    Kubitsuri Kappō    Resuscitation from Hanging Oneself

水死活法    Suishi Kappō    Resuscitation from Drowning

死相ノ心得    Shisō No Kokoroe    Knowledge of the Shadow of Death / Look of Death

襟活法    Kinkappo    Collar Resuscitation Methods

陰裏活    Kage No Ura Katsu    Rear Shadow Resuscitation

取付    Toritsuke    Multiple Attackers

二人取    Ninin Dori    Capturing Two People

三人取    Sanin Dori    Capturing Three People

四人取    Yonnin Dori    Capturing Four People

早縄    Hayanawa    Quick Rope

縄投    Nawanage     Rope Throwing

妖怪見    Yokaiken    Ghost Visitations

奇門遁甲    Kimon Tonko    Strange Gate Tonko

鉄条扱方    Tetsujo Atsukaiho    Handling Barbed Wire

壁折    Kabe Ori    Wall Hopping

打開    Dakai (Fuchi Akeru)    Knocking a Hole Through

下駄ノ使方    Geta No Shiho    Usage of Geta Clogs

水泳ノ部    Suiei No Bu    Section on Swimming

水泳最初ノ心得    Suiei Saisho No Kokoroe    Knowledge of Elementary Swimming

速泳ノ事    Sokuei No Koto    Matter of Swimming Gear

亦水ニ入ルキノ心得    Matamizu Yoniruki No Kokoroe    Knowledge of Entering Water

水踏ノ事    Mizufumi No Koto    Matter of Treading in Water

水泳ニ数種アル事    Suiei Yonshosha Aru Koto    Matter of Several Varieties of Swimming

海上泳ノ事    Kaijoei No Koto    Matter of Swimming in the Sea

高波及渦游ノ心得    Takanami Uzu'oyogi No Kokoroe    Knowledge of Swimming in High Waves

川瀬游亦徒渉ノ心得    Kawase Ryueki Tosho No Kokoroe   Knowledge of Swimming and Wading Across River Rapids

九字十字ノ心得    Kuji Juji No Kokoroe    Knowledge of the 9 Syllables and 10 Syllables


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