TAMIYA RYU IAI
It is said that Tamiya Ryu was actually founded by Tamiya Heibei Shigemasa (pupil of Hayashizake Jinsuke Shigenobu who is considered the founder of iaijutsu). The style was favoured by the shogun and one of Shigemasa's descendants, Tamiya Heibei Narimasa instructed the style to Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Tensho(Tempo?) Era (1573-1591). It was recognised as an official martial Art of Tokugawa Kishuu province.
Tamiya Ryu has progressed through three different phases : Ancient Tamiya, Kishuu Tamiya and New Tamiya. Ancient Tamiya ceased at the end of the fifth generartion and became Kishuu Tamiya. Documents report that Kishuu Tamiya Ryu was the authorised successor of Tamiya Okito. Kishu Tamiya was transmitted to Saijo province 'EhimePrefecture) as Shinken Ryu. Iyo Saijo province was a branch of the Kishuu family.
Through generations of successors, the Kishuu family kept a close affiliation with the Ryu. Since the second son of Yorissumi - the Chief Councelor to the Shogunate - Yorinori, had succeeded as the heir to Lord Saijo in february 1670, Kishuu Tamiya Ryu prospered in Saijo. Through a combination of Tamiya blood-familymembers and adopted sons, Tsumaki Junjiro Mototsugi inherited the school in 1797 and since then the Tsumaki Family have developed as a disitinctive line of swordmen, and succeeded through to the 14th grandmaster Tsumaki Seirin Motonobu.
When the Soke Tsumaki Seirin passed away at the age of 102 years in Odawara, Japan on monday June 4, 2006 the Tamiya Ryu organization split into two factions : one led by Tsumaki Kazuo (that became the Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Genwakai) and another one led by his brother Tatsuo, with which Ueno Sensei and Fukui Seiichi Sensei are affiliated. (These two factions function separate and distinct from one another.)
The Tamiya Shinken Ryu style of Master Fukui, based on his studies of Kobudo, and in accordance with the principles of Mino Kane is the style that is being popularized in Belgium and on the European continent by Patrik Demuynck, student of Katsumata Kenichi Sensei, deshi of Master Fukui Seiichi.
Tamiya Shinken Ryu is a Martial Art that builds self-confidence, personal growth, coordination, language skills, conflict resolution and an appreciation for Japanese Culture. Tamiya Shinken Ryu pratices its techniques with a humble and modest heart and continually trains the spirit, keeping in mind the principle of katsujin-ken. This is a unique opportunity to learn a 400-year old sword art and this is as close as you can get to ancient traditonal Martial Arts. This is a non-competitive environment and you have the opportunity to progress at your own pace. The classes are on-going and you can sign up throughout the year. (See Clubinfo )
The Tamiya Ryu school's theories consist of "Omote no Maki" (11 volumes or kata : 8 sitting techniques and 3 standing techniques) and Koran no Maki (14 volumes or kata : 6 sitting techniques and 8 standing techniques) followed by 'Tachitai' (10 volumes or kata with partner : 7 with Tachi (long sword) and 3 with Wakizashi (short sword). This last set of sparring techniques was set up by Kobuta Sugane shortly before Meiji period (+-1864)
Below you can see a woodcarving made by Fukui Seiichi Sensei, describing the theories of Tamiya Ryu. This carving is displayed in the Hakone Jinya Budo Hall.
OMOTE NO MAKI (First volume)
1. Inazuma (Lightning)
2. Oshinuki (Pin down & draw)
3. Yokemi (Bodyprotection)
4. Mawarikakari (Turn & attack)
5. Mune no katana (Chest sword)
6. Tsukahazushi (Removing the hilt)
7. Tsukitome (Stopping the trust)
8. Shiranami (White capped waves)
9. Nigemi (Body evasion)
10. Oitachi (Drive away)
11. Ch˘j˘ (The summit)
A full description of all eleven kata of the first volume can also be found on the website of Kampai Budokai the way they were taught by Patrik Demuynck during a seminar on july 18th, 1999 in Lombardzijde (Belgium). However, these instructions are NO MORE in harmony with the Fukui style as they were based on the instructions of the Tsumaki style ! Therefore the intent of these kata descriptions is just to inform, NOT to "teach" Tamiya Shinken Ryuů To learn the techniques correctly, you should join this organisation or come to the next Koryu seminar in Brussels ...
The article, describing these kata the way they were taught on that seminar, has been commented by Michael T.Alexanian of the North American Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Branch : "The Author has, in my opinion, done a very nice job of summarizing the 11 Omote no Maki Kata, providing Kata Photos from the "Nihon Kobudo" Series video on Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu (this entire Series has recently been re-released, I understand). However, people wishing to practice this particular Koryu Art should understand that many Okuden, or Oral Teachings exist for each of these Kata, and that these can only be acquired through training with a qualified Instructor of Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu. Readers should be aware that there is much more to each Kata beyond the scope of the basic information given in this article. Any Koryu System should always be learned and practiced with a qualified Instructor, as opposed to using only a book or picture or video as the sole source for information about individual Kata. This article is a marvelous introduction to Omote no Maki Kata for those unfamiliar with Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu."
KORAN NO MAKI : THE ANSWERBOOK (SECOND VOLUME)
1. T˘g˘sestsu(Katana aigiri) (Meeting the cutting sword)
2. Mizukagami (Reflection in the water)
3. Mojiritachi (The twisting sword)
4. Satetsu (The left(steel) sword)
5. Utetsu (The right(steel) sword)
6. Fujisan (Mount Fuji)
7. Matsukaze (Wind through the pines)
8. Yoarashi (Nightstorm)
1. Intengiri (Negative (left) turn around cut)
2. Y˘tengiri (Positive (right) turn around cut)
3. Tsukikage no tachi (Moonshadow sword)
4. Hich˘ (Flying bird)
5. My˘i (excquisite strong mind)
6. Murakumo (Masses of clouds)
By clicking here another description of the kata of the second volume can be found as they where taught by Takeda Sensei and Katsumata Sensei on the occasion of the Belgium Koryu Summer Seminar 2002.