About Meifu Shinkage Ryu
Meifu Shinkage-ryū (MSR) is a modern Japanese Martial Art. It was created by Dr. Someya Chikatoshi in the 1950s in Japan. The school specializes in hidden, small arms (onkenjutsu), and in particular throwing nails or spikes (Bou Shurikenjutsu). The founder of Meifu Shinkage-ryū studied Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryū under Sugino Yoshio. After a few years of training, Someya-Sensei started to learn the Shurikenjutsu techniques from Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryū. Shurikenjutsu became his passion, and through applying his experience and research, he changed the Shurikenjutsu to what is now Meifu Shinkage-ryū.
Yasuyuki Otsuka-Sensei is the current Head Master (Soke) of Meifu Shinkage-ryû Shurikenjutsu. He has been studying throwing objects since he was young, which ultimately resulted in learning Shurikenjutsu. Otsuka-Sensei also learned karatedo and kendo. In addition to teaching Meifu Shinkage-ryû in Japan, Otsuka-Sensei teaches in official Branches and Study Groups (Keikokai) in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. His skills are recognized and highly appreciated by many Budoka in Japan as well as in other countries around the world.
Besides Meifu Shinkage Ryu, Otsuka-sensei is also a skilled Origami (paper folding) master. He often combines martial art and origami in one seminar, and surprises participants with various Origami creations.
Otsuka-Sensei has visited Saskatchewan and Manitoba three times in the last 3 years to lead comprehensive seminars. These seminars were attended by participants from Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and Alberta.
Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™
Taka Budo Dokokai is the founding school of Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™. We are the main Canadian Branch organisation representing Otsuka-sensei in Canada. Besides the Saskatchewan Dojo,
Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™ has affiliated Keikokai in Manitoba and Ontario.
Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™ Branch is headed by Dr. Chris de Feijter. Dr. Chris travels to Japan at least once per calendar year to continue further training from Otsuka-Sensei and the students in Tokyo. He is currently ranked Shodan.
What we do in Class
Participants progress through 5 beginner levels (kyu). Each level focuses on particular techniques using Bo Shuriken (throwing spikes) and Fundo Kusari (safety chain). Members train the basic techniques at various levels of difficulty as well as an increased distance from the target depending on the kyu level.
Participants wear a white karate uniform. After their first exam, participants are encouraged to wear a hakama (loose trousers with many pleats in the front, forming part of Japanese formal dress), blue uwari (jacket), and white tabi (martial art socks). For equipment, each member should purchase a set of MSR bo-shuriken as well as a safety fundo kusari. All the clothing and equipment can be purchased through our school.