Yagyu Shinkage Ryu - Sword Fencing of Shoguns

Yagyu Shinkage-ryu (YSR) has a long history, going all the way back into ancient Japan. What is now known as the most elegant and vibrant school of kenjutsu (sword fencing), was once an innovative combat form of kenjutsu, designed for the battlefield. These days, YSR distinguishes itself from other schools of Kenjutsu by the integrated philosophy component to further develop the mindset required to study YSR.

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Our Training

Members of Taka Budo Dokokai Martial Arts Inc. take training very seriously and with a smile. Studying a life-changing traditional martial art such as Yagyu Shinkage-ryu requires dedication, passion, self-reflection, as well as the courage to fight one’s own demons, including anxiety and procrastination.

Studying Yagyu Shinkage-ryu is very different from my training in many other Japanese Martial Arts (budo), partly due to the integrated philosophy component. If you are interested in learning a technically superior form of sword fencing (kenjutsu) and at the same time develop a deep understanding of strategy, we highly recommend contacting our school to look at training opportunities.


All members train for themselves. There is no competition, nor the need to be better than your peers. What matters is cooperation, cooperative spirit, and helping each other (not hurting each other) to become better than yesterday. Constant improvement through diligent training efforts, shaped by your passion and life events. We are all beginners, no matter how much experience we have with Budo. This is known as Shoshin (初心), explained by Sunryu Suzuki as “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few…”


Yagyu Shinkage-ryu training is provided as an authorized Keikokai of Tokumeikan. We follow the direction of Kajitsuka Yasushi Sensei, Soke of the Ohtsubo branch of the Owari Line of Yagyu Shinkage Ryu. The video demonstrates various aspects of Yagyu Shinkage Ryu and Yagyu Shingan Ryu featuring Kajitsuka sensei and some of his senior students.