Ryushin Shouchi Ryu (柳心照智流) is a school of kobudo (ancient martial arts) specializing in iaijutsu (quick-draw sword art) founded by Kawabata Terutaka in 2006. The origins of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu can be traced to the Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu, a branch tradition of the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu. The current headmaster of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu is Yahagi Kunikazu.

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This website is managed by Frank Nieves, direct student of Yahagi Kunikazu Soke, Institute of Budo Studies head instructor and Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Southeast’s most senior ranking instructor. Nieves holds the rank of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Kyoshi 6 DAN (Shihandai). In addition, he’s earned a 5 DAN in Kendo and a 5 DAN in Iaido. Nieves serves the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu organization as a historian, with an extensive academic background in Japanese language and culture. His Masters in Japanese Philosophy focused specifically on martial arts and the effects they have had on Japanese society.

The purpose of this website is to create a Ryushin Shouchi Ryu achieve of historical events, relevant terminology, pertinent locations, and will expand to include related schools, old masters and past events. By no means is this website intended to serve as the official Ryushin Shouchi Ryu website.

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