Symbol of the Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo

Tetsuzan Kuroda Sensei
and Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo

Symbol of the Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo


STK History

A picture of Kuroda Sensei

Kuroda Sensei was born in 1950, in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. At the age of one year, Kuroda Sensei began his training in his family's system of martial arts, or ryu-gi, of Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo, under the instruction of his grandfather, Yasuji Kuroda, and his father, Shigeki Kuroda. At the age of twenty, Kuroda Sensei was awarded Hanshi Hachidan in Kobudo by the Dai Nippon Butokukai. This was a national record in Japan for such a young person to be given such a high rank. Kuroda Sensei is the fifteenth Soke of his family's system. He is known for his "Disappearing" or "Hidden Movements".

Kuroda Sensei is the only teacher of his system.

*Anyone or place that claims to teach Kuroda Sensei's ryu-gi is not an official student of Kuroda Sensei, and does not have Sensei's permission to teach his ryu-gi, and certainly does not have the knowledge, experience, and understanding of the ryu-gi to teach anyone else these complicated systems.

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Shinbukan Kuroda Ryu-gi

Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo was founded by Yahei Masayoshi Kuroda in 1848.
It currently teaches four styles of Martial Arts:

  • Komagawa Kaishin-ryu Kenjutsu
  • Tamiya-ryu Iaijutsu
  • Shishin Takuma-ryu Jujutsu
  • Tsubaki Kotengu-ryu Bojutsu

Yahei Masayoshi Kuroda learned these arts from Genzo Noguchi, the Soke of these arts. Genzo Noguchi was so impressed with Yahei's abilities, that Noguchi named Yahei the next Soke of the styles.

Komagawa Kaishin-ryu Kenjutsu was founded by Tarouzaemon-Kuniyoshi Komagawa in the Sixteenth Century, A.D. Komagawa was a student of Kamiizumi Ise no Kami, the founder of Shinkage-ryu. Komagawa Kaishin-ryu Kenjutsu teaches the use of the following weapons through 2-man katas: tachi, kodachi, jutte, naginata, and nito (2 swords).

Tamiya-ryu Iaijutsu was founded by Gon-emon Muneshige Tamiya, about 350 years ago. It comes from Hayashizaki Jinsuke, the original founder of iaijutsu, through Tamiya Heibei, founder of Heibei Tamiya-ryu , through Nagano Murakusai, to Gon-emon Tamiya, who founded his own style of iaijutsu, Tamiya-ryu. Tamiya-ryu has almost 70 wazas in it.

Shishin Takuma-ryu Jujutsu was founded, according to legend, in the Tenth Century, A.D. Shishin Takuma-ryu is a classically-based system of jujutsu taught through many 2-man katas that is very soft in touch, and light in physical power applied. It forms the basis for using katana in kenjutsu and iaijutsu in Komagawa Kaishin Ryu and Tamiya Ryu by teaching you how to move your body properly.

Tsubaki Kotengu-ryu Bojutsu was founded by Tsubaki Kotengu during the age of Keichou (1596-1615, A.D.). Tsubaki Kotengu was a pseudonym, and no one knows what the founder's real identity was. Kotengu-ryu teaches the use of the bo/jo against the tachi.

Kuroda Sensei has written 6 books on Shinbukan Kuroda Ryu-gi, and his theories on bujutsu:

"Bujutsu Dangi--Bujutsu Monologue"

"Kieru Ugokiwo Motomete--The Search for the Disappearance of Movement"

"Kenjutsu Seigi--The Details of Kenjutsu"

"Iaijutsu Seigi--The Details of Iaijutsu"

"Kikentai Ichi No Bujutsuteki Shintaiwo Tsukuru--Making a Warrior's Body Where the Spirit, Sword and Body are One"

"Kikentai Ichi No Bujutsuteki Shintaiwo Tsukuru II--Making a Warrior's Body Where the Spirit, Sword and Body are One, Part II"

Kuroda Sensei's books and videos can be purchased at this site in Japan,
and at this site in the USA.

Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo

Monument to Yahei Masayoshi and Hiroshi Masakuni Kuroda on Mt. Kureha, near Toyama

Yahei Masayoshi Kuroda officially founded the Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo in 1848. Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo was famous for training Samurai to the highest levels of ability. In 1921, students of Yahei's son, Hiroshi Masakuni, erected a monument to Yahei and Hiroshi Masakuni on Mt. Kureha, in Toyama.

The lineage of the School

Picture of Yahei Masayoshi Kuroda
Yahei Masayoshi Kuroda

Picture of Hiroshi Masakuni Kuroda
Hiroshi Masakuni Kuroda (Son of Yahei)

Picture of Masayoshi Kuroda, seated on the left
Masayoshi Kuroda, seated on the left wearing black (Son of Hiroshi, and eldest Brother of Yasuji Kuroda)

Picture of Yasuji Kuroda
Yasuji Kuroda (Kuroda Sensei's grandfather)

Picture of Shigeki Kuroda
Shigeki Kuroda (Kuroda Sensei's father, and 14th Soke of Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo)

A Brief Biography of Yasuji Kuroda

Yasuji Kuroda, also known as Tesshinsai, was an incredible Budoka. He was born in 1897. He received his Mokuroku in jujitsu and kenjutsu at the age of 15. He received his Menkyo in bojutsu and jujitsu at the age of 18. He then established the Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo in Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, at the age of 20.

After World War II, during the American occupation, it was forbidden to teach and practice Bujutsu and Budo. Yasuji Kuroda continued to teach Shinbukan Kuroda Ryu-gi in open defiance of the Occupational Government, because Yasuji felt that the benefits of learning Martial Arts should not be lost. Yasuji went to the Occupational Government, and got the ban on teaching martial arts lifted for his dojo, and the other dojos in Saitama.*

Yasuji and Tetsuzan Kuroda at their ancestors' monument

Shinbukan Kuroda Dojo, Shinbukan Kuroda Ryu-gi, Komagawa Kaishin Ryu Kenjutsu, Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu (founded by Tamiya Gon-emon), Shishin Takuma Ryu Jujutsu, Tsubaki Kotengu Ryu Bojutsu, and Seigyoku Oguri Ryu are all copyrighted and trademarked by Kuroda Tetsuzan, and are not to be used for any commercial purpose, except for advertising the sale of Kuroda Tetsuzan's videos, DVDs, books and magazine articles without the approval of Kuroda Tetsuzan.

*Some of the information on Yasuji Kuroda comes from an article:"The Last Swordsman: Yoshio Sugino (Part 4), by Tsukasa Matsuzaki, Aikido Journal #113, Vol 25, no. 1, 1998, page 46.

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