FAQS

WHEN ARE CLASSES?

The class schedule is:

Saturday 1 pm – 5 pm

*Other days to be discussed with Yahagi sensei.
Dojo can be opened for self-practice if not used by other groups at that time.

WHERE ARE CLASSES?

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Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Honbu

Seiseikan Akabane Dojo

2-4-15 Akabane Minami Kita-ku Tokyo, Japan 1F

Phone: 080-6799-3366

Phone: 090-6023-3941

HOW MUCH ARE CLASSES?

Details to be discussed with Yahagi Sensei.
RSR Annual Dues Chart*

*This does not include seminar, testing or certificate fees.  

HOW LARGE ARE CLASSES?

Class size fluctuates depending on attendance.
We usually average 10 – 13 people per class.
That being said, a smaller class size means
more individual attention.

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?

As far as equipment is concerned all you need are gym clothes at first. We can lend you everything, however, after you join will eventually be required to purchase your own equipment.

– Iaito – practice sword

– Bokken (w/tsuba and plastic saya) – wooden sword

– Hakama – Pleated pants

– Dogi – top

– Obi – Belt

– Knee Pads (not required)

– Tabi – traditional Japanese foot socks (not required)

WHERE CAN I GET MY OWN EQUIPMENT?

We do not sell equipment, however, please feel free to visit some of our preferred vendors.

EQUIPMENT SITES:

TOZANDO
SEIDO
AOI BUDOGU
E-BOGU

WHAT SIZED SWORD SHOULD I GET?

RSR uses a shorter and lighter sword than most other styles.
Kawabata Sensei believes that the ideal dimensions of the sword for Ryushin Shouchi Ryu is:

Length 27” (68.58 cm)
Weight 1.6 lbs (725 grams)
Sori 6/8 inches (1.9 cm)

MEASUREMENTS
1 SHAKU (尺) = 11.93” inches
1 SUN (寸(すん)  = 1.193” inches

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?

No, just a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
Just keep in mind that we all started out as beginners.
If you do have prior experience, please let the instructors know.

WHAT IS PROPER DOJO ETIQUETTE?

We adhere to standard dojo rules. They keep our dojo a safe and respectful learning environment.

DOJO RULES & CLASS ETIQUETTE

1. Please feel free to ask any questions, but please refrain from chatting or mimicking the technique when instructors are teaching or demonstrating.

 

2. Try to be on-time for the beginning of class. If you arrive in class late, change off of the Dojo floor, bow in and join the class.

 

3. Bow to the shinzen before entering and when leaving the dojo space.

 

4. When not in use, swords should be placed, edge to the wall, tip facing away from the shinzen. Never step over a sword, bokuto or jo if it is lying on the floor. When picking it up bend down on one knee. Never drop or bang a weapon on the floor or intentionally, this is considered extremely disrespectful.

 

5. Dues should be paid on time. If there is a problem, bring it up to the manager or treasurer before payment is due.

 

6. If you cannot make it to class for an extended period of time, please be considerate and let one of the administrators know.

 

7. Be respectful to your fellow classmates and instructors. We are all here to learn.

 

8. If you must leave while the instructor is still teaching, excuse yourself quietly and bow out. When leaving or entering class always walk behind people for safety. Do not interrupt the class.

 

9. If you must stop in the middle of a Kata, immediately return your sword, and wait until the rest of the class finishes the Kata.

 

10. Live blades shall be used only with the permission of the instructor. Those with live blades shall keep to the right side and front of the practice area and must be mindful of the safety of other students.

 

11. Practice self-control. Arguments or loss of temper can result in expulsion from the Dojo.

 

12. Never use a weapon in a threatening manner towards another student or instructor.

 

13. When borrowing class equipment, please be respectful and take good care of it.

ARE SPECIAL RSR SEMINARS INCLUDED?

Unfortunately, seminars are a separate fee, this is determined by the hosting dojo and based upon on how many people are attending as well as location, etc. Non-RSR members* are usually not permitted to attend full seminars unless they are invited by the hosting dojo or they have begun the “4-STEP RSR AFFILIATED DOJO PROCESS“.

*Please note that non-RSR members are subject to higher seminar fees.

IS IT DANGEROUS?

Safety is always our number one concern, however, there is always a fair amount of risk when training in any martial art. We do everything possible to ensure everyone’s safety.

We use unsharpened swords (iaitos) during practice for safety. There is also a dojo policy to never fool around during class. Doing so will result in expulsion.

TESTING AND RANKING

Ryushin Shouchi Ryu follows a dan/kyu system like that used for many other modern martial art forms. All Dan ranking is overseen by Kunikazu Yahagi, Soke.

Most of these rankings are awarded to students when they visit the Honbu and test or during official RSR seminars hosted by Yahagi Sensei. Official RSR instructors (Shihan-dai, Shidoin, and Jun Shidoin) can award rankings up to 1st KYU (3rd KYU, 2nd KYU and 1st KYU), independently of Japan. After being awarded 1st KYU, students will then be eligible for Shodan (based on their headmaster’s recommendation).

The awarding of rank reflects progress in the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu curriculum. A student who attends class regularly can expect to test for shodan (first-degree black belt) in two to three years.

Regular rankings occur every two to three years, up to the rank of yondan (fourth-degree black belt). Godan (fifth degree) rank is usually attained ten years after yondan, at which time the student is permitted to teach on her own if they wish.

Testing and certificate fees are determined by Japan
and are not included in your monthly and annual dues.

The fees are determined by the current Yen-Dollar exchange rate.
For more information, Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Certificate & Testing Fees

Ranks:

Sankyu (三級)
(3rd Class)
Yellow Belt
Nikyu (二級)
(2nd Class)
Red Belt
Ikkyu (一級)
(1st Class)
Brown Belt
Shodan (初段)
Beginning
Black Belt
Nidan (二段)
2nd Degree
Black Belt
Sandan (三段)
3rd Degree
Black Belt
Yodan (四段)
4th Degree
Black Belt
Godan (五段)
5th Degree
Black Belt
Rokudan (六段)
6th Degree
Black Belt
Shichidan (七段)
7th Degree
Black Belt
Hachidan (八段)
8th Degree
Black Belt
Kyudan (九段)
9th Degree
Black Belt
Shihan (師範宗家)
Master
Soke

HOW DO I FIND OTHER AFFILIATED RYUSHIN SHOUCHI RYU SCHOOLS?

The Ryushin Shouchi Ryu organization has dojos across the globe with multiple dojos
in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Schools are listed by geographic region
and are assisted by REGIONAL SUPPORTERS (Shidoin and Jun Shidoin). Find there
nearest AFFILIATED RSR DOJO near you.

Dojos wishing to join the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu organization can begin the
4 STEP – AFFILIATE DOJO APPLICATION PROCESS

HOW CAN I JOIN THE SEISEIKAN DOJO (HONBU)?

New students should contact the Honbu directly and schedule a meeting with Yahagi Sensei.
Please contact Kunikazu Yahagi Sensei

TEL:080-6799-3366
yahagi@seiseikan.name

Another option is to be introduced directly by a current member.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF RYUSHIN SHOUCHI RYU?

For individuals it’s easy
– Pay the annual RSR dues* and begin training under a licensed RSR instructor /study group.

– Fill out and submit the RSR Membership Application After the application is approved you will be given an RSR Passport, this will be stamped at official RSR seminars as well as proof that you had attended and paid your annual RSR dues.

*Annual RSR dues are determined by the Honbu in Japan  
RSR Dues/Testing Chart

HOW DO DOJOS BECOME AFFILIATED WITH THE RSR ORGANIZATION?

We are excited to welcome new dojos (and individuals) wishing to study and join the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu (RSR) organization. To have your school become an affiliated RSR dojo, you will have to go through our simple 4 STEP AFFILIATED DOJO PROCESS. Please note that these steps are being implemented to help ensure a certain level of commitment as well as the successful establishment of new RSR Study Groups.

HOSTING RSR SEMINARS

Only after an RSR study group has been established will that group be allowed to host Seminars with Yahagi Sensei. This will also have to be coordinated with Regional Supporters as part of the annual RSR Seminar (so as to better accommodate Yahagi Sensei’s travel schedule). This way the larger organization can assist with cross promotions as well as help pay for expenses. RSR TESTING & CERTIFICATE FEES* – All testing and certificate fees are determined by Japan and are not included in your annual dues. 50% of testing fees collected by regional heads (Renshi) are paid to the Honbu in Tokyo, while the remaining 50% remain in a regional RSR account. The fees are determined by the current Yen-Dollar exchange rate.

*RSR follows a dan/kyu system like that used for many other modern martial arts. Ranking in RSR is overseen by Kunikazu Yahagi, Soke. Only certified senior members (Renshi) can award rankings up to 3 – 1 KYU, independently of Japan. Rankings are awarded to students when they visit Japan or during regional and annual seminars with Yahagi Sensei. The awarding of rank reflects progress in the RSR curriculum. For ranks of Shodan and above – dojo heads must submit recommendations and will be required to submit testing application forms.

HOW TO TIE AN OBI

HOW TO TIE A HAKAMA

HOW TO FOLD A HAKAMA

REISKI (礼式)

KAMAE

Coming soon!

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

DIRECTIONS

Migi
(右)
Right
Hidari
(左)
Left
Ushiro
(後ろ)
Rear
Mae
(前
Front
Ue
(上)
Up
Jodan
(上段)
Upper
Chudan
(中段)
Middle
Gedan
(下段)
Lower
Kamae
(構え)
Posture
Shita
(下)
Down
Uchi
(内)
Inside
Soto
(外)
Outside
Seiza
(正座)
Kneeling seated position
Suwari
(座り)
Seated
Tachi
(立ち)
Standing
Omote
front/forward
Ura
back/behind
Maai
timing and distance

 

Counting

1
Ichi
(一)
2
Ni
(二)
3
San
(三)
4
Shi
(四)
5
Go
(五)
6
Roku
(六)
7
Shichi
(七)
8
Hachi
(八)
9
Ku
(九)
10
Ju
(十)

 

General Terms

Bokken/Bukuto
(木剣・木刀)
Wooden sword
Iaito
(居合い刀)
Unsharpened Practice Sword
Waza
(技)
Technique
Hajime
(始め)
To start
Yame
(止め)
Stop
Kata
(型)
Form or Pattern
Reishiki
(礼式)
Bowing in/out
Ryu
(流)
School

 

Clothing

Hakama
(袴)
Wide/pleated pants
Himo
(紐)
Hakama’s cords
Keikogi (Gi)
(稽古着)
Training jacket
Obi
(帯)
Belt
Tengui
(手ぬぐい)
Bandana/Towel
Tabi
(足袋)
Traditional footwear

 

Technical Terms

Shidachi
(仕太刀)
Defender of the Attack
Uchidachi
(打太刀)
Attacker
Tanden
(丹田)
A spot 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in
Kumitachi
(組立ち)
Partner practice (bokken)
Mokuso
(黙想)
Meditate

 

Cuts

Tameshigiri
(試し切り)
Test cut
Chiburui
(血振るい)
Blood clearing
Nukitsuke
(抜き付け)
Draw and Cut
Noto
(納刀
Re-sheathing the sword
Hasuji
(刃筋)
“Whishing” sound from cut
Kirioroshi
(切り下ろし)
Vertical down (chuden)
Makkogiri
(真っ向切り)
Vertical down (gedan)
Kesagiri
(袈裟切り)
Shoulder to hip
Gyakugesa
(逆袈裟)
Hip to shoulder
Dogiri
(胴切り)
Horizontal through torso
Ichimonji
(一文字)
Horizontal
Tsuki
(突き)
Thrust

Body Terms

Do
(胴)
Side of torso
Kote
(小手)
Forearm/wrist
Men
(面)
Face/head
In
(陰)
Motion of contracting the body
Yo
(陽)
Motion of expanding the body
Chuyo
(中庸)
Neutral position between In and Yo

 

Titles

Sempai
(先輩)
Senior
Kohai
(後輩)
Junior
Shihan
(師範)
Japanese Title meaning Model or Senior Instructor
Shidoin
(指導員)
Japanese Title meaning Instructor
Souke
(宗家)
Headmaster
Sensei
(先生)
Teacher

SWORD TERMS

Katana/Shinken
(刀・真剣)
Sharp Sword
Wakizashi
(脇差)
Short Sword
Saya
(鞘)
Scabbard
Koiguchi
(鯉口)
Opening of saya
Tsuba
(鍔)
Guard
Habaki
(はばき)
Ferrule
Sageo
(下げ緒)
Cord
Kurikata
(栗型)
Knob on saya
Tsuka
(柄)
Handle
Menuki
(目抜き)
Ornament on

handle

Hi
(火)
Groove in

blade

Mune
(棟)
Back of blade
Mekugi
(目釘)
Peg
Kissaki
(切っ先)
Point of

blade

Hamon
(波紋)
Temper line
Monouchi
(物打ち)
Top 6 – 8” of

blade

 

GREETINGS

Ohayo Gozaimasu
(おはようございます)
Good Morning
Konnichiwa
(こんにちは)
Good Afternoon
Konbanwa
(こんばんは)
Good Evening
Sayonara
(さよなら)
Good Bye
Onegai Shimasu
(おねがいします)
polite way to make a request (spoken when one wishes to practice with a fellow student or teacher and at the beginning of each class)
Domo Arigato Gozaimashita
(どうもありがとうございました)
Polite Thank you
Dozo
(どうぞ)
Please

RSR KATA LIST

Download our RSR KATA CHEAT SHEET – print out, fold over and tuck into your Dogi!

SHODAN WAZA (初段の技)

Suwari Waza
English Translation
Opponent(s)
1. Tenchi no Tachi (Mae)
Heaven, Earth Rise
Front
2. Tenchi no Tachi (Migi)
Heaven, Earth Rise
Right
3. Tenchi no Tachi (Hidari)
Heaven, Earth Rise
Left
4. Tenchi no Tachi (Ushiro)
Heaven, Earth Rise
Rear
5. Iwakuzushi (Ippon Me)
Cutting Stone 1
Front
6. Iwakuzushi (Nihon Me)
Cutting Stone 2
Left/Front
7. Iwakuzure
Falling Stone
Right

 

Tachi Kata
English Translation
Opponent(s)
1. Inazuma
Lightning
Front
2. Do Giri
Do Cut
Front
3. Katatekesa Giri
One Handed Kesa Cut
Front
4. Kesagiri kara Do Giri
Kesa & Do Cut
Front
5. Torabashiri
Running Tiger
Front/Back
6. Tate
Shield
Front
7. Rentatsu
Continuous Movement
Left/Right/Front
8. Nukiuchi
Draw & Attack
Rear Right

NIDAN WAZA (二段の技)

Suwari Waza
English Translation
Opponent(s)
1. Kasumi
The Mist
Front
2. Itomagoi
Final Farewell
Front
3. Yariotoshi (Ippon Me)
Spear Drop 1
Front
4. Yariotoshi (Nihon Me)
Spear Drop 2
Front
5. Hiryu (Ippon Me)
Flying Dragon 1
Front
6. Hiryu (Nihon Me)
Flying Dragon 2
Front
Tachi Kata
English Translation
Opponent(s)
1. Morotekesagiri
Two-handed Kesa Cut
Front
2. Torabashiri
Chuden Running Tiger
Front/Back
3. Rentatsu Chuden
Continuous Movement
Left/Right/Front
4. Ukenagashi
Receive and Block
Front
5. Kotegiri (1)
Kote Cut
Front
6. Ryubi
Dragon’s Tail
Back
7. Oiuchi
Follow and Strike
Front
8. Shiraito
White Thread
Front

 

SANDAN WAZA (三段の技)

Tachi Kata
English Translation
Opponent(s)
1. Inazuma Chuden
Lightning
Middle-Level Front
2.KotegiriChuden (2)
Kote Cut
Middle-Level Front
3. Kotegiri (3)
Kote Cut
Front
4. Sakategiri
Opposite Cut
Front
5. Denkou
Electric Lightning
Front
6. Sodesurigaeshi
Sleeve Brush
Front/Back
7. Midare Niju Ippon Me
Moving Rainbow 1
Back
8. Midare Niju Nihon Me
Moving Rainbow 2
Back
9. Tsubame Gaeshi
Sparrow Moving
Opposite Directions – Front
10. Kifutsu
Big Buddha
Front
11. Konohagakure
Hiding Behind Falling
Leaves Front

 

YONDAN WAZA (四段の技)

Tachi Kata
English Translation
Opponent(s)
1. Rentatsu Okuden
Continuous Movement
Left/Right/Front
2. Sakategiri Chuden
Opposite Hand Cut
Middle-Level Front
3. Sakategiri Okuden
Opposite Hand Cut
Front
4. Denko Chuden
Electric Lightning
Middle-Level Front
5. Sodesurigaeshi Chuden
Brush Sleeves and Return
Front/Back
6. Ryubi Gaeshi
Dragon’s Tail Return
Front
7. Suigetsu
Water Moon
Front
8. Matsukaze
Pine Wind
Front/Back

 

GODAN WAZA (五段の技)

Suwari Waza
English Translation
Opponent(s)
Hoou
Phoenix
Front
Tachi Kata
English Translation
Opponent(s)
1. Inazuma Okuden
Lightning
Front
2. Torabashiri Okuden
Running Tiger
Front/Back
3. Enren
Circle Spin
Surrounded/Front
4. Shinobu
Stealth
Front
5. Uzumaki
Whirlpool
Left/Right
6. Uzushiho
Whirling Tides
Left/Right/Front
7. Midaremae
Disordering Dance
Outnumbered