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Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-Ryu(天真正伝香取神道流) is one of the oldest Japanese Martial-Arts systems.
It was founded by Iizasa Ienao, born 1387 in Iizasa village (present day Takomachi, Chiba Prefecture), who was living near Katori Shrine (Sawara City, Chiba Prefecture) at the time.
The ryū itself gives 1447 as the year it was founded, but some scholars claim circa 1480 is more historically accurate.

Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-Ryu is the source tradition of many Japanese martial arts, and as such received the first ever Intangible Cultural Asset designation given to a martial art in 1960. It claims to have never aligned itself with any estate or faction, no matter what stipend was offered. This allowed the ryu to maintain its independence and integrity.

Blood Oath
Historically, before beginning any training, every prospective pupil had to sign an oath of allegiance to the school. The method was to make keppan (blood oath) in support of the following kisho or kishomon (pledge). This oath was a written one with the prospective member being required to sign his name in his own blood. The applicant would prick or cut a finger or sometimes the inner arm and with the blood drawn, sign the following pledge:

On becoming a member of the I herewith affirm my pledge that:

1.I will not have the impertinence to discuss or demonstrate details of the ryū to either non-members or members, even if they are relatives;
2.I will not engage in altercations or misuse the art against others;
3.I will never engage in any kind of gambling nor frequent disreputable places.
4.I will not cross swords with any followers of other martial traditions without authorization.

I hereby pledge to firmly adhere to each of the above articles. Should I break any of these articles I will submit myself to punishment. Herewith I solemnly swear and affix my blood seal to this oath.

It is a comprehensive martial system. This means that unlike modern martial ways such as Kendo or Iaido, which concentrate on one specific area of training, study is made of a broad range of martial skills and the sword is the most essential element of the art. A wide range of other weapons are being taught as part of the curriculum, but the sword remains the central weapon.

The primary curriculum includes:

Arts Forms
Sword arts
Sword combat
4 Forms: Basics of the Sword (表之太刀 Omote no Tachi)
5 Forms: Five Teachings of the Sword (五教之太刀 Gogyō no Tachi)
3 Forms: Seven Essential Articles of the Sword (極意七条之太刀
Gokui Shichijo no Tachi
Sword drawing (Iaido/Iaijutsu) 6 Forms: Basics of Sword-Drawing (表之居合 Omote-no Iai)
5 Forms: Standing Sword-Drawing (立合抜刀術 Tachiai Battojutsu)
5 Forms: Essentials of Sword Drawing (極意之居合 Gokui no Iai)
Two swords
4 Forms: Two Swords (両刀 Ryuto )
Short sword
3 Forms: Essentials of the Short Sword (極意之小太刀 Gokui no Kodachi)
Staff art
6 Forms: Basics of the Staff (表之棒 Omote no Bō)
6 Forms: Five Teachings of the Staff (五教之棒 Gogyō no Bō)
Glaive art
4 Forms: Basics of the Glaive (表之長刀 Omote no Naginata)
3 Forms: Seven Essential Articles of the Glaive (極意七条之長刀
Gokui Shichijo no Naginata
Spear art
6 Forms: Basics of the Spear (表之槍 Omote no Yari)
2 Forms: Secret forms (Hiden no Yari)
7 Forms: Basics of Spike Throwing (表之手裏剣 Omote no Shuriken)
8 Forms: Five Teachings of Spike Throwing (五教之手裏剣
Gogyō no Shuriken
9 Forms: Essentials of Spike Throwing (極意之手裏剣 Gokui no Shuriken)

Other, more advanced areas of study of the school include

Jujutsu 36 Forms: Essentials of Jujutsu (極意之柔術 Gokui no Jūjutsu)
Ninjutsu/Shinobi intelligence gathering and analysis
Chikujojutsu field fortification art
Gunbai-Heihō strategy and tactics
Tenmon Chirigaku astronomy;geomantic divination
In-Yo kigaku philosophical and mystical aspects



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