Yagyu Shinkage Ryu- 'Yagyu
New Shadow School' is a school of swordmanship founded by Kamiizumi
Nobutsuna.In 1565, Nobutsuna bequeathed the school to his top disciple,
Yagyu Munetoshi, who added his own name to the school. Yagyu went on to
teach the art to the Shogunate - the military government.
claimed that Kamiizumi created the practice sword called the shinai
(bamboo sword), which is made of strips of bamboo inside a leather pouch.
The shinai allowed striking with quickness, fluidity and potency without
causing serious or disabling wounds as one would with the wooden sword, and
without having to stop the attacks.He began to advocate the utilization of
light armour during training.He also changed basic postures by raising them
slightly. He also changed the manner of holding the sword.
was codified by Yagyu Toshikane the fifth heir to the system and it includes
aspect of Bojutsu, Kenjutsu and Shurikenjutsu..