What is Hontai Yoshin Ryu?

Soke Inoue Kyoichi Munenori seated in formal attire
Soke Inoue Kyoichi Munenori

Hontai Yoshin Ryu (本體楊心流) is a traditional style of bujutsu (武術) , or Japanese martial art. It is one of the few koryu (古流) or “old traditions” still in existence and is a member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai (日本古武道協会). This governing body works to safeguard and promote the remaining ancient Japanese martial schools.

Founded by Takagi Oriemon Shigetoshi (b. 1635), the style has been developing for almost four hundred years. It embodies the techniques, principles and spirit of the samurai way of life. Although its roots lie in a very different era and culture, many lessons are just as applicable in today’s world as back in the time of feudal Japan.

The curriculum covers unarmed or jujutsu techniques encompassing various strikes, throws and locks plus a variety of traditional Japanese weapons: chobo (long staff), hanbo (short staff), katana (long sword), kodachi (short sword) and tanto (knife).

Iaijutsu (the art of drawing the sword) is also taught in parallel with the main disciplines.


On the 16th January 2005, INOUE Tsuyoshi Munetoshi, the 18th Grandmaster, passed down the title of Soke to his son, now Soke INOUE Kyoichi Munenori, 19th Grandmaster of Hontai Yoshin Ryu.

A complete history of the ryu and a number of other articles including a comprehensive glossary of terms have been published by Sensei Guy Buyens and are available through the Hontai Yoshin Ryu Belgium website.

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