ANAZAWA RYU NAGINATA

Foundation:

17th Century

 

Grandmaster:

01. ANAZAWA Jokin

02. UMEDA Mukonojo

03. KOISO Kumezaemon

04. SAKUMA Asaemon

05. SEGAWA Senri

06. SEGAWA Yuhon

07. TOZAWA Yaichizaemon

08. TOZAWA Jizaemon

09. UEMURA Sondayu

10. TOZAWA Motomu

11. MATSUZAKA Jirozaemon

12. ONUMA Midori (woman)

13. IGARASHI Kinu (woman)

14. OSANO Jun

                   
 
                     IGARASHI - Sensei
 
img/Igarashi_sensei.jpg
 
img/12 - old anazawa ryu.jpg
                                        more than 100 years old Anazawa Ryu Makimono 

 


Level of the Ryu:

15 techniques:

01.
Jodan no koto

02.
Chudan no koto

03.
Gedan no koto

04.
Hidari no koto

05.
Migi no koto

06.
Ryoashi no koto

07.
Koshiguruma no koto

08.
Momijigasane no koto

09.
Hanagasane no koto

10.
Hagyunokaeshi no koto

11.
Kazamakuri no koto

12.
Oarashi no koto

13.
Koarashi no koto

14.
Shishinohagami no koto

15.
Tsurugifurashi no koto

 

img/RYU-17.jpg
    
 
img/RYU-18.jpg
Asuka Osano and Jun Osano demonstrating Anazawa Ryu Naginata-jutsu at Enbu, Sengen Shrine 2008
img/RYU-17.jpg
    
 
img/RYU-18.jpg

 More Anazawa Ryu Naginata-jutsu at Enbu, Sengen Shrine 2008

 

History and characteristic of the school:

Anazawa Ryu Naginatajutsu is one of the most popular Ryu from the Edo period. Cross cuts are used, sloping cuts seem only in a few techniques. The cross techniques are very dynamic.

The second characteristic is the running in small steps. This is due to the fact that Japanese women have run traditionally like that. They could not run with wide steps, because samurai's women have carried kimono. Mrs. Igarashi Sensei was very small. Nevertheless, she looked big if she trained with the naginata. She was also Sado Shihan (Shihan of tea ceremony). She had many Sado students, nevertheless, in naginatajutsu she only informed Sensei Jun Osano.

img/Anazawa2.jpg
        img/Anazawa3.jpg

 

 img/sensei/sensei32.jpg
Igarashi-Sensei before World War II