Ono Ha Itto Ryu Onigote

Published on August 16, 2013 by in Products



Specialised Kote used for Ono Ha Itto Ryu (OHIR) kenjutsu practice are called Onigote or Devils gloves.  Using a OHIR bokuto which is much heavier that normal bokuto, you can see why these gloves are needed in practice.

This unique and traditional Kote are used in the Ono Ha Itto Ryu Kenjutsu school, still present in these days and one of the most famous Kenjutsu styles.

There are very few suppliers of these kote and most all are hand made to order.  Yamato Budogu seem to be the only place online you can buy them

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Published on June 13, 2013 by in Products


Here are a selection of Bokken and Bokuto that we recommend students look for with the various sword arts we practice from time to time. We have been using Yamato Boguto for purchases at it seems cheaper buying from source for these types of items.  They also have some great Iaito.

Itto Ryu Bokuto

itto ryu bokutoA heavier Bokuto which is better for Kumitachi and Katachi practice.

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Couple this with a bigger Leather Tsuba to protect the hands.  Trust me a good tsuba could the difference between a normal size thumb

Niten Ichi Ryu Bokuto Set

niten bokuto

With HNIR – Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu – a two sword style means you will need an Itto (Katana) and Kodachi (Short Sword).  This set is perfect as the Itto is normally lighter than a normal bokuto to allow for single hand use

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Useful Books and DVDs

Published on January 11, 2013 by in Products


If you are looking for some books or DVDs to help you with your practice you can’t do any better than the books and DVDs written and provided by Shimabukuro Sensei. The Samurai Swordsmanship Book takes you through the complete Eishin Ryu Battoho Syllabus while the Flashing Steel book takes you through the Masaoka-ha line of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu – the book also has the ZNKR Seitei Iai Kata in the back as well…


The Samurai Swordsmanship Book
This volume extends the discussion of Eishin-ryu Battojutsu, which began with the seminal work Flashing Steel by Shimabukuro Hanshi and Leonard J. Pellman, into the realms of Batto, Kenjutsu, and Tameshigiri. But it does more than that. The strengths of this well-organized book, and what sets it apart from many similar works on the same topic, are its holistic and philosophical approach along with an absolute insistence on Kihon (fundamentals) for training in swordsmanship.

Flashing Steel: Mastering Eishin-ryu Swordsmanship
Flashing Steel, the best-selling and highly acclaimed book on iaijutsu (alternatively called iaido), is as much about bringing life into focus as it is about techniques of swordsmanship. Iaijutsu was the martial art of the samurai of feudal Japan who remain the most enduring of warrior icons, equally popular in the East and the West. Iaijutsu sword training has philosophical tenets that inform the warrior’s life, building compassion and self-discipline both inside and outside the dojo.


Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship
In Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship, Japanese sword master Masayuki Shimabukuro and his senior student, Carl E. Long, delve deeper into the elegance of body-and-weapon movement that defines personal mastery of the legendary samurai sword. Masayuki Shimabukuro is an eighth-dan in muso jikiden eishin-ryu iaijutsu and a Black Belt Hall of Fame member (2006 Weapons Instructor of the Year). He has received official appointment by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai as the organization’s international representative for iaido and battodo.

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