Full name：MASAKUMO Kuwami (鍬海 政雲)
Birthday: October 1978
Bio: Started learning martial arts from childhood, and graduated from a martial arts vocational school.
After that, with guidance from martial arts, he studied kobujutsu (old martial arts) by himself.
Later when became brother-in-arms with Ryusetsu Ide, he was introduced to Tenshinryu’s Ninth Grandmaster Tenshin Nakamura.
As a strong request for the next generation, he joined Tenshinryu.
He became daihan (assistant instructor) after about a year, and was granted the successor position after three years.
Afterwards, since Master Nakamura was burdened with his age, within four years Master Kuwami succeeded his Master’s way and became the Tenth Grandmaster.
From then on he dedicated to reserve and spread kobujutsu - part of Japan’s traditional culture - as a world-class culture.
Favourite skill: Matata-nuki (瞬抜)
Specialty: All genre
Favourite weapon: Everything
Full name: DOFU Takizawa (滝沢 洞風)
Birthday: 17th November 1991
Bio: Studied sword, bow, shuriken, etc. by himself from childhood.
He studied Iaido at university with good results.
After an encounter with Master Tenshin Nakamura at an antique market, he was invited to join Tenshinryu.
Now, having acquired Hatsu Yurushi rank on the Menkyo system, as well as daihan title, he teaches underclassmen and participates as an active public face of Tenshinryu.
Having high-speed techniques despite his petit body frame attracts the attention from not only Japanese people but also those around the world.
Favourite skill: Ugikumo (浮雲), Nawate-Dachi (畷太刀)
Specialty genre: Batto (drawing the sword), kenjutsu (sword techniques)
Favourite weapon: Sword, Kusari-gama (chain-sickle), shuriken
Full name: RYUSETSU Ide (井手 柳雪)
Birthday: 5th February 1983
Bio: Along with attending university, he was passionate about martial arts and searched for one to join.
After an accidental meeting with Master Tenshin, he was fascinated by his greatness and was determined to join, but at that time it was so long before any newcomers were accepted, and he was declined.
However, Master Tenshin acknowledged his strong resolve, and after half a year he was allowed entrance, which marks the first time in ten years Tenshinryu had ever recruit anyone.
Now he is Tenshinryu’s daihan.
He excels at languages, and is the main instructor for overseas.
His rank on the Menkyo system is Mokuroku.
Favourite skill: Daruma-nuki (達磨抜), Kodachi-Kiridome (小太刀切留)
Specialty: Traditions and legends
Favourite weapon: Kodachi (short sword)
Full name: GYOAN Kanou (狩野 行庵)
Birthday: 25th February 1944
Bio: After retirement, he wished to study the sword due to interest from childhood, and came slamming on Tenshinryu’s gate.
With his dedication driven by age and experience, he was assigned as the chairman of Tenshinryu Organization.
He also exerts great resourcefulness with SAMURAI DOJO
Favourite skill: Korantou (虎乱刀), Tsukikage (月影), Sode-gaeshi (袖返し)
Favourite weapon: swords
Full name: SHINROKU (真肋)
Birthday: 22nd October 1982
To further understand the unity of mind and body, he studies Tenshinryu through Taichi.
He performs Seitai (manipulative therapy) techniques using the workings of the body in Oriental medicine and old martial arts.
Rather than competing with the opponent for superiority, he aims for Bushido with peace and harmony in mind.
Applying Munemori’s life-saving sword in modern times, he works on activities to spread the bond between people.
Favourite skill: Juuji-Ken (十字剣)
Specialty: Unarmed combat
Favourite weapon: Bamboo sword
Full name: MUGETSU Takei (武井 霧月)
Birthday: 9th August 1977
Bio: Fascinated with old martial arts since childhood.
At 21 when he went to watch Tenshinryu’s practice at the dojo, he happened to meet Master Tenshin, and was granted special entry.
It was the time when Tenshinryu did not have many students, he was supported by Master Tenshin, proceeded to daihan, and became shihan (instructor).
Favourite skill: Tachi-gae (太刀返)
Specialty: Kodachi (小太刀)
Favourite weapon: Naginata (Japanese halberd)
Full name: KAGETATSU Saito (齋藤 影龍)
Birthday: 10th May 1968
Bio: Started learning kendo from childhood.
While he was a student he performed as the taishou (lit. ‘general’, someone who fights the last match in kendo’s team competition) and left very good records in his new school. However, after he graduated, an accident caused him to have his knee ligament severed, and thus he retired from martial arts.
As time passed, until a turning point in life at which he aimed to find another way with martial arts, he came across and was charmed by Tenshinryu Hyoho, and eventually came knocking on the gate.
He opened Setagaya Branch for his own training, contributing greatly to teaching younger students, and became the second student generation’s president.
Favourite skill: Gyakugesa-gaeshi (逆袈裟返), Shakuri-nuki (しゃくり抜)
Specialty: Tachiai-Battojutsu (立合抜刀術), Kenjutsu (剣術)
Favourite weapon: Swords
Full Name: JINGETSU Ogawa (小川 迅月)
Birthday: 4th June 1998
With a base on bushi’s nihonzashi (techniques using both long and short swords), and using Japan’s traditional sitting culture, he was charmed by zahou (techniques in sitting position) and joined at 18 years old.
Thanks to a body well-trained with sports, and the determination while practicing, he was able to grasp an detailed understandings despite his young age, and he is highly-regarded in the new practitioner’s generation.
Favourite skill: Nijinokakebashi (虹の架け橋)
Specialty: Tachiai (立合)
Favourite weapon: Long sword
Full name: SOKEN Takagi (高木 壮軒)
Birthday 11th August 1980
Bio: When in high school, he studied karate, Jukendo (bayonet techniques), Kali, Krav Maga, Hoiku-Shintoryu, Taekwondo, MMA, etc., but due to a leg injury he had to give up on being an athlete.
During his lost moments, he encountered Tenshinryu, the fine techniques of Master Tenshin and the character of Master Kuwami impressed him and he decided to join.
This time, despite his shortcomings, in SAMURAI DOJO he can be among people who share the same path and worry, and will continue to wield the sword.
Favourite skill: Kan’non-biraki In (観音開き 陰)
Specialty: Duel-wielding swords
Favourite weapon: Kodachi (short sword)
Full name: GAKUDO Kumakura (熊倉 岳洞)
Birthday: 1st November 1993
Bio: While looking for a new wind in his life, he joined Tenshinryu.
Life is an endless road, but if there is a destination where one can dedicate his whole life for, then that destination is Tenshinryu. It was such thoughts that drove him to learn the sword with earnest.
With great leadership, and naiveté and draws others in, such qualities makes it greatly fascinating for young people.
Against the past, to anywhere
Favourite skill: Omokage (面陰), Nukidome (抜留)
Favourite weapon: Sword, spear
Full name: SENGAI Suzuki (鈴木 仙崖)
Birthday: 22nd September 1993
Bio: Though he was practicing other martial arts, he wished to learn even more about arts using one’s body, and wanted to learn old martial arts.
As he came across Tenshinryu, he was charmed by its profoundness and the greatness of its tradition, thus decided to join.
As the leader of Keio University Tenshinryu-Keikokai, he teaches younger people of the techniques, person by person.
Favourite skill: Juppo (十方), Kanegiri (矩切)
Specialty: Tachiai-batto (立合抜刀)
Favourite weapon: Cross spear
Full name: MUKYO Sahoda (佐保田 無鏡)
Birthday: 7th October 1982
Bio: A master of tea ceremony and a military man.
He planned to study old martial arts along with Daihan Ide while he was a student, but due to personal circumstances he only joined after getting a job.
For five years, due to a long-term job assignment, travelling to practice was difficult, but he was devoted to training despite all odds.
He is a very cultural person who studied tea ceremony during teenage years and was granted both a Martial arts title and a Tea name.
Favourite skill: Daruma-tachi (達磨太刀)
Specialty: Zahou (坐法)
Favourite weapon: Jintachi (陣太刀)