Photographer's Note

Picture was taken during a presentation of "Kakudokan Stavanger", Tenshin Shoden Katori Shintoryu, school in Stavanger.
Please excuse the "noisy" background, but this is as good as I am able to make it at this moment.

Tenshin Shoden Katori Shintoryu
Systems: Kenjutsu(odachi, kodachi, ryoto), iaijutsu(odachi), bojutsu, naginatajutsu, sojutsu, jujutsu, shurikenjutsu, ninjutsu, chikujojutsu, gunbaiho, in-yo kigaru
Date founded: Early Muromachi period (ca. 1447)
Founder: Iizasa Choisai Ienao

Katori Shinto-ryu is generally believed to be the oldest extant Japanese martial tradition and is certainly one of those that has best preserved its comprehensive curriculum. The founder, Iizasa Choisai, served the Chiba family for many years and took part in many battles. In the end, he became disebchanted with the purposes for which martial arts were then being used. He went to Katori Shrine, in Chiba Prefecture, to undertake a regimen of martial and religious training. After one thousand days, he recieved an insight into the essential nature of martial arts, which was the basis for what has come to be known as Katori Shinto-ryu.

Kakudokan Stavanger was founded in 1999 by Torleiv Aarrestad(1.dan) and John Olav Birkeland(3.dan).
The club has about 25 active members today.
Our main instructor in Norway is Eri L. Kusano sensei (6.dan)

Photo has been slightly modified in photoshop, decreased lighting and increased contrast, auto level has been applied.

Odd Jarle

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