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Kenjutsu is a broad term that covers a large number of traditional Japanese sword schools - unlike Kendo there is no 'free sparring', and no armour. Training through paired kata practice (kumi-tachi), usually with wooden weapons, reveals the techniques of the classical styles.

Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu is a kenjutsu school that was created in the 1600’s by the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.

The school consists of paired Kata; Itto seiho (long sword against long sword), Kodachi seiho (short sword against long sword) and nito seiho (two swords against one). The school also has bo, jutte and Aikuchi roppo techniques, but these are rarely practiced outside of Japan.

Kenjutsu kumitachi kata also form part of the syllabuses for Kendo, Iaido and Jodo.

HNIR Training is lead by Deborah Pallari who has been studying since 2007.

Unlike the other arts practiced at Ojika, HNIR is not affiliated to the BKA. We are insured under the HNIR UK Shibu, a small group of niten practitioners spread across the UK given permission to teach and train by Kajiya Takinori soke. We study under the hombu dojo in Japan from the direct lineage of soke appointed after Musashi.

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