Traditional Japanese Swordsmanship
Train your body and mind. Tamiya Ryu is a koryu (literally, "old school") sword art not taught outside Japan until recently. The United States Tamiya Ryu Iaijustu Gennankai is an official branch of the Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Genwakai in Japan and is headquarted in East Lansing, MI with branch dojo located in Macomb, MI and Brighton, MI.
We are the official representatives of this 400+ year old koryu art in the United States. Here you will find the history of both Tamiya Ryu and its history in the United States as well as information on where to find a dojo and how to join us for practice.
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Fall 2021 All Member Practice
The United States Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Gennankai held an All Member practice on Oct. 9th, 2021 at the Hannah Community Center in East Lasing, Michigan. This practice marked a major turning point in USTRI history. The Brighton Study Group was elevated to a Branch dojo and James Russell (Gennetsu) Sensei was promoted to Rokudan (6th Degree) and awarded the title Jokyo (Associate Professor) by the 15th Headmaster, Tsumaki Kazuo (Genwa) Soke Sensei. And after 25 years as Head Instructor for USTRI, Michael Alexanian (Gennan) Sensei, has decided to hand that responsibility over to Russell Gennetsu Sensei. Alexanian Gennan Buhaku Sensei will remain President of the Gennankai and function as Special Lecturer and Emcee at future All Member practices.
Gennan Buhaku Sensei and Gennetsu Sensei have authored a joint article for this month’s Message from the Head Instructor. Please visit the latest Message from the Head Instructor section to learn more about this important news and exciting transition in United States Tamiya Ryu history.
Gennan Buhaku Sensei has also written an article for the Reflecting Pool on upcoming changes to that section as well.
Message from the Head Instructor
As the United States Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Gennankai celebrates a quarter century since it’s founding this year, it is important to look ahead to the next quarter century and see what steps can be taken to ensure its longevity.read more...
For the past 25 years, this particular column of our website has been devoted to articles of an introspective and contemplative nature as reflected in the practice of Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu in particular, and the traditional Japanese martial arts in general.read more...
Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu
Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu is a military art (bugei) that was introduced in the Tensho period (1573-1591) by its founder, Tamiya Heibei Narimasa. Narimasa, together with Katayama Hoki no kami Hisayasu (the founder of Hoki Ryu) and Sekiguchi Jushin (the founder of Sekiguchi Ryu) were pupiles of Hayashizake Jinsuke Shigenobu, the founder of iaijutsu.
The style characteristics of the Tamiya school of swordsmenship are: First volume (Omote no maki) containing evelen kata and Second volume (Koran no maki) containing fourteen kata.
Iaijutsu is a martial art (bujutsu) that strives to supress a sudden attack by the attacker against the defender using a single, swift stroke of the sword and seeks to master the various principles of drawing, re-sheathing and using the sword.
Furthermore, iaijutsu is a martial way (budo) as it practiced with a humble and modest heart and continually trains the spirit.
As a serious course of study, learning Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu involves having a clear understanding of the concepts known as "Tamiya Nobility" and "Tamiya Purity"