Meifu Shinkage Ryu is a weapons-based martial art system focusing primarily on shuriken (thrown implements) and fundo kusari (weighted chain).
Operating as usual
Created my new kusari-bako 鎖箱.
Today was day 1 of the Arizona Virtual Matsuri 2022 - Day 1. Here is our short demonstration of Meifu Shinkage Ryu.
The virtual AZ Matsuri is happening now!
Soke has made MSR accessible to the world. If you are interested in learning, please find a branch or keikokai near you.
Not my throw and not sure what was being aimed at here, but I give props for sticking into the bricks. 🤣
I learned today of the passing of my very close friend and AZ MSR member, Chris Kieber. I am emotionally wrecked and devastated at losing him. Chris was a member of the MSR Keikokai from the very beginning and was my most senior student. More importantly though, he was simply a great friend.
Many know Chris was a single father, working and going to school (he was studying for his Masters in Engineering) to provide for his two sons, Miles and Sebastian. I am happy to report they are safe and healthy, and are living with family members out of state.
I created this short video homage to my friend.
In Memoriam - Chris Kieber A short video of my close friend and buyu who recently passed away. I have been friends with him for many years and his two sons were my daughter's first fri...
Got some "new" Japanese nails for training this evening.
I am making a difficult public announcement today that Ken Smith is no longer a representative of Meifu Shinkage Ryu. With Ken's close proximity in California, it was natural to try to develop a connection with him to promote MSR in the western United States. As I am sure many of you will remember, I had the opportunity to meet him for the first time in April and then once again in May. I was very excited to have the opportunity to train with him then. However, some recent information has come to light that has led to the decision for him to be officially excommunicated from Meifu Shinkage Ryu. Please understand that this decision was made by Soke and was not made lightly.
Leader, Arizona MSR
We are now official for second half of 2021. 🙂
One of our local AZ MSR members showed me that he stuck inside the ring from 1.5 ken.
Throwing a handful of shuriken (5 different types) after a long day of work. It's the simple pleasures in life.
Stressful past few days at work, so stopped by Jason's home last night and had some informal shuriken practice in the garage. (We probably had a little bit too much fun with the slowmo)
A few of the tools (non MSR items) we have thrown today with the California MSR Branch.
Great MSR training experience this weekend. Hope to share details soon!
For anyone who might have missed Soke's interview for the Arizona Virtual Matsuri 2021 earlier today, it can be watched here.
The Arizona Virtual Matsuri starts TODAY, Saturday, February 27! Don't miss a special interview of Otsuka Sensei presented between 3pm and 4pm.
For a full list of presentations and how to view the performances, please find the program schedule here: https://www.azmatsuri.org/program-schedule-2021?fbclid=IwAR12CQxK0gzynECdhACIJNuhWu9YHod0s0dtI5uCQfvN4nV1B5rYgaFwhQg.
This year's 2021 virtual Arizona Matsuri features demonstrations from Martial Arts groups across various disciplines including Arizona Bujinkan Ninpo & Budo Kai Dojo, Nansei Dojo, Shinkendo & Aikibujutsu, Arizona Aikido, Arizona Budokan, Meifu Shinkage Ryu Arizona Keikokai, and more!
Check our complete schedule for when you can catch your favorites during our live stream this weekend (Feb 27 & 28) starting at 10am. Watch LIVE via our website, page, or YouTube channel. https://www.azmatsuri.org/program-schedule-2021
Just a reminder that this weekend will be the AZ Matsuri, which will be presented virtually. As part of this online festival, Otsuka Sensei, Soke of Meifu Shinkage Ryu, has graciously provided a special interview. We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to learn more about MSR and Japanese culture.
Enjoy incredible Japanese performances by groups from Fushicho Daiko Dojo (@taikoarizona) and Ken Koshio (@kenkoshio) at this year's Virtual Arizona Matsuri! Sign on to www.azmatsuri.org, our YouTube channel, or page to watch the festival LIVE online on Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th starting at 10am both days.
For a full list of these year's Taiko performers and additional information, visit: https://www.azmatsuri.org/taiko-performers
Full schedules for both days will be posted soon!
This was sent by Beverly Washichek -
37 years ago The “Faces of Japan” program included a small Japanese festival. Afterwards there were many comments about how well it was received and attended...and therein the Arizona Matsuri was born.
This year's poster is attached, with our theme of "Senbazuru." Since we can't hold our festival at Steele Indian School Park as we would have done, with the expectation of the estimated 70,000 attendees, we are hosting it virtually! That is a great challenge, as you can imagine, and we hope you will help us to "widen our net." We ask that you support us by visiting our website, buying raffle tickets and passing on the following information through your networks -- friends, clubs, social media! Thank you in advance.
A SUPERIOR LEVEL OF SUPPORT is acknowledged and appreciated from the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.
It is Arizona Matsuri month and the RAFFLE is LIVE!
Purchase “virtual tickets” for your chance to win grand prizes,
(1) one Japan Airlines round trip ticket to Japan from the west coast or
(2) two round trip domestic tickets on American Airlines
and there are many other spectacular raffle prizes to win from:
*Fushicho Daiko: win one of two $40 gift certificates for 2 for a Japanese drumming lesson;
*Hana Japanese Eatery: $100 restaurant gift certificate;
*Samurai Comics: your chance to win either a gift bag of store goodies; a poster or a $50 gift certificate to spend at one of their 4 stores;
*Sakana Sushi & Grill Scottsdale: a chance to win one of six $10 gift certificates;
*Sushi Sen: your chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates;
*Asahi Bakery: you chance to win one of five $30 bakery gift certificates;
*Pat on the Back: your chance to win one of five $10 gift certificates to use towards a purchase on their website:
*and donated by the Japanese American Citizens League:
$100 gift certificate to Hana Japanese Eatery;
A chance to win one of two $50 gift certificates to New Tokyo Market;
A chance to win one of two $50 gift certificate to Obon Ramen;
$100 gift certificate to HiroSushi; and
a chance to win one of two books about baseball, signed by author, Bill Staples, Jr.
Don’t wait!! Tickets start at just $1! Log in to purchase your raffle “chance to win” by clicking here:
or visit our home page https://www.azmatsuri.org and click on this link: “Win a Flight to Japan”
Winners will be randomly selected and announced at the end of the day on Sunday, February 28th, 2021. The Arizona Matsuri Steering Committee sincerely thanks the donors listed above for their generous support to this year’s virtual Arizona Matsuri.”
The Arizona Matsuri will stream videos with information about Japan and from our vendors during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 2/27-28, 2021 from 10 AM - 5 PM MST. Watch the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 10 AM. Please check our website for schedule details!
With the start of the new year, we have received our reauthorization to continue MSR training for the first half of 2021. We are hopeful that we will be able to train successfully this year.
Good luck to everyone in the new year!
Happy to receive this card in the mail today from Soke. Thank you Otsuka Sensei! メリークリスマスと明けましておめでとうございます！！！
【NINJYA】MEIFU SHINKAGE-RYU SHURIKEN JUTSU Yasuyuki Otsuka Special interview 【Video content】 The Meifu Shinkage Ryu (MSR) is a modern school of Shuriken Jutsu. It was founded by Dr. Chikatoshi Someya Sensei (Someya Chikatoshi) in the ...
When your target looks like this, it's probably time to get a new one. I retired this one today, as we have several spare ones. I recommend using different materials as targets though. It is interesting to see how much mileage you can get from the different materials.
In Osaka, we typically used tatami; but, those have different lifespans from mats like the one shown here. You might notice there is a lot of variety in the feel of tatami vs. manufactured mats. Some tatami are quite resistant and will last longer than others. Generally, they cost more to replace here in the US though, so foam mats are a natural go-to option. Small tip: shielding the mat with a wash cloth, towel, or other fabric occasionally will make things more challenging and help extend the life of your target.
Fun with pumpkins...Didn't want to throw away yesterday's Jack-o-lantern without recycling it for a shuriken target today.
Hope you all enjoy your Halloween weekend!
It’s a virtual Halloween kind of weekend! Presenting Bruce Leroy and ShoNuff!
Shared from Thomas Pyo by way of Aikido of Montclair.
Nice demo of Shomen Uchi by Soke at a recent seminar in Calgary.
Otsuka Sensei demonstrating Shomen Uchi Sensei took a few minutes for this on camera demonstration of Shomen Uchi at a recent Meifu Shinkage Ryu seminar held in Calgary Alberta in November 2019.
Quote by WHO? or is it WHOM?
It might still be over a month before Halloween, but our shuriken don't mind.
Recently, we have had a new student participating in training. New students often feel inadequate, because they "don't know it all." I have to remind them that we were all beginners once and none of us know it all. We are constantly learning and trying to improve. Afterall, constantly working towards improvement IS the goal.
It was nice to train with the Osaka dojo again. Great training today.
I had a very interesting conversation with my work colleague today. He is the only men's volleyball player in NCAA history to have won ALL of these awards:
-Conference Player of the Year
-All conference 1st team
-Conference Finals MVP
-National Player of the Year
-3x National player of the week
-All American 1st Team
-Final Four 1st Team
-Final Four MVP
His research into volleyball methodologies in regards to setting angles and follow-through is very enlightening and he has given me a lot to think about in relation to my shuriken training. I'm looking forward to the next training opportunity!
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