Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Ohgo-kai is an official branch of Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Heiho Iai-Do.
Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Iai-Do Australia was first established in 1980 and four years later was designated as an official branch (kai) by Hokushin Shinoh Ryu So-Honbu Nagoya Japan, under the direction of Grand Master Kimura Hekiho Masakazu of Nagoya. In 1984 Shihan Goho was designated as one of the directors of Hokushin Shinoh Ryu So-Honbu.
Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Ohgo-kai is one of the Hokushin Shinoh Ryu branch schools based in Nagoya but it is geographically located outside of Japan. It has the same status as the Japanese based schools and its Shihan, Goho Wonho Chong, Ohgo-kai Kaicho 8th Dan, holds a position of Suseki Shihan. All the international dojos listed on this site maintain their links to the Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Heiho Honbu, Grand Master Kimura Hekiho Masakazu via Suseki Shihan Goho.
The aim of Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Ohgo-kai is to teach traditional Iai-Do to member students worldwide and to maintain a direct link to Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Heiho Iaido Honbu and Grand Master Kimura Hekiho in Nagoya. Students of Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Iai-Do Ohgo-kai have access to:
- - Dan Certificates from Japan Honbu
- - Shinoh Ryu Art-name from Grand Master Kimura
- - Instructors Certificates
- - Instructor Training Courses
- - Dojo Name & Registration
- - Seminars (annual & special)
- - Japanese Sword Studies
- - Live cutting workshops
- - Teaching materials, including videos
- - Group travel to Japan.
DAN CERTIFICATES & ART-NAMES
Dan Certificates are issued by Honbu, after the following requirements:
- - Dan Grading test conducted by Suseki Shihan
- - Assessment and approval by Honbu.
A student will receive an Iai-Do Art-name when they attain 2nd Dan. This name is registered along with their 2nd Dan certificate in the Honbu records.
DOJO NAMES & INSTRUCTOR’S AUTHORIZATION
All Hokushin Shinoh Ryu 2nd Dan are eligible to become an instructor and be authorized to open a dojo of their own, subject to approval from the Honbu. They must also be affiliated with their dojo of origin. A once only fee applies to registration of a Dojo Name. An Instructor’s Certificate must be renewed every 12 months (renewal fee applies).
The head instructor (2nd Dan) of a dojo is authorized to award Kyu Grades to their members subject to approval from Ohgo-kai.
There are two Kyu Grades
- - 1st Grade: 1st 6 months or more – SHO-DANKAI
- - 2nd Grade: 2nd 6 months or more – JO-DANKAI
INSTRUCTORS TRAINING COURSES
All instructors must attend training courses at least once a year, conducted by Suseki Shihan. Failure to attend these courses may cause instructors to lose their instructor’s qualification. At the end of a successful training course instructor’s registration may be re-granted by Ohgo-kai. (Fee applicable).
ANNUAL & SPECIAL SEMINARS
Seminars will be conducted by Shihan at least once a year and there will be a special seminar during the year when it is request by the head Instructor of Dojo.
GROUP STUDY TRIPS TO JAPAN
Group study trips to Japan can be arranged by Shihan whenever requested by instructors. Group study trips to Japan may include training at the Honbu; Japanese sword-making demonstrations and other historical & cultural tours.
Any member who has been financial and attended class regularly for 12 months or more, holds a current Jo-Dankai grade may submit a grading test-form for a Sho-Dan Ho test direct to Shihan, but the application must be signed by their Dojo Instructor with recommendations from the Assessment Board. A testing fee must accompany the application form.
STRUCTURE OF HOKUSHIN SHINOH RYU HEIHO-HONBU
Shinoda Ohho Masa-tsune
Kimura Hekiho Masa-Kazu
Goho Wonho Chong
Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Ohgo-kai International
The Hokushin Shinoh Ryu International is authorised to have a branch schools outside of Japan, under the direction from Honbu. Only the head of the Kai is authorised to grade Dan levels. The Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Honbu will issue the Dan certificate after assessment.