The Horinouchi workshop closed permanently in September 2019 (see the detailed article on our blog). Solutions are being implemented and we are confident about the possibility of offering this product again soon. Therefore, orders for 'Shindo Yoshin Ryu Bokken - Classic Woods' are temporarily suspended until we transfer the technology to the other workshops. Note that it is possible that the cost of this product increase significantly, depending on how new artisans will implement its manufacturing process.
Product Information & Size Chart
Shindo Yoshin Ryu Bokken - Red/White Oak
Made in Japan (Kyushu)
Flat Spine | Flat Butt | Beveled Kissaki
Red Oak, White Oak
This Shindo Yoshin Ryu Bokken is made from a single piece of Japanese oak (red or white) from the southern islands of Kyushu (Japan).
With a length of 109 cm, this is the longest Koryu Bokken of our catalog. Although close in shape to the Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken, it is much longer, slightly thicker and significantly more curved. As it is very specific, this model is rather hard to recommend outside of the Shindo Yoshin Ryu school.
Long and heavily curved Bokken are charactereistic of ancient style Katana, at the time of the transition between the old Tachi and the Uchigatana (the actual Katana).
This model is the official model of the US based main branch of the Shindo Yoshin Ryu, the Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin Kai.
About the engraving: We offer to engrave the school Kamon (Maru ni Kenkatabami) on the Tsuka directly through the product options. If you wish to add the school's Kanji "新道楊心流", please order from the the engraving modules below the product pictures and options (the Kamon will be at the top of the Kanji and the whole engraving will be properly centered)
- Choice of wood species: red oak, white oak
- Available finish: Urethane varnish or camellia oil polish
- Manufacturing workshop: Horinouchi
Non varnished - Oil polish option:
All our high-end weapons are available either varnished with urethane or polished with camellia oil. The latter is more pleasant to the touch and these unvarnished weapons are also more ecologically-friendly, but they require regular (monthly) maintenance with oil (camellia or wood maintenance oil). Further, they can only be made from the finest timber of Japanese quality. Given the need for maintenance, our stocks are limited. Also, since the craftsmen must select the best wood possible to manufacture these Bokken and Jo, the processing time is longer than for varnished weapons. Please note that the oil polish can darken the wood significantly.
Shindo Yoshin Ryu Bokken Specifications Wood Akagashi
Weight 650 ~ 700 g 700 ~ 800 g Full length 109 cm Blade length 75 cm Tsuka length 34 cm Tsuka diameter 40 x 29 mm Mine Hiramine (flat spine) Tsuka shape Taira (flat butt) Kissaki Beveled (original Kissaki)
*Due to the hand-made manufacturing, color and weight may vary from one weapon to another
About Shindo Yoshin Ryu:
The Shindo Yoshin Ryu is quite a recent school, founded at the very end of the Edo period, in 1864 by Katsunosuke Matsuoka, a Samurai of the Kuroda clan. Matsuoka was trained in Totsuka Ha Yoshin Ryu, Tenjin Shinyo Ryu, Hokushin Itto Ryu and Kashima Shinden Jiki Shinkage Ryu, which were the roots of his Jujutsu and Kenjutsu combined style, the Shindo Yoshin Ryu. One of Matsuoka's best student left to create his own branch (Shigeta Obata Ha) in 1895, and Matsuoka died 3 years later in 1898. Matsuoka's grandson, Tasuo, who was also an accomplished Judoka (7th Dan) took over a few years later, until he passed at the age of 95 in 1989, without successor. The main line is now officially extinct, despite the fact that some of his late students still practice in their new organization, the Shindo Yoshin Ryu Domonkai.
Obata's lineage is still alive today, renamed "Takamura Ha" by Obata's grandson, Yukiyoshi Takamura. Takamura moved to the US, more precisely to California during the 60', and lived until the age of 72. After his death in 2000, the school was passed to Tobin E. Threadgill. The Shindo Yoshin Ryu has almost disappeared in Japan and his main branch is now based in Evergreen (Colorado) under the name: Takamura Ha Shindo Yoshin Kai.