Hontai Yoshin Ryu at KSKD
KSKD is very fortunate to be able to offer traditional and authentic Martial Arts. Another Art practiced is that of Hontai Yoshin Ryu which is taught by Matthew Hawthorne. This is a koryu (traditional) jujutsu system with its home Dojo (Honbu) in Nishinomiya, Japan.
Our Dojo is a satellite school to the Hontai Yoshin Ryu American branch headquarters, also located in Louisville, KY, and led by the American branch head, Dr. Brian Barnes.
About Hontai Yoshin Ryu
Hontai Yoshin Ryu (HYR) is a comprehensive martial art founded in Japan in the 17th century. It’s primary curriculum focuses on unarmed grappling, including a variety of throws, locks, and strikes, but it also includes short sword (kodachi), short staff (hanbo), and long staff (bo) kata, all done against the sword. Unarmed defenses against the tanto (knife) and the sword are also studied at higher levels.
Study of this art and its associated weapons begins with a variety of basics, including ukemi (receiving) ways to fall and roll safely without injury, necessary to take the throws on a consistent basis.
Hontai Yoshin Ryu also includes its own set of sword kata, contained within three (3) sets of 5, 6, and 8 kata.
Participation in this class is subject to teacher discretion and is for those 16 years of age and older.