EDO YAGYU SHIN KAGE RYU
Relatively early in Japan's Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1868) the Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu had become the sword ryu of the the Tokugawas. It is said that the daimyo Tokugawa Ieyasu, after experiencing Yagyu Muneyoshi's skill at muto (an open-hand technique for disarming a swordsman), wished to appoint him as his sword instructor. Muneyoshi declined due to age, however, and recommended his fifth son, Munenori, instead. Yagyu Munenori moved to the capital, Edo (present-day Tokyo), and his branch of the Yagyu ryu became known by that name. Munenori's eldest brother was given the post of advisor to the Tokugawa representatives in Nagoya, where he founded the Owari Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu.
The Edo ryu continued after the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, but it is not known if it continued in Edo or elsewhere, perhaps in it's original home in Yagyu No Sato, in Nara. In the present day there are very few Edo Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu dojos. Our branch of the Edo Yagyu ryu is located in Osaka, Japan. The current and 17th soke (headmaster) is Sono Seiko.
There are two Edo dojos in Osaka, and two in the United States -- the Ren Sei Kan in Philadelphia and the Tampa-ko, in Tampa, Florida. Our group, the Ren Sei Kan, meets weekly and is under the direction of Paul Manogue sensei, 3rd dan, a direct student of the current soke. Manogue sensei, in Philadelphia, and Walter sensei, in Florida, are among the few official teachers of Edo Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu outside of Japan. There are, of course, other Yagyu-branch groups, both in the United States and around the world, such as the Owari Ryu.
Please note that there are no room and board facilities. The dojo has changing rooms but no showers. Each student is responsible for arriving to class by his/her own means. Please click here for detailed driving or mass transit directions.
Class begins each Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Please feel free to contact Manogue sensei with any questions about the Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu, the Edo branch or our group.
While in Japan Manogue sensei studied Edo Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu directly under the current soke and also trained in Tennen Rishin Ryu, Niten Ichi Ryu, Shindo Muso Ryu jo, Bujinkan Ninpo, and Tai Chi. After returning to the United States in 1994 he continued aikido practice and began teaching Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu. Manogue sensei continues to explore other martial arts as well, including Jun Fan Gung Fu, Kali, Silat, Machado Jiujitsu, Muy Thai, and Capoeira.