What exactly is the Bushinkai / Dôkôkai Berlin ?
The Bushinkai in Berlin is one of the German shibu-dôkôkai (leaf-dōkōkai) of the Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô (bushinkai武心会 = martial spirit gathering/association). A dôkôkai is a study group which is led by a kaichô (dôkôkai同好会 = (persons with) same interests gathering/association & kaichô会長 = group leader).
The kaichô is someone who’s been graduated as kirigami (切り紙 = lit. cut paper) and has furthermore got a written permission to take on students for the Hokushin Ittô-Ryû and to show them the basics of the school. Nevertheless, the kaichô isn’t yet a teacher, therefore this slogan: “Isshoni keiko suru!” (一緒に稽古する, “Let’s learn TOGETHER!”). At the moment there are five dôkôkai spread over Europe.
When is the training in the Bushinkai ?
The Bushinkai’s regular training is:
Tuesday from 18:30 to 21:00
furthermore relatively regularly
Thursday from 18:30 to 21:00
(this day of the week can change due to working conditions).
In general, a second training unit per week shall be offered which as far as possible will take place regularly on thursday. This second evening appointment shall always be announced beforehand for several weeks to the regular training’s participants and only be deferred/suspended in absolutely exceptional cases.
Inquiries concerning additional individual training units are always welcome and do make sense, too. Additional hours of training, in this case meaning especially together with another person/other persons, will help all of us to advance faster in what we are doing.
With whose help will be trained TOGETHER in the Bushinkai ?
The kaichô of the Bushinkai / Dôkôkai Berlin is Mücke (Muecke), Wilf (that’s me). I study the precious – and up until now proven as highly effective – Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô, one of the most important predecessors of modern kendô, directly under the 7th sôke of the Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô, Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke Taira no Masatomo大塚龍之介平政智 (sôke宗家 = head of a family or of a family like household like e.g. traditional martial arts had been and in majority are still organized).
I’ve always been interested in martial arts in general but with time my interests concentrated on Japan, as there some hundreds martial arts traditions have survived to the present day while in Europe such arts have ceased. After having trained a modern conglomerate of traditional martial arts for years and with the koryû much easier accessible than at the time I started, I searched for the school which suits best to me and vice versa, once again.
It’s an enormous luck and a pleasure beyond description that I was allowed to become a student of the Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô. As time passed, I remained convinced absolutely of the outstanding value of this school. I therefore still feel deeply honered that on June 16th 2017, I’ve been permitted to do the keppan (a traditional blood oath which further intensifies the relationship between the school and the student).