Dôjô, Keikojô and Dôkôkai

 

Training in Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô (Chiba Dôjô/line of Chiba Sadakichi, the school’s founder younger brother) can be obtained at three different places: a dôjô, a keikojô and a dôkôkai. There’s an overview of training locations on the homepage of the honbu (headquarter) of this traditional school of martial arts.

 

 

Dôjô

At the moment, there is only one authorised dôjô in existence, the Chiba-Dôjô (千葉道場).
It’s the Hokushin Ittô-ryû Hyôhô’s honbu (headquarter) worldwide and is nowadays located in Munich, Germany. Originally, it was founded in 1848 in Okemachi, Edo (nowadays Tôkyô), by Chiba Sadakichi, the younger brother of the founder of the Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô, Chiba Shûsaku.

The Chiba-Dôjô is personally led by the 7th sôke (head of the school and direct successor of Chiba Shûsaku, the kaiso/founder of the Hokushin Ittô-ryû Hyôhô), Ôtsuka Ryûnosuke as kanchô (head of the dôjô). The Chiba-Dôjô is the only place where a student can study the school completely.

The Chiba-Dôjô in Munich, led by the 7th sôke, Ôtsuka Ryûnosuke

 

 

Keikojô

Worldwide spread, there are six keikojô of the Hokushin-Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô. Such a keikojō is a fixed training group, which is led by a kaichō (head of the corresponding group), who is either a shidôin (teacher) or a shihandai (beginning master) of the school, which means one has been awarded the hatsu-mokuroku (shidôin) or with the kajô-mokuroku (shihandai).

 

 

Dôkôkai

A dôkôkai is a study group which is led by a kaichô (dôkôkai同好会 = (persons with the) 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 Hyôhô and to show them the basics of the school. At the moment there are five dôkôkai spread over Europe.