To study the Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô isn’t limited to a specific category of people and as long as one is mentally or bodily not serious ill, participating in the training won’t be a problem. We do warmheartedly welcome everybody from young to old. Neither experience in other martial arts nor exceptional physical abilities are needed. Eagerness to learn, to be interested and openminded these are ever a very good basic prerequisite.
Like in many other asian traditional martial arts, in our school there are etiquette rules and furthermore philosophical teachings which have been influenced by the school’s historical, local and at least partly religious background, too. Nevertheless: one doesn’t have to change religion or even belong to any religion at all to benefit from the corresponding teachings (with time, one will get to know and understand these teachings and their specific context in a natural way).
There’s virtually absolutely no reason to have inital reservations/anxieties to get in touch with in some eyes supposedly bad, brutal martial arts, this “strange man’s thing”.
I would even like to especially encourage women to participate, too.
I’m firmly convinced that our training methods and to train in a trustworthy, secure environment (including training in armor like nowadays used in modern kendô, the jap. sword fencing with bamboo swords) and furthermore the philosophical teachings of our school are perfectly suited to serve not only men to become physically and mentally strong persons and personalities.
By the way: with Chiba Sana (千葉佐那), born in 1838 and daughter of the Chiba Dôjô’s founder Chiba Sadakichi Masamichi (千葉定吉政道), we have a famous female fighter on our list of historically wellknown students of the Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô which contains names like e.g. Sakamoto Ryôma (坂本 龍馬) or Takano Sasaburô (高野 佐三郎). Below one can see Chiba Sana on a woodblock print by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi titled „Chiba Gekikenkai“ (1873).