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 a complete overview of training locations on the homepage of the Kangetsukai (Keikojô Osnabrück).
Worlwide, there is only one authorised dôjô in existence, the Chiba-Dôjô 千葉道場 in Munich, Germany. It serves as honbu (headquarter) of the Hokushin Ittô-ryû Hyôhô. It was originally founded in 1848 in Okemachi, Edo (present-day 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). Furthermore the Chiba-Dôjô is the only place where a student can study the school completely.
A keikojō is a fixed training group, which is led by a kaichō (keikojô 稽古場 = „training meeting“ & kaichô 会長 = group leader).
To lead a keikojô as kaichô, one has to be graduated with the hatsu-mokuroku or the kajô-mokuroku.
Additionally, one has to have made a totally separate exam to be authorized to represent the school
as shidôin (teacher – with hatsu-mokuroku) or shihandai (beginning master – with kajô-mokuroku).
Worldwide spread, there are eight keikojô of the Hokushin-Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô, currently.
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). To lead a dôkôkai as kaichô, one has to be graduated with the kirigami (切り紙 = lit.: cut paper).
Additionally, one has to have made a totally separate exam to be authorized to represent the school. The kaichô of a dôkôkai is allowed to take on students for the Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô and to show them the basics of the school.
At the moment there are two dôkôkai, both in Europe.