The seventh Sôke

Ôtsuka Ryûnosuke was born as Lösch (Loesch) Markus in Munich, Germany. Since his early childhood he was fascinated by martial arts and Japanese culture. In order to completely commit to learning the use of the Japanese sword, he even quit his longstanding training with the English longbow.

At that time no traditional Japanese sword-fighting school (koryû) was present in Munich or its vicinity, so he first started Musô Shinden-Ryû, a modern style of sword-drawing (iaidô). Since he was not satisfied with the teachings of this modern martial art, due to the lack in practical application, he moved to Japan in 2010 to study a real koryû directly at its source.

Ôtsuka Ryûnosuke Taira no Masatomo
The 7. sōke of the famous Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō
leads the school in the actual generation.

Due to his quick grasp of techniques and exceptional devotion, Ôtsuka Ryûnosuke was soon accepted as an uchi-deshi
(private pupil) by Ôtsuka Yôichirô Taira no Masanori, a menkyo-kaiden ranked shihan (master) of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū.

Ôtsuka Yôichirô Taira no Masanori
the 6. sôke of the famous Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô

From the moment he became an uchi-deshi of Ôtsuka Yôichirô Taira no Masanori, Ôtsuka Ryûnosuke spent his time exercising the Hokushin Ittō-ryū for several hours per day. That way he was able to quickly improve his techniques and furthermore to become fluent in the Japanese language. In July of 2013 Ôtsuka Yôichirô was appointed the 6th generation sōke (headmaster) of the Hokushin Ittō-ryū Hyōhō by the school’s 5. sôke, Chiba Hiroshi Masatane.

Chiba Hiroshi Taira no Masatane
the 6. sôke of the famous Hokushin Ittô-Ryû Hyôhô

On March 26th 2016 Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke was officially appointed the 7th sôke of the Hokushin Ittô-ryû Hyôhô by the 6th sōke Ôtsuka Yôichirō, together with the 5th sôke Chiba Hiroshi. After the appointment of his young successor, Ôtsuka Yôichirō officially retired and became sendai-sôke (previous/retired headmaster), fully entrusting the leadership of the school in Japan and abroad to Ôtsuka Ryûnosuke.

As the official successor of Chiba Shûsaku, the school’s kaiso (founder), Ôtsuka Ryûnosuke does spend several months a year in Japan and abroad in order to spread the teachings of the Hokushin Ittô-ryû Hyôhô worldwide.