Motoha Yoshin Ryu - Hontai Yoshin Ryu-Takagi Ryu

Ryu-so Takagi Oriemon Shigetoshi

2nd Takagi Umanosuke Shigesada

3rd Takagi Gennoshin Hideshige

4th Okuni Kihei Shigenobu

5th Okuni Yakuro Nobuyoshi

6th Okuni Tarodayu Tadanobu

7th Okuni Kihei Yoshisada

8th Okuni Yozaemon Yoshisada

9th Nakayama Jinnai Sadahide

10th Okuni Buzaemon Hidenobu

11th Nakayama Kazaemon Sadayoshi

12th Okuni Kamaji Hidetoshi

14th Ishiya (Ishitani) Takeo Masatsugu

15th Ishiya (Ishitani) Matsutaro Masaharu

16th Kakuno Hachiheita Masayoshi

17th Minaki Saburoji Masayoshi

Motoha Yoshin Ryu-so, Soke Yasumoto Akiyoshi

The history of Hontai Yoshin Ryu-Takagi Ryu has several branches and with each branch there are some differences. As the early history was transmitted orally it should be considered as folklore or legend. Hontai Yoshin Ryu-Takagi Ryu has several branches and any conflicting sources of the legend should not be considered as either incorrect or a historical fact.

Hontai Yoshin Ryu-Takagi Ryu began in the Edo period originating in Oshu (present day Miyagi prefecture), then moving to the Shiroishi district (Okayama), then the Owari district (Nagoya), then the Tosa district (Koichi), and then finally to the Ako and Himeji districts (Hyogo). The ryu was especially prominent in the Himeji-han and Ako-han.

The founder of Hontai Yoshin Ryu-Takagi Ryu was Takagi Oriemon Shigetoshi (also recorded as Takagi Oriemon Shigenobu), whose childhood name was Umon. Umon was born on January the 2nd 1635, the 12th year of Kannei (although other sources claim the 2nd of April 1625).

He died on October the 7th in first year of Shotoku (1711). He was the second son of the Inatobi (or Inatomi) family, serving Katakura Kojuro, the Lord of the Shiroishi castle in Mutsu no Kuni.

According to the legend Umon's father was attacked in the dark and murdered. Umon later avenged his father and embracing his father's teaching of "Yoboku wa tsuyoku, Takagi ga oreruzoyo" (a willow tree is flexible, but a tall tree can be broken) he later renamed himself Yoshin Ryu Takagi Oriemon Shigetoshi. Takagi Oriemon was well known for his great physical strength and is still legendary in the former Shiroishi district.

In 1993 (the fifth year of Heisei) the 18th Soke of Hontai Yoshin Ryu Inoue Tsuyoshi Munetoshi and his students studied a grave located in former Shiroishi district and confirmed that the grave belonged to Oriemon. They performed kata at the spot in commemoration of the founder.

In the lineage of grandmasters the 2nd and 14th sokes were among the most famous. Takagi Umanosuke Shigesada, the 2nd soke, appears in Japanese legends as a kind and warm man as well as a great martial artist. He is famous for formulating one of the earliest styles of Jujutsu.

The 14th soke Ishiya Takeo Masatsugu, born 1845, was known as a master of masters in the Edo period. His most famous teachings are the words "1st eyes, 2nd speed, 3rd courage, 4th strength" and "Soft on the surface, strong on the inside". These two sayings remain chief teachings of Motoha Yoshin Ryu encouraging us to keep a calm heart as we continue training. He continued these teachings during his tenure as soke.

In 1980 Hontai Yoshin Ryu was chosen as one of the subjects for a series of documentaries on the existing schools of traditional martial arts. Currently in Japan there exist about 400 styles of martial arts but only a few styles have continued in an unbroken lineage into the present era.

In March 2017 Yan Ti founded a Shaolin cultural center in Sicily to teach Kung Fu, Buddhism and Mandarin.

Moto-ha Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu is a branch of the Hontai Yoshin Ryu-Takagi Ryu lineage and continues the original Takagi Ryu teachings of Minaki Saburoji and Kanazawa Ichizu. Soke Yasumoto Akiyoshi is the first Soke and founder (ryuso) of Motoha Yoshin Ryu.

Yasumoto Soke and the development of Hontai Yōshin Ryū and Motoha Yōshin Ryū Jūjutsu

Akiyoshi Yasumoto is a descendant of a bushi family dating back to the 15th century.

For many years he trained Takagi Ryū Jūjutsu with Kanazawa Ichizu and Hontai Yōshin Ryū Jūjutsu under Minaki Saburo Masanori, 17th Soke, and received his licence of complete transmission (menkyo kaiden).

In 1981 Yasumoto Sensei started to travel abroad to teach Hontai Yōshin Ryū Jūjutsu in Europe and the USA on behalf of his Soke. The first country he visited was Italy.

In 1996, Mr Yasumoto and Mr Kanazawa Akira, and other menkyo kaiden holders of Minaki Soke decided to leave the Hontai Yōshin Ryū organisation. In 1997 Yasumoto Soke started to teach again, but in his own branch of the tradition named Motoha Yōshin Ryū Jūjutsu, the meaning of the words ‘moto-ha’ is original-style reflecting the Takagi Ryu teachings of Kanazawa Ichizu, the father of Kanazawa Akira and the original teachings of Minaki Saburo Masanori.

The first city where Yasumoto Soke taught Motoha Yōshin Ryū Jūjutsu was Vaerlose, Denmark. Sweden and Ukraine followed, and now 17 countries are represented in International Motoha Yōshin Ryū Jūjutsu

The development of Hontai Yōshin Ryū and Motoha Yōshin Ryū

Hontai Yōshin Ryū (or Hontai Yōshin Ryū Takagi Ryū) was developed by a bushi or samurai named Takagi Oriemon Shigetoshi in the 17th century of medieval Japan.

His place of origin is Oshu (present day Miyagi prefecture). It spread out to Shiroishi (Okayama prefecture), to Owari (Nagoya) and finally to Ako and Himejii (Hyogo).

Later the honbucho dojo moved to Kōbe and is now in Nishinomiya.

In the lineage of grandmasters, the 2nd and 14th are the most famous. Takagi Umanosuke Shigesda, 2nd Soke, appears in Japanese legends as a kind man as well as a great martial artist. He was famous for formulating one of the earliest styles of unarmed combat. The 14th Soke, Ishiya Takeo Masatsugu, born in 1845, was known as master teacher in the Edo-Period. His most famous teachings are the words:

“1st eye, 2nd speed, 3rd courage, 4th strength” and “Soft on the surface, strong inside”

Motoha Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu [本派楊心流柔術] is a Koryu (or old tradition), and a branch of the Hontai Yoshin Ryu-Takagi Ryu lineage that was founded in the mid-1600's and has continued to this day through an unbroken lineage of master teachers.

本 - MOTO (origin)

派 - HA (branch)

楊 - YO (willow)

心 - SHIN (heart)

流 - RYU (style)

Motoha Yoshin Ryu International [国際本派楊心流 Kokusai Motoha Yoshin Ryu] consists of the head teachers of all member countries, who represent the teaching of Soke Yasumoto Akiyoshi and Motoha Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu around the World.

The Motoha Yoshin Ryu International group was introduced at the January 2011 - Motoha Yoshin Ryu International Congress.

The goal of the organisation is promote and coordinate the correct teaching of Motoha Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu around the world on behalf of Yasumoto Akiyoshi Soke.

Reference - www.motohayoshinryu.org/index.php/en/