Grandmaster Tanemura Shoto Soke
Tanemura Shoto Sensei started training in traditional martial arts at the age of nine and other traditional martial arts (Ninpo and Kobudo) from 15 years old. He learned traditional Japanese Kobudo from his father, uncle and their teachers. Due to his exceptional skill he was given his first Menkyo Kaiden (Grandmastership) at the age of 21. Since that time, he has earned Menkyo Kaiden in over 20 various Ryu-Ha (Martial Art Schools / Traditions). He is now the 'Soke' (Grandmaster) of not only Ninpo, but also of these various Ryu-Ha (Martial Traditions). Currently, he is teaching Ninpo, as the 'Art of the Martial Arts'.
His organisations: Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation, Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei, Japan Kobudo / Koryu World Federation and Amatsu Tatara World Federation have their headquarters at his home where he also maintains his position of Kancho / Soshi.
The Genbukan is international in scope with branches existing in the American, European and Asian Continents.
The art of the Ninja, the legendary shadow warriors of Japan, is the primary focus of the International Genbukan Ninpo Bugei organization headed by Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura of Matsubishi Japan. In the interests of maintaining the integrity of the ancient Ninja tradition, Grandmaster Tanemura founded the Genbukan in November of 1984. The Genbukan is dedicated to the factual portrayal and teaching of the Ninja arts in the traditional Japanese manner.
The name Genbukan translates as "the place that nurtures the martial art professionals; the place radiating with an exquisite martial art". 'Gen' can also means black, and thus the Genbukan can be said to mean a place for the practice of martial arts which are both mysterious and marvelous. This significance is that those who master the Ninpo Bugei give light to our everyday world, a world often filled with darkness.
Nin translates into patience, but can also imply perseverance, or stealth. The Japanese character for Nin consists of two parts or radicals. The upper radical is called yaiba which refers to the cutting edge of a blade. The lower radical can be read either as kokoro or shin, both of which mean heart.The character po, which implies natural law, is used rather than do (i.e.. judo, kendo, aikido,etc).
Referring to our art as Ninpo rather than Ninjutsu stresses training which is concerned with the internal development of the individual's character along with the technical skills of martial training. It isn't enough just to know techniques, it is where your heart and spirit are as a person that is important. This refinement of one's spirit is known in Japanese as seishinteki kyoyo.
Ninpo is concerned with the defense of the whole self, and recognizes that defense against a life-threat is dealt with by the spirit as much as with physical technique.
Among all the schools of Ju-Jutsu and Tai-Jutsu, Kijin Chosui Ryu focuses on techniques that bring certain victory. There are very few people who have mastered this Ryu Ha because traditionally only one person can inherit the true spirit and skills. This is the Daken Jutsu Kaiden method, as described in the initiation instructions contained in the Amatsu Tatara Tora no Maki (Tiger Scroll).
Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura learned directly from Kobayashi Masao Sensei, Kimura Sensei and other grandmaster level students of Takamatsu Sensei. Training in these traditional martial arts for nearly 50 years, Tanemura Sensei received the highest 'Dragon' and 'Tiger' scrolls from this most ancient and unbroken line of Grandmasters.
Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura has started to complete Takamatsu Sensei's mission and share this once-secret art. Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura refers to the art as Koryu (classical or literally 'old school') Karate and what he teaches comes from the techniques of Kijin Chosui Ryu Daken-Tai-Jutsu (striking hand technique) and Tenshin Koryu Kenpo (fist method).
There no connection between this system of Martial Arts and Karate styles originating from Okinawa. The Kata of Koryu Karate are very short (3 to 4 moves) and always taught as application first. None of the Kata found in the Okinawa styles are found in Koryu Karate. Nunchaku, Sai and Tonfa are not part of the Koryu Karate as these were not used by the ancient Chinese warriors that passed this art to Japan in the 9th to 11th Centuries AD. Their weapons were battle field weapons such as the Sword, Spear, Knife etc.
Kokusai Ju-Jutsu Renmei is an organization set up by Shoto Tanemura Sensei in 1991 in order to preserve traditional Ryu Ha (schools) and insure their correct instruction. The system is structured from 10th Kyu to 10th Dan. All fundamentals are covered in the Kyu syllabus, along with an introduction to the Takagi Yoshin Ryu. At black belt 4th Dan you can formally start learning patterns from many of the other traditional schools. These include Tatra Shinden Ryu, Yagyu Shingan Ryu, and others.Ju-Jutsu is an ancient Japanese Martial art whose history is closely linked with that of Ninpo. It has influenced the development of Aikido, Judo, and some schools of Karate.
Unfortunately, today very few jujutsu schools outside of Japan practice what could be considered authentic jujutsu. Having lost the connection with their Japanese roots, they have evolved into eclectic arts. The purpose of the KJJR is to make available training to those who seek traditional jujutsu.
The only Koryu Jujutsu patterns that survived from the ancient past to be passed on in the Kokusai Ju-Jutsu Renmei today are the ones that have been used successfully by survivors of real battles. Each Grandmaster or master of a system tried to keep the pattern true to its original form to pass it down to the next generation.
At the moment there are two types of Ju-Jutsu in the world:
First is the mixed style system, this group includes many styles such as Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu et cetera.
The second type of Jujutsu is the original Ju-Jutsu Ryu Ha which evolved on the battlefield. This group keeps the traditional patterns 'alive' with access to Kuden (spoken only understanding) from a true Grandmaster with the aim of keeping the patterns 'alive' for real self-defence application.
Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura learnt the following Chinese Martial arts, Hsing I Chuan, Ba Ji Chuan, Pakkua (Ba Gua Zhang), Chen Pan-Ling Tai Chi Chuan, White Crane, and Fu Jian Province Shaolin Golden Hawk, combining them with Bagua into the Chugoku Kenpo system he teaches. This system teaches Pakkua and methods and techniques from the other Chinese systems combined with Chi Kung training and internal martial arts exercises from both China and Japan.
The basic foundations of all weapons, trained in the Genbukan system, are Bojutsu (staff fighting art) and Bikenjutsu (secret sword fighting art). One must first master Taijutsu properly before one will be able to train correctly with weapons. Other weapon-training such as Yarijutsu (Sojutsu/spear), Shurikenjutsu (throwing blade), Naginatajutsu (halberd), Kyujutsu (bow), Kusarigamajutsu (sickle/chain), etc. are exclusive for higher level students.
Grandmaster Tanemura has spent 14 years at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department as both detective and instructor. Soke has also consulted with and taught SWAT, FBI, Special Forces and other law enforcement agencies around the world. These diverse experiences have enabled Grandmaster Tanemura to create a truly effective self defense curriculum. These special techniques are very effective and truly qualify asJissenjutsu (real-life fighting skills).