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Welcome to the official website for the Arakido World Headquarters Japan.

Home of the Edo branch of Yagyū Shingan-ryū「柳生心眼流體術」

&  Otsubo lineage Yagyū Shinkage-ryū Heihō「柳生新陰流兵法」

Our Story

Martial arts of the warrior Yagyu clan date back to Japan's early Edo period.


Yagyū Shingan-ryū is a comprehensive and fierce system of Samurai battlefield tactics, combatives and strategies. It's origin can be traced back to the Japan's Sendai region. Headmaster Koyama Samon introduced the art to Edo (modern-day Tokyo) during his 20 year residence in the capital. The word "Shingan" is of esoteric Zen origin and refers to the inner-faculty of perception; the mind/heart's eye. The curriculum consists of yawara (unarmed ju-jutsu combatives), bo-jutsu (long pole fighting), ken-jutsu (sword fighting), iai-jutsu (sword drawing & etiquette), Odachi-jutsu (weighted sword to build strength and core structure) and naginata-jutsu (glaive fighting).

Yagyū Shinkage-ryū is a school of swordsmanship founded by Yagyū Sekishusai Muneyoshi. Muneyoshi's fifth son, Munenori, served as sword instructor to Shogun Ieyasu and his two heirs (son, Hidetada and grandson, Iemitsu), making Yagyū Shinkage-ryū the official sword style of the shogunate for three consecutive generations. Our lineage stems from Otsubo Shiho (Menkyo Kaiden), a disciple of 19th generation headmaster, Yagyū Sangorō Taira Toshichika, and 20th generation, Yagyū Kinji Taira Toshinaga.

Meet The Headmaster


Kajitsuka Yasushi

Kajitsuka Yasushi is the 11th generation headmaster of Yagyū

Shingan-ryū Taijutsu. He is also a 23rd generation shihan and head of the Otsubo lineage of Yagyū Shinkage-ryū Heihō. Both titles were handed down to him by the late Muto Masuo.

For three generations, Arakido was headquartered in the Shonan/Kamakura area. Headmaster Kajitsuka himself grew up in the beachside town of Zushi, but now lives in Tochigi prefecture. 

Our organization currently has study groups in Russia, the Ukraine, the United States, Canada and Australia. Headmaster Kajitsuka welcomes visitors to Japan and also conducts overseas seminar from time to time.

Affiliations & Exhibitions


Both Yagyū Shingan-ryū Taijutsu & Yagyū Shinkage-ryū Heihō are accredited and registered with the Nippon Budokan Foundation's Japan Kobudo Association & the Japan Kobudo Promotion Society. These pretigious organizations host numerous public exhibitions across Japan.

For a event schedules, please refer to the following webpages:



Jan 24, 2022   |   Nippon Budokan advises that the 45th Japan Kobudo Enbu-taikai, scheduled for February 6th, will now be  closed to spectators due to a sudden spike in Covid-19. A LIVE online broadcast will be made available.


Jan 22, 2020   |   Book publication by Arakido student, Jack Hathway. Check it out, Through Dragonfly Eyes on Amazon.

Dojo & Keikokai


Kuroiso Honbu Dojo, Tochigi prefecture

Muto (Zushi) Dojo, Kanagawa prefecture

Hayama Dojo, Kanagawa prefecture

Yamato Dojo, Kanagawa prefecture

Yokohama Sakae Dojo, Kanagawa prefecture

Kamakura Dojo, Kanagawa prefecture

Kagurazaka Dojo, Tokyo

Hiroshima Dojo, Hiroshima prefecture

Ukraine Keikokai, Krivoy Rog

Russia Keikokai, Moscow & Kaliningrad

Canada Keikokai, Toronto

United States Keikokai, Wisconsin

Australia Keikokai, Melbourne

Yagyu Shinkage Ryu
Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Enpi
Yagyu Shingan Ryu Odachi

Contact the Arakido Japan Headquarters.
Direct inquiries to David Barber.


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