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Tenshin Kōryū Kenpo Tai-jutsu

This traditional Kōryū (old-school) is said to have been founded sometimes in the Keicho era (1596-1615). The original name was Shintō Tenshin Ryū and originated from Ueno Tatsuzaemon Takayuki. Not much is known about the life of the founder as the original documents of the Ueno family are said to have been destroyed by a fire in the residence of the 8th Sōke Ueno Takashi.

What is known is that the 1st Sōke Ueno Tatsuzaemon was a Samurai of Goshi rank (Country Samurai) and for generations his ancestors where located in Iga region. During Tensho era his family moved to Banshu Ako (present day Hyogo Prefecture) to escape Iga's capture by Nobunaga Oda. Ueno Tatsuzaemon was an expert of Ichiden-ryū Torite, Katori Shintōū Ryū and Yoshin-ryū Jū-jutsu.

Throughout the centuries, the successive headmasters have added more of their knowledge into the curriculum of the school. Most notable are the incorporation of the Ichijo Fuji Koppō Torite-jutsu (by the 4th Sōke Ueno Hikozaemon Yoshiyuki) and the Takagi-ryū/Kukishin-ryū Bō-jutsu (by the 5th Sōke Yamamoto Kansuke Katsushige).

The 8th Sōke Ueno Takashi

Sōke Ueno Takashi (1931-1976) was born in Natsumi-cho, Funabashi (Chiba prefecture) into a family of Samurai heritage. His grandfather, the 7th Sōke Ueno Kujuro Nobuhisa, was a loyal retainer in the Odawara Dōmain and lived through the last part of the Edo period and through the ending of the Samurai cast and feudal Japan.

Sōke Ueno Takashi added into the curriculum elements from Tenshin Shinyo Ryū, Asayama Ichiden Ryū and Ryukyu Karate Kenpo (mainly Shito-ryū Karate). In order to avoid prosecution by the Allied Forces occupation of Japan after WW2, he changed the name of the school to Tenshin Kōryū Kenpo.

Sōke Ueno Takashi was one of the most influential and prominent figures in Japanese martial arts during those years. He mastered, besides Tenshin Kōryū, the following arts:

Shihan Fujitani Masatoshi

Shihan Fujitani Masatoshi (藤谷昌利) was a very influential figure in the development of both traditional Jū-jutsu/Tai-jutsu and Karate-Dō. He was born in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture on the 1st of January 1926.

In 1935 he began studying Kodokan Judo with Matsumoto Sensei. When he was 14 years old, he began studying Hontai Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jū-jutsu and his family's tradition of Kōryū Tai-jutsu under the tutelage of his grandfather Shihan Sato Yonejiro.

In 1946 he began studying Shito-ryū Karate-Dō, at first in Taruyamachi, Akashi with Takamori Sensei and later the same year, under the direct instruction of the founder Sōke Mabuni Kenwa and Shihan Tani Chōjirō, the founder of the branch Tani-ha Shito-ryū.

In 1950 he studied Ki-shina Ryū Bo-jutsu with Matsumoto Naoyama Sensei and in 1951 he received the 4th Dan in Shito-ryū Karate-Dō from Sōke Mabuni Kenwa.

Shihan Matsumiya Masashige

Shihan Matsumiya Masashige (松宮政重) was born in 1937 and began studying Budō at a young age. He eventually moved to Handa city in Aichi prefecture and opened a Dōjo where he is still actively teaching all the martial arts he has learned under the collective name of Jinen-ryū.

Although he has established his own school, he teaches the different lineages separately with the aim of transmitting them unaltered. In facts he issues alongside Dan ranks for the Jinen-ryū also the Mokuroku and Menkyo of the traditional systems for which he is licensed.