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Koryu Karate
 (Old Chinese Toh / Kara era Martial Arts)


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.

Creating a systematic structure and teaching this devastating art to the public was a long-term goal of Takamatsu Sensei - one which he did not have time to fulfill. 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 (literally "Old Chinese Toh / Kara era Martial Arts", not the "empty hand") and what he teaches comes from the techniques of Kijin Chosui Ryu Daken-Tai-Jutsu (striking hand technique) and Tenshin Koryu Kenpo (fist method).

The connection between Koryu Karate and Karate styles originating from Okinawa is that they both originated from China in the Kara era. The methods of punching, kicking and blocking are also similar. The Koryu Karate basic Kamae is also higher up and feet closer together due to the differences in weapons, armour and terraine than in Okinawan Karate. Although such a kame is also taught in Okinawan Karate. Similar to Goju Ryu there is a 50% emphasis on "Soft" and 50% emphasis on "Hard" techniques.

The Kata of Koryu Karate are short (3 to 8 moves). Kata bunkai is always taught from the beginning of learning the kata. Kata Kihon Waza (solo practice) and Kata Datotsu Waza (2 or more partner training) are also equally emphasised.

Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura has developed a step-by-step system of Kyu levels (below black belt) and Dan levels (black belt) to help students absorb these advanced techniques.