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Amatsu Tatara Shumon (Spiritual training)

The words Amatsu Tatara are not well known. However, the knowledge of the secret scrolls and books of the Amatsu Tatara are well known to special Japanese scholars, martial artists and spiritual experts. It is very difficult to explain the Amatsu Tatara because it is traditionally intended for a special grandmaster or special priest. For this reason it has been kept very secret.

Shoto Tanemura is the 58th Grandmaster of Amatsu Tatara Bumon (martial arts) and Shumon (spiritual). He feels the time for his true mission has come and that is to show the world what Amatsu Tatara is.

Ama – Heaven
Tsu – Side of Ocean
Ta – Bumon : martial gate from Tiger scrolls
Ta – Shumon or spiritual teachings from Dragon Scrolls
Ra – Emperor

Meaning is Dai Shizen No Ho – heaven’s law

Amatsu Tatara Bumon – Martial arts training traditions directly tied to the Amatsu Tatara system


Amatsu Tatara Shumon – Spiritual training from ancient Japanese past. It is taught directly heart to heart from a grandmaster to the next generation. Most of the tradition cannot be written or explained. Amatsu Tatara Shumon is passed on down to martial arts students of the various Amatsu Tatara Bumon Ryu (Ancient martial arts traditions, specifically those connected to the Kukishin Ryu) and is difficult for someone to understand if they do not train in the Amatsu Tatara Bumon.


The combination of Bumon and Shumon is like the left and right side of the body, positive and negative, male and female, intellect and spirit. They are different aspects of the same truth, connected in the student’s heart through constant training in Ninpo under the Grandmaster’s guidance, the combination producing a balanced heart.

(Genbukan Honbu Dojo Kami Dana)