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This instructional DVD is led by the 17th generation soke of Ono Ha Itto Ryu - Takemi Sasamori.
Ono Ha Itto Ryu is the kenjutsu school developed by Ono Jiroemon Tadaaki (1565-1628) which broke off from the older school Itto Ryu.
Ono Ha Itto Ryu was chosen as one of the official sword schools of the Tokugawa shogunate (together with Shinkage Ryu). Many of the feudal domains in Japan adopted it as their official system. The main line however, would move from Edo (Tokyo) to the Tsugaru domain, until Sasamori Junzo (16th soke) brought it back to Tokyo.
The aim of this school is to defeat the opponent with one stroke, hence the name "Itto" which should be interpreted as "one stroke" of "one beat". The reference to "one" is also philosophical and indicates that everything starts with one and ends with one. "One" refers to Kiriotoshi (cut to drop), which is the basic techniques in the school. Nevertheless it is said that the thrust of "tsuki" is the most feared techniques in Itto Ryu.
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Length: 122 min.