The certificates for the exams taken in early September of 2010 arrived in Germany quite soon, but got stuck at customs in the City of Lüneburg (many thanks to the customs team). As our friend M. Preston (Mokuroku) from England let us know he’d be visiting Hamburg in December, I decided to present the Shokyû, Jôkyû and Mokuroku certificates after a long German-English-Japanese training session on Saturday December 18th.
Presentation of the certificates
Together with the certificates Kagita Sôke sent two pieces of his own calligraphy. One depicting the motto of the school "daietsugen" (big eyes radiant with joy), the other – which was a BIG surprise - "Hôzôinryû sôjutsu Hanburugu dôjo" (Hamburg dôjô of the Hôzôinryû sôjutsu), declaring the Hamburg training facility an official branch.
Thank you very, very much! This presents a strong stimulus for all Hamburg dôjô members to train even harder in 2011.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of city partnership between Osaka and Hamburg the Alster Dojo e.V. gave demonstrations of all disciplines practiced in the club (Iaidô, Kendô, Kyûdô and Hôzôinryû Takadaha Sôjutsu) at the Japanese Tea Pavilion on the grounds of Planten un Blomen in Hamburg.
The video of the complete Hôzôinryû Takadaha Sôjutsu demonstration performed at this event can be found here. (Registered and logged in members only!)
On Saturday, May 31th 2008 two of the oldest bujutsu ryûha of Japan met at the Alster Dojo e.V. in Hamburg, Germany: the Tenshin Shôden Katori Shintôryû, perhaps the oldest style overall, and the Hôzôinryû Takadaha which ist the oldest style of spear-fencing still existing. Of course the meeting was not antagonistic but had the purpose of learning from each other.
The best of course would be to train in Japan. There are three dôjôs, one in Nara, one in Higashiôsaka and one in Nagoya, where training is held regularly. Addresses, training hours and contact data can be found at the Japanese site of the Hôzôinryu.
Outside Japan the only place offering Hôzôinryû Takadaha Sôjutsu training on a regular base is located in Hamburg/Germany:
Alster Dojo e.V.
Tel. & Fax: 040 - 560 085 95
monday 17:00 - 19:00
thursday 17:00 - 18:00
Everyone interested in Hôzôinryû Sôjutsu is always welcomed to visit the regular training sessions but prior announcement of such a visit either by phone during the Sôjutsu training hours at the dôjô or here would be highly appreciated.
Additionally there is a long spear-weekend once a month, which does not only offer enough time to train the forms of all three levels with various partners, but also to do intensive exercises of basic techniques.
The weekend dates for 2017 are:
19/20 August - The 5th European Kobudo Convention will be held at the Alster Dojo then. Therefore no spear-weekend in August.
In September the annual seminar with Maeda Sensei will take place. Details will follow.
all 14:00 - 18:00 (Sa) and 13:00 - 17:00 (Su) (longer on request)
All other dates for 2016 will follow asap.
Perspiration has been worthwhile!
Now the graduations earned in September are "official"!
All five new graduates
The shokyu, chûkyû und jôkyû diplomas issued by Kagita Sôke have arrived in Hamburg and were handed to the graduates on Monday, November 26th 2007 after training at the Alster-Dojo e.V.
Omedetô gozaimasu! (Congratulations!)
Written by Jürgen Seebeck
The links below will take you to videos of the shokyû und chûkyû exams held at the Alster Dojo e.V. in Hamburg, Germany during the Hôzôinryû Takadaha Sôjutsu seminar led by Maeda Shigenori Sensei in September 2007.
In September 2007 the first exams outside Japan in more than 450 years of history of the Hôzôinryû were held in Hamburg, Germany during the seminar with Maeda sensei.
There were two candidates for shokyû, two for chûkyû and one for jôkyû. All five of them passed their exams.
Including these newly graduated spearmen the list of graduates in Hôzôinryû Takadaha Sôjutsu in Europe is as follows:
1 mokuroku (Romania)
2 jôkyû (England 1/Germany 1)
2 chûkyû (Germany)
2 shokyû (Germany)
In the future exams up to at least jôkyû shall be held in Hamburg during seminars led by japanese teachers on a regular basis.