Araki ryu Torite Kogusoku

History

Introduction

Araki-ryu is not a tradition practiced by any of Japanese history's major figures.  It exerted an influence of another kind.  It has always embodied the rugged methodology of the the foot soldier,  the man who really did the fighting.  Araki-ryu prepared one to fight at close quarters: body-to-body, struggling over the same weapon or each others' weapons, or trying to disengage to create enough spacing so that one could bring one's own weapon's edge or point to bear while one's opponent, postural integrity crushed, was not able to do the same.

Following a unique tradition of ichi koku, ichi den, ("one country, one tradition"), shihan spread throughout Japan, and adapted Araki-ryu to local conditions.  Each sub-tradition of Araki-ryu was different, but always the "same" - the core essence of close-quarter armed grappling was almost always unchanged.

Chigiriki vs. Tachi - Isezaki Araki-ryu, circa 1954 - photo courtesy of Hal Sharp

Araki-ryu spread from Kyushu in the south to the cold mountains in the North of Honshu.  And now, over 450 years after it's birth, it has reached all the way to America and Europe.

The history section will trace the course of Araki-ryu, from its beginnings in a world of war in the Sengoku Period all the way to the 21st century. This many-centuries-long history notwithstanding, Araki-ryu remains a rugged method of combat for survival in the worst of circumstances.