The name "Tenshin Buko-ryu Heiho" comes from "Buko-ryu" which was made up by Suneya Ryosuke aka Bukosai who once had a school in Yotsuya, Edo with 2000 students and who also used the name "Tenshin Buko-ryu". References to the name "Tenshin Buko-ryu" can be found on a monument erected in 1978 (see below) in Ogano, Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture.
The founder of the school is Toda Seigen (also written as Tomita Seigen), a vassal of the Asakura family in Echizen Fukui, about 430 years ago. Toda studied the Chujo-ryu school of swordsmanship (kenjutsu) together with his younger brother Kagemasa and since many master swordsmen came from that family, the school came to be known as Toda-ryu. Kagemasa left Fukui to serve the House of Maeda in Kaga Province (present day, Ishikawa Prefecture) but when later in life Seigen became ill with an eye disease, he passed the headship of the family to Kagemasa and retired to Fukui’s Ichijodani area to become a monk.
Buko-ryu then flows towards the Kanto region and is transmitted through the second soke (headmaster), Hojo Ujikuni and his wife, Daifuku Gozen; they are both entombed in a splendid, damiyo (feudal lord) style tomb at the Shoryuji Temple in Saitama Prefecture’s Yorii. Then, the school is passed down through several generations of the Suneya family of feudal vassals and it is believed it was further developed by the 13th generation headmaster, Suneya Ryosuke Takeyuki and his wife Satoko. Bukosai became an instructor of the House of Kishu and later established a dojo in Yotsuya, Edo (present-day Tokyo) where he taught more than 2000 students.
Founder: Toda Seigen (Tomita Seigen)- 2nd generation: Hojo Ujikuni- 3rd generation: Daifuku Gozen- 4th generation: Suneya Koreyuki- 5th generation: Suneya Danjo Yoriyuki- 6th generation: Suneya Koretoshi- 7th generation: Suneya Koreaki- 8th generation: Suneya Yasukatsu- 9th generation: Suneya Yoritada- 10th generation: Suneya Tadayoshi (*)- 11th generation: Suneya Koremasa- 12th generation: Suneya Koreyoshi (*)- 13th generation: Suneya Ryosuke Takeyuki (aka "Bukosai", instructor of the Shingu-han in Kishu and later of the Yotsuya Bukokan dojo)- 14th generation: Suneya Sato- 15th generation: Komatsuzaki Koto- 16th generation: Yazawa Isao- 17th generation: Murakami Hideo- 18th generation: Kobayashi Seio- 19th generation: Nitta Suzuo- 20th generation: Nakamura Yoichi- 20th generation: Kent Sorensen (soke dairi/acting soke)
(*) These are the most probable readings; because of the idiosyncrasies of Japanese characters when used in names, unless there is a reading guide, names can be read in various ways.
Suneya Ryosuke Minamoto Takeyuki also known as "Bukosai" was born in Fujikura-mura village in the 7th
year of the Kansei Era (1796) and he was a master swordsman and teacher of sword and naginata of the
schools Kogen Itto-ryu, Tenshin Buko-ryu, Tenshin Shinto-ryu, Toda Buko-ryu. He started learning kendo
at an early age from his father, Minzaemon, and at age 18 he enrolled in the Kogen Itto-ryu dojo of
Henmi Tashiro in Ryogami-mura village. After studying and honing his skills, he was granted menkyo
kaiden (full license) and then spent another nine years perfecting his art in many provinces reaching
as far away as the islands of Kyushu and Shikoku. Eventually, his superb skills were noticed and he
became the fencing instructor of the lord of Kishu, receiving a record annual stipend of 200 koku
(about 30 tons of rice) and later, as his reputation grew even more, he opened a dojo in the Denmacho
area of Yotsuya in the city of Edo (present-day Tokyo) and trained numerous swordsmen. In his later years,
he returned to his birthplace in Chichibu but came back to Edo where he passed in the 9th year of the
Meiji Era (1876) at the advanced age of 82. This is to extol the great achievements of this local sword master and pass them on to future
(From the text inscribed on the Suneya Ryosuke birthplace memorial monument pictured below)
Suneya Ryosuke birthplace memorial monument
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