Welcome to the website of Toda-ha Buko-ryu, Hokusei Dojo.
Toda-ha Buko-ryu is a martial tradition which specializes in the use of the naginata. Its highest teachings center around the kagitsuki naginata, a weapon with a small cross-bar, against both sword and spear.
Toda-ha Buko-ryu has its roots in the Toda-ryu, founded by Toda Seigen (富田勢源) in the later years of the Warring States era in Japan. Toda-ryu became an enormously influential school throughout the Edo period, and up into modern times. Among ryu which developed from Toda-ryu are Itto-ryu kenjutsu (the primary influence on modern kendo), Kiraku-ryu jujutsu, Saburi-ryu sojutsu, and, of course, Toda-ha Buko-ryu.
Toda-ryu was adopted by the Suneya family in the mountainous Chichibu region. Among other weapons, the clan apparently focused on the naginata, and its study, over many generations, was known as Suneya-kei naginatajutsu. In the mid-1800’s, Suneya Ryosuke and his wife Suneya Satoo initiated a renaissance of the naginata. This became the Toda-ha Buko-ryu.
Toda-ha Buko-ryu is currently under the direction of soke-dairi, Kent Sorensen, also head of Toda-ha Buko-ryu’s core dojo, the Nakano Dojo in Tokyo Japan. Sorensen sensei is supported by a number of shihan (fully licensed instructors) throughout the world. This website will provide an overview of Toda-ha Buko-ryu history, as well as providing contact information, not only for the Hokusei Dojo, but also for other Toda-ha Buko-ryu dojo around the world.
This website will be in a state of continuous development. We will revise it as new historical information is established, as well as uploading documents and photos of Toda-ha Buko-ryu related material.