Ogawa Kinnosuke Judan

        Tenshin Ryu History and lineage

Tenshin warrior Samurai school moved recently to Croydon from its previous location in West Wickham and operated under Tsunami Yodokan Dojo. Our most Senior students started their training in that Dojo. 

 

Ogawa Kinnosuke 10th Dan

Ogawa Kinnosuke, a legendary 10th Dan swordmaster, was one of only three masters of martial arts to be granted the “Shijohosho”, an award given for great achievement by the Emperor of Japan. Other masters to receive this honour at this time were Seiji Mochida, a Master of Kendo and Kyuzo Mifune, a Master of Judo. Morihei Ueshiba, the great teacher of Aikido was also later to obtain this honour. In 1933 at the Butokukwai in Kyoto, Japan, Ogawa began to teach the art of swordsmanship to a young Dan grade called Abbe Kenshiro.

Abbé Kenshiro Hachidan, founder of Kyushin Budo

 

Abbe Sensei had been instructed in the discipline of Kendo since the age of three and, at the age of seventeen had already attained 4th Dan in Judo. One year later he was to become Japan’s youngest ever 5th Dan. Whilst training at the Butokukwai, he started researching an obsolete ancient Japanese religious philosophy known as “Kyushindo”. This may be interpreted as -

KYU” – to desire or to have a deep yearning to search after something.

SHIN” – heart, mind, spirit, - the true and fundamental nature as opposed to the superficial appearance.

DO” – a way or path; a far reaching and inclusive direction.

The elementary perspective of this translation may be considered to be “The way of longing for knowledge of the fundamental nature of all things”. This philosophy therefore can be considered as not just a theoretical application with relevance limited to martial arts, but to life in its entirety.

After experiencing Satori (enlightenment) at the age of 18, Abbe Sensei developed a new style of Judo and two years later became Grand Champion. He was awarded 6th Dan Judo and 3rd Dan Kendo at the age of 23 and was selected at this time to become a student of Morihei Ueshiba with whom he remained for the next ten years, perfecting his arts and the principles of Kyushindo.

At the age of 40 Abbe Sensei was a Master of Judo, Kendo, Iaido, and Jukendo as well as several other traditional martial disciplines. In 1955 Abbe Sensei was the Master who brought these arts to the United Kingdom. Here he met and began to teach Kyu shin Budo to Otani Tomio, the first born son of Masutaro Otani, 7th Dan Judo Master. Otani Tomio Sensei was no newcomer to Martial arts and had been training since childhood, with Abbe Sensei's guidance he was to become a Master Budoka.

Otani Tomio Sensei , Master Budoka.

 

Born in 1939 Otani Tomio was the first born son of the well known Butoku Otani Masataro, from a very early age Tomio was exposed to Martial arts and some of the great Masters of the 20th century.  In 1955 Abbé Sensei arrived in Britain and stayed at the Otani home,   Tomio now 16 started to train with Abbé Sensei in Judo, Aikido , Iaido, and Kendo , Tomio studied the way of the Samurai in great detail , learning the Buddhist scriptures and the writings of past warriors, in 1960 Tomio became National coach to the British Kendo council,

 He was graded 2nd Dan Budo a year later. Otani Sensei never spoke of grades he had aquired, but sources say he was graded to 5th Dan Budo before Abbe Sensei returned to Japan. 

Otani Sensei was in the Territorial Army ( Parachute Regiment ) and stories of him jumping from a plane with his Katana on his back are often spoken of by his students, friends and family. 

From the early Seventies Otani Sensei worked seriously developing Abbe's work on Kyu Shin Do and establishing its place both in the Dojo and everyday life. During this period he trained only two or three students at a time at the house in Whyteleafe in Surrey that he shared with Yoga teacher Jane. 

In 1976 Otani Sensei was asked by Tudor Box Sensei, a student of Masutaro Otani and Abbe Sensei, to present a demonstration of his art at the Judo school in Carshalton. Otani Sensei presented a display of Iaido which demonstrated an unrivalled purity, ease of movement, accuracy and power. Both Mike Selvey and Tudor Box started traing the following week with Otani Sensei. 

Along with Martial Arts training, Otani Sensei taught the mental aspects of Kyushindo. Classes also contained discussion on eastern philosophy, religion and the human condition. Otani Sensei was also an accomplished artist, stategist and taught unusual aspects of Martial Arts such as Ho jo jutsu ( The art of binding an opponent during battle ) 

In early 1980 saw the opening of the Yamabushi Yodokan. the name reflected the Judo club that had been previously run: the name "Yodokan was added by Otani Sensei. The meaning can be expressed as "Y0", meaning essential, but also the pin which holds the Japanese fan together, "Do", the path or way and "Kan", meaning hall. 

In 1981 the Yodokan found a full time Dojo above shops in Brockley, South London. The benefit of lengthened training sessions, allied to the superb facilities presented the makings of a first class Dojo. Sensei Box taught during the day and Mike Selvey during the evenings. Otani Sensei would be there to oversee training and instruct the advanced students. 

At the begining of 1990 Otani Sensei's health started to deteriorate, he had suffered in the past with gastric problems that had culminated in surgery and with this reccurance, Stomache cancer was diagnosed. Sadly Otani Sensei died on the 6th June 1991, leaving behind hundreds of students with a variety of skills

Mike Selvey Shihan

Born in 1956 I started training in Judo in 1974.  I travelled to Japan for the first time in 1979 and was honoured to train and compete at the Kodokan in Tokyo and at the Tokyo police Kendo school In 1980 I achieved Shodan it was then I was introduced to Otani Tomio Sensei,   I asked Otani Sensei to teach me the way of the Samurai.  Thus became the start of the journey that took me around the world learning and teaching the way of the Warrior,    The journey started at the small house in Whyteleafe Surrey where Otani Sensei lived with his partner Jane a Yoga teacher,  I spent a great deal of time there learning Iaido,aikido,kendo,Japanese history and art.  In 1981 Otani Sensei graded me Nidan Budo, we then opened the first Yodokan in Brockley south London,  I began teaching and learning  there most evenings,     In 1984 Otani Sensei graded me Sandan Budo and decided it was time for me to start my own Dojo, from there I began teaching at Hanshi Tudor Box's Dojo and Kancho Alf Bates Tokushima Budo council dojo in Kent ,Kancho Bates graded me Yondan and Godan. The first Tsunami Dojo opened in 1988.

Hanshi Box graded me Rokudan Budo In 2004 it was then I opened Tsunami Yodokan and joined DNBKID.  I have travelled around the world studying and teaching my art.  In 2010 I was awarded Shihan, and in 2012 Rokudan and later Kyoshi by Hamada Hanshi in Kyoto Japan.

I am proud to say now there are 6 other Yodokan Dojo run by instructors I have had the honour of teaching and so the path of tenshin continues.

Tudor Box Hachidan Hanshi

 

A life remembered by Mike Selvey 6th Dan Kyoshi

Francis Tudor Box was born in YSTRADGYNLAIS South Wales in 1929, the family moved to London when Tudor (as he liked to be called) was 9 or 10. His Father was an air raid warden during the second World War, and Tudor used to tell stories of running wild around the bomb sites of London after an air raid. Tudor joined the regular army in 1949, from there he went on to the Parachute Regiment and finally the Special air Service, because of the nature of this position dates and details have been withheld, what we do know is he served in Korea and Burma.

Sensei Box left the service in 1963 when he became an HGV driver, he drove tanker lorries around Europe and the UK, his co-workers knew him as Mick, something which was never explained. Although Sensei Box trained in the Martial arts in the SAS he did not start training in clubs until 1968 when he trained in Judo, Jujutsu and Karate under many well known Masters including Masutaro Otani and Kenshiro Abbe. One of the venues sensei Box trained at was the famous "hut"; where the Masutaro Otani School of Judo and the British Judo Council were founded..

Sensei box was graded 1st Dan by Masutaro Otani in June 1976, at this time he was teaching Judo in Sutton, his schools were a great success and his students which included his Son Michael and Daughter Sarah took many medals nationally and internationally. In 1979 Sensei Box started training with Masutaro Otani's son, Tomio, who was a Budo master that Tudor had known and admired for some time. Now Sensei Box taught and was taught Judo, Jujutsu, Aikido, Iaido, kobudo, philosophy and numerous connected arts, the only art Sensei Box did not learn out of choice, was Kendo, he said he did not like the feeling of being enclosed that you get when wearing kendo armour.

Otani Tomio Sensei graded Sensei Box to 3rd Dan Renshi Budo in 1981, it was at this time that Otani Sensei opened the Yamabushi Yodokan in Brockley London, this was a full time Dojo where Sensei Box taught most days. It was in this Dojo in 1983 where he was graded to 4th Dan Budo by Otani Sensei. Shortly after this the Yodokan broke up and Sensei Box went back to teaching Budo at his own Schools in Sutton and surrounding areas. He joined forces with Kancho Alf Bates 10th Dan founder of the Tokushima Budo Council International and became a regional director. He taught Tenshin Ryu Iaido at Mallory School in Downham Kent until 2002.

Sensei Box was graded 4th Dan Budo in 1985 by the Budo Council of Europe and through the TBCI (Tokushima Budo Council) to

5th Dan in 1989

6th Dan in 1994

7th Dan in 1999

And 8th Dan Hanshi in 2004

He also was graded in many other organisations worldwide, where he was a well known figure and a well respected Master.

Sensei Box continued teaching until 2002, and even taught at occasional seminars until 2004, in this year he was made President of the Federation of Iai Schools. Soon after this his health started to decline and he found it increasingly difficult to teach, but up to 3 months before his death on Feb 16th 2005 Sensei Box came to the Tsunami Yodokan to watch the class run by myself and comment on form and generally assist the students verbally with their training.

In early September of 2005 Sensei Box's Son Michael, myself and Sensei Tony Blake a Judo instructor taught by Sensei Box travelled to Japan with Sensei Box's ashes , our purpose was to place the ashes on Mount Fuji and conduct a final ceremony to celebrate the life of our Father, Teacher and friend, we walked for 7 hours that day to find the right place for the ceremony, but we did find a place where we all agreed the feeling was right, Sensei Box's ashes now rest in the ground at the Dainichinyorai temple on Fujisan Japan, a very fitting end to a great teacher, a Yamabushi (Mountain Warrior).

In the 40 odd years Sensei Box taught Martial arts he must have trained a thousand students or more, some for a few hours at a seminar, some for more than 30 years, they all benefited from his knowledge and kinship and use what they have gained for the benefit of others now and in the future, this is the legacy of the warrior teacher.,