Katori shinto ryu

Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū is a purely martial art with a history of 600 years.

In modern times (April 1960) it has been characterized as cultural heritage of the Chiba prefecture and of Japan. It is the only art in Japan to receive such a title. Teachers and students of Katori Shintō-ryū (katorika) are considered as the safe keepers of tradition. It is characterized by the Keppan (oath of blood) which is compulsory for anyone who wishes to practice the art.

In contrast to modern martial arts, it offers a spherical training on all battle styles and for this it is being called bugei juhappan (18 categories of martial arts) or else, total study of martial arts.

Katori Shintō-ryū teaches kenjutsu (sword), iaijutsu (sword drawing), bojutsu (staff), sojutsu (spear), jujutsu (unarmed combat), naginata (type of spear), shurikenjutsu (blade throwing). Also there is reference and training in sciences of war sich as chikujojutsu (castle or field fortification), gunbaiho (strategy), tenmon chiri (topography and use of stars for direction). Given the wide range of study regarding war and its practices, Katori Shintō-ryū is considered the pinnacle of Japanese tradition.

In the battlefields of past centuries, warriors wore armor and fought with spears. If the spear broke, they had to draw their swords. In case they lost the sword, they went directly to unarmed combat until they were able to find a new weapon. It is clear thus, that the teaching of one, single martial art (swords, spears or unarmed) was at least insufficient in the battle field, where a combined knowledge of martial arts was needed! This combined knowledge is in effect the teaching and content of the art of Katori Shintō-ryū.

*Check here, the official website of Katori in Japan.

Katori’s curriculum includes:

  • Sword techniques ( kenjutsu )
  • Sword drawing ( Iaijutsu )
  • Two sword techniques ( Ryōtōjutsu )
  • Short-sword techniques ( kodachi )
  • Pole  techniques ( Bojutsu )
  • Naginata techniques (  Naginatajutsu )
  • Spear  techniques ( Sojutsu )
  • Unarmed techniques ( Jujutsu )
  • Blade techniques ( Shurikenjutsu)
  • Fortification techniques in the field and in the castle (Chikujojutsu)
  • Battle strategy ( Gunbaiho )
  • Topography – Astrology  ( Tenmonchiri )

The control of one’s self is a far greater feat than the defeat of a thousand enemies

Eric Louw Sensei Menkyo Katori Shinto Ryu

Eric Louw Sensei Menkyo Katori
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Our dojo represents the art of Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū of Ōtake Risuke sensei, under the guidance and supervision of Erik Louw Menkyo katori Shidosha Holland.

Erik Louw was born in 1956 and has been practicing ever since in many kinds of martial arts, especially in Katori Shintō-ryū and Aikido Aikikai in which he holds the title of 6th Dan. His occupation with martial arts for more than 50 years and his effort to make them widely known in Holland has earned him the title of Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

Here are the accomplishments and distinctions of Erik Louw sensei:

  • 2013 – winner of the Dutch “ Amsterdamse pluim”. (Received for aikido integration of disabled / handicapped people)
  • 2010 – Decorated as “ Riddder in de orde van Oranje Nassau”. (Royal decoration (Knight) for introducing Martial Arts in The Netherlands)
  • 2012 – Received the “ Menkyo Master Grade” in Katori Shinto Ryu Otake dojo
  • 2006 – Received the “ Mokuroku  Grade” in Katori Shinto Ryu
  • 2006 – Received the Shidosha (licence to Teach in Katori Shinto Ryu in The Netherlands) Otake dojo
  • 2005 – Keppan in Katori Shinto Ryu at Otake dojo
  • 1999 – Received the 5th dan in Katori Shinto Ryu Sugino dojo
  • 1984 – Start Katori Shinto Ryu at Sugino dojo
  • 1999 – Received the 6th dan in Aikido (Aikikai Humbu)
  • 1975  – Start Aikido in The Netherlands
  • 1972  – Start Kendo, received Shodan in 1978
  • 1970  – Start Shaolin Kempo, received 1 Kyu in 1975
  • 1967  – Start Kyokoshinkai Karate
  • 1967 – Start Judo


Contact info

Address: 11 Toussa Botsari str. 117-41, Athens

100m from Syggrou Fix Metro Station.

Tel.: 6973 381 917

Work hours:

Monday – Friday: 18:00 – 22:00

Saturday: 16:00 – 19:30

Applications are considered in September, following consultation with Erik Louw sensei.

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