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

Panagiotis Agrios sensei Katori Shinto Ryu Shidosha

aikido teacher panos agrios
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Our dojo represents the art of Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū of Ōtake Risuke sensei.

Panagiotis Agrios was born in Athens in 1975. From a young age he started playing sports
by boxing, while his first contact with the field of martial arts was with judo at the age of 17.
Athlete of the Panhellenic Gymnastics Club, he studied with Athanasios Kaparos.

After completing his studies in the preservation of antiquities and completing his military
service, he began to engage in the art of Aikido. The difference of aikido in relation to what
he had done so far, leads him to practice intensively with it. Shortly before becoming the
holder of the black belt, he makes his first trip to Japan and remains an in-house student of
Kazuo Igarashi Sensei. Returning to Greece, he has already realized how crucial it was for
this trip and decides that he wants to pursue Aikido professionally.

At the same time he learns the Japanese language in order to get closer to the Japanese
culture and next year he visits Japan again. Knowing Japanese culture better, he focuses
his efforts on getting in touch and becoming a student of the oldest Japanese fencing
school, the Katori shinto ryu. Finally, after years of efforts, he finally manages to start his
apprenticeship under the supervision of Erik Louw Menkyo katori, Holland shidosha, with
whom our school is directly connected with Otake Risuke sensei, the only representative
of art today.

In October 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in the presence of Nobutoshi Otake
sensei, he took the traditional keppan blood oath and now officially belongs to the Katori
shinto ryu family.
Since then until today he deals with Aikido attending seminars by teachers from abroad,
teaching at the school of Aikido Bushido Center.

He holds the rank of 5th Dan in Aikido, 1st Dan in Judo and 1st Dan jiu jitsu. He is a
certified Jiu Jitsu coach by the General Secretariat of Sport and also a certified trainer
(Shidoin).
He also holds the degree of Master Usui Reiki and is an instructor of the voluntary Aikido
learning program of KETHEA in the women’s prisons of Thebes.

Organizational & Administrative Experience

  • RECOGNIZED REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE PROMOTION OF KATORI SHINTO
    RYU “SHIDOSHA” IN GREECE BY THE SHINBUKAN DOJO OF JAPAN
  • FOUNDER OF THE ORGANIZATION UNITED AIKIDO DOJOS CHAIRMAN OF THE
    TECHNICAL COMMITTEE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAINING ISSUES OF THE
    ORGANIZATION (Recognized organization by Aikikai foundation Japan 2020 )
  • FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE HELLENIC AIKIDO PARTNERSHIP A TEAM FOR
    THE PROPAGATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF AIKIDO IN GREECE IN 2008
  • OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE AIKIDO WORLD ALLIANCE
    ORGANIZATION FOR GREECE FOR THE YEARS 2013-2015

Contact

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

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