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The Seifukan dojo was started in 1986 as an informal study group when Wayne Muromoto returned from a year-long stay in Japan. While there, he studied Takeuchi-ryu kobudo under Ono Yotaro; kancho (dojo head) of the Choufukan, and Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu under Ohmori Masao, chief instructor of the Kyoto Rakutokai.

Practices were held in various venues, including in parks, forest reserves, college gyms, church basements, etc., until a final, stable location was found at the Moiliili Community Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Wayne returned to Kyoto frequently and was given permission to form an official branch of the Bitchuuden Takeuchi-ryu and Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu and Seitei iai around 1990.

Wayne affiliated his group with the local Hawai'i Kendo Federation and received sandan in seitei iai after receiving his first dan rankings in Kyoto. With the passing of Ohmori sensei, the local kendo federation and Kyoto, for whatever reasons, decided not to maintain ties with our group. We eventually reestablished ties with Wayne's sempai, Ken Maneker sensei, of the Canada Shin Ken Kai organization, in 2011. Ken also studied with Ohmori sensei, and also spent a lot of time studying under the late Iwata Norikazu sensei in Shikoku. At present (2012) our connection is informal but we are planning to formalize some kind of affiliation with Ken and his organization.

As for the Takeuchi-ryu, we have always had strong ties with the Choufukan dojo and Ono Yotaro sensei. Wayne is now an officially recognized instructor in the system. All ranks and student memberships in Takeuchi-ryu are registered with Ono sensei.

The club meets Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. except for holidays and Christmas and August breaks. Practice alternates on consecutive nights between Takeuchi-ryu and Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu. Training is primarily through kata-geiko; there are no contests or tournaments. Dues (subject to change) are currently $30/month for studying one art, and $40/month for two arts. It is highly recommended that a new student start with one art and then, if the interest persists, take up another art, because the two are quite different. There is a nyuumon fee for anyone wishing to continue further studies in the Takeuchi-ryu that goes towards official registration in Kyoto, Japan, with the Choufukan.

Clark iai

Rev. Clark Watanabe performs Takeuchi-ryu iai at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Japan Festival, 2011.

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