Kurt Graham and Sugino

Yoshio Sugino (杉野 嘉男) at Sugino's Dojo (Kawasaki, Japan).

Youtube video of Kurt training with Sugino.

 

Katori Shintō-ryū 香取神道流

Renshi Kurt Graham Karate Instructor, Koryu Uchinadi Instructor

Training with Sugino (杉野 嘉男 Sugino Yoshio, 1904–1998) at his Yuishinkan Sugino Dojo at Kawasaki, Japan.

Katori Shinto-ryu was founded by Iizasa Choisai Ienao (Iga no Kami) and has been handed down through the generations for over 500 years. Named after the Katori area of Shimousa (now Chiba Prefecture). Katori Shinto-ryu has an abundant curriculum, which includes the study of iai, bo, naginata, yari, shuriken and ryoto (two-sword) techniques. A wide range of other weapons are being taught as part of the curriculum. The main emphasis though of the school is on Kenjutsu (sword technique).

It was also famous for initiates having to take keppan (blood oath).

Sugino also studied Yoshin koryu jujutsu where he reached the kyoshi rank of instructor. Sugino took no further rank, despite several recommendations for promotion.

Sugino first met Morihei Ueshiba around 1931 or 1932, at the newly built Wakamatsu-cho dojo in Shinjuku. In 1935 Sugino received a teaching license from Ueshiba and after the war Sugino’s dojo became the second Aikikai branch dojo in Japan.

Akira Kurosawa hired him in 1953-1954 to train the actors of the movie Seven Samurai and to choreograph the fight scenes. Later Sugino also worked in Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress and Yojimbo, Hiroshi Inagaki's Miyamoto Musashi and a number of other movies and television dramas.

Sugino held a 10th dan awarded by the International Martial Arts Federation.

Sugino O-Sensei passed away on the 13th of June 1998.

An article on Sugino can be read on the Aikido journal website.

Sugino Dojo 3-12, Naka-Saiwai-machi Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 210 Japan 044(511)5371.