New DVD: Hontai Takagi Yoshin Ryu with Shihan Ed Lomax

July 10, 2008

The more observant amongst you will have noticed that we’ve been doing a lot of Takagi Yoshin Ryu in my dojo lately – it’s a temporary thing, as our theme for the year is still ninpo – but we’re preparing for an upcoming demonstration and it’s one of the topics we’ll be showing.

As part of that preperation, I dug out a DVD I got as a present from Australian Shihan Ed Lomax a few years ago, that was filmed in Tasmania in 2002 at a seminar he taught with Shihan Duncan Stewart.

What’s on it? It contains:

  • A ‘warm-up’ master class on the Kihon Happo no Kata
  • The Omote Gata – 13 kata
  • The Ura Gata – 3 kata
  • The Eri Jime Gata – 8 kata
  • Bits of the Sabaki Gata
  • Bits of the Tai no Kata

In addition, there is a 20 minute interview with Ed covering topics such as the difference between Takagi Yoshin Ryu and the Hontai Takagi Yoshin Ryu, the godan test, the progression of the Bujinkan Dojo in Japan and the west over the last 20 years and many interesting anecdotes.

At the time this DVD was filmed, Ed was living in Japan and studying full time with Hatsumi Soke. This DVD has become a budo ‘cult classic’ amongst those who have it – it’s really really excellent, and Ed has now said we can make it publicly available, so it’s available in the webstore.

– Alex Meehan

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