Katori Shinto Ryu
East Madison Martial Arts, LLC (EMMA) has the honor of being the only Katori Shinto Ryu school in the state of Wisconsin. Our Kyoshi (licensed teachers) all received their teaching license from Tetsutaka Sugawara Sensei — founder of Sugawara Martial Arts Institute (Sugawara Budo). EMMA has a satellite group in Eden Prairie, MN. Students in WI and MN enjoy reciprocity and group trainings and seminars.
From Japan to the United States
Katori Shinto Ryu at East Madison Martial Arts, LLC is directly associated with Sugawara Martial Arts Institute (Sugawara Budo) in Tokyo Japan. Tetsutaka Sugawara Sensei began studying Katori in 1975, receiving his Kyoshi (instructor’s license) in 1986. Sugawara Sensei is also a teacher in the art of Aikido. In 1960 he began Aikido at the Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, under O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido. In 1961 he became uchideshi (in-house student) under O-Sensei at the Ibaraki Dojo. In May of 1995 he was awarded the rank of 7th Dan by Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He has also trained in Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do, receiving the instructor’s license in 1992 from Yasuichi Miyagi.
The “Way” of the Gods
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-Ryu Dojo translated from Japanese means “The martial tradition which is the way of the gods.” It is a style of Japanese swordsmanship and weapons training which was founded in 1447 by Choisai Sensei and was the first martial art designated a “national living cultural treasure” by the government of Japan. It is the oldest continuously practiced martial tradition of Japan.